Why Mandala?

I have been trying to meditate for years and I wish that I could say that I had mastered it.  But alas I have a very hard time stopping my mind from wandering to things that I shouldn’t be.

Thats why I actually find myself having an easier time finding that inner quiet when I’m doing something that is mostly instinct, that I am still participating in some activity like coloring or running where the actions are almost instinctual.  This is why I find something very very comfortable about Mandalas.

What is a Mandala?  

A Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never-ending. Many mandalas have spiritual significance to an individual or group of individuals. The Hindus were one of the first people to use a mandala as a spiritual tool, but the mandalas most individuals are familiar with, are ones made by Buddhists.

Mandalas are used for meditation purposes allowing the individual meditating to become one with the universe. There are not many who are able to achieve this state of mind from just studying a mandala. The symbolism behind the creation of a mandala can have significant meaning for many individuals whether they are Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Pagan or of any other religious orientation.

How to Mandala

To draw one you basically start from an inner circle and work your way out in a geometric pattern.  For me, I don’t have a plan when I start (Which is extremely odd for me).  This way the mandala is “Growing” as opposed to me trying to control it.  The movements become instinctual and while you are making it an active, you can feel your mind slipping into the rhythm that you are creating.

I honestly highly suggest trying it!  If you’re interested in learning how to start or think that it’s too complex, never fear!  Here is a youtube video that can help you get started!tumblr_nz865gpy9h1sez5lno1_540.jpg

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