5 Minutes of Om: Bhavacakra Wheel of Life
Happy New Year Everyone!!!
Are you excited for what 2016 has in store for you?
No? Yes? Its just another year?
Yikes, well I’m excited!
The start of the New Year typically brings me out of my end of year fog. Last year I shared with you all some things I do to prepare: Smudging and creating a Vision Board. If you haven’t done those things already, try them out!
Anyway, this year, I decided to retain my Vision Board from last year because although it brought to fruition many of the things I placed on there, I want to keep focused on those same things this year and develop them further.
I do have an additional tool, similar to a vision board that I created to further direct my focus and goals. Its called a Bhavacakra or a Wheel of Life.
I know you are probably like,
“well what IS that?”
Bhavacakra – a form of a mandala or tanka (painted wall hanging), used primarily in Tibetan Buddhism. The painting of a tanka is itself a form of mediation. Its meaning is very complex, and can be read to represent at least three different realms of manifested effects of karmic actions. It can be read as a diagram for the six different kinds of existence into which one may be born into during the middle rounds of samsara. It can be read as symbolizing each of the different realms of human existence, lived out by certain kinds of people according to their karmic fortunes of personality type and socioeconomic status. Or it can be read as a description of situations or states of consciousness that everybody passes through again and again in the course of a single day.
The Bhavacakra that I created and wish to help you create will focus on personal balance in 2016.
Most of us have such busy lives that it’s a wonder we get everything done. I know I’m always doing so much, that my calendars are what keep me organized, but I do often feel unbalanced. I’m typically hyper focused on one or 2 things and less focus and slacking on other things.
I’d like to even that scale and hopefully help you even yours too!
Lets get started.
First using the wheel similar to the one below, I rated how satisfied I was with each of the 8 areas of my life:
Physical Environment, Career, Family & Friends, Significant Other/Romance, Fun & Recreation, Health, Money, and Personal Growth.
The rating scale was from 1 to 7, with 1 being the lowest.
Once I drew my arcs, I connected the lines and boy was my wheel unbalanced!
This was the first draft visual that help me see what areas I needed to start focusing on more. It showed me what areas needed strengthening and developing so I could have more balance and personal fulfillment in my life.
I’m paying attention now!
In order to encourage myself to get more balanced, I developed my final Bhavacakra. To create yours, you can use written words or even pictures, similar to creating a vision board.
My vision board is on my wall in my Wisdom & Harmony corner at home so I decided to create this Bhavacakra using words, a few pictures and colors. Its placed it in my Abundance corner of my desk at work.
Wisdom & Harmony corner? Abundance corner? <= yes, I like to incorporate Feng Shui into my spaces. I’ll talk more about that another time.
Anyway, I went through each section of my Bhavacakra and wrote in key words that would trigger ways for me to get proactive in bringing more balance and satisfaction in my life. I did separate my wheel and paste it to a piece of festive wrapping paper as a backer with a few pictures. I honestly don’t believe each section will ever be a “perfect 10” because sometimes different areas need more attention than others, but my goal is to fill some of the huge gaps in my life’s satisfaction.
This wheel can be like a goal setting tool and a visual representation on what one may want to manifest more in each area of life. So, once you have your goals listed, start prioritizing and get to it!
If you decide to make a Bhavacakra, be sure to meditate daily about its contents and your desires. If you are on Instagram, tag me @ImSimplyD & let me know how yours comes out.
Happy New Year, manifest your best year yet!