Infinite Life Mandala (Circles of Awareness series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2009
source image: Himalaya berries
And the seasons, they go round and round ~ Joni Mitchell
Himalaya berries grow in disarray along the North Coast of California, and their branches make a better barrier than barbed wire. I love sampling these plump, juicy, seedy gifts from heaven throughout the summer, testing them for ripeness, marveling at their succulence when they are just right and warm from the sun at high noon. It's not hard to imagine our ancestors conceiving of pie during those moments.
I took the photograph in early autumn, before the rains washed away berry sweetness. I love the beauty of the different stages of their ripeness against the backdrop of lush green leaves.
This mandala has eight rays, a number that symbolizes harmony, balance, and infinity. This configuration is also known as The Great Wheel, and it speaks of life's transitions.
The center of a mandala represents the self, and the center here is juicy ripe, dark and inviting. Be that center.
Thank you, Himalaya berries, for showing us your gift.
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