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The Transformative Power of Art (2)

In Paris, Doors to Other Cities Here’s another example of the transformative power of art and its ability to connect us. More anon, David Store: Flower Mandalas CafePress store Book: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas book preview (Kickstarter edition) Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas […]

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The Transformative Power of Misfortune (5)

“Everything Happens for a Reason” I often hear the phrase “Everything happens for a reason” when I talk with people about their lives. The usual context is that something unexpected, often something bad, has occurred either in the distant past […]

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The Transformative Power of Misfortune (4)

Another post from a reader: A Journey of a Lifetime Being stranded at the bus stop in Rosendale more than 5,000 miles from home and a random act of kindness has led to an unbelievable journey for a SUNY Ulster student […]

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The Transformative Power of Art (1)

Haas & Hahn: How Painting Can Transform Communities Here’s an example, on a big scale, of the transformative power of art! In a TED talk, artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn demonstrate how they built community and transformed neighborhoods by […]

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (I)

Sometimes, like Ray Charles I find myself feeling that “if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” I think a lot of us feel that way. In a discussion with a friend earlier today, a […]

Imagination and Reality

Imagination and Reality This showed up in my morning email, via Tricycle magazine, a wonderful center for all things Buddhist: “Imagination draws its energy from a confrontation with desire. It feeds off desire, transmuting and magnifying reality through desire’s power. […]

Part III: Art and ‘Madness’ – Schizophrenic art

Works by schizophrenic artists Adolfi Wolfli (left) and Arthur Bispo do Rosario (right) Part III: Art and ‘Madness’ Schizophrenic art Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder Toward the end of the 19th century, the Romantic preoccupation with the idea that genius […]

Mandalas: Alexey Kljatov’s snowflakes

“Snow Flower” by Alexey Kljatov. Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved. Mandalas: Alexey Kljatov’s snowflakes Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder Just a quick note to let you know about the fascinating, mandala-like snowflake photographs of Alexey Kljatov. Using simple, inexpensive […]

Part II: Art and ‘Madness’

Yayoi Kusama – Ascension of Polkadots on the Trees at the Singapore Biennale 2006. Taken by Terence Ong in September 2006. Part II: Art and ‘Madness’ Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder I only know that summer sang in me a […]

Mandalas: Daniel Poyel Crystal Art

Image © Daniel Poyel Daniel Poyel Crystal Art Occasionally, an unusual mandala artist comes across my Facebook Flower Mandalas page. Today, it was Daniel Poyel, who makes beautiful mandalas from Swarovski crystals. Here is his Facebook gallery page: Daniel Poyel […]

Part I: Art and ‘Madness’

Melencolia I, Albrecht Dürer Part I: Art and ‘Madness’ Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder As both an artist and a therapist, I tend to attract, as clients, people who identify themselves as artists, either professionally or as an avocation. This […]

Mandalas, healing, and Carl Gustav Jung

Stone Wall X, Jamaica Plain MA Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Making mandalas, which I began to do in 2001 shortly after I acquired my first digital camera, was one of the main ways I was able to integrate the […]

Hidden mentors

30,000′, Boston to Albuquerque Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When I began the Flower Mandalas project, I was dimly aware that I had been influenced by the work of Harold Feinstein, with whom I had briefly studied. And I eventually […]

Art, for me: Part I

30,000′, Boston to Albuquerque Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Growing up, I was a kid scientist, apprehending my part of the cosmos through experiments first with magnets and electricity, soon thereafter with chemistry,  and by high school with electronics and […]

Stone Voices

Recently, a blog reader kindly recommended the magazine Stone Voices as a possible place for me to publish extracts from my upcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. I finally checked it out, and it seems to offer a unique take on […]

Flower Mandalas Reloaded: An Invitation

I began this blog several years ago as a medium for exploring the intersections between creativity and transformation. Over time, as I became increasingly involved in synthesizing writing, photography, and transformation in my own life, this blog became a venue […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Presence: Now, be, here”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Presence” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Presence: Now, be, here Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder I was 20 when I first […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Possibility: More powerful than a locomotive”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Possibility” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Possibility: More powerful than a locomotive Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Much of my childhood […]

