Do you ever feel unbalanced? I have. All the time.
Last night, something really strange happened. So strange that I’m certain I won’t be able to explain it very well in this post.
But I’ll try in a moment.
I created this project only to find out this morning that it resembles something Buddhists have been drawing on Buddhists temples for thousands of years.
Yeah, I know…….Weird, right??
Let me explain--
Lately I’ve been suffering from a condition called “my-life-is-not-balanced--crap-I-need-balanceeee.”
I wanted to make something that I could easily hang near my desk that would allow me to keep my priorities straight, for times when I’m feeling unbalanced and unhappy with how I’m managing my time.
I chose a 12x12 stretched burlap canvas…
…and 8 wooden banner triangles….
…and created this--
what I now realize is a Wheel of Life, according to Buddhists.
The Resemblance is Uncanny……
What I didn’t realize when I finished this project is that I unknowingly channeled this Buddhist image (known as bhavacakra, which means “wheel of life”), which has been found on outside walls on Tibetan Buddhist temples.
Where Did THAT Inspiration Come From?!
I couldn’t tell ya. I have no idea.
I’ve never even seen this Buddhist Wheel of Life before. Never even heard the term. But down to the finest detail of a “CIRCLE” in the middle, our images are almost identical.
What’s even freakier is that in the pic above, some crazy guy is holding his wheel of life, just as I am below.
And--no lie – my husband snapped this picture this morning. So many resemblances.
Only I don’t have fangs. 😉
But seriously…how strange is that?! It makes me wonder if our creativity is really just our inner, authentic spirit speaking to us.
Well, I’m listening loud and clear now.
So How Do You Make Your Own DIY Wheel of Life?
*12 x 12 stretch burlap canvas board
* 8 wooden triangle banners
*Cardstock in rainbow colors
*Paper cutter or scissors
*Chalkboard paint (if banners are not already chalkboard)
STEP 1: Get Geometrical!
Lay out all the banner pieces on the stretched burlap to form this shape. These “slices” will represent one important area of your life for which you want to create goals and balance.
STEP 2: ROY G. BIV
Grab some cardstock and get make Roy G. Biv (red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet, for all y’all folks that don’t know). Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut slips of cardstock to fit on top of the banner. You’ll use these as the labels, and to cover the holes.
STEP 3: Chalk, Chalk, Baby
Okay, so I made a fatal error (gasp!!). I forgot to prime the before spraying on the chalkboard paint. Because of that, I’ll probably not get as durable a finish. But you know what?? For only a dollar each, who cares?
STEP 4: Prime Time
Don’t forget to “prime” your chalkboard banners. Run chalk over them like this to “set” get the chalkboard surface ready for writing.
STEP 5: Color Pie
Use Mod Podge to glue each of the colors to the top of the chalkboard banner. You should be left with this:
(P.S. This is why I love this project – all the colors of the rainbow representing harmony and balance. Woo-sahhhhhh……. And the burlap lends to the metaphor that life is “rough.” Get it?? 🙂 )
STEP 6: Pass Me the Glue Gun and Marker!
Now glue each of the slices down in the pattern you designated. Use a fat marker to label your slices of life :). You can stencil the names on, to make it look more neat.
STEP 7: The Heart of the Matter
Add a circle in the middle. Label it whatever you like. I like “Balance” as a reminder. Use hot glue to secure it.
STEP 8: Get Balanced!
Now you’ve got a cute way to select goals for each of the important areas of your life. When you’re done with one goal, erase it, and pick a new one! 🙂
The most important lesson here is to be mindful of all parts of your life. It’s so easy to get consumed by one area. For me, it’s blogging. I looooovvvveee what I do. But as a result, I ignore my poor husband in the evenings. And my health suffers from lack of sleep or exercise from hours and hours of sitting in front of the computer. Hopefully after this project, I’ll find my perfect balance.
Do you ever feel off balance? What do you do to get your life back in order?