Fayanna Leblanc October 23, 2019 Mandala Coloring Pages
It didn’t have anything to do with my skill level or the objective beauty of the mandala, because in hindsight I could see that some were more visually pleasing than others, and not always the most recent were the best. But that didn’t matter when they were new. Every new mandala drawing seemed the most wonderful creation yet. It didn’t have anything to do with the "artistic process" either. I had wondered whether it’s normal to love something you make, at first, but this certainly isn’t true for other things I do, like writing. Nor do my artist friends experience this "love at first sight" with their work.
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 is an activity long thought of as the child domain. It pretty easy to see how coloring is beneficial to children. They can learn about shapes and colors, and experiment with different artistic mediums. Moms and restaurant owners have known for ages that a few crayon and paper or place-mat to color on can still the restless child. Pre-school and elementary teachers know that coloring is a great interactive activity because it encourages concentration and focus while allowing the child to be creative and expressive.
But when we pick a Mandala coloring design and begin coloring, something wonderful happens. Simple hand movements allow energy to flow from us unto the page. Easy subconscious choices of colors express pent-up emotions. Fleeting feelings and half-formed thoughts are poured silently into the endless circle. The Mandala takes it all in. No resistance, no objection. A heavy burden is lifted from our minds and is transferred, transcended, consumed without effort by the Mandala.
But in modern society, our hearts must beat faster to handle the pace. From every direction we are bombarded with words, sounds, colors, shapes and movement as we try to puzzle a meaning out of what our senses report to our busy brain. Our minds, our bodies struggle to combat against this relentless attack.
You could think of coloring as letting your inner child come out and have a fun time, or you could think of this activity as a form of meditation. Choosing colors and the gentle, repetitive motion of your hand as you bring color to paper helps quiet your mind--bringing your usual rapid-fire thoughts down to a much slower pace.