All Things Beautiful...Through My Kaleidoscope

Welcome to my page of reflections on the mandala art of Henry Reed. Long ago, I envisioned my writing as viewing life through my looking glass…my kaleidoscope. I love the way the picture changes, with each turn of the scope. Yet, it’s always unique and beautiful. After long enjoying Henry’s mandalas in my daily email, I discovered that, beyond looking at the artwork, I was feeling prompted to write words from my heart regarding what was going on in my life. I began my own daily affirmations, or reflections…and posting them here, beginning in August 2009. ~ Nov. 13, 2011, Henry completed his 7th year -- 2,556 mandala paintings -- thus completing a circle. A new one begins. Hope you'll tune in to watch what develops in this blog space of Henry Reed, SusanGail and ATB ~ It's a journey of intuitive heart.

MANDALA ART BY HENRY REED FROM ARCHIVES OF THE DAILY MANDALA

Note to visitors of All Things Beautiful...

Below you will see my reflections on The Daily Mandala from the archives, beginning with Nov. 13, 2004...progressing gradually onward to Nov. 13, 2007, when Henry concluded his seven-year series. To see the newest mandalas, scroll down the archives...to where I first began the reflections in 2009. So, I've a long way to go before I sleep, in these mandala woods, so lovely, dark and deep!

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 31, 2010

I'm comin' around the mountain;
flying is more like it...
surveying my wondrous world
of promise and possibilities. 
Things are bright and beautiful
here in this place.
All creatures...
including me...
hum to the tune of beauty
in the tiniest nooks of each day. 
I'm humbled to be on this creative journey
of joy and grace. And, I hold on for the ride! ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 31, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 30, 2010

 Like butterflies to the flower,
hummingbirds to the nectar,
I find the energizing center.
Working steadily, with a bee-line of purpose,
my pathways are clear.
There are many steps to climb, 
many segments to put into place.
But the plan is drawn...
I need only follow the pattern,
knowing unseen hands are there alongside,
guiding... - ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 30, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 29, 2010

 As above, so below.
Remembering this, I feel supported 
by the inherent harmony of the universe.
Obstacles become stepping stones. 
Thoughts become things.
Patience is my watchword. 
Swinging freely, I lightly traverse 
a rainbow bridge to spirit.
All is well. - ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 29, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 28, 2010

 At times I get frustrated and angry
with the way things are going.
And I can get as peeved as a sizzling summer day. 
My inner barometer can soar off the charts...
when I don't understand 
the why of things, or of people in my life. 
It's at these times that I know 
I must calm down, cool down, find the stillpoint. 
It's important that I don't get stuck
in this self-imposed, temporary power outage, 
but that I remember my heart purpose...
and flip the joy-light switch back on. -ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 27, 2010

 Squirrelly, squiggly, brightly, quizzically,
I wonder how this caterpillar is going to spin
itself into a butterfly. 
When will the squirming come to an end,
so I can break out of the cocoon
to soar aloft, to my heart's content, 
on the summer breezes? 
My dreams and I...when will we fly? -ATB

The Daily Mandala: May 27, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 26, 2010

HEART:
It's at the heart of everything in my life.
My goals, my dreams, my relationships,
my intentions, my triumphs, my failures,
my health, my understanding.
All fly at the frequency of heart.
Daily I affirm that music... the color, the light,
the feeling... of love, joy, beauty, peace. - atb


The Daily Mandala: May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 25, 2010

 Calmly, patiently, persistently, creatively,
I imagine this beautiful day
expressing itself through me.
I visualize the completion of my dream,
in every detail.
Down to the final dot on the canvas,
my heart delights in the knowing 
that each is an integral piece of the painting.
Nothing is more or less important,
because the entire picture is me.
I need only to let it be. Me. - ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 25, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 24, 2010

