Branching Out

“Branching Out”

[originally posted in the August 2012 Mandala Musings Newsletter]

Branching Out Mandala
Branching Out Mandala

This mandala reminds us to reach out, try new things, explore beyond our comfort zone always knowing that at any time we can return to the center, our foundation. Let our inner light inspire us and guide us.

Starting this newsletter pushes the envelope for me. What do I know about writing newsletters? I have this inner voice that often says “no one wants to hear what you have to say.” Ouch…that’s a bit harsh. And yet I proceed anyway knowing that with each newsletter, it will be easier and evolve with each new issue.

Some of my mandala readings lately push me beyond what I’ve done before. It feels like I’m expanding a rubber band and then when I’m done, I release it and come back to my comfort zone knowing that I survived and can go even farther the next time. Reminds of some roller coaster rides. They take my breath away while on them and when I return to the ride’s “home base”, I feel energized, yelling, “that was awesome!”

How to Branch Out
If we create a home base for ourselves, a space or action that when we access it, it brings us back to center again, then exploring our horizons, going beyond what we’ve done before becomes easier, making us stronger and more confident. For me, tapping my sternum (the thymus gland is behind it*), taking a few deep breaths, simply and quickly brings me back “home”, clears my head.

When we feel our inner light guiding us, pushing us to branch out, remember that everything we do is just a learning experience and that we can handle anything, and in the end it becomes a win-win situation.

So where do you feel the desire to branch out? Create your “home base”, and go for it.

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

Read more about tapping the thymus…