Sydney Carlier October 23, 2019 Mandala Coloring Pages
My daughter is developmentally delayed and autistic, which is very sad, yet at the same time there are many joys. She loves coloring, even as a teenager she has a very large box of coloring books of many types. She loves crayons, especially the new scented crayons; these are crayons that leave behind a scent after you color with them. They have some really good scents such as roses and linen, but most of them smell, well yucky, to me. They have scents such as dirty sneakers, wet dog, and other unusual scents.
Why color mandalas? Cross culturally and throughout history the mandala (the Sanskrit word for "circle") has been present. Mandalas are symmetrical geometric designs, usually enclosed within a circle, a square, or a rectangle. They are used in religious ceremonies as symbols of unity and the universe, and as focal points for meditation.
This is just one way that drawing mandalas has opened up insights into my personal process, and helped me find appreciation for where I am in each phase of my life’s journey. It’s a big part of why I dearly love drawing my own mandalas, rather than buying ones that others have made. It’s a precious gift, to receive insight into ourselves. Try it yourself, and let the mandalas introduce you to the hidden beauty and potential within you!
Coloring mandalas is a peaceful pastime used by a variety of peoples and institutions to heal the mind and the body. As someone with both General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder I know first hand the calming, meditative power of mandala coloring and drawing. The more I color the easier it is for me follow the hypnotic rhythm of the action and push the anxiety away. This is why you can find mandala coloring and creation being used in nursing homes, elementary schools, cancer wards, and mental health facilities across the country. It is simple and it works.
There was another gift to this process of reading my mandalas. Working with the mandalas helped me soften my sense of frustration and struggle. I could see that there was a beauty, an openness, a sense of potential in the "spacious" mandalas. This helped me relax into the discomfort of not knowing what was coming next and accept it as part of the art of living my life.
Mandala designs are easy to see in flowers. Petals surrounding a central core form the most natural designs. Imagine a sunflower, with its face full of sunflower seeds, surrounded by large, bright yellow petals. It’s a mandala guaranteed to make you smile. And something equally as cheerful - a daisy. Or perhaps a rose or a begonia for a mandala with overlapping petals.