 When I feel challenges coming at me in all directions,
I take time to reflect on what they might mean
in the grand scheme of things.
What is God orchestrating, I often wonder.
When what I'm creating seems full of potential,
and then something totally unpredictable happens
that changes events, sets everything spinning...
I realize I'm not really the producer of this show. 
And, I wonder who the A-team really is. ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 24, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 23, 2010

 Finding your power means making the difficult choice
of going inside, diving deep, sinking into your sea of fear 
to find the inner voice. That personal guidance system
that resonates with your authentic self, 
and is always present. The journey is one we take alone. 
Sometimes you wonder if you'll ever reach the other side. 
Friends, family, mentors may be cheering from the sidelines.
They'll point out tools to assist you in your travels.
But only you can reach that unique center point 
of passion and power that will lead you
to new possibilities,
and ultimate freedom of being who you are. ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 23, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 22, 2010

 Exquisite is this day.
This day of new beginnings.
This day when I realize the heart of me
pulsates with the beauty of life,
compelling me to continue on this
journey of discovery.
Compelling me to reflect, to write,
to explore the infinite possibilities.
And, in appreciation for what I'm learning,
to pass it on. ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 22, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 21, 2010

 Sprightly springtime weavings seem serendipitous,
yet contained in a hologram 
of the future blending with the past.
All is well, as I go about organizing
the facets of my life.
Or does life go about organizing me?
No matter, I'm comfortable with
the way things are, and will be. ATB
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The Daily Mandala: May 21, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 20, 2010

 Spreading my wings--
as the eagle flies...
the seagull soars, dips and dives--
I embrace the emergent energy
rising to fuel my flight plan. 
In my garden,
the dragonfly hovers, the butterfly flitters.
Flowers are blooming. I'm one of them. -atb
The Daily Mandala: May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 19, 2010

 Dreamweaver: I dream of peace
enveloping this beautiful planet.
I see it gently cradled within 
a loving network  -- a creative,
supportive fellowship 
among the global family 
of this place we call home. ATB

The Daily Mandala: May 19, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 18, 2010

 I'm over the runway now, and no matter what direction I take to the destination, I know that all is unfolding as it should. So, I'm going in for a landing. The lights are brilliant. The way before me is clear. And, I like what I see. atb
The Daily Mandala: May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 17, 2010

 Showtime: Like the points of light on a movie marquee,
I celebrate the main attraction...
the movie, the mandala of my dream.
I'm reminded of a favorite quote of mine, 
shared by a filmmaker friend, who was inspired by the telephone
message of his friend and mentor,
Dalee Henderson (1952-2005), and passed it on.
"WAKE UP!! And experience the love, the light, the joy,
the splendor, the MIRACLE of life. 
Simply by being alive, you have been invited
to the greatest show in the universe.
Sit back, take a deep breath, and
  enjoy the show...Leave a message." -- ATBPD

The Daily Mandala: May 17, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 16, 2010

 My heart is bursting with energy
that wishes to express itself.
I see the shoots of new growth,
wanting to push me to a new level,
yet still I feel constricted by the dark places,
the shadows I have yet to integrate, flaring alongside. 
Holding to the light and love of the supportive community 
of family, friends, ministering spirits of kindred souls, 
I affirm the truth and beauty once again of my dream,
knowing that beauty ties it all together 
into a precious gift of creative potential. ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 16, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 15, 2010

 Sometimes I wake up feeling wild and crazy...
a little red-eyed, sleepless, and anxious.
I wonder, will I ever accomplish all the things I want?
Will I see them through?
 Is life but a dream? Where am I? How am I? 
Wow...better get energized and get moving!
Go for that walk, write that paper, plan that party.
Hang on world...here I come! -- ATB

The Daily Mandala: May 15, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 14, 2010

 While life is swirling all about me, 
and confusion reigns in my soul, 
my heart says to keep my eye on the prize...there,
in the center, calling me home.
Keeping my intention always there, 
I  relax,  allowing the beauty of divine order to unfold. ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 14, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 13, 2010


Focus. Do you SEE?
There's your dream.
Put your attention on it.
Be bold, be free, be you.
Just do it. - ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 13, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 12, 2010