Print-on-demand Flower Mandalas site

Dear Readers, Just FYI, I have created a print-on-demand site on FineArtAmerica.com where people can buy prints, framed prints, and prints on metal, canvas, and other materials. Here’s a link to a Flower Mandalas poster on the site: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/48-flower-mandalas-david-j-bookbinder.html and […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Perseverance: Fellow travelers”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Perseverance” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Perseverance: Fellow Travelers Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder This line from a Jackson Browne song […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Perfection: Uncrossing the line”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Perfection” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Perfection: Uncrossing the line Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder My father was a storekeeper and […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Perception: Dispelling”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Perception” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Perception: Dispelling Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In the 1999 film The Matrix, the protagonist, […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Patience: Practice”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Patience” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Patience: Practice Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Motorcycle maintenance has always been an important part […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Path: With heart”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Path” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Path: With heart Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Twenty years ago, I visited my brother […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Opportunity: Arriving and becoming”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Opportunity” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Opportunity: Arriving and becoming Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder The writer Stephen Levine, who has […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Needs: Demons, allies, shadows”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Needs” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Needs: Demons, allies, shadows Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Sometimes the things that plague us […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Mistakes: Alchemy”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Mistakes” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Mistakes: Alchemy Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Many of my older clients are disturbed by […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Miracles: Yellow brick roads”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Miracles” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Miracles: Yellow brick roads Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder I am a miracle worker by […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Love: Essentials” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Love” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Love: Essentials Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When I was 25, living in Manhattan and […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Longing: Inclinations”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Longing” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Longing: Inclinations Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder A writer I knew some years ago collected […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Listening: Self, others” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Listening” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Listening: Self, others Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Central to the near-death experience I had […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Limitation: Liberation” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Limitation” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Limitation: Liberation Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Most of us associate choice with freedom, and […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Justice: Metamorphosis” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Justice” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Justice: Metamorphosis Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In the late 1950s, psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg observed […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Joy: Openings” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Joy” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Joy: Openings Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder What draws many of us to babies is […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Intuition: Cultivation” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Intuition” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Intuition: Cultivation Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In my dozen years of public schooling and […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Independence: Declarations” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Independence” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Independence: Declarations Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder As an American, I have valued independence most […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Illumination: Interweavings” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Illumination” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Illumination: Interweavings Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder il·lu·mi·na·tion (noun) a. The act of illuminating. b. […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Humor: The world laughs” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Humor” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Humor: The world laughs Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Long ago, when I was a […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Grace: Continuations” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Grace” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Grace: Continuations Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder On February 21, 1993, at about 7:45pm, I […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Hope: The thing with feathers” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Hope” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Hope: The thing with feathers Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder The most useful advice I […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Healing: A compendium” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Healing” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Healing: A compendium Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder They say timing is everything and that […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Gratitude: Lists” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Gratitude” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Gratitude: Lists Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder While I was recovering from my Albany, NY, […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Generosity: Lighting the candle” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Generosity” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Generosity: Lighting the candle Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder There is a riddle that goes […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Forgiveness: To forgive, divine” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Forgiveness” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Forgiveness: To forgive, divine Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Our religions all have teachings on […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Faith: Paying it forward” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Faith” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Faith: Paying it forward Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder A mentor once told me that […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Failure: Options” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Failure” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Failure: Options Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In our success-driven society, there seems to be no end of helpful […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Dreams: Not gone, not forgotten”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Dreams” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Dreams: Not gone, not forgotten Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Clients often come for therapy with the uneasy sense […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Desire: Empowering ‘yes’ and ‘no'” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Desire” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Desire: Empowering “yes” and “no” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder The poet Stanley Kunitz asks the question, “What makes […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Curiosity: Reviving the cat” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Curiosity” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Curiosity: Reviving the cat Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder In my many years of formal education, from elementary through […]

Flower Mandala Buttons!

