Letter from Publisher, February 2015
Feb 02, 2015 08:48AM
We were very fortunate to witness both the completion and ultimate deconstruction of the sand mandala. My children were mesmerized by the project and happily received a blessing by one of the monks. The deconstruction acts as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. Afterwards, the sand was swept up and placed in an urn. Part of the sand was distributed to the audience and the remainder was carried to a creek, where the flowing water signifies how the blessing is carried and spread throughout the world for planetary healing.
I’ve learned that many different kinds of mandalas teach different lessons and confer specific blessings. The Medicine Buddha, for example, represents physical and mental healing, addressing emotions such as anger, pride and jealousy. The monks request its blessings of healing for all beings and collectively pray for peace and harmony in the world.
Our February issue, centered on the themes of Enlightened Relationships and Healing from Grief, carries my wish for you of felt wholeness of heart. Love heals all hearts and if yours is currently troubled or broken, I pray that you find sources of solace and help within these pages. May your hearts feel clean, warmed and whole, Audrey