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Are you looking for a way to get out of your head once in a while? Do you relate to the comparison of the mind (your head full of thoughts) with a turbulent sea - with foaming, crashing waves? ;-) Are you interested in spiritual stuff, but also a down-to-earth, hands-on person? Do you love mixing spirituality with practice and creativity / art? Then perhaps this meetup is something for you!

I was introduced to mantram art in New York City while living there a few years ago. I love how it combines a spiritual effort to focus less on the self, with a creative outlet. Doing mantram art together is a lovely way to relax and be together with others, as well as to create something beautiful. It's a very practical, hands-on, creative activity - not too vague or religious or 'peacy'. ;-) I'm a very down to earth person, enjoying this way to get out of my head once in a while. :-) I would like to try to get a group together in Amsterdam! The photo's are from when I did mantram art workshops with kids and one from a baby-present I made for a friend.

A bit more about m.a.: The mantram is a word or short sentence with a specific meaning that is often repeated as a type of meditation. It is meant to divert attention away from ourselves to focus less on our thoughts and worries. A mantram can be chanted, sung, repeated during mantram walks or written. In mantram art the chosen mantram (many to choose from!) is written, according to lines or shapes in different colors that will create an image (art).

"We find a clue to the workings of the mantram in the popular etymology which links the word to the roots man, “the mind,” and tri, “to cross.” The mantram, repeated regularly for a long time, enables us to cross the sea of the mind. An apt image, for the mind very much resembles a sea. Ever-changing, it is placid one day, turbulent the next. Awesome creatures lurk below in the unconscious – fears and animosities, desires and conflicts. Each of us drifts about on the surface, blown by typhoons and carried by currents, in a rudderless little boat called “I.”" -Eknath Easwaran, from The Mantram Handbook, 2001.

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