Description : For the author, creating mandalas is a way to make sense of what is preoccupying her inner self. Here, she shares the methods she has developed for creating these symbols of wholeness and balance--and teaches readers how to make their own. Contains relaxation and visualization exercises and practical tips. Includes eight full-color plates of mandalas.
Description : This book features ten critical essays on ecodocumentaries written by eminent scholars from India, USA, Ireland, Finland and Turkey in the area of ecocinema studies. Situating social documentaries with explicit ecological form and content, the volume takes relational positions on political, cultural and conservational aspects of natures and cultures in various cultural contexts. Documentaries themed around issues such as electronic waste, animal rights, land ethics, pollution of river, land grabbing, development and exotic plants are some of the topics ecocritiqued in this volume.
Description : Mandala-making is fun, relaxing, and can show you things about yourself that may surprise you. Susanne Fincher invites you to make mandala creation a practice, and to experience the insights and delights it can provide. Based on ancient European artifacts, contemporary religious iconography, and traditional tantric art, mandalas are circular designs that offer a profound symbol of the wholeness of the self. The Mandala Workbook offers a complete guide to mandala work, based on the Great Round-the twelve archetypal stages that represent a complete cycle of personal growth. Each chapter focuses on one stage and aims to fully engage readers in the meaning or purpose of that stage. Through a variety of step-by-step exercises and activities, each chapter provides mandala-making projects to help connect readers with the transformative powers of the mandala. Building on her previous books, Susanne Fincher highlights connections between the archetypal imagery of circles and working toward a balanced wholeness of self. This book combines theory and philosophy with practical and creative methods to present an engaging and hands-on approach to mandala work.
Description : “Africa and Beyond: Arts and Sustainable Development is a massive undertaking by thoughtful theorists and practitioners in the creative/cultural industry. The combined effect of the volume is to disabuse the fixed, prevailing conception of the role of culture in society; a view that consigns the arts to the periphery of social life, devoid of any meaningful contribution to the alleviation of poverty and general development. Contrary to this view, the volume presents a more comprehensive, meaningful, insightful set of perspectives and paradigms that ascribe agency to creative/cultural products in all facets of human development. The usefulness of the volume extends beyond the industry itself. It is meant for a broader readership and is therefore highly recommended for specialists and the public at large.” – Professor Mokubung Nkomo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Description : According to the mandala principle, a prominent feature of tantric Buddhism, all phenomena are part of one reality. Whether good or bad, happy or sad, clear or obscure, everything is interrelated and reflects a single totality. As Ch?gyam Trungpa explains in this book, from the perspective of the mandala principle, existence is orderly chaos. There is chaos and confusion because everything happens by itself, without any external ordering principle. At the same time, whatever happens expresses order and intelligence, wakeful energy and precision. Through meditative practices associated with the mandala princliple, the opposites of experience - confusion and enlightenment, chaos and order, pain and pleasure - are revealed as inseperatble parts of a total vision of reality.
Description : This book is designed as a gentle, step-by-step guide for re-parenting the inner child during the first seven stages of life: as an infant, a toddler, a young child, a grade school child, a young teen, a young adolescent, and a young adult. Using a wide range of tools to do this inner work, the reader is led to explore the issues of grief, shame, and loss at each of the seven stages.
Description : Mandala Meditation is an interactive workbook to help connect to the spirit within.Many times, we are distracted by external noise in the form of television, the internet, and from our coworkers, friends and family. These daily occurrences can be useful to our existence, but they can also distract us from our own voice. This may lead to our instincts becoming a faint whisper, in some cases, inaudible.I believe anxiety comes from this disconnection with our intuition. Too much external stimulation and not enough internal grounding, creates an imbalance that feeds fears, doubts, and worries.When we take time to practice self-love, through affirmations, meditation, or visualization, we are able to enjoy harmony. Both halves, internal and external, are allowed to express fully in our lives. Balance is maintained and our journey is enjoyable and exciting. Sitting quietly in meditation didn't always work for me. My hands wanted to be doing something active, which distracted my mind from becoming silent. What I found calmed this restlessness was the activity of coloring and drawing repetitive patterns. While focusing on creating the same swirl repeatedly around a central shape, thoughts became still. I could now detect my visions more clearly.I then learned to concentrate on a positive affirmation or a visualization of my highest self. Before I knew it, I was lost in concentration of a fantastic dream. I discovered that I could step back from my work with a firm grip on the messages from my intuition. Any thoughts of uncertainty or insecurity were quieted. Instead I was confident and in touch with my purpose. Then, forevermore, the artwork became a physical reminder of this grounding exercise. One look at it, in a moment of nervousness, and fears disappeared.That's how this book was born. I'd like you to sit with each page, receptive and aware of that inner voice trying to reach you. Listen with an open mind and open heart. Be available to realizing you're already whole. The separation was an illusion presenting itself as real, because of an imbalance.There is no right or wrong way to color and draw in this book. There's also no specific way to visualize or meditate. Everything you find here is a suggestion, hopefully leading you closer to the way you best connect within.For more inspirational fun, visit: www.MyDreamsMatter.com
Description : Intrinsically beautiful, mandalas make wonderful tools for self-reflection, meditation, and self-therapy—especially these basic mandalas for coloring and using in various rituals and exercises. Draw on them to treat depression, midlife crises, and even physical complaints. Harmonize your energy flow, improve concentration and relaxation, and gain strength from your own center.