The word Mandala simply means circle. In its most basic form, a Mandala is simply a circle with a design inside. In fact, we are surrounded by Mandalas- in road signs, business logos, and art. In fact, Mandalas are one of the few symbols that pop up in every culture around the world from India, to Greek Labyrinths, to Celtic Crosses to the dream catchers of the Native Americans. Look around to see how many you can find.
In India, China, and the far east, Mandalas have been used as focal points for meditation for centuries. Buddhist monks are known for creating very intricate sand Mandalas and they are associated with meditation.
Carl Jung, the renowned psychologist, is credited with bringing Mandalas to the west. He found that people expressed themselves more freely while drawing Mandalas, leading to greater self-understanding and personal growth. By expressing ourselves through art and Mandala, we are often able to identify problems, find ways to cope with them, and make positive changes in our lives.
Mandala and Expressive Art Benefits:
-Mandalas have been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and even chronic pain.
-Coloring Mandalas encourages mindfulness, increasing focus and inner peace.
-Naturally helps to combat depression and pain.
-Mandalas combine meditation and art, which allows us to fully express ourselves.
-Mandalas also allow you to create unique works of art.