The Makings of a Mandala
If you ever have the fortune of visiting a Tibetan monastery, you may find Tibetan monks in the practice of creating sand mandalas. Sand mandalas are intricate sand structures made of millions of grains of colored sand. A teacher will often define the specifics of the construction of the mandala. And then the monks take several days to weeks to build & create the structure. The creation of these mandalas are thought to effect purification and healing. What is amazing about this is that upon completion of the mandala, the monks, almost as if to model the impermanent nature of life, immediately sweep up the colored grains and dissolve the sand in water. This practice ultimately serves to allow the monks to be mindful and present in the process, without being so focused on or attached to the product, the destination. The message in this is that our life’s work lies within the journey, within the day-to-day. That is where those moments of awakening dawn upon us. So embrace your life’s journey and be receptive and open to the magic that lies therein.