Carriere, MS. 39426
I love creating mandalas using native vegetation. I became interested many years ago at about the age of 7 when my parents took my brother and me to visit my mom's birthplace of Raceland, LA. We were sidelined due to a flat tire and while waiting to get going again, my mom casually arranged a circle with a few leaves on a picnic table we were sitting at. It was a simple circle of just a few leaves and I remember being quite taken with the design. It wasn't until my husband and I moved to Mississippi that I began arranging intricate circular designs as a full time hobby. I mostly arrange mandalas using native vegetation, but recently fell in love with creating computer generated mandala art. It wasn't until a year ago that I started taking pictures of them so to add visual interest to my Facebook page. I'd like to say that mandala arranging produces a great meditative insightful state of mind in me, but this wouldn't be the case. It does however, keep me grounded and in the moment and I feel more in tune with nature.
"Mandala", simply means circle, representing wholeness and is viewed as a model for the organized structure of life itself. Mandala construction dates back many years and was popularized in the Western world by the famous psychiatrist, Carl Jung, 1875-1961, to diagnose mental disorders in his patients. Jung said that a Mandala symbolizes, "a safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness." (who among us couldn't use a little more of this in our lives?)
I encourage everyone to take a closer look at the native vegetation we are so blessed with and create a few mandalas of their own. No purchase of art supplies is necessary and anyone can do it. Be sure to use a camera and capture the image.
If interested in seeing more of my images, please feel free to visit my Facebook page, Mary Murchison (Culbertson), in Carriere, MS.
I have wishes of inspiring other people to take a closer look at nature and create some mandalas of their own and that they hopefully create a safe refuge of inner reconciliation "peace" and wholeness. It works for me!