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Gail Henson
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<p style=”background: white; vertical-align: baseline; margin: 0in 0in .25in 0in;”><span style=”font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: ‘Calibri’,sans-serif; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; color: #737373;”>Hi,</span></p>
<p style=”background: white; vertical-align: baseline; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px; margin: 0in 0in .25in 0in;”><span style=”font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: ‘Calibri’,sans-serif; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; color: #737373;”>I love the idea of the labyrinth app.  Thank you for sharing the many ideas, Karen.  You mentioned mandalas.  Thank you for sharing that.  Rick, as you mentioned the transitions you’re experiencing, some of these ideas may provide ways of meditation and focus.  Who knows what works, whether with ourselves or our clients.</span></p>
<p style=”background: white; vertical-align: baseline; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px; margin: 0in 0in .25in 0in;”><span style=”font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: ‘Calibri’,sans-serif; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; color: #737373;”>I have used mandalas in with cancer patients during workshops.  Whether one uses mandala coloring pages or books or creates one independently, mandalas can be powerful tools and practices for healing and meditation.</span></p>
<p style=”margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;”><span style=”color: #737373; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;”><span style=”font-size: 11pt;”>I’d like to share the following from a  site ( </span></span><span style=”color: #0bc63d; border: none windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: none windowtext 0in; padding: 0in; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;”>https://coloring.club/how-coloring-mandalas-can-be-used-as-a-spiritual-practice/</span&gt;<span style=”color: #737373; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;”><span style=”font-size: 11pt;”> ) that described the power of mandalas in the following ways.  </span><span style=”font-size: 14.6667px;”>The</span><span style=”font-size: 11pt;”> power of the mandalas has much to do with the circular </span><span style=”font-size: 14.6667px;”>design</span><span style=”font-size: 11pt;”> of them.  Circles are believed to help people focus inward.  They are symbols of wholeness, connection, unity, harmony, and continuity.  Circles are reflective of the circle of life.  Circles are flowing and calming in design.  From the center of a circle comes infinite opportunities.  The layers and circles of a mandala may represent different things, such as wisdom, death, and nature.  The circles remind and reinforce that we have unlimited potential.  Coloring a mandala may be used as part of a spiritual practice because doing so can evoke a sense of calm and meditative state, expand creativity, increase self-awareness, balance mind, body, and spirit; enhance focus and concentration; reduce stress and anxiety; and evoke a sense of calm and meditative state.   Designs for mandalas–religious and non-religious–abound.  Here is one site to play with: </span></span>https://www.justcolor.net/relaxation/ </p>
Maybe we should each color a page and tell about it….!

Until later.

Gail