"The Love for the Park” mandala is inspired by the beauty and healing power of a large park located along the Adige River in Verona, Italy. The design represents lights and shadows of the park, its trees, flowers, fruits, river, the force of nature. Looking at the flowing water as well as observing nature during different seasons helps me meditate on the impermanent nature of life.
This mandala is built on two repetitions. From a symbolic point of view, the number two appears to have always carried with it the idea of duality, of opposites (sun/moon, light/darkness, day/night, male/female, yin/yang, life/death, me/the other, etc.). The number two connects us with our sense of separation and at the same time it awakens our need to put things together again. This mandala is connected with my recovery process from an incommensurable loss, with the deep feeling of separation I experienced and with the deep feeling of reconnection on a spiritual level, that I am now experiencing.
Elisabetta Lucchi lives and works in Verona, Italy. She paints mandala and facilitates courses for the creation of personal mandalas and is currently studying to become a counselor. She has for many years worked as shiatsu practitioner and meditation teacher and is the first Italian Death Cafe facilitator. Deeply involved in developing a compassionate attitude, she also attended two seminars with Frank Ostaseski on how to be a compassionate companion to the dying.
The Love for the Park
by Elisabetta Lucchi
tempera on paper
26” square, framed