This Just In: Flower Mandala Buttons! Flower Mandalas are now available for purchase online as 1″ round pinback buttons created by Cosmic Giant. You can get them here: http://cosmicgiant.storenvy.com/collections/146382-flower-mandala-series-i Cosmic Giant is a start up company focused on promotion of […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Connection: Metamorphosis” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Connection” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Connection: Metamorphosis Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder I am a person with a big heart and a deep need […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Compassion: From both sides, now” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Compassion” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Compassion: From both sides, now Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder During my first year of therapist training, for three […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Change: Be the change” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Change” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Change: Be the change Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder I came of age in the late 1960s, the time […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Caring: The languages of caring” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Caring” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Caring: The languages of caring Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder In my work with couples, I’ve observed that we […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Boldness: Genius, might, & magic” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Boldness” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Boldness: Genius, might, & magic Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder I started full-time private practice as the Great Recession […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Balance: Gyroscopes and personal flywheels”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Balance” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Balance: Gyroscopes and personal flywheels Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder My first therapy supervisor once remarked, with only slight […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Atonement: Release, Reconciliation, Redemption” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Atonement” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome Atonement: Release, Reconciliation, Redemption Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder On the first Yom Kippur after my near-death experience I […]

News Flash! Free Flower Mandalas meditation app

News Flash! Free (for now) Flower Mandalas meditation app Owl and Elephant Design, a mobile application development group, has created a new meditation application that uses 21 of my Flower Mandalas. They are making the app, which normally sells for […]

“Acceptance: It’s Already There” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Acceptance” essay in my forthcoming book Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. This essay will likely conclude the book. Responses and comments welcome. “Acceptance,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder ACCEPTANCE: It’s Already There I see […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Failure”

“Failure,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Failure” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Dreams”

“Dreams,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Dreams” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Determination”

“Determination,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Determination” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Desire”

“Desire,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Desire” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Curiosity”

“Curiosity,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Curiosity” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Courage”

“Courage,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Courage” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Connection”

“Connection,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Connection” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Compassion”

“Compassion,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Compassion” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Choice”

“Choice,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Choice” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Caring”

“Caring,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Caring” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Boldness”

“Boldness,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Boldness” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Balance”

“Balance,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Balance” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Apology”

“Apology,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Apology” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Anger”

“Anger,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Anger” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Action”

“Action,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Action” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Acceptance”

“Acceptance,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Acceptance” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Awareness”

“Awareness,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Awareness” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Attachment”

“Attachment,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Attachment” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Subscribe to the Flower Mandalas mailing […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Atonement”

“Atonement,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Atonement” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Subscribe to the Flower Mandalas mailing […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Awakening”

“Awakening,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Awakening” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Subscribe to the Flower Mandalas mailing […]

The Flower Mandalas Project Roadmap

The Flower Mandalas Project Roadmap http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phototransformations/the-flower-mandalas-project Once again, thanks to those of you (55 backers and counting, so far!) who have already supported the Project. The “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas” book has been a six-year effort, and your pledges and support […]

Flower Mandala: White Clematis I, and another Kickstarter request

White Clematis I, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A local clematis, seen at a Boston flower show. Please support this work by contributing to my Kickstarter fundraiser: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phototransformations/the-flower-mandalas-project The fundraiser ends September 14th. If the project is funded before then, […]

The Flower Mandalas Project Needs You!

The Flower Mandalas Project Needs Your Help! Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. – Carl Jung http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phototransformations/the-flower-mandalas-project As you may know, I have been making Flower […]

Flower Mandala: White Daisy I, B&W

White Daisy I, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A local daisy that seemed perfect to me, abstracted and converted to black and white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the “15 Flower […]

Flower Mandalas: Dark Yellow Marigold I

Dark Yellow Marigold I, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A marigold in my neighborhood, from the last weeks of summer. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver (Windows only): […]

Flower Mandalas: Salmon Zinnia Elegans IV

Salmon Zinnia Elegans IV, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder One from a flower photographed last summer, in a Rockport, MA, garden. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver (Windows […]

Flower Mandalas: Red and Yellow Marigold II

Red and Yellow Marigold II, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A marigold from a window box in my neighborhood. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandala: White Beach Rose III

