Default Healing, Grandmother Love, Mandalas and More


Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Meditation, Spirituality, Things I've Learned | Posted on 02-24-2014

What I Learned Last Week:

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

  • It’s amazing to see how our body’s default is to heal. I’ve been watching the daily healing of my cut thumb with awe. (Wish I had been taking daily pics.)

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

  • According to a book I was listening to, every molecule is exactly the same as every other one. Upon looking this up further, it’s somewhat true, but not completely. (Something to investigate further.)
  • Nana and Me A Long Time Ago!

    Nana and Me A Long Time Ago!

    While contemplating love, and specifically thinking about the people who’ve been in my life that I’ve loved, I realized that the love I felt for my Grandmother was a very special and deep love. It might even be that it’s exactly the “thing” I’ve been seeking when I’ve wondered what love really is.
  • Love is wordless.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

  • While I mostly understand the concept that thoughts create feelings, it sure does seem like what other people do or say are the main trigger for those thoughts and subsequent feelings. Especially when it comes to mad thoughts and feelings.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

  • Today
    Grapefruit Mandala

    Grapefruit Mandala

    I learned about Mandalas.
    My Strange Mandala Doodle

    Done With SEO Doodle

    Actually, they seem to be appearing everywhere. I first heard the word a few days ago in an interview I was listening to online (I think it was with Dr.Bernie Siegel talking about Carl Jung). Then today I saw this article on Mandala Art: Drawing Your Way to Wholeness, which also mentioned Carl Jung. But yesterday, when I was clearing away what was left of my half a grapefruit, it caught my eye as being so beautiful that I took some pictures of it. It wasn’t until I saw the article on Mandalas that I realized that’s exactly what it was–a Mandala! And furthermore, after reading the article, I realized that I have been doodling mandalas myself for quite some time without knowing it. You see, when I used to talk to clients on the phone, the only way I could really listen was to doodle (it’s one of the only ways I can listen in general, either doodling or playing a mindless game). So I just looked back in one of my old notebooks I kept by my phone and sure enough, lots of
    Mandala and Cube

    Mandala and Cube

    mandalas. I mainly draw 3D cube like structures, but apparently I often throw in some mandalas as well. A particular one of interest was the doodle (not quite a mandala, but it did have circles and symmetry) was one where in a blank space I had written the phrase “Done With SEO”! I’m not sure which came first. I think I had written that down at some point and then drew around it on one of my last phone calls, but I’m not 100% positive. This site has some great mandala art with more information on what they represent.
  • I need to learn more about Carl Jung’s and his theories. (I downloaded some free stuff, but I think I may need to buy one of his actual books.)
  • Whoah…more mandalas. At yoga today I noticed someone’s yoga mat had them all over it!

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

  • My son’s improv show at Brown University was excellent and amazingly funny. I had no idea it would be that good. A great job done by all!

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

  • I can make it up 25 flights of stairs in 3 minutes and 42 seconds!

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2013

  • Paying attention to (and then acting upon) “signs” that show up in your life is a good way to allow your true path to unfold.


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Love that photo of you and Nana. 🙂

Don’t forget the chemical aspect of love. Our bodies produce oxytocin under certain conditions which gives us that feeling of love.

You won’t believe this because you are not a dog person but petting your dog produces oxcytocin and that love feeling in both you AND in your dog!

Oh I do indeed believe you, Beth. I hear that same thing about dogs just about every day in so many different things that I’m reading or listening to!

But no, I’m not getting a dog!