First, create a to-do list. This can be a mix of things you wish you were doing, as well as things you think you should be doing. Don't fuss about how much is costs, what training it requires, or what people will think of you if you "do it". Just get the ideas down--shoot for at least ten items. Number each line.
Then, on a blank sheet of paper, write in the very middle that one great aspiration you have. Here are some examples:
- To Show Compassion to All
- To Nurture others
- To See Reality
- To Love Well
- To Create Beauty
- To Stand for Truth
- To be an Icon of Patience
Now, go through your list and plug the number of your "to-do" list into the mandala. For example, if I wrote down that my great and central aspiration was to create beauty, and #5 on my to-do list was learn to do Medieval Card Weaving, I'd write #5 inside that aspiration circle. One by one, drop in the "to-do" list into your aspiration mandala.
When you are done, take up your journal and write about your mandala. Does your "to-do" list truly reflect your central aspirations? How might you adjust your life and choices to better reflect how you spend your time and energy in the face of the deep motivations you have for your life?
I personally was very surprised at how little of my "to-do" list reflected who I have become after 27 hospitalizations, a divorce and remarriage, a cross-country move, and a change in what I am able to physical do (or rather, what I can no longer do). I have no illusions that it will take a while to "live into" this new reality of self, but bringing my actions and aspirations together on one page has certainly made me conscious of the deeper parts of myself.
I hope you give it a try!