Whatever your experience, mandalas are a cross-cultural symbol for our place in the cosmos. The circular reference is a universal representation of cycles in life and the changing nature of our earth, the sky and the orbital patters of the sun, moon and planets.
I may be getting a little woo-woo here, but I’ve been freaking out on how cool mandalas are, and how simply repeating shapes in a radial pattern can make the most amazing designs.
Remember the first time you made a Spirograph? You put your pen in the hole, and after a few false starts, you found your rhythm of going around and around the circle to create those overlapping, intertwined, perfectly spaced representations of the universe, right there on your next door neighbor’s pad of multi-colored construction paper. You were right there with the best of them, participating in the ancestral art of circle making.
Neuroscientist Jordan Gaines Lewis explains in this article why coloring mandalas is good for our prefrontal cortex (the decision-making business end of your thinker). Then there is this study from the American Art Therapy Association that concluded mandala coloring ‘induce(es) a meditative state that benefits individuals suffering from anxiety.’ Who isn’t anxious about something?
Take 15 minutes and join me for a creative play date to color a mandala.
Download and print the free Mandala Color Sheet, pick a quiet spot, grab a cup of tea, some riotous colors and dive in!