Flower Mandalas

Flower Mandalas


Flower Mandala: Opening

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Opening:
n.

  1. The act or an instance of becoming open or being made to open.
  2. An open space serving as a passage or gap.
  3. A breach or aperture.
  4. A clearing in the woods.
  5. The first part or stage, as of a book.
  6. The first performance: the opening of a play.
  7. A formal commencement of operation: attended the opening of the new museum.
  8. Games. A specific pattern or series of beginning moves in certain games, especially chess.
  9. An opportunity affording a chance of success. See synonyms at opportunity.
  10. An unfilled job or position; a vacancy.


Image © 2008, David J. Bookbinder



  • Jean Zoss

    This is very beautiful and inspiring…your mandala work is stunning. Thank you.

  • Anita

    It very much draws your towards, you could very easly keep drawn towards the center Beautiful!!! I could wake to this picture every norning and be in awa1 thank you

  • FATIMA

    AS I FIRST LOOK AT I FEEL THE CENTER OF MY HEART OPENING; THE FLOW OF COMPASSION BEGINNING TO POUR OUT. YES THE OPENING! THIS FIRST PERSON THAT POPPED INTO MY MIND UPON LOOKING AT IT: KUAN YIN. THE BEARER OF COMPASSION. PURELY ESSENTIAL FOR THE HEART. THANK YOU DAVID FOR SHARING YOUR WORK. MAY EVERYONES HEARTS OPEN AND SHARE COMPASSION AND LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.

  • Scholastica

    A mighty invitation! I never new openness could be so beautiful and so loving. It makes me want to expand my heart and take it all in and love without limits. It makes me want to risk.

  • nicole

    This is very good and beautiful medicine. Thank you for sharing. “Opening” is apprpriate…I too felt a sense of compassion and tenderness while looking at it. Inspires me to want to pracitce compassion and open-heartedness more regulary.

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