It's Funded!!! Thank you so Much!
Firstly I want to say thank you so very much for your support on this venture (adventure). It is a trip into the unknown for me, but somehow it feels compulsive. I could not possibly do this without your help. As Shakespeare so eloquently put it 'I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.'
The House of Spirit Series of Mandalas which I have been creating for almost a year now, will be on exhibition in the Banquet Hall of Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 from May 2nd - May 12th. What a perfect venue with its wonderful Mandalas on the ceiling! There will be an opening night on Friday May 1st at 7pm and it would be lovely to see you there!
15% of the sales of any pieces will be donated to the charity Aware, helping people suffering with depression. As well as getting the work out into the world, the aim of this exhibition is to try to raise awareness of the many many healing benefits of the art of the mandala.
I would like to thank all those who supported me in this venture, both financially through this Fundit campaign, those who gave me moral support and boosts when I needed them most (Maria!!) and the many people who have given me advice and support in kind. Many many thanks and I hope to see you on May 1st!
Day 8: 46% of the way there!!
It's the 8th day of the campaign...and I am 46% of the way there! Thank you so very much for your generous support...it means such a lot to me. Today I spoke to the people in Aware, an Irish charity which supports people suffering from depression. I have chosen them to become my supported charity and 15% of an sales of artwork or merchandise from now on will be donated to Aware. It seems like the ideal choice, as the art of the mandala is a healing tool, bringing you into a meditative and calm state.
There's a science to this. Psychologists, neurologists and researchers have found that by stimulating both sides of the brain (which mandala art is doing) our thought process becomes clearer, stress reduces, blood pressure lowers and the list goes on.
Normally when we make decisions or review our day we use the left hemisphere of the brain, considered as rational. We often leave out the possibility of taking advantage of the benefits brought by the right hemisphere of the brain, such as creative imagination, serenity, capacity of synthesis and ease of memorization, among others. By drawing intuitively in the wholeness of the circle, we begin to get a much fuller picture of what is going on in our lives, our minds. We come to realise what is ours to keep and what is merely garbage to be taken from the well of the mind and soul.
The word 'Mandala' is the ancient Sanskrit word meaning 'Circle' or 'Container of Spirit'. The well of your soul. It is an ancient technique that has been used across the world for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Indeed the Dali Lama and the Tibetan Monks create the most beautiful mandalas...and they are just about the calmest people on the planet!
I have been creating mandalas almost every day now for three years. Sometimes it's a big one, when I have the time. If the day is busy, I will do a small one in my journal. Just focusing those thoughts, getting rid of what is not mine. It is a form of open-eyed meditation and it works wonders on spring cleaning the mind and soul. We take it for granted to take care of our physical bodies, our homes and the things external to us. With statistics on depression and suicide being now at an all time high in Ireland, it is now more important than ever to take the time to take care of mind, body and spirit.
Thank you again so much for your support and please do keep sharing it! I've 54% left to go!
I sat wondering yesterday whether I had gone mad...the usual doubts....will anybody respond? And then the first pledge came in from one of my Facebook followers! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I had a little dance around the kitchen let it be said. And then another 2 pledges popped in....and I don't know who they are at all! It is so affirming that you give me your support. I have never put the work physically out there and your belief in me and my plan means so much to me. And then today, another friend pledged. She doesn't do hugs...but I might try and nab one...and if not, take this as a virtual one Edel! This evening I got to hug my ex-husband who has been so supportive. Thank you Conor....and remember, it doesn't end with the pledge.... you have to help me carry all the work into the city ;-)
Many many thanks to you all for getting the ball rolling! xx
I am sitting here at the kitchen table and there are butterflies in my stomach...I have never done something like this before. But I tell myself 'you have vowed to do something you are afraid of each day.' Did I vow that? Yes I did! And so I am it seems. I tell myself that each time a person pledges something, a butterfly will take a nap....and my stomach will settle. I will definitely be drawing a Mandala tonight! Today I wish that one person will get the ball rolling to enable a butterfly to nap. Namaste, Patricia xx