Mandala is Meditation
Just like meditation, colouring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. The art of mandala making or even colouring in a mandala has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress, help focus the mind, improve our relationships and help us to feel more at home in the world.
The repetitious patterns and lines of the mandala are why it is so useful in making us feel calm and focused, other types of doodling and colouring don’t have the same effect as a mandala does in reducing stress and improving cognition.
An Ancient Tradition
An ancient meditation tradition dating back 10,000 years, the word Mandala comes from the Sanskrit language and means circle. Used as a tool for self-development, focus and meditation, the mandala is an integral practice to Buddhist and Hindu religions.
Traditional mandala always begun as a circle, and from there, patterns and shapes evolve around the ring to create a design. The conventional use of mandala is to gather wisdom and healing. Mandala also helped to develop concentration, self appreciation and inner happiness. Today you can explore your own interpretation of mandala by either making your own or using a template like the one attached here.
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