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Flower Mandalas: Yellow Rose (and garbage)

Yellow Rose I Defiled or immaculate. Dirty or pure. These are concepts we form in our mind. A beautiful rose we have just cut and placed in our vase is pure. It smells so good, so fresh. A garbage can […]

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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. – […]

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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

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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

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 […]

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 […]

Flower Mandalas: Hope is the thing with feathers…

Morning Glory “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard – […]

Cultivating Creativity — New Group Announcement!

Beach Rose III I’ve created a new group designed to foster creativity in your lives and I’m inviting you to join, and to ask you to invite anyone you know who may be interested in enhancing the creative parts of […]

Shades of Gray: Addendum

Rhododendron ‘Ponticum Roseum II’ Click here to pop up the original full-color image An Addendum to ‘Black and White Thinking’ in Shades of Gray By ‘shades of gray,’ in my previous post, I’m thinking like a black-and-white photographer, whose images […]

‘Black and White Thinking’ in Shades of Gray

Pink Hibiscus II (sepia) Click here to pop up the original Pink Hibiscus II I’ve been experimenting with applying old photographic techniques to new, digitally created images and am curious to know how they compare, from your points of view. […]

Artistic Processes Wanted: A Call to Artists

Crocus II Several members of the Art, Healing, and Transformation group have expressed interest in the artistic process, as described by the artists themselves. So, this is a call to all you artists of all persuasions out there (you know […]

The ‘Meaning’ of Fifteen Flower Mandalas

Fifteen Flower Mandalas I’d like to take this space to thank those of you who have downloaded my free Fifteen Flower Mandalas screensaver, and particularly those who have written back. The responses so far have been interesting. Until now, I […]

Fifteen Flower Mandalas: A Re-Birthday Screensaver

Fifteen Flower Mandalas Fifteen years ago this Thursday, I nearly bled to death in an Albany, NY, hospital. During that event, I had a near-death experience which set me on my current spiritual and artistic path. In commemoration of that […]

Flower Mandala: Orange Zinnia I valentine

Orange Zinnia I Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers, and thanks for helping build a community around art, healing, and transformation. More anon, – David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group © 2008, David J. […]

Flower Mandala: Beach Rose I

Beach Rose I flower mandala More anon, – David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Pink Fall Rose I and Cynthia Lee

Pink Fall Rose I Rose Wearing Ragged Rose wearing ragged round the edges, your petals dingy, brown mottled and pocked, do not grieve your lost beauty and perfection for truly your sullied shell your outer ring of decay and death […]

White Lily III, the Diatonic Scale, and Artistic Collaboration

White Lily III A year ago, an online magazine called Science Creative Quarterly, physically located at the University of British Columbia, ran a contest using 12 of my flower mandala images, one for each month of the new year. Readers […]

Iris Germanica I (and another invitation)

Above is the Iris Germanica I flower mandala (which I’d love to have your comments on, either here or in the Flower Mandalas Project group). Here is the invitation: Although the Beliefnet.com home page calls me an “expert,” I’m really […]

The Flower Mandalas Project

For the past six years, I’ve been taking pictures of flowers and manipulating the images to form mandalas. I’d like to assemble these images into a book, and I’d like your help. On a semi-regular basis, I’d like to simply […]

Mandalas and Sacred Geometry: A Conversation with Vandorn Hinnant

This is an announcement of the first of what I hope will be a series of online discussions/interviews with people involved in art and transformation. Vandorn Hinnant is a visual artist currently living in Greensboro, North Carolina. His artwork is […]

Flower Mandalas, Time Travel, and Self-Healing

You yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe, deserve your love and affections. – Buddha I am large, I contain multitudes. – Walt Whitman My work with mandalas has been, in itself, helpful in activating an inner healer […]

Self-Transformation and the Hero’s Journey

What does not change is the will to change. – Charles Olson Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero With a Thousand Faces describes the archetypal hero’s journey. In it, Campbell distills the wisdom of a collection of myths, folktales, and dreams […]

Flower Mandalas: Self-Communion

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. -Carl Jung I began the Flower Mandalas project in the midst of a long illness. Initially it was a way […]

Flower Mandalas: My story

I am a psychotherapist, photographer/digital artist, and writer. I was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1951. I started photographing in high school where, as yearbook editor, I took most of the candid and “art” pictures. After college, I moved […]

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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

posted 8:11:12pm Mar. 14, 2015 | read full post »

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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