Watched *It’s a wonderful life*, an American classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. It’s a great movie (that I enjoyed watching with my husband), reiterating one of life’s most important lessons “Count your blessings”. As we approach the end of 2022, I implore you to cherish all the wonderful moments, being grateful for them and look forward to a wonderful 2023.
Mandalas, meaning “circles” in Sanskrit, are known to boost the immune system, by reducing the stress, activating the brain stem, imaginative thinking and connecting with our emotions.
How emotions are linked to Mandala?
I always used to think that Mandala is very complex as it has so many concentric circles and the precision while drawing should be followed. I was so hesitant at the beginning to give it a try as I had assumed that this will induce stress instead of relaxation. When I started drawing patterns and colouring them with different shades of black, I realised that I could create patterns using strokes and it was really satisfying.
Your mood decides the pattern and how intricate the design is. The Mandala art internalises the unconscious emotions within us.
If you observe further, Mandalas go from the centre outwards. The colors and shapes indicate our sub-conscious thinking. Thereby, we are connecting with ourselves, rebuilding and freeing us from inhibitions.
My daughter and I recently started creating a few Mandala designs of our own. Thus far, it has been a very relaxing and refreshing activity during these prolonged periods of being at home.
Trust this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
Neurological studies emphasize the magic of 21 days – repeating a routine for 21 days makes it a habit; well, repeating the same routine for 90 days makes it a permanent habit. With close to 3 months of staying at home, I am certain everyone would have developed some “new” positive habits and routines, that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible – be it exercising or doing yoga in the morning or just sipping hot coffee with a book in the evening. I can think of one habit that has silently crept in to all our lives (definitely mine) – hope. The hope that the pandemic situation will improve and life will approach “normal”.
A famous leader once said – “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope”.
I would like to express my gratitude to our community helpers, without whose sacrifice and tireless work, we would not have been able to fight this pandemic.
With hope, gratitude and prayers, here is a typography that I quilled during the lockdown to “Spread Good Vibes”
This month DT twist on the challenge theme is “Anything about India”.
Being a proud Indian, I have created two DT projects for the current month.
Unity in diversity:
Unity in diversity means oneness despite multiplicities. India is a classic example of this motto and has thrived over several decades with this phrase as its guiding principle. India is a country where individual or social differences in physical attributes, race, religion and culture are not seen as conflict; rather, these differences are looked upon as the multiplicities that enrich the society.
The quilled earring symbolizes and reinforces this oneness amongst us, the citizens of this great democracy.
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” – Mahatma Gandhiji
The Peacock(National bird of India) has been a prominent feature in Indian literature as its resplendent beauty is a source of inspiration for many. It is a symbol of grace, joy, beauty and love.
Freedom is something that money can’t buy, it was earned through the struggles of many bravehearts. Let us honour them today and always.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhiji
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With Women’s day round the corner,the march theme at IQCG is “Celebrate Women”.
The challenge details are available at: IQCG#35 – Celebrate Women. Kindly participate and showcase your creativity. Here is my DT post for this theme.
Inspired by the Tree of Life and dedicated to all the Women out there – Mother, Friend, Wife, Grandmother, Sister and Daughter.
This quilled canvas is a mark of appreciation to women who have been the reason for our birth, growth, success and survival on planet earth.
As the saying goes, Beauty is only skin deep – so respect and love women for who they are and not for how they look.
True unbiased affection, respecting her for who she is and nurturing her as needed are key to capturing her heart. Jewellery can help win her heart too 🙂 Jewellery be it any material attracts women’s attention next to cloth shopping.
“It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.”
The English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) wrote at least two poems titled “The Butterfly.” In one of these, which begins with the line “I’ve watched you now a full half-hour,” the speaker describes his contemplation of a butterfly that sits quietly on a yellow flower in a garden. The speaker welcomes the butterfly as a reminder of his joyous youth.
The above quilled art reminds me of that poem. Here are a few lines from the poem.
I've watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless!--not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!