The White Tara Wisdom Oracle is in development – here is an Oracle for Spring!
38. The Garden of the Self – Nourishment
Enter the garden of spring abundance where White Tara sits on her half-moon seat holding a blossoming violet lotus over her left shoulder. In the azure sky above her, pink swirls of cloud dance and beckon. Rare golden-yellow peonies bloom behind her and purple-white pansies blossom close to the earth.
Take time to nourish your soul. You may be emerging from the challenge of winter. You may have endured a seasonal winter or a winter of the soul—a time of darkness, hard work, illness, financial challenges and little light. Beloved, you may have felt defeated and utterly exhausted. Your winter may have been a time of almost ceaseless battling against the strong winds of change and unknowing.
Take time to rest and renew; nourish your body, heart and mind.
Beloved, walk up the paved path and draw near to White Tara.
Offer her flowers from your garden.
Set your vases on either side of her.
Take your seat before her.
Gaze upon Tara.
Recite her mantra if you wish—Om Tare Tu Tare, Ture Soha.
Recite her mantra 3 or 7 or 108 times—until the carousel of your thoughts slows down.
Know that nature blossoms around her and you.
Let her energy and hope fill you.
You will have enough nourishment to continue your journey of life with joy and confidence.
Gaze upon her and know that you are her.
About the Artist:
Lasha Mutual’s deep commitment to Buddhist theory and practice has suffused her artistic expression, giving rise to a body of work paying homage to Buddhist deities. Amongst these works is a series of 108 paintings of White Tara, blending the action of painting with a meditative contemplation and focus.
Creating art, exploring Buddhist philosophy and formal meditation have all become intertwined, each aspect nurturing the others, creating a richer ability for visualization and connection during practice. Lasha hopes that her intention to cultivate a generous, peaceful, and clear mind becomes manifest in her paintings and can be shared with others.
Lasha lives with her husband, son and an abundance of pets in a little yellow brick cottage in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.