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.

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“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.

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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!

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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

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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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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Solitude: Shiftings”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Solitude” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Solitude: Shiftings Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In solitude, we can inhabit our deepest selves, feel intense spiritual connection, and experience self love. Or we can dwell in their contraries, finding only disconnection, despair, and self-hatred. Solitude, my refuge as a boy, felt like imprisonment for much of…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Silence: Outside in” (Second Draft)

NOTE: This is the second draft of the “Silence” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Silence: Outside in Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder About silence I am tempted to say, “I have nothing to say.” And yet I do. I have always had an ambivalent relationship with silence. Initially, silence was a haven. As a young boy, I retreated into silence to get…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Silence: Outside in”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Silence” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Silence: Outside in Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder About silence I am tempted to say, “I have nothing to say.” And yet I do. I have always had an ambivalent relationship with silence. Initially, silence was a haven, although not a happy one. As a young boy, I…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Self Love: Evolution”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Self Love” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Self Love: Evolution Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In my more troubled youth, I was often told that to truly love anyone, I needed first to love myself. This advice, though well-intentioned, set up an unhelpful dynamic. To “love myself” seemed as akin to real love as…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Risk: Rewards”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Risk” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Risk: Rewards Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When they first arrive at my office, most of the people I see are in a state of comfortable uncomfortableness. Although people come to psychotherapy wanting change, most of us do so only when the risks of changing as lower than…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Resilience: Modalities”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Resilience” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Resilience: Modalities Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Along with perseverance and a sense of purpose, an essential capacity for successfully traversing the Hero’s Journey that describes our lives is resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce back. In a physical object, it is elasticity: the property a material has…

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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Purpose: Arcs”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Purpose” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Purpose: Arcs Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder More than things, more than work, more, even, than love, having a sense of purpose can not only help us withstand the turbulence in our lives, it can also guide us through fortune’s sometimes outrageous slings and arrows. The necessity of…

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