Wisdom at the Crossroads

Welcome to Wisdom at the Crossroads. I am your host, Amanda Onchulenko and I am excited to invite you into my studio practice, remotely. Together let’s pause the rhythm of the day as we dive into the backstories of an artistic life, my life, exploring lessons learned through creativity and inspiration. We will reflect on how some of my favourite paintings have evolved and what wisdom I have found at the crossroads where action and presence meet. Each episode will end with a short meditation or reflection as we strive to be inspired and find a quiet pause in the busyness of the day’s activities. I will look forward to connecting. In the meantime, may you be more, be present. And do a little less. See you on Tuesdays!

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Episodes

Tuesday Jan 24, 2023

Celebrate the power of intention with this self care pause
Red is one of my favourite colours. I appreciate the resonance of quinocridone red light (try pronouncing that one with an accent on a podcast). Though painting quiets my soul, I am strangely attracted to the screaming nature of particular shades of Pyrole.
These lovely reds seek attention like noise in an airport so by association the grounding quality of red inspired the sanctuary building meditation in this episode.
This self care pause is definitely one for the books. It celebrates the power of intention and encourages us to act instead of react, to curate a sanctuary within, o especially in stressful circumstances.
You will definitely want to add this self care strategy to your hand luggage, as I do, when you travel.
Join me on the blog at www.mandart.ca for the expanded notes and visuals and feel free to invite a friend to join us. Together we’ll learn to create a personal sanctuary as we seek wisdom at the crossroads where action and presence meet.
 
𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦
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Website: https://www.mandart.ca/
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Tuesday Jan 17, 2023

ENJOY THE HEALING POWER OF A RESTFUL MOMENT HERE.
I am excited to be sharing what I am calling a ten pack of Mindful Mandart Moments with you. The meditations that usually pair with the back stories of studio practice have come to the foreground to help us to be more and do a little less in the hectic lives we lead
This meditation this episode explores an experience of landscape. It is an invitation to enjoy a restorative moment inspired by memories of connection to an iconic “place” and to be comforted by a connection to a much younger version of ourselves.
This reflective pause is destined to inflate your soaring desires and encourage a short period of restful self awareness.
Join me on the blog for the expanded notes and visuals and if something has resonated for you in this episode please feel free to Invite a friend to join us.
Together we’ll learn to create a personal sanctuary as we seek wisdom at the crossroads where action and presence meet.
 
𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦
Instagram: @mandartcanada 
Website: https://www.mandart.ca/
Blog: https://www.mandart.ca/blog

Tuesday Jan 10, 2023

Let's get actively still.
The meditation in this episode of Mindful Mandart Moments pairs action with stillness and takes us on a contemplative visual journey.
The labyrinth, in existence for thousands of years, is usually a compact journey that winds its way to a contemplative centre and unfurls as it returns us to where its curved path began. So far in our meditative practice together, we have paused to contemplate and reflect as we have taken time for ourselves at the end of each episode on the podcast.
I thought a labyrinth walk might make a thoughtful physical addition to our mindfulness practice. It provides for a nice combination of stillness and action for all of us who struggle at times with slowing down to “BE” more, and do a little less.
I hope you find something within the time we spend together that resonates for you. Join me on the blog at www.mandart.ca for the expanded notes and visuals and feel free to invite a friend to join in for this weekly self care project.
Together we’ll take a short pause as we seek wisdom at the crossroads where action and presence meet.
 
𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦
Instagram: @mandartcanada 
Website: https://www.mandart.ca/
Blog: https://www.mandart.ca/blog

Tuesday Jan 03, 2023

This renewal comes with a chakra cleanse.
In this Mandart Moment of Mindfulness, colour was the inspiration that initiated a visual journey that grows and glows through the chakra column. The chakras form a column of invisible energetic support common to all of us. There are 7 chakras that form this internal column beginning with the root chakra at the base of the spine and rising to the crown chakra just above the top of our heads.
Becoming aware of the properties of our chakras can help us to consciously align ourselves with our greatest potential. We may not like cleaning up, but this visualized cleansing ritual will be a great addition to your self care tool box. There are many ways to visualize a chakra cleanse. I return to them often in a variety of ways.
In this version of an energetic cleanse, we expand, we rise, we imagine, and together imbue our chakras with crystal magic from head to toe. I hope you find something within the time we spend together that resonates for you.
Join me on the blog at www.mandart.ca for the expanded notes and visuals and feel free to invite a friend to join in for this weekly self care project. Together we’ll take a short pause as we seek wisdom at the crossroads where action and presence meet.
 
𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦
Instagram: @mandartcanada 
Website: https://www.mandart.ca/
Blog: https://www.mandart.ca/blog

Tuesday Dec 27, 2022

Less can be more when we discover abundance.
Mindfulness has become a mainstream term in recent years. The practice of paying attention is what I like to call it. By being mindful we can help ourselves to pause and be present. When we are present in our own lives we can make ourselves available to all of the magic available to us through the action of slowing down.
In this episode of the Podcast we are bringing the meditation to the foreground to help us to find our own rhythm where nothing is forced, nothing is extended and nothing withheld.
In this interior journey we get out of our own way in the pursuit of peace and search for a place where less can definitely be more.
Let’s get ready to discover the abundance that is infinitely available to us all.
Find the visuals and notes to accompany this episode at www.mandart.ca on the blog or podcast pages.
 
𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦
Instagram: @mandartcanada 
Website: https://www.mandart.ca/
Blog: https://www.mandart.ca/blog

Mindful Mandart Moment: Growth

Tuesday Dec 20, 2022

Tuesday Dec 20, 2022

WE GROW IN COMMUNITY and this self care episode is all about growth.
Mindful Mandart Moments continue with this episode that brings the meditative practice to the forefront. This instalment was inspired by a trio called “BLOOM” in episode 14. It is a guided meditation that inspires us to visualize the conditions we personally need to bloom, flourish and thrive.
Creativity has long been my road to presence and so with this meditation I invite you to experience my thought process in action. In it we continue the journey to connect to our world, to experience where we are, wherever we are and vicariously we connect to ourselves. Together we are reminded we grow where we are planted within the context of the choices we are free to make. I hope you find something within the time we spend together that resonates for you.
Join me on the blog at www.mandart.ca for the expanded notes and visuals and feel free to Invite a friend to join in for this weekly self care project.
Together we’ll take a short pause as we seek wisdom at the crossroads where action and presence meet.
 
𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦
Instagram: @mandartcanada 
Website: https://www.mandart.ca/
Blog: https://www.mandart.ca/blog
 

Tuesday Dec 13, 2022


This episode is all about acceptance.
 
I am excited to be sharing what I am calling MINDFUL MANDART MOMENTS in episodes 34-44 in the podcast. The meditations that usually pair with the back stories of studio practice are coming to the foreground.  
 
With open palms, this one is all about ACCEPTANCE. 
 
In this first episode of mindful moments, we are encouraged to be mindfully present. The meditation offers an opportunity to rest and inspires us with a visual description of the unseen support that surrounds us all all of the time. 
 
It was actually the very first meditation I channeled as I began to gather my thoughts for this podcast.
 
I hope you find something within it that resonates for you. Join me on the blog at www.mandart.ca for the expanded notes and visuals. Please feel free to invite a friend to join in for this weekly self care project if something within it resonates for you. 
 
Together we’ll take a short pause seeking stillness, as we seek wisdom at the crossroads where action and presence meet. 
 
 
𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦
Instagram: @mandartcanada 
Website: https://www.mandart.ca/
Blog: https://www.mandart.ca/blog

Active Still: Purple

Tuesday Dec 06, 2022

Tuesday Dec 06, 2022

Still life sounds a bit like an oxy moron doesn’t it?
For someone who struggles to colour in the lines, a little contained floral action can’t help but be big on personality.
What was once a ‘false start’ is now a studio companion with a cheeky personality despite her bland title, “Active Still : Purple”
 
Check out the expanded show notes and images of Active Still: Purple in my blog!
 
The MeditationThe meditation in this episode also pairs action with stillness and takes us on a contemplative journey. Join me for 14 minutes of self care as we navigate a snow covered labyrinth and learn the paths we take might not always be clear but a thoughtful walk can bring with it, a little clarity.
Tune in to your own intentions at 7:00 in the recording and allow this virtual journey to lead the way forward where the universe will help us to know and understand what we need to know and understand.
 
𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦
Instagram: @mandartcanada 
Website: https://www.mandart.ca/
Blog: https://www.mandart.ca/blog

Tuesday Nov 29, 2022

Tom Thomson and the Canadian Group of Seven were not the only adventurers and artists to fall in love with delicious destinations like Honey Harbour and Blueberry Island.
Listen in to todays episode to Channel the backstory of a pair of cousins inspired by a twilight boat ride through a quintessentially Canadian landscape.Around every corner in Georgian Bay granite outcroppings, wind sculpted trees and quirky bunkies and boathouses connect generations of families to each other and to their summer destinations.
 
Check out the expanded show notes and images of Audience and Channel in my blog!
 
The Meditation
The meditation is 12 minutes long in this episode and begins at 11:44. It’s all about gratitude: for invitations to summer cottages and for our ability to be and do.Our travels might take us far and wide but we can always come home to ourselves with a little self care.In this instalment of our evolving process we turn our focus inward, we choose acceptance over judgement and give thanks to all the parts of ourselves.Find it at x in the recording only.
 
𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦
Instagram: @mandartcanada 
Website: https://www.mandart.ca/
Blog: https://www.mandart.ca/blog

Kaleidoscope

Tuesday Nov 22, 2022

Tuesday Nov 22, 2022

A backward glance inspired the name of this big bold square that came together like the magical arrangements in the colourful child’s toy. There is nothing childish about this confident shapely girl who fledged the nest early.
 
Check out the expanded show notes and an image of Kaleidoscope in my blog!
 
The Meditation
The meditation came about organically at my dining room table where it was unusually, recorded live. Quiet moments engaged in a simple repetitive action took me out of my own way as a composition with words evolved.
Join in at 8:45 in the recording to add your own colour to this arrangement. This meditation is 14 minutes long.
 
𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦
Instagram: @mandartcanada 
Website: https://www.mandart.ca/
Blog: https://www.mandart.ca/blog

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