Transcending Trump

Transcending Trump

The mandala series “Transcending Trump” was my effort to use the Flower of Life to provide new perspective on the alarming headlines of the second six months of the Trump presidency.

Each week I made a headline collage, drew a flower of life grid over it, and painted. As I did so, several things began to happen. I gained some perspective on what was not mine to change and what was. I became less overwhelmed and better able to turn my attention to those things that mattered most.

But another surprising thing happened as I painted this mandala series. I came to recognize that whose with whom I most strongly disagree are also held within its sacred circle. As I released a little of my tightly-held self-righteousness, my sense of repressed fury and powerlessness began to lift. With these mandalas I have grown in both commitment to those things that I believe in and compassion for those who see it all so very differently. I hope that meditating on them may do the same for you.