White Beach Rose III, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder Another view of a white beach rose spotted in Boston this summer, near the swan boats. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 […]

Flower Mandala: Blue Globe Thistle I

Blue Globe Thistle I, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A thistle from the last weeks of summer. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver (Windows only): Fifteen Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandala: Yellow Rose II

Yellow Rose II, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder One of my first rose mandalas, from out of the archives. Reminds me of the yellow roses from my back yard in Buffalo, and the song “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” popular […]

Flower Mandala: Pink and Orange Rose I

Pink and Orange Rose I, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A rose from the Public Gardens in Boston, MA, taken late summer. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: […]

Flower Mandalas: 52 Flower Mandalas book-in-progress

Greetings. As I chip away at matching images to concepts, concepts to quotes, and image/concept/quotes to personal essays, I’m posting my work on the “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas” book on Behance.net. I’d very much appreciate your comments and (if it’s true) […]

Flower Mandalas: New online gallery

I’ve created a new online Flower Mandalas gallery. It’s flash-based, Flower Mandalas only, and contains an essentially complete collection of the images I’ve made so far, including 75 color images not on my regular website and 50 black-and-white conversions of […]

Flower Mandala: Pink Beach Rose VIII

Pink Beach Rose VIII, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder A beach rose from Long Hill in Beverly, MA, taken late summer. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen […]

Flower Mandala: Sunflower ‘Moulin Rouge’ III

Pink and White Hibiscus Moscheutos III, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder A sunflower spotted this summer, around the corner. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandala: Copper and Pink Hibiscus Syriacus II

Copper and Pink Hibiscus Syriacus II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder A dying copper-colored Hibiscus Syriacus spotted down the street, the last of the season. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 […]

Flower Mandala: Pink and White Hibiscus Moscheutos III

Pink and White Hibiscus Moscheutos III, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder A giant Hibiscus spotted in Boston Public Garden this summer, near the swan boats. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 […]

Flower Mandala: White Beach Rose XVII

White Beach Rose XVII, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another view of a white beach rose spotted in Boston this summer, near the swan boats. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 […]

Flower Mandala: White Beach Rose VIII

White Beach Rose VIII, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder A white beach rose spotted in Boston this summer, near the swan boats. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: […]

Flower Mandala: Red Dahlia III

Red Dahlia III, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder A red dahlia spotted in Rockport, MA, earlier this year. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © […]

Flower Mandala: White Beach Rose I

White Beach Rose I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder A white beach rose spotted in Boston earlier this year. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandalas: Pink and White Hibiscus Moscheutos VII

Pink and White Hibiscus Moscheutos VII, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another view of a Hibiscus, taken on a walk through the Public Gardens in Boston a few weeks ago. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower […]

Flower Mandala: Red Begonia I

Red Begonia I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder A red begonia, shot in a friend’s window box in Gloucester, MA, this summer. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: […]

Flower Mandala: Red Dahlia I

Red Dahlia I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder An impressive red dahlia taken near a folk music festival in Rockport, MA, this summer. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandala: Violet Cosmos II

Violet Cosmos II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another Cosmos taken in my neighborhood a few weeks ago. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © […]

Copyright

COPYRIGHT: Please note that all images and articles posted here are copyrighted. None can be used for any purpose without my permission. I am pleased to share them here, on Facebook, and in my other blogs and galleries, but all […]

Flower Mandala: White Cosmos I

White Cosmos I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Taken in my neighborhood a few weeks ago. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David […]

Flower Mandala: Pink and White Hibiscus Moscheutos I

Pink and White Hibiscus Moscheutos I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Taken on a walk through the Public Gardens in Boston a few weeks ago. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 […]

Flower Mandalas: Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ I

Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Derived from an unusual Rudbeckia, for this area, planted among the zinnias in Rockport, MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower […]

Flower Mandalas: Pale Yellow Zinnia Elegans II

Pale Yellow Zinnia Elegans II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another of the Rockport, MA zinnias. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David […]

