Flower Mandalas

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 to be connected, but I grew up alienated and insulated from others and from myself.…

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 consecutive days each week I commuted to Boston in heavy traffic, worked all day as…

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 of the first man on the moon, the war in Vietnam, Woodstock, free love, the…

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 each have our own ways of showing we care about one another, and that these…

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 was just getting underway. Although this was arguably the worst period in recent history to…

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 hyperbole, that every psychologist begins as a child psychologist – as a boy or girl…

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 with Thich Nhat Hanh (and 900 others). I thought of it as “Buddhist boot camp.”…

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 moment and to let go of clinging attachment to outcome. Toward this end, I have…

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 was living in Albany, New York, in a house owned by an elderly couple who…

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 $2.99, available free from now through Sunday, October 21st. The app uses these Flower Mandala…

David J. Bookbinder
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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.

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