On Saturday I had an awful pulled muscle on the right side of my neck and shoulder. It was less likely an injury than a stress point from the tension I’d endured the whole previous week. My email had gone down, I was missing communications and my online life was a horrible mess all week long. The physical manifestation of that mess decided to settle in my right shoulder and the pain kept me from sleeping, concentrating and enjoying anything. But, obviously, it was all a self-inflicted problem.
I decided the best remedy was to make my second mandala. I thought it would help me relax, put my problems out of my mind and release the tension on the side of my neck. I spent the day in the studio working on it, making the most of a day alone. I let the silence tell me what the next gesture would be, let the universe tell me which color to mix and where it belonged.
After I was done I put the two mandalas side by side, and….whoa.
That was some pain in the neck.