Oh a more joyful note...I have some sweet things to share from work. First off here are some reflections on the Mandala's our kids made in art class. Here is some background on Mandala's + some reflections from the kids:)
Mandala simply means a circle. They are ancient symbols representing the whole world or the life cycle and first appeared in
These are some of the things the kids said about the knots:
“The knots represent love, passion, loyalty and tender care.” 11 year old boy
“Think about it – the knotted dragons represent the 2 sides of each of us. We may be tangled up in knots and ugly on the outside, but beautiful on the inside. And every body has a heart.” 14 year old boy.
“We may have things that hold us back, but we are still beautiful” 15 year old girl
When we were working on the paintings one of my students said they were all like the Circle of Courage (our model for our agency, it is adapted from a Native American child rearing practice, you can see more on our website)
This is how she explained it:
Belonging – because we worked on them together.
Mastery – because we finished all of them.
Generosity – because we are giving them to put up on campus so everyone can see them.
I just love the things they say:) Also our chapel service last night went great, our theme was, "Take a walk in someone else's shoes"...I will write more on that later!