22-182 Cycles

Today’s Mandala

“In the cycle of nature
there is no such thing
as victory or defeat;
there is only movement.”

— Paulo Coelho

“Human experience resembles
the battered moon
that tracks us
in cycles of light and darkness,
of life and death,
now seeking out and
now stealing away from the sun
that gives it light
and symbolizes eternity.”

— Eugene Kennedy

has a beginning and an end.
Life is just a cycle of starts and stops.
There are ends we don’t desire,
but they’re inevitable,
we have to face them.
It’s what being human is all about.”

— Jet Black

Today’s MotD reminds us that everything about our existence is about cycles; ups and downs, looping over and under, spiraling this way and that, spinning around and around. It’s because of this that it serves us best to learn how to experience it all from a spot in the middle, centered, so that we can maintain an even keel.

It’s from this vantage point (even-keeled center) where we can better navigate these cycles and learn from them when to slow down, when to speed up, when to turn, when to just watch them, when to change lanes, when to stop, and so on. Otherwise, we tend end up as reactionary “victims” tossed around and battered like wet clothes in a dryer.

Think of this even-keeled center like a ride on a traditional ferris wheel: no matter where we are on the wheel, we are always upright and facing forward.

“Relax, and let the ride take you.”

— Neal Therrien


The Mandala Lady

btw…started with this:

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