Two new books! And a new imprint!

Two new books! And a new imprint! I’m back. Really. Moving forward, you’ll be hearing from me on a regular basis, with new images and new writing about art, healing, and transformation, as well as excerpts from books and announcements of publications and events. But meanwhile… After months of looking for a traditional publisher for my Kickstarted book of essays and Flower Mandalas, and after a mixed experience with a traditional publisher for an…

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Mandalas, healing … and coloring!

On May 22, from 6:30-7:30 pm, I’ll be reading from my book Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: A Meditation and also talking about using mandalas for meditation, healing… and coloring! The presentation will be at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, with five miles of trails for folks of all abilities to enjoy. Click here to sign up for the presentation. Copies of…

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Flower Mandalas: the opera, country music, wildlife sanctuary, and the airwaves

Flower Mandalas: the opera, country music, and wildlife sanctuaries Just a quick update on what’s happening with the Flower Mandalas. Opera: The “Pink Peony I” Flower Mandala is being used by the Old Opera House in Frankfurt, Germany, on the cover of their 2016-2017 program, on their website, and on 500 large posters hung throughout the city. Music: The Brazilian band Nemphis Belle, singing in a Country Western style in English, has released an album…

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The Garbage and the Flowers (Wabi-Sabi)

Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Facebook and Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Twitter For the last several years, I’ve found myself attracted to the dead leaves I see on the ground as I walk, particularly those in late fall and winter. I’ve taken hundreds, maybe thousands, of pictures of them. A friend’s mentioning to me the concept of wabi-sabi helped me understand why. Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese term for finding the beauty in imperfection, and accepting…

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Transmigration of Flower Mandala essence

Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Facebook and Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Twitter More soon on the topic of transforming the essence of one type of art into another, but both the therapist and the artist in me wanted to convey a personal example by showing how my Flower Mandalas were transformed by artist Emily Sper into line art for our coloring book, 52 Flower Mandalas. Below is part of a table I created of all 52…

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Raffles, reviews, and samples! Oh my!

Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Facebook and Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Twitter Breaking news! I’ve been finding out more from clients and colorists about coloring and it’s meditative qualities and will write another post on that soon, but some time-sensitive events are happening with 52 Flower Mandalas. Before I get to those events, though, here are two more completed illustrations from colorist C.G. Lynee, which she entitled “Arbor” and “Naos”: And now, the news.…

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Can I pick your brains?

Share 52 Flower Mandalas with your friends! Art Bars, Coloring Parties, other audiences Now that our coloring book 52 Flower Mandalas is completed, I’d like to find more ways to get it out into the world. Marketing and promotion, alas, have never been my strengths, so I’d appreciate some advice and some help. A friend suggested that because coloring is a relaxing, meditative, but also a creative activity, 52 Flower Mandalas would be an asset to HR…

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On Coloring

Share 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief with your friends! I stumbled into coloring. Shortly after I completed a Kickstarter campaign for my book Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: A Mediation, a friend suggested that I convert the images to illustrations and create a coloring book — not for children, but for adults. Until then, I had never even heard of coloring books for adults. Now, months later, I…

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“Untitled,” a colorist creation by S. Everett

Share 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief with your friends! “Untitled,” a colorist creation by S. Everett, one of the colorists I’ve been working with on “52 Flower Mandalas.” See http://davidbookbinder/books/gallery for the latest colorist creations.

“Gateway,” a colorist creation by C.G. Lynee

Share 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief with your friends! “Gateway,” a colorist creation by C.G. Lynee, one of the colorists I’ve been working with on “52 Flower Mandalas.” See http://davidbookbinder/books/gallery for the latest colorist creations.

Something new: “52 Flower Mandalas” coloring book for adults

Share 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief with your friends! Child psychologists observe that children are most creative when they’re at play. The same principle also applies to most adults. With 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief, you can return to your inner child … play. Coloring relaxes and renews, sparks ideas, relieves stress, helps work through emotions — and it’s fun! The stunning…

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Something new…

Just a note to let you know that something new is in the pipeline. It’s the culmination of a collaboration with illustrator and book designer Emily Sper (http://www.emilysper.com/hactiv.html). More details, and an invitation to participate in the process, coming soon. Watch this space!

Agent!

I’m happy to announce that Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas is now represented by Stephany Evans, president of Fine Print Literary Management in New York City. More anon, David Buy Flower Mandala prints: Buy prints Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Flower Mandalas blog on Beliefnet.com: Flower Mandalas blog Subscribe to the Flower Mandalas mailing list Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Will: Break on through”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Will” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Will: Break on through Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder There are many ways psychotherapists can help people. We can provide validation, emotional support, help formulate goals, encourage, motivate, identify dysfunctional patterns, devise strategies for overcoming them, and sometimes even inspire. But often, to fully surmount difficulties, there is…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Uniqueness: Blooming”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Uniqueness” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Uniqueness: Blooming Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder Recently, I had the relatively rare experience of having a movie introduce me to a new way of looking at things. The central idea of Martin Scorcese’s Hugo explicitly emerges midway through the film, but it’s implicit in every frame: Just…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Uncertainty: Negative capability”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Uncertainty” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Uncertainty: Negative capability Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder Perhaps the greatest fear I run across as a therapist is fear of uncertainty. This fear is great because it is so vague and encompassing. We are uncertain about how people see us; what will happen next in our relationships,…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Trust: Experienced Innocence”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Trust” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Trust: Experienced Innocence Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder When I was in Boy Scouts, we all had to memorize the Scout Law: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” Even back then, it seemed significant that “trustworthy” was first…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Suffering: So it goes”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Suffering” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Suffering: So it goes Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Helen Keller once said that the world is full of suffering, but also of the overcoming of it. But it is also full of suffering that is unrelieved. I have thought about suffering most of my life. When I…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Choice: Repatterning”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Choice” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Choice: Repatterning Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder NOTE: The opinions expressed in the following joke do not represent those held by The Management. So, there is this joke about two lawyers. One of them is walking out of a bank when he sees an old lady a little…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Stillness: Bells and watches”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Stillness” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Stillness: Bells and watches Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder At a meditation retreat I attended years ago, I was introduced to the concept of the Mindfulness Bell. At apparently random times throughout each day, a monk or nun would sound a bell, and we all had to halt…

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