My Mandala

During the week of September 12, 2011, I began to put together my website, my business cards and a few social media sites. I quickly realized I needed a photo or some kind of cool image. I sat at my computer thinking of what I could possibly use. I looked up and saw my mandala hanging on the wall. “Hmmm,” I thought, “That might work.” It was my very own mandala.

I had just come back from a fabulous weekend conference sponsored by the Hay House (a publisher). They said all new and emerging writers need social media. I said, “Okay.” I started jotting down ideas on the plane ride home.

My mandala is pretty, colorful and meaningful … a choice that is so much more than just a drawing. My kids and friends agreed this should be my symbol online. Besides, I now had an instant image to use consistently throughout my social media.

I remember the inspiration that pushed me to draw it. During the summer of 2011, I found a local class that taught how to draw mandalas. Unfortunately, I could not attend. I was a little disappointed, but I still felt drawn (pun intended) to create my own mandala. (I am an artist … I have to try it.) Not knowing how to go about it, I looked it up on Google, of course.

A few days after that, my daughter had two friends over to the house. The one child, I knew, was into metaphysical stuff (he dabbled with the pendulum), so I asked them if they were interested in drawing the energy part of themselves. They agreed. I pulled out the bin of colored pencils and cut copy paper into large squares. The mandala website recommended a few dots in a circular pattern to help guide the layout of the image, so I penciled on some dots.

We all sat down at the dining room table. I did a quick guided meditation to get them in the right frame of mind, turned my iPod onto my favorite metaphysical music by Steve Halpern and grabbed a few of the colored pencils. The kids and I drew for about an hour. They came up with some very interesting ideas. A mandala design can contain anything.

I think mine represents the chakras – individual, yet flowing together.

When we were finished, I told them that when they feel a little stressed, they can look at their mandala and it will help them relax. It is relaxing since it reminds them of the love that came from deep within their own true self.

Take a moment and do a Google image search for “mandala”. You will find many intricate, beautiful pieces of art. Get inspired and draw your energy. Whatever comes to you is for you. It all comes from deep within you. Get out your pencils, paint, chalk, pastels, crayons or markers and draw one today.

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METAPHYSICAL MOTHERING: Law of Attraction

What can you do the next time your children fight? Use the law of attraction teaching: Life is what you focus upon.

Maybe your kids are calling each other names? Ok. It is normal, once in awhile, for siblings to verbally fight, but it is annoying. You want your kids to get along, love and support one another every day.

Here is an easy solution that you will see surprising results instantly:

Have each child list 5 to 10 reasons why they love each other. If you are really frustrated with them, you could have them list more. I tack on 5 more for each groan at the task – they stop and start writing.

My kids have listed things such as: She has nice hair, I like how she draws, he shows me how to play video games, and he is nice to my friends.

I am telling you it works like magic. I first started toying with this idea of “punishment” on a two hour drive. Much to my dismay their electronics had run out of power only 20 minutes into the ride. Then, bickering and name-calling began – they were fighting over the last electronic that only had a little bit of power left. It made for a very long ride. So, I tried it. They had to take turns saying something nice about each other. By the time I arrived at our destination, they were laughing and getting along so well, it was scary. It was as though I had given them a magic potion of happiness and love. They got along the rest of the day and the whole ride home. I don’t think I would have believed it had I not seen it for myself.

So, they next time you see any two (or more) children bickering or calling names, don’t hesitate to have them start saying nice things about one another. It is more of a challenge when they have to write them down and then read them out loud to the other, but it is not necessary.

I’d love to see this as a punishment for bully’s at school. What a difference it makes to focus on what you like about a person. This way of thinking can help anyone who can’t seem to find something nice about a person. Maybe they have nice hair? Focus on that.

The law of attraction says that what we focus upon, we experience. What do you want in your life?

Angels in Our Life

When my daughter was a toddler, she was sick with a fever. This was not usual for her, as she rarely got sick. We were nervous since fevers can be harsh on a small child. The pediatrician said we could give her acetaminophen, but I did not have any in the medicine cupboard for her weight. My husband nervously agreed to watch our two small children while I went to the grocery store to buy more. I had not been out of the house in days, since we had experienced a lot of snow and ice lately. It was especially frigid this night. I hurried through the store to get what I needed and walked back to the parking lot.

I got into my car and set the bag down. I put the key in the ignition and turned. Only faint clicks were heard from the engine. “No, this can’t be happening now; I have a sick baby at home.” I thought. I sat there a few moments and tried it again… Nothing but clicks. Now what am I supposed to do? My husband is at home with two small children and one has a fever. My mind raced: AAA would take an hour to get here… I have jumper cables in the car… would someone offer to help me jump this… assuming that would work… this late at night… would someone from the store help? I said, “God, please help me.” I put my head on the steering wheel in exasperation.

About a minute later, there was a knock on my car window. I opened the door with what I am sure was a look of disbelief. There was a young man standing there with jumper cables in his hands. He said, “Need help?”

