the art of impermanence…
“Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.” Heraclitus.
Mandalas are shapes, patterns and rhythms of nature that are me and you and everything in between. They are the deep blueprint creating us, our experience, our being and tendril out intertwining and connecting us into the universe in ways beyond our wildest dreams. When we become aware of the mandala, its multitudinous manifestation, we open to a divine pathway, an intimate and profound knowing of all that is going in and around us, and it is through this awareness that supports us in understanding and experiencing how inextricably we are connected to the earth, to each other, to all of life from the most majestic tree to the smallest microbe. The whorls, circles, spirals, curves, the patterns of mandala describe nature, the nature of our being and nature of the cosmos – it becomes clear we are all one organic ecosystem expressed in the vibration of the mandala. The mandala is the circle of life symbolising the constant change that is life – movement, ephemerality and transition are life.
When we read yoga philosophy and practice yoga, the mandala symbol springs up everywhere as yantras, chakras, in poses and flow sequences. The ancient yogis believed the mandala symbol represents and reflects the deep connection between the microcosm and the macrocosm – the inside world and the outside world. Through body centred practices the body acts as a gateway, a direct link to experiencing the flow of the nature inside of us and a profound relationship to the whole universe. The Buddhist term Annica or changing is is one of the essential tenets of Buddhism. It points directly at how all conditioned existence, without exception, is ephemeral, fleeting, transient, evanescent, changing.
When we create a mandala from natural materials something that is at once exquisitely beautiful is also impermanent. As we immerse ourselves in the art of making mandalas, as we choose, handle and arrange the natural materials we begin to flow moment to moment in nature and this allows us to feel that we too are nature. We are reminded we are made up of the same molecules, atoms, specks of stardust and energy as the universe – each and everyone of us. The finished piece reminds us of our relationship with infinity of how all the atoms continually change and become reconfigured. The wind blows, the rain falls, flowers wilt and perhaps a kangaroo or some other bush creature takes a nibble from the mandala eventually the materials change crumble, collapse, blow away and become part of endless, infinite cycle of life.
connect, be curious, create…
Mandala art has been used throughout the world for self-expression, spiritual transformation, and personal growth. The word ‘mandala’ is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit and means ‘circle.’ However, a mandala is far more than a simple shape or a beautiful arrangement, a mandala represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself. It can be seen as a blueprint that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
Find out how the mandala has been used throughout history and is relevant today as a tool for meditation, personal growth, and expression. Interested in having a mandala workshop at an event you are organising?
Simply contact Margot for more details.
Frouteville 2017 East Gippsland
We created a monster sized mandala – over 5metres across – at the recent frouteville Festival in East Gippsland. Along with my wonderful Marc and our good friend Penny, we have all collected a wide range of natural materials – sticks, stones, seed cones, coloured leaves, green foliage, dried and fresh flower heads. With the help of lots of children, their parents and anyone who wished to join in we created our lovely mandala – our offering of peace to the universe and all those who inhabit it.