Berenice Couturier November 18, 2019 Mandala Coloring Pages
Mandalas are geometric patterns starting from a central dot, working outward in repetitive patterns, often integrating symbols and vibrant color. A circle within a circle is a universal pattern full of symbolic meaning. It is simple yet contains an element of the eternal. Mandalas remind us of our relation to the infinite world both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
Whether you know it or not you are probably quite familiar with mandalas. If you have gazed upon a magnificent rose window adorning a local cathedral or spent time enjoying a fragrant spring daisy, then you have already been touched by the beauty of a mandala.
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.
My older daughter continued to draw; she especially drew mandalas and other geometric types of pictures. I was proud of her endeavors for they were truly beautiful. Years passed and any thought of coloring was far from my mind, then after my third daughter was born, coloring resurfaced. I was still too deeply entrenched in the line between childhood that I resisted the draw of the crayons.
It takes a lot of effort to do so, and we rarely get a chance to stop during the day and regenerate. When evening comes, our mind is filled with contradicting images, unsorted facts and a kaleidoscope of memories and ideas. Our entire nervous system is stimulated to distraction and even our bodies are charged with stress chemicals caused by runaway emotions and sensations. It is no wonder that we often end our day fatigued, stressed and unhappy. We get back home yearning peace, hoping to relax, but even the familiar surrounding isn’t enough to quiet our abused senses.
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.