Finding My Center

Outer world in chaos 

emotions turbulent 

like windswept leaves scattered on the ground

 

Breathing

in

and out

 

I find my center

creating order

in my inner world

 

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

I’ve been displaced for the past few days, feeling much like those scattered leaves I mentioned above.  I’m so grateful for the simplicity of breath – and for my big sister (and brother-in-law) for giving me a place to rest my weary head.

And for nature for providing beauty to draw from for inspiration.  This was the view out my sister’s front window…

You can’t tell from the photo, but it was much too cold and rainy to spend any significant amount of time outdoors, so I ran out there and collected a bunch of those wet leaves that had fallen and brought them inside.  I spread them out onto parchment paper on her dining table to dry a bit, and then using their varying colors, tried to create a sense of order…

Almost immediately I saw the mandala I wanted to create in my mind’s eye and then got busy arranging it.  Usually I don’t get a picture in my mind ahead of time – I’m guessing it was due to the natural gradient of their colors?  Anyways, it was a very therapeutic, meditative activity.  It didn’t solve all of the world’s problems, but it did help and I enjoyed it.

Hope you find things you enjoy today too.  Remember to breathe deeply…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

 

24 responses to “Finding My Center

  1. Another beautiful mandala Julie. I’m glad nature your breath and family could help you regain your center. Hugs!

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  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this, Julie! Both the beautiful mandala, like a whirlwind of leaves, and the poem – simply lovely!

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  3. All those beautiful leaves of color should cheer anyone up. Hope things become centered for you in your world.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous mandala! 🙂

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  5. I hope everything will be OK for you, Julie. ❤

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  6. You are such the artist Jewels! How you patiently and so perfectly arrange these works of art. I always enjoy and appreciate them, and the colours of fall, which we both love so much! :-).

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  7. The leaves mandala is beautiful and centering. So glad you found your middle ground Julie 🍁💛🍂

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  8. Another fascinating insight into your process.

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  9. Julie, the energy has been extremely harsh and very exhaustive! I love the way you transformed the fallen leaves into a mandala. Therapeutic indeed! I hope you find pockets of peace and tranquility admist the storm that is whirling around us. Hang on and keep doing what you are …. get lost in Mother. (((HUGS))) xo

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  10. I love that you always, always go with your flow. It’s lovely as ever.
    I hope peace makes its way into your life. I find I have to CARVE TIME for mine lately and the busy season is practically whipping around my head.

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    • Thanks so much, Joey. I’m just grateful I was able to find my flow, cuz ooftah! To be honest – I sort of lost my sh#t for a while there. Being creative always helps, and nature always soothes. Hope you ‘carve’ out some time for fun with Halloween coming up! 😊

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  11. The mandala and the poem speak of the whirl of life Julie, and the calming nature of the colours.

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