Flower Mandalas: Pale Yellow Zinnia Elegans I

Pale Yellow Zinnia Elegans I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another of the Rockport, MA zinnias. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David […]

Flower Mandalas: Orange and Yellow Sunflower I

Orange and Yellow Sunflower I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another of the Beverly, MA sunflowers. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David […]

Flower Mandalas: Yellow Zinnia Elegans IV

Yellow Zinnia Elegans IV, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another of the Rockport, MA zinnias. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. […]

Flower Mandalas: Yellow and Orange Sunflower V

Yellow and Orange Sunflower V, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another of the Beverly, MA sunflowers. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David […]

Flower Mandalas: Dandelion V

Dandelion V, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder I keep coming back to the humble dandelion. It’s hard to think of it as a “weed.” More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower […]

Flower Mandalas: Yellow and Brown Sunflower I

Yellow and Brown Sunflower I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another sunflower from the garden across from Independence Park in Beverly, MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: […]

Flower Mandala: Yellow Sunflower X

Yellow Sunflower X, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another view of a sunflower from the garden across from Independence Park in Beverly, MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandalas: Yellow Sunflower IX

Yellow Sunflower IX, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another sunflower from the same garden across from Independence Park in Beverly, MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen […]

Flower Mandalas: Sunflower ‘Moulin Rouge’ VII, Swirled

Sunflower ‘Moulin Rouge’ VII, Swirled, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Lately sunflowers have been catching my eye. There is a wonderful crop of them around the corner, across from Independence Park in Beverly, and I try to catch a few […]

Flower Mandala: Light Red Zinnia Elegans V

Light Red Zinnia Elegans V, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another in a series of Zinnia Elegans flower mandalas, derived from a lovely Zinnia garden in Dock Square, Rockport MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower […]

Flower Mandala: Violet Zinnia Elegans XI

Violet Zinnia Elegans XI, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another in a series of Zinnia Elegans flower mandalas, derived from a lovely Zinnia garden in Dock Square, Rockport MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandala: Violet Zinnia Elegans I

Violet Zinnia Elegans I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another in a series of Zinnia Elegans flower mandalas, derived from a lovely Zinnia garden in Dock Square, Rockport MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandala: Salmon Zinnia Elegans I

Salmon Zinnia Elegans I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another in a series of Zinnia Elegans flower mandalas, derived from a lovely Zinnia garden in Dock Square, Rockport MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandala: Pale Orange Zinnia IV

Pale Orange Zinnia Elegans IV, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another in a series of Zinnia Elegans flower mandalas, derived from a lovely Zinnia garden in Dock Square, Rockport MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower […]

Flower Mandala: White Zinnia Elegans V

White Zinnia Elegans V, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another in a series of Zinnia Elegans flower mandalas, derived from a lovely Zinnia garden in Dock Square, Rockport MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandala: White Zinnia Elegans II

White Zinnia Elegans II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another in a series of Zinnia Elegans flower mandalas, derived from a lovely Zinnia garden in Dock Square, Rockport MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandala: Pale Pink Zinnia Elegans V

Pale Pink Zinnia Elegans V, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder First in a series of Zinnia Elegans flower mandalas, derived from a lovely Zinnia garden in Dock Square, Rockport MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower […]

Flower Mandala: Yellow Tulip II

Yellow Tulip II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Earlier this year, on a morning walk in Beverly. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, […]

Flower Mandala: Blue Pansy II

Blue Pansy II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder On a recent trip to New Hampshire. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. […]

Flower Mandala: Pale Yellow Gerbera Daisy VII

Pale Yellow Gerbera Daisy VII, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Outside the supermarket, redux. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. Bookbinder […]

Flower Mandala: Pale Yellow Gerbera Daisy VI

Pale Yellow Gerbera Daisy VI, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Outside the supermarket, again. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. Bookbinder […]

Flower Mandala: Pale Yellow Gerbera Daisy I

Pale Yellow Gerbera Daisy I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Outside the supermarket. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

