“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
~Nelson Mandela Speech (written by Marianne Williamson)
My artistic side is finally emerging after being dormant for many years. Even though I’ve colored mandalas inside my Coloring Mandalas 2, For Balance, Harmony, and Spiritual Well-Being, by Susanne F. Fincher for over a dozen years, I’ve never tried my hand at freely drawing mandalas.
After purchasing a set of colorful sharpie markers in anticipation of my growing Mandala drawing inspirations, the mandala below is what I made.
Today is a tough day for me. I gave my son over to the US Navy last night. He leaves today for bootcamp in Chicago, Illinois. He is going to be a Mineman. Part of me feels happy and proud for him and part of me feels like my heart is in my throat choking off the very air I breathe …. and then part of me feels peace and calm knowing that he is fulfilling his own dharma. Continue reading