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Mandala Reflections aims to create community that supports holistic lifestyle, wellness, and spirituality topics that connect you to you and to others. One of my original goals was to get more voices on this blog. I envisioned this blog to not be a singular adventure but one where many people can share their thoughts and opinions on interesting subject matter as it relates to our lives and health. I’m not there yet nor has it been decided if that is where the blog is heading, but as a small step, I chose March as a month to feature a variety of topics and people in the community to share some of their thoughts on life, wellness, and spirituality through their personal lenses. So thank you to those of you who agreed to share some of your time and your personal reflection with us! We are so lucky to have you as part of this wellness community ūüôā


With that said, I am proud to announce that we are already a week into March, and I will be posting a variety of guest blogs to give you a little Spring break from my usual blogging. If you missed out on last week’s guest blog, scroll down to see Alanna Gibbs’s offering on what it means to listen.

Just as a heads up, this coming Wednesday we’ll have a guest blog from writer, Kate Robertson. On Friday we will do a spotlight on Thai Body Work and the lovely Thai yoga bodyworker, Siri Garnaas. Please be sure to leave comments or send me your feedback on how you are liking these posts. It’s helpful to know if it’s helpful to you so we can have more of what you like on the blog.

Other things to note:

  • Be sure to check back to see what else we have cooking this month. March is National Nutrition Month, so we will feature some fun recipes and info on some different superfoods. If you missed it, there was already one post on chia seeds.
  • With all of the snow and slush around it’s been a fun month to shake things up on the blog. More changes will be coming soon over the next few months, so stay tuned!
  • Also, if you are someone who wants to be a guest writer in the future, please email your idea to¬†mandalareflections@gmail.com. I’m actually checking the blog’s email now so please do send me some mail love ūüôā

Happy Sunday to all!

On mandalas…What kind of mandala is yours?


Despite being named Mandala Reflections, this blog hasn’t taken the time to devote a ton of information about the circular gems. So here is a quickie for you!

#One: A quote from Pema Chodren’s new book that captures the beauty of the mandala. (Thank you, Mary for sharing!)

“Each person’s life is like a mandala- a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life. We enter a room, and the room is our mandala. We get on the subway, and the subway car is our mandala, down to the teenager checking messages on her iPhone and the homeless man slumped in the corner. We go for a hike in the¬†mountains, and everything as far as we can see is our mandala: the clouds, the trees, the snow on the peeks, even the rattlesnake coiled in the corner. We’re lying in a hospital bed, and the hospital is our mandala. We don’t set it up, we don’t get to choose what or who shows up in it. It is, As Chogyam Trungpa said, ‘the mandala that is never arranged but is always complete.’ And we embrace it just as it is.¬†Everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening. From this point of view, awakening is right at your fingertips continually. There’s not a drop of rain or a pile of dog poop that appears in your life that isn’t the manifestation of enlightened energy, that isn’t a doorway to sacred world. But it’s up to you whether your life is a mandala of neurosis or a mandala of sanity.”
(From Pema’s newest book, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change)


(Photo and mandala coloring courtesy of K. Higgins)

#Two:¬†Some former classmates of mine are putting on a workshop on Mandalas late February!¬†You should really consider attending if you are interested in learning more about them and how you can utilize them in your life. They are charging $25 for this workshop – an incredible value for being in community with and learning about a fascinating topic from incredibly¬†knowledgeable¬†women. ¬†(They dedicated their master’s research project to the very topic of mandalas – very juicy stuff ;)). For more information on the event, check out their¬†Facebook event page.

April Happenings


This month marks the last¬†time¬†Mandala Reflections will¬†share health and wellness events in this format.¬†¬†A page devoted to highlighting¬†local events and resources will replace the “happenings” posts. This change will organize resources for you¬†in a way that is¬†more user-friendly.¬†Look for the new page next month!

To hold you over until then, here are a few April events that caught my eye.

Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6, 5pm– Doors open, 5:30pm– Program begins, Location: Coffman Memorial Union (Monday only), Mayo Memorial Auditorium (Tuesday – Friday), for full address details and parking information,¬†visit U of M website, 8th Annual National Public Health Week Film Festival,¬†presented by the School of Public Health. “Are you curious about the farm to school food movement, how health is a human right, how the GLBTQ community rose above the devastating effects of the 1980s AIDS epidemic, the terminally ill‚Äôs controversial end-of-life decisions, or female orgasms and how the medical industry is trying to stake claim on prescription medication?” Then this is the week for you to explore public health issues through cinema! For full details on the movies and the freebies in store for you, check out what’s happening on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Cost: FREE, but you may need to pay for parking.

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Location:¬†Regina Medical Center, ¬†Common Female Medical Problems that Women Worry About, “Meet a team of obstetrician/gynecologists ‘OB/GYNs’ who specialize in women‚Äôs health” to discuss preventative care, gynecological consultations, gynecological surgeries, prenatal care including normal and high-risk pregnancies, infertility testing and treatment. “Questions can be submitted confidentially before the Q&A session begins.” Cost: Seminar is¬†FREE but reservations are necessary. Free gift and refreshments provided. To register call mainline 651-480-4244.

Saturday, April 21, 7:30am to 5:00pm, Location: Golden Valley, MN,¬†Exploring Paths of Hope: Midwest Family Building Conference,¬†presented by Resolve.¬†“This conference is designed to address the medical and emotional issues associated with infertility and adoption.¬† Attendees will learn about new treatments, be able to talk directly to doctors and specialists, explore parenting options and network with others experiencing infertility.”¬†Cost: $45/person at early bird special rate (register before April 6), Scholarships are available. If money is an issue¬† Resolve wants to make sure you can still join. Please call Julie at 612.481.4307 for information about scholarships.

Friday, April 27, 10:15am-11:00am, Location: West 7th Community Center, St. Paul, Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know to Be Your Own Advocate, “According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the number of Lyme disease cases has been increasing dramatically since the 1990s. Learn how Lyme disease affects the body, become familiar with symptoms, avoid diagnostic pitfalls, and know how to protect yourself and your family.” Cost: FREE. For more information, call 651-298-5493.