Mindful Monday: time to take a deep breath and stop. running. around.! Gigot is here with some Mindful inspiration. Introducing today: Amba Living.
One of many traditions in tibetan buddhist monasteries is making sand mandalas. These mandalas are created in the utmost concentration by applying coloured sand in intricate patterns. It’s an incredibly detailed process, traditionally taking weeks to finish. The work these monks are making is truly amazing.
However, sand mandalas are not created to be beautiful pieces of art, rather it’s the destruction that is the most important part of the ritual. The whole creation of the sand mandala is simply there to symbolise the impermanence of life and the world. Nothing good, or bad, is here to stay.
The ‘veg-art’ created by Amber Locke, though probably quicker to create, has similarities to the mandalas created by Tibetan monks.
Amber has a passion for fruits, vegetables, and a healthy lifestyle. She doesn’t just eat and appreciates them, but also uses the insides of her fridge to get creative with. The colours of the fresh produce are amazing, and the patterns are both Hermès inspired and have the intrinsic details found in a mandala. I could seriously stare at this for hours.
As with the sand mandalas, there is no doubt that this food art, however stunning, will have to be destructed at some point. Luckily, Amber does photograph her work before she starts eating her art, and her prints are available here. It’s a mindful reminder that everything comes and goes, and a splash of colour to brighten up your walls with.
Enjoy your Mindful Monday!