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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gratitude Mandala

As the dark November days come to an end and the long, bleaker winter months of New England are encroaching I turn my thoughts, to the days of sunshine behind me. Like the next breath, I know they will return...but for now they are a memory and a dream. In this moment I am grateful for friends and family, for they are light and warmth that will sustain me until the thaw of spring. I created this mandala of harvest vegetables to share with friends later today as we sit down to our Thanksgiving feast. (The outer edge is risotto & corn simmered in vegetable broth, onions, thyme and cilantro, next black beans, cumin and cocoa-topped with butternut squash, lime and garlic...lovingly adorned with sweet, roasted red peppers and cilantro) Even if the sun does not grace us with her presence every day...we can rejoice in her blessings and absorb her radiance one mouthful at a time. So let the light that emanates from laughter and the kindness of human connection, the nourishment of healthy food all be enough to carry us through these next months of darkness.
Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. sounds yummy.. and what a wonderful mandala.. practical too :-)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Beautiful, and such a great idea to make your mandalas edible, for all to enjoy!
    I was in a restaurant yesterday, and the wallpaper was mandalas...really, a circle pattern. But it made me aware that the dishes we were eating from were mandalas, and the food arranged in swirls and dots. Everything began to feel so connected.
    This may sound strange, but by the time we left the restaurant, I even thought I saw a Buddha that hadn't been there before!

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving.
    from,a fellow group-ie from mandala oasis,

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the colors (which is so you) and it looks so yummy. Great idea. Love the mandala image appearing in a unique way.


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