Flower Mandala: White Begonia I

White Begonia I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder From a friend’s window box. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

Flower Mandala: Asiatic Lily II

Asiatic Lily II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder More spring flowers, moving into summer. Which of these two renditions of the same flower do you prefer? More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the […]

Flower Mandala: Asiatic Lily I

Asiatic Lily I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder More spring flowers, moving into summer. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. Bookbinder […]

Flower Mandala: Pink and White Impatiens I

Pink and White Impatiens I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder More spring flowers. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

Flower Mandala: ‘Bowl of Beauty’ Purple Peony

‘Bowl of Beauty’ Purple Peony I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder From Long Hill, Beverly MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David […]

Flower Mandala: Pink Impatiens I

Pink Impatiens I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder More spring flowers. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

Flower Mandala: White and Green Begonia

White and Green Begonia I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder More spring flowers, from a window box. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, […]

Help Wanted: “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas”

Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder I’m looking for feedback and ideas for a forthcoming book I’m calling “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” The book will contain a set of 52 images, each paired with a quotation or original piece of writing that, […]

Flower Mandala: Narcissus Poeticus IV

Narcissus Poeticus IV, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder One more in the Narcissus Poeticus series. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. […]

Flower Mandalas: Narcissus Poeticus I, II, III

Narcissus Poeticus I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Narcissus Poeticus II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Narcissus Poeticus III, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Found a Narcissus Poeticus among a field of daffodils a couple of weeks ago. These are […]

Flower Mandala: Iceland Poppy II

Iceland Poppy II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Originial Iceland Poppy flower found at Long Hill Reservation in Beverly, MA last weekend. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: […]

Flower Mandalas: “Il piacere non può aspettare”

Pink Peony I, Copyright David J. Bookbinder One of my images, “Pink Peony I,” now adorns the cover of the Italian version of Indian author Tishani Doshi’s new novel, Il piacere non può aspettare, which I believe translates as “Pleasure […]

Flower Mandala: Blue Clematis I

Blue Clematis I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Clematis are in bloom hereabouts. In this newest incarnation of mandala-making, I’m trying to stick mostly to flowers I am currentlly shooting. This one I shot last weekend. More anon, -David David […]

Flower Mandala: White and Yellow Daffodil I

White and Yellow Daffodil I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Created in honor of a client who died recently. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandala: Purple Echinacea I

Purple Echinacea I More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. […]

Flower Mandala: Yellow Daffodil I

Yellow Daffodil I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder More anon, – David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

Flower Mandala: Yellow Marigold I

Yellow Marigold I More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. […]

Flower Mandalas on Facebook

Flower Mandalas on Facebook Just a note to let the Beliefnet community know that, in a shameless act of self-promotion and altruism, I’ve created a “fan” page for the flower mandalas on Facebook. The site includes photo albums for my […]

White and Orange Daffodil Mandala

White and Orange Daffodil I After a very long hiatus, I’m back to making flower mandalas, in hopes of eventually accumulating 52. I’d be interested in hearing what you think/feel when you look at this one. Best, -David David J. […]

Morning Meditation at Independence Park (V)

This image was shot on the morning of January 4, 2010. More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. […]

Morning Meditation at Independence Park (IV)

This image was shot on the morning of December 30, 2009. More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. […]

Morning Meditation at Independence Park (III)

This image was shot on the morning of December 8, 2009. More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. […]

Morning Meditation at Independence Park (II)

This image was shot on the morning of November 22, 2009. More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. […]

Morning Meditations at Independence Park (I)

Although it’s been months since I have published anything on this blog, I have not forgotten. I’m working on a presentation on ways to develop resilience that I will be publishing here soon. Meanwhile, I have also resumed my early […]

Help wanted!