“How did you know?” I said. He said he knew the sound and sensed I would need the help. He had his car next to mine in no time. We hooked up the cables, waited a minute. I tried the key again and my car started right up. He said, “It sounds like you need a new battery.” I concurred and said I would take care of it right away. As he disconnected the cables I started going on about: I didn’t know what I was going to do, I have a sick child at home and didn’t have someone to come right out. He said it was not a problem and he was glad to help.

Then he was gone. It was gone just as fast as he arrived. Maybe he continued his walk into the store. Maybe…

Just maybe he was my angel here to help me when I was in need.

Who has been your angel?

Katy Perry, Litterbugs and the Law of Attraction

I have listened to and learned a lot about “the Secret” – or more commonly: the Law of Attraction. It does work. If you have listened to any of these teachings you will know what I mean when I say: I do get great parking spaces, I get a lot of green lights and I have received unexpected checks.  

I have to say that life IS what you make of it.

I have two favorite examples of how the law of attraction has worked for me. I like to use them when I mention the law of attraction or the secret and I get a blank stare. They are fun examples.

Last summer, while reading the paper, there was an article that talked about Pennsylvania’s new litter control program. Pennsylvania sells license plates to help support their “Don’t be a Litterbug” campaign. As soon as I read it, I thought; “They are using ‘litter’ in their campaign and that will only bring more litter under the law of attraction.” If they want to get rid of litter, they need to say something like: “Keep Pennsylvania Clean” or “Neat in PA” – where they are putting the focus on the clean and neat of things. I put the paper down. Reminded myself that this was another example of why I don’t like to read the paper. I would much rather read and hear good, positive news only.

The law of attraction is similar to the law of gravity. If you think it, it will happen. (This is popularly stated as: thoughts become things.) Just as if you drop an apple and it falls due to the law of gravity. It’s the same. It’s a law. (Search Abraham Hicks for more information.)

But, that is not all. The very next day, I noticed a lot more trash blowing and billowing around the sides of the highways and roads as I drove my daughter to acting class. I didn’t remember seeing so much before. More trash the next day. It was on the sides of every road I drove. Okay, this is annoying, people can’t be this disrespectful. I couldn’t help but to notice all the litter.

It took me a few weeks of thinking and focusing on this, then… (A little slow, I know.) I decided to make a concerted effort to only focus on the beautiful trees, grass and flowers along the side of the road. I felt that I was using the law of attraction to attract lots of litter on the road to me, so I had to do something about it. (Thoughts become things… thoughts become things…) The next day, when I drove my daughter to acting class, I barely noticed any litter. Plus, there was a crew of people cleaning up the road in the one section that was the worst. It was like it had disappeared in one day’s time. ONE DAY’S TIME. All I did was decide to put my attention on something positive. I drove to work later and all I could say was, “Shut UP! This really works.” I think I only saw one piece of litter floating around during that hour drive. It was surreal. It was as though I called PennDOT and ordered a massive cleanup of the highways and roads and they listened.

My other favorite example has to do with my daughter. First I have to give you her basic list of very strong loves from her short life so far. She is now 10 and a very girly girl. Since she was little, she always loved the color pink. Her favorite game was Candyland – especially Princess Lolly. (I kept a set of the playing cards to use on her scrapbook pages – she loved it that much.) Her favorite animal is a cat – I don’t even think she has a second favorite animal (we now have two). One of her favorite things to do is dress up in a variety of costumes and dresses. Her absolute favorite thing to do is to draw, which she uses when she draws backdrops and scenery to go with her outfit that day (or that hour). One of her requests is to have a variety of colorful wigs to go with her costumes. And I have to include her love of YouTube. Her first typed word was on YouTube. I’ll bet you can guess it: Kitty. Oh, and she loves, loves, loves to sing and act. She is soooo not afraid to be on a stage.

Now that you know a bit about her… last summer we had the fortunate chance to attend a Katy Perry concert. Katy is very awesome to put it mildly, but the whole time I am sitting there jamming to her music; all I could think about was: this is my daughter’s manifestation of the law of attraction. It was all of her aforementioned “loves” balled up in one nice neat package over the course of one evening. It was stunning. I could not get over the similarities.

Katy’s concert tour (2011) was a multi-media blast of fun. Katy changed her dresses and costumes numerable times and she wore several different wigs to match. I still don’t know how she changed so many times during her Hot and Cold song. The scenery on the stage was a huge Candyland game board with LOTS of pink clouds. Katy had a YouTube-like video playing on large screens in the back of the stage that coordinated with her songs. A little cat was Katy’s little friend in the video. Then at the end of her concert, a person dressed as “Kitty Purry” came out on stage. It was unreal. The whole time all I could think about was how much this concert was meant for my daughter.

 UPDATE – I spoke to my daughter about this post later that night. She said, “Hey! You forgot that I love cupcakes and Katy found her happiness in a special cupcake shop in the video at the concert. Remember – I even started the Cupcake Club. And, Katy sold pink cotton candy – and my nick name was Cotton Candy Swirl (when we used to play make-believe)! And, Katy’s concert had pink clouds and pink cats in the concert – I love all those things too!”

I just had to add this update.

What is the law of attraction bringing to you?