I first came across Mandala by accident while I was out buying a new coloring book for my son. I found a Mandala book for children and was instantly drawn to the whole concept. I watched him coloring and really enjoying it and took me not much more than ten minutes before I knew I wanted one of my own, but with a little more intricate patterns. A couple of days later I went back to the same store and got me one of the coloring books for grownups. I am in love with it!
The idea of coloring or drawing Mandala is to calm down your mind and find inner peace. It helps you concentrate and be more creative.
The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely it can be translated to mean “circle”, but is a symbol that represents wholeness. Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism are known for using Mandalas throughout time.
“I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing,…which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time….Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is:…the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious.”
– Carl Jung, Swiss psychoanalyst (1875-1961)
To sit down and color Mandala with some relaxing music in the background is a great way to get to a calmer place in your mind. If you haven’t tried it yet then I recommend that you do!
Here you can see a couple of Mandalas that I have colored, and when my arms get better I will try to draw some of my own as well.
I also browsed Amazon a bit and found a couple of Mandala coloring books that instantly went on my wish list:
Click on the pictures to go directly to Amazon and get your own copy 🙂
More Mandala to come!