Saturday, May 31, 2008

Energy Mandala to Color

Unusual Energy Mandala

If you enjoy coloring mandalas, here's something a little bit different.

The full size image can be downloaded at flickr.
Have fun!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Allow Yourself

There are
beyond universes
to which you
rarely allow yourself
to travel.

Know there
go there
there there.

~Bernard Gunther

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fractal Mandala Art

annie's charm fractal wallpaper
Annie's Charm

orange blossom fractal wallpaper
Orange Blossom

tangents fractal wallpaper

antimatter chamber fractal wallpaper
Antimatter Chamber

full bloom fractal wallpaper
Full Bloom

butterfly of love fractal
Butterfly of Love

nexus of nowhere fractal
Nexus of Nowhere

event horizon fractal
Event Horizon

Aren't these beautiful?
They are available for download as full size high resolution desktop wallpaper at Time Out of Mind.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The life of a man is a self-evolving circle, which, from a ring imperceptibly small, rushes on all sides outwards to new and larger circles, and that without end.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, May 22, 2008

All hiding places reveal God.
If you want to escape God,
He runs into your lap.

God is at home.
It is we who have gone out for a walk.

~Meister Eckhart

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sit Silently and Wait

A meditative awareness comes like a whisper, not a shout, with noiseless footsteps. If you are full of occupations, busyness and noise it might come and wait, but then it will leave.

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Set aside some time -- 3, 5, 10, 15 minutes or longer -- preferably every day, for sitting in silence. It doesn’t matter where you are, just sit, close your eyes, and wait. Don’t do anything, just sit in great waiting with an open, trusting heart. Then if something is to “happen” you will be ready to receive it. If nothing happens, at least you’ve had this “down time” to do nothing. No matter what, after sitting silently for a while you will feel more in touch with yourself, more peaceful.

When and Where:
Most people find that it works best to do this at the same time every day. It doesn’t matter what time you choose, but setting aside a set time, say as a mid-morning break or during your lunch hour, helps make it part of your daily routine. When the inner consciousness knows that the outer consciousness is waiting for it, there is a greater possibility of a meeting.

As you practice doing nothing, by and by an understanding will start to arise between you and the meditative state. As this understanding grows you will start to feel a subtle quality of relaxation, of serenity woven into the textureof your whole day.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Floral Mandala Wallpaper

Floral Mandala Desktop Wallpaper

Floral Mandala by Shirley Gibson.

Here is a desktop wallpaper created especially for you. Add some beauty to your workspace, and download the full size image here.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Power Of The Heart

"I trust so much in the power of the heart and the soul; I know that the answer to what we need to do next is in our own hearts. All we have to do is listen, then take that one step further and trust what we hear. We will be taught what we need to learn."

~Melody Beattie

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Being Human

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival …
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, …
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

School of Truth

O fool, do something, so you won't just stand there looking dumb.
If you are not traveling and on the road, how can you call yourself a guide?

In the School of Truth, one sits at the feet of the Master of Love.
So listen, son, so that one day you may be an old father, too!

All this eating and sleeping has made you ignorant and fat;
By denying yourself food and sleep, you may still have a chance.

Know this: If God should shine His lovelight on your heart,
I promise you'll shine brighter than a dozen suns.

And I say: wash the tarnished copper of your life from your hands;
To be Love's alchemist, you should be working with gold.

Don't sit there thinking; go out and immerse yourself in God's sea.
Having only one hair wet with water will not put knowledge in that head.

For those who see only God, their vision
Is pure, and not a doubt remains.

Even if our world is turned upside down and blown over by the wind,
If you are doubtless, you won't lose a thing.

O Hafiz, if it is union with the Beloved that you seek,
Be the dust at the Wise One's door, and speak!


Monday, May 12, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Friday, May 09, 2008


Do you recall the time and place
You traded wonder for wit and wisdom?
When surprise went out of fashion
And your point of view turned sharp and trendy?

You called it self preservation
But you have been the injured party ever since…

Come back here and be the smallest one in the room
The one who gasps at the ordinary
The one who cries when it's sad and laughs at the littlest thing
Walk into this place where you don't know what to think

What grievance could possibly follow you
Into this house of joy?

~Grace Gibson

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


Truth is within ourselves.
There is an inmost center in us all,
Where the truth abides in fullness; and to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.

~Robert Browning

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Peace Pie

Not all mandalas are circular symetrical forms.
Here is a wonderful Peace Pie mandala from Turtle Moon.

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Monday, May 05, 2008



Here is a mandala for your coloring pleasure.
It can be downloaded at Flickr here.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Saturday, May 03, 2008

A Bucket Story

A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the House, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of it’s own imperfection. And miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causeswater to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw. So I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house?

Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Beneath the surface

As with all my work, whether it's a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I'm trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone.

Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas. There is often a huge difference between an idea and its realisation. I've had what I thought were great ideas that just didn't work.

I enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and "found" tools - a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns. I take the opportunities each day offers: if it is snowing, I work with snow, at leaf-fall it will be with leaves; a blown-over tree becomes a source of twigs and branches. I stop at a place or pick up a material because I feel that there is something to be discovered. Here is where I can learn.

Movement, change, light, growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I try to tap through my work. I need the shock of touch, the resistance of place, materials and weather, the earth as my source. Nature is in a state of change and that change is the key to understanding. I want my art to be sensitive and alert to changes in material, season and weather. Each work grows, stays, decays. Process and decay are implicit. Transience in my work reflects what I find in nature.

~Andy Goldsworthy
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