Life Balance Mandala - A Fun Way to Check In
There's a common coaching tool known as the Wheel of Life (not to be confused with the Tibetan Wheel of Life) that's used to take a snapshot of how you perceive the balance in your life on the day you complete the exercise. Lately I've enjoyed making mandalas in the transition time I typically enjoy between work and the activities of the evening and I thought it would be fun to apply the wheel-of-life concept in an artful way to the creation of a mandala.
A Wheel of Life is typically a circle divided into several pie sections with each section labeled with one area of life—career, health, recreation, romance, spirituality and so forth. A series of concentric circles are created at equal distances from the center—usually 10—with "1" being the innermost circle and "10" being the outside circle. The practice is to mark in each section of the pie what level of satisfaction you're feeling in that life area, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the least satisfied and 10 being perfectly satisfied. The finished chart is simply intended to give you a visual of what areas in your life you're more or less happy with in that moment. It's not meant as a judgement of any sort; it's just a tool to allow you to see the overall picture. And since mandalas are great meditation tools, I was in the mood to explore these areas of my life in a meditative way.
Would you like to give one a try yourself?
Remember to not think of this process as anything more than a snapshot of how you are in this moment. It doesn't need to be an indication of areas you "should" work on; it's simply a way for you to connect with what's going on inside you.
I'd love to see what you create if you feel like sharing. Just use the hashtag #lifebalancemandala.
And if there's any way I can support you in those areas of your life that fill you with purpose and allow you to share your message with others, drop me a note; I'd love to hear from you!