I am currently looking for someone to assist me in marketing my Flower Mandala images. I’ve won a grant and have sporadically licensed some of these images or have sold prints, but I believe this work is a good candidates […]

Creativity in Counseling

Iris Germanica (sepia) Following is a description of some of the ways I use creativity in working with counseling clients. Perhaps some of you will find them useful. If you have experience of working with creativity in a counseling context, […]

Stone Wall III

Stone Wall III Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

Stone Wall II

Stone Wall II I’ve been reflecting on what draws me to these images of stone walls. Recently, I suffered a Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD), during which the gelatinous part of the eye separates from the retina. In most cases, this […]

Stone Mandala I

Stone Mandala I Before I happened on my first flower mandala, I experimented with “mandala-izing” images of stones and the sky. I still rotate these images as my desktop wallpaper, and today this one, which I had not looked at […]

Bonsai IV: 1625 Miyajima White Pine

Miyajima White Pine This bonsai tree has been in “training” since 1625 and survived the Hiroshima blast. For more on its remarkable history, see Hiroshima Survivor at the National Bonsai Foundation’s website. More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation […]

Bonsai III, U.S. National Arboretum

Blue Atlas Cedar bonsai, U.S. National Arboretum Wondering how many of you, out there, find solace and meditation through engaging with nature? More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the […]

Bonsai II, U.S. National Arboretum

Japanese White Pine, U.S. National Arboretum Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

Bonsai I, U.S. National Arboretum

American Beech Bonsai, U.S. National Arboretum I seem to be moving away from writing and more toward imaging, and toward imaging beyond the flower mandala series. So I’m posting occasional images from my other nature series. This is the first […]

Skyscape: 30,000′ 08

30,000′ 08 Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

30,000′ – Finding a Visual Voice

30,000′ 04 On a recent trip to Santa Fe, NM, I visited Georgia O’Keefe’s home near Abiquiú and was struck by the landscape she painted for much of her life. It was a place she knew was “home” as soon […]

Independence Park IV

Independence Park IV, Beverly MA Copyright 2009, David J. Bookbinder

Independence Park III

Independence Park III, Beverly MA Copyright 2009, David J. Bookbinder

Independence Park II

Independence Park II, Beverly MA Copyright 2009, David J. Bookbinder

Balance, the Spiral Galaxy Buddha Belly Gyroscope, and a New Photo Series

Independence Park I I have been interested in becoming a psychotherapist since I was 20 and did volunteer work in a state mental hospital, but it took me until I was 51 to take concrete steps in that direction. Though […]

Film: “healing image”

A little over a year ago, roughly coinciding with the 15th anniversary of my near-death experience, my good friend Larry “Doc” Pruyne completed a short film about me. It tells the story of my flower mandala images, my work as […]

Guest Blog Entry: The Dynamic Mandala

Sunset Swirl mandala, by David J. Bookbinder The Dynamic Mandala By Rolf Sattler A mandala can be a door to the infinite because its center usually represents the source of all existence. However, a mandala is also limited because around […]

Guest Blog Entry: Flower Essence Mandalas

Flower Essence Mandala: Turkscap-Pansy-Dianthus Flower Essence Mandalas By Mary Kraemer I use edible flowers to create by hand a mini-cosmos for healing with the medicinal and spiritual qualities of the flowers and as a mediation tool. I invite you to […]

Learning to Fly

Spoon Chrysanthemum I’ve become relatively inactive in Beliefnet this past few months, absorbed in the other aspects of my life, but I’d like to start the New Year with a report on my personal progress on working toward the “miracle […]

Flower Mandala: Water Lily X

Water Lily X Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandalas: Simplicity in Complexity

Dying Amaryllis I Dying Amaryllis III Dying Amaryllis VI Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Spiritual Questing, Near-Death Experiences, and the Global Village

Sun Wheel I mandala In some ways my experience of the heart of Beliefnet has been tangential. Focused mainly on art and healing, I have paid less than full attention to the remarkable phenomonen of Beliefnet itself and it’s intermixing […]

Flower Mandala: California Poppy

California Poppy I Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Gazania III

Gazania III Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Yellow Daylily II

Yellow Daylily II Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Protection

Pink Peony I On life’s journey, faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him. – […]

Flower Mandala: Compassion

Daffodil II You yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe, deserve your love and affections. – Buddha If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – The Dalai Lama […]

