A Sanskrit word loosely translated to mean “circle”. Traditionally mandalas have had spiritual and ritual significance in different cultures around the world.
Mandalas can be seen to represent wholeness and while exploring them can serve as a container to reflect on where you are. Exploring mandalas lends itself to insightful creative expression using all kinds of arts such as movement, photography, painting & installations…this mindful process can often be playful, healing and satisfying.
Making a mandala is a discipline for pulling all those scattered aspects of your life together, for finding a centre and ordering yourself to it. You try to coordinate your circle with the universal code.
~ Joseph Campbell
Look into the Mandala of life, and see the sweet smell of differences, and quiet blend of sameness, folding, opening, escaping, flowing, until all is absolute in its emptiness, waiting to create new space for doors to open and close.
try an Expressive Arts Activity..
In your space or room, start thinking about the quote that brought you to this page and look around you.
- Gather, some small objects or materials that you feel drawn to right now. (there is no pressure at all to know why they are calling you right now)
- Then, imagine a circle in front of you and start arranging your objects inside the circle and move them around until it feels complete. You may wish to add a little something to it at this point for it to feel just right.
- Now, sit with your mandala for a bit and write a line or two about how you created it. Ask your mandala if it has a message for you today?