Ophelia Lemaitre November 18, 2019 Mandala Coloring Pages
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.
There was a period of time, for instance, when I always started drawing my mandalas in the center, creating a pattern there. Then I would go to the outside edge, and work in towards that center. But often I could find no way to connect the two. In all my mandalas from this time period, there was a big gap in the drawing, between the core and the outer edge. This confused and frustrated me for months, but eventually I came to see that this was a perfect depiction of my life at that time.
Among the other benefits of mandala coloring in books, they also claim to enjoy recapturing the nostalgia of childhood by engaging in an activity usually reserved for children. It takes people back to a simpler time, and can also be a way for parents to connect and bond with their children by sitting down to color in with them. Of course, many parents have been happily coloring in kids books for years, but now they have choices that are not limited.
I began to trust that in time those blanks would fill themselves in, as indeed my mandalas began to do as the issue was resolved in my outer life. Which came first - the "filled in" mandalas or the bridging of my work into the world? I can’t say for certain. It was a process, not a sudden change. It seems to me, though, that the mandalas and my life worked together...the mandalas helping me relax so my life could move forward more easily, and my work in the world helping me connect the core with the rim in my mandalas.
Often personal mandalas are used as a form of meditation or color therapy and assist in calming the mind and nourishing the soul. Producing specific, multicolored mandalas is a creative and individual process. Any variety of medium can be used including sand, shells, tiles, string, chalk, collage, crayons, paints, glass, fabric, etc. However, it is important to maintain the shape and repetitive geometric patterns classic to mandalas.
And each mandala was a perfect snapshot of where I was - emotionally, psychologically, spiritually - at a particular time. That’s why I loved them so much in the moment: they were mirrors of my soul state. That’s when I knew that drawing mandalas can be a perfect tool to liberate our hidden truths, help us know ourselves, and evolve. I began working with my mandalas - reading them, I call it - in much the same way as you can interpret dreams.
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