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Flower Mandalas

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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 is the opposite. It smells horrible, and it is filled with rotten things.
But that is only when we look on the surface. If we look deeply, we will see that in just five or six days, the rose will become part of the garbage. We do not need to wait five days to see it. If we just look at the rose, and we look deeply, we can see it now. And if we look into the garbage can, we see that in a few months its contents can be transformed into lovely vegetables, and even a rose. If you are a good organic gardener, looking at a rose you can see the garbage, and looking at the garbage you can see a rose.
Roses and garbage inter-are. Without a rose, we cannot have garbage; and without garbage, we cannot have a rose. They need each other very much. The rose and the garbage are equal. The garbage is just as precious as the rose.
– Thich Nhat Hanh, “Peace is Every Step”
Discussion:
Art, Healing, and Transformation group
Flower Mandalas Project group
Cultivating Creativity group
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Image © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

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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.
– Buddha
May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go, and guide you in whatever you do and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.
– Irish Blessing
Discussion:
Art, Healing, and Transformation group
Flower Mandalas Project group
Cultivating Creativity group
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© 2008, David J. Bookbinder

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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
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
– Albert Schweitzer
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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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 you believe might be interested.

Zingology.com, a literary zine, is accepting submissions for its next issue in the following areas: photography, art, poetry, fiction, memoir, travel features, personal development, food, and music. Deadline is September 15, 2008.
The theme for this issue is POWER! in all its varied meanings. We seek your interpretation. Winners will be featured in the zine and will also receive a paperback volume of this issue, which will sold on the website and on Amazon.com.
Submit through the website: www.zingology.com. Click on “Submissions” and follow directions. $15 submission fee, payable through PayPal.

Thanks!
More anon,
– David
David J. Bookbinder, LMHC
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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