Flower Mandalas

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 important areas of my life, friends are in the top five, joining – equally weighted…

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 forgiveness, evidence that forgiving and being forgiven are universally important to us. But the need…

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 he thought I started out as a person of great faith who had lost it.…

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 adages for dealing with failure. But “Failure is not an option” is small comfort to…

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 that something is stuck, doesn’t belong, is too big or too small, too much there…

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 the engine go?” and his response is “Desire, desire, desire.” Desire is what motivates us…

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 graduate school, no teacher ever suggested that I pay attention to curiosity. Not one, not…

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 “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” Kennedy’s…

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, the inner force that allows us to face danger or perform daring feats of strength…

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 artists through the manufacture and distribution of small artist-designed products. Products are distributed via repurposed gumball,…

David J. Bookbinder
about

David Bookbinder

I am a psychotherapist, photographer, digital artist, and writer living near Boston, Massachusetts. As a therapist, I work primarily with artists, children and families, and people with addictive behaviors. Like Carl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychology, I believe art can be a pathway to the essential Self and foster personal and global transformation.

read full bio
More from Beliefnet and our partners