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Help me choose the 4-5 best essays!

Dear Readers, I’m planning to enter an essay/memoir contest and need to choose 4-5 of the Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas essays from the 58 I’ve written so far. If any of you have particular essays you remember liking more than others, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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: “Friendship: A friend in deed” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Friendship” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Friendship: A friend in deed Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When I list the most […]

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 […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Fear: Moving on” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Fear” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Fear: Moving on Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder John F. Kennedy once said, “When written in Chinese, the word […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Courage: The Hero’s Journey” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Courage” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Courage: The Hero’s Journey Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder There are many forms of courage. There is physical courage, […]

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: “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: “Awareness: Breaking the Spell” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Awareness” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome Awareness: Breaking the Spell Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder In August, 2003, I attended a five-day, mostly silent retreat […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: Attachment: ‘There is no spoon’ (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Attachment” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome Attachment: ‘There is no spoon’     Meditation and other mindfulness practices encourage us to focus on the present […]

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 […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Apology: Mending the Rift” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Apology” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome “Apology,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Apology: Mending the Rift Prior to undertaking therapist training, I took a short […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Anger: Heaven and Hell” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Anger” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome “Anger,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder ANGER: HEAVEN AND HELL As I emerged from a childhood depression, the first […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Action: Sometimes Insight is the Last Defense”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Action” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome “Action,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder ACTION: Sometimes Insight is the Last Defense The complexities of the mind and […]

“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 Mandala: Salmon Zinnia Elegans IV, B&W

Salmon Zinnia Elegans IV, B&W, Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder A zinnia, taken a couple of summers ago in Rockport, MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Subscribe to the Flower Mandalas mailing list […]

Flower Mandala: Violet Beach Rose I

Violet Beach Rose I, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A local beach rose, converted to black-and-white. 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: White Daisy I

White Daisy I, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A local daisy that seemed perfect to me, abstracted. 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: Sunflower Moulin Rouge VII, swirled, B&W

Sunflower Moulin Rouge VII, swirled, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A sunflower from a garden around the corner, at the end of last summer. Converted to black-and-white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page […]

Flower Mandala: Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ I, B&W

Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ I, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A lovely Rudbeckia, converted to black-and-white. 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: Violet Dahlia I, B&W

Violet Dahlia I, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A dahlia from a garden in Rockport, MA, converted to black-and-white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver (Windows only): […]

Flower Mandala: Violet Cosmos II, B&W

Violet Cosmos II, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A cosmos from around the corner, converted to black-and-white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver (Windows only): Fifteen Flower […]

Flower Mandala: Orange and Yellow Sunflower I, B&W

Orange and Yellow Sunflower I, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A sunflower from the garden around the corner from my house, converted to black-and-white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 […]

Flower Mandala: Pale Yellow Gerbera Daisy I, B&W

Pale Yellow Gerbera Daisy I, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder Another black-and-white conversion, this from a Gerbera Daisy mandala. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver (Windows only): […]

Flower Mandala: Dandelion IV, B&W

Dandelion IV, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder Another black-and-white conversion, from a dandelion flower mandala. 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: Pink and Orange Rose IV, B&W

Pink and Orange Rose IV, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder I’ve been creating black-and-white interpretations of my more recent Flower Mandala images and am interested in your impressions of them, either of the images as they stand alone, or […]

Flower Mandalas: Dried Pale Red Rose I

Dried Pale Red Rose I, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A dried red rose from outside my hotel room at La Fonda, in Santa Fe, NM. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the […]

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 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: White Begonia II

White Begonia II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Another begonia 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. […]

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: Pale Yellow Daffodil I

Pale Yellow Daffodil I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Daffodils are also in bloom hereabouts. 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: 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

The Compassionate Intentions of Illness

White Daffodil II One of my images, White Daffodil II, has just been used on the cover of the book “The Compassionate Intentions of Illness,” By Dr. Tony Humphreys and Dr. Helen Ruddle. The book is published by Cork University […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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: 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

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: 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 […]

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 – […]

Painting Mandalas: Ofira Oriel

Mandalas by Ofira Oriel Ofira Oriel is an Israeli artist and teacher. She is a graduate of Hadassah College in Jerusalem and of the Ramat Hasharon Seminary for Teachers of Art. She also has a degree in Education for children […]

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

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 […]

Sacred Geometry and the Mandala: Marjorie Kaye

The following is another in a series of guest articles by artists on their work with art in a healing or transformative context. Lightship Marjorie Kaye is an artist residing in Cambridge, Massachusetts who graduated from Syracuse University in 1979 […]

Soul Mandalas

This is another in a series of articles by guest authors or artists. D. Kristen Herrington is an artist, writer, and Reiki master/teacher from Round Rock, Texas. Here, she tells the story of her Soul Mandalas. Kristen Herrington’s Soul mandala […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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)
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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 or more recently, and with a philosophical shrug and a

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The Transformative Power of Misfortune (4)
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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 through painting -- and by throwing neighborhood

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