Marcella Lacombe November 20, 2019 Mandala Coloring Pages
Life is busy, very much more so than in the past. Even as late as the 18th Century, most people lived in small communities and dealt in traditional trades. Human interaction was frequent but was mostly done with familiar people. The pace was slower. There weren’t even a fraction of the multitudes of distractions that attack our senses each and every day. Our species used to follow a slower drum than the one we dance to today.
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 is simply something freeing about coloring mandalas. Their symmetry provides a certain amount of comfortable rhythm and predictability, and yet no two people will color them exactly the same way. Even if you don’t quite know why mandala designs appeal to you or what you hope to gain while coloring them, get your colored pencils, crayons or markers ready and dive in. Before you know it, something inside you will shift, and you will have discovered another tool for enhancing your life.
Just like guided meditation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and worries and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren’t comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art, like painting or writing. The participants who are more guarded find a lot of tranquility in coloring images. It feels safer for them and it creates containment around the coloring process.
Although various forms and functions of mandalas differ, they have many qualities in common: a central point, a geometric design, symmetry, purpose, and movement toward and away from a center. As Carl Jung discovered in his journal and dream work, they evoke the pleasure that comes from working with universal patterns of line and form. When colored for healing purposes, they can alleviate tension and boredom while enhancing serenity and mental activity. When colored for purposes of spiritual exploration, they help provide an awareness of the universe and the oneness of all life.
I also found out that there are no rules when it comes to coloring, color outside the lines; it is surprising a way of breaking the rules, and it feels so good. There are no coloring police to arrest you for breaking the color inside the lines rule. Nor do you have to follow the instructions and use the suggested colors. It is a release that is outstanding.
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