This is the mandala I spoke about in the video yesterday.
TL;DW: The practice of creating/coloring mandalas is an opportunity to focus our energy on wholeness, connection, and integration of parts of the self and parts of our world/universe and to center/align ourselves and our nervous systems in the midst of great disconnection and separation.
What I didn’t get to in my video is:
1. You can easily download and print these online. Search: “printable mandala”.
2. You can make your own by tracing a larger round object and a smaller round object for the center and fill in the rest however you see fit (use rulers or a compass, trace things, or freehand).
3. You can create/color mandalas with your kids or while they’re creating their own crafts.
Why is this extra important RIGHT NOW? This is a microcosm practice for what is being asked of us in the macrocosm.
“There is no more need for competition, as what is being called in is radical cooperation and coherence for us to evolve into the fullest potential of our Highest Good – individually and collectively, which turns out to be the same thing.” - Aligned wise words from Eron Zehavi’s Dreamspell contemplation for today.
Nervous system regulation tool # 3: the Magic of Earplugs :). The nuances of being a highly sensitive person can show up differently for different people and for me it includes a sensitivity to sound.
Earplugs have played a crucial role in managing my auditory sensitivity and regulating my nervous system. I first stumbled across them in college and found that when I wore them to study, even in the fairly quiet library, I could concentrate a million times better because I didn’t have to put any energy into filtering out the noises around me.
Fast forward several years, I decided to experiment with earplugs in a variety of settings beyond the normal places like live music shows where my friends were wearing them too. I put some in to help me focus on my shopping list when I was heading into a noisy, crowded Trader Joe’s during rush hour, or Costco at any time of day(!), or when I was walking around Lake Merritt in Oakland on a busy, Sunday afternoon. They would drown out the background noise and allow me to fully focus on the task at hand or the visual beauty surrounding me.
Now, they are a staple in my day-to-day life and I couldn’t imagine living life without them. I use neutral-colored plugs with lower decibel coverage when I’m at a store so they aren’t noticeable and I can still hear if someone needs to squeeze by me. When I’m concentrating on a project at a cafe, library, or at home, I use the ones that have a higher decibel coverage.
Do you have a sensitivity to sound? Do you use earplugs or noise canceling headphones in your daily life? Or any other tools for auditory sensitivity?
*Folks have been asking me what kind I use: I personally use Mack's and Howard Leight/Honeywell Max. A friend recently recommended the "slim fit" by Mack's which I plan to try this week. Please share if you have other recommendations.