Quirky, playful, creative solutions abound
as I fire up my lean green idea machine!
All systems are GO! -- ATB
The Daily Mandala: May 12, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 11, 2010

When I sense I'm at a crossroads in my life,
I know it's time to drop all pretense, 
go apart for awhile, pare down, and simplify...
reflecting on the wonder of where I've been
and where I'm going.
Slowing down to the speed of life, as they say,
brings things to light. Then, in quietness, 
with confidence and clarity,
I can walk on. The destination is in sight. -- ATB

The Daily Mandala: May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 10, 2010

 In the spirit of truth and beauty, 
I frame my purpose, my goals, my dreams.
Like a personal medallion, I choose to wear this invisible companion over my heart, 
nudging me to express more 
of my authentic self each day.

The Daily Mandala: May 10, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 9, 2010

 When I survey the blueprint of my dreams, I find joy
in visioning all the pieces of the puzzle in place,
all the parts of the project lined up,
all the plants in the garden, row upon row.
Inch by inch, baby step by baby step, stone by stone...
constantly and with perseverance,
I work diligently to completion.
"The vision awaits its time," 
and I wait for it, for it will surely come.
The Daily Mandala: May 9, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 8, 2010

 Today, in awareness of the subtle energies
around me, I feel refreshed and renewed
 from the spring rains that clear my path,
  revealing clean lines on the road ahead.
A bright and breezy curiosity compels me
  to walk on. With simplicity and wonder 
I enjoy my expanding horizons, while
 remaining true to my inner calling. -- atb
The Daily Mandala: May 8, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 7, 2010

 A fantastic finale can be mine to a fabulous idea 
when I see clearly and take action toward my dream.
The more I focus, the brighter the vision becomes.
When I view things through the lens of beauty 
and possibility, I can then trust in a divine outcome...
and I welcome the inspirations and people
that appear on the journey.-atb
The Daily Mandala: May 7, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 6, 2010

Lightness of spirit weaves rainbow threads of gentle luminescence through my heart, the wispy strands supporting me with the tensile strength of my ideals. In flexibility, and compassion, I'm at one with my day... softly, impressionistically, coloring it my way. -atb
The Daily Mandala: May 6, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 5, 2010

 Gazing around me, I see all things as well
and beautiful. Daily, I affirm the power of possibility...
in grace, love, joy, peace. 
Prayerfully, I share blessings 
of light and praise for the abundance of life
across the vista of my world, 
content that each small action makes a difference,
adding another positive aspect to the larger picture.-atb
The Daily Mandala: May 5, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 4, 2010

Today, things are beginning to whirl
into place, as I allow the
Butterfly Blueprint
to lift off from the runway
  of my consciousness out into the world.
It may flit from flower to flower, 
but it will get the job done. 
Together, the blooms create one beautiful
tapestry in my healing garden.-atb
The Daily Mandala: May 4, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 3, 2010

Out of the shadows and chaos of yesterday's
colors and dreams, a beautifully structured
   butterfly emerges to fly on light wings.
The colors are the same, but
the palette vibrates with new possibilities,
new combinations... fashioning brilliant, 
bright hews and splendid creations.-atb

The Daily Mandala: May 3, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 2, 2010

 



Life becomes a fiesta... of flowering possibilities 
and candlelight inspirations, kindling my heart 
with compassion and beauty... 
when I take time out to revive my spirit in creative activities 
and round-the-table conversations 
with loved ones and friends. Projects and dreams brighten,
infused with their love and support. 
Knowing that we all are connected lifts my aspirations 
to ever higher levels of accomplishment.
I pursue my path with gratitude and joy. -atb
The Daily Mandala: May 2, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Daily Mandala: May 1, 2010


A panoply of prolific ideas catapults me
into action today, as I feel my creativity quotient
rising with the energy of this first day of May!
Let the revelry begin!
The Daily Mandala: May 1, 2010