Call for Submissions to a Literary Zine

I’ve recently joined the staff, as photo editor, of a new zine called Zingology and would like to invite you to submit to it. Here’s the call for submissions to the next issue. Please pass this call on to anyone […]

Flower Mandala: Doronicum Orientale

Doronicum Orientale I Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Living in the Right Side of the Brain

Dying Pansy INeuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few of us would wish for: a massive stroke. What she learned from it about the right and left brains seems relevant to all of us, and I’m passing it on […]

Flower Mandala: Galliardia ‘Arizona Sun’

Galliardia ‘Arizona Sun’ Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Dying Amaryllis VII

Dying Amaryllis VII Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Blue Pansy I

Blue Pansy I Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Beach Rose II

Beach Rose II Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Bachelor’s Button III

Bachelor’s Button III Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

‘Cultivating Creativity’ Group Revisited

‘Cultivating Creativity’ Group logo Below are reports from two members of the ‘Cultivating Creativity’ group documenting their experiences as “miracle partners” in the group, and beyond. Chrysalis’s story The cultivating creativity group came along for me a couple of months […]

Flower Mandala: Opening

Pink Dahlia I Opening: n. The act or an instance of becoming open or being made to open. An open space serving as a passage or gap. A breach or aperture. A clearing in the woods. The first part or […]

Trust

Pale Pink Tulip II Among my other activities, I run a writing group for people with addiction issues, past or present. I call it “Memoirs of Addiction and Recovery.” We usually begin with a freewriting exercise, and either I or […]

For Boston-area readers: Two-Person Show and Talk

Flower Mandalas at the Griffin Museum of Photography Boston-area readers interested in seeing my work in person are invited to go to the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts. I will be part of a two-person show held in […]

T.K. Pippin: The Work of Art

The Work of Art by T.K. Pippin To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage. -Henri Matisse As a studio artist, poet and songwriter, I receive inspiration not only from the world around […]

How Movies Saved My Life

Red Daylily My first movie was The Wizard of Oz. I was three years old, we came late to the theater, and we sat in the front row, all the way to the left. I had never seen moving pictures. […]

Flower Mandala: Balance

Chinese Tree Peony Seed Pod There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word […]

Flower Mandala: Celebration

Sunflower ‘Moulin Rouge’ You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered: Where are you living? […]

Flower Mandala: Rosa ‘Belle Poitevine’

Rosa ‘Belle Poitevine’ Click here for color image A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know. – Diane Arbus Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity […]

Flower Mandala: Nasturtium

Nasturtium I If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. – Buddha Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower […]

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Request: Agent or publisher for "Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas"
I've created a proposal and marketing plan for my book Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas and am now looking for a literary agent or publisher who might be interested in seeing it. I'm told the best two words with which to begin a query letter are the first and last names of someone the editor or agent knows

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The Transformative Power of Art (2)
In Paris, Doors to Other Cities Here's another example of the transformative power of art and its ability to connect us. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz8L4MJMXgQ[/youtube] More anon, David Store: Flower Mandalas CafePress store Book: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas book preview (Kic

posted 12:36:23pm Dec. 06, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (5)
"Everything Happens for a Reason" I often hear the phrase "Everything happens for a reason" when I talk with people about their lives. The usual context is that something unexpected, often something bad, has occurred either in the distant past or more recently, and with a philosophical shrug and a

posted 12:24:49am Nov. 23, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (4)
Another post from a reader: A Journey of a Lifetime Being stranded at the bus stop in Rosendale more than 5,000 miles from home and a random act of kindness has led to an unbelievable journey for a SUNY Ulster student from the Republic of Azerbaijan. When Gulnar Babayeva arrived in the Hudson

posted 1:30:55pm Nov. 16, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Art (1)
Haas & Hahn: How Painting Can Transform Communities Here's an example, on a big scale, of the transformative power of art! In a TED talk, artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn demonstrate how they built community and transformed neighborhoods by through painting -- and by throwing neighborhood

posted 10:00:20am Nov. 11, 2014 | read full post »

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