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Meditation, Mindfulness and Mandalas

There are many stressors in our daily lives. Many of us are using meditation as a way to reduce the mental anxiety and physical symptoms that can leave us exhausted. Mindfulness has become another tool or buzzword for paying attention to the reasons we are stressed and the importance of living life in the moment. Creating your own mandala is another tool that can help you explore the inner workings of your mind as well as relax you.

Mandalas have been used for thousands of years primarily in Buddhist and Hindu religious art. They are circular in form. It’s inside of the circle the drawing is created. There are numerous examples of mandalas on the web. There are even tie die designs you can use to make your own cool tee shirts.

I like simplicity, so here’s an idea the next time you meditate have your colored pencils, crayons or colored markers sitting beside you with a paper plate. Paper plates are perfect to create mandalas because you can use the inner border for the picture and decorate the outer boarder without having to draw a circle. When you come out of your meditation, check in with yourself. Do you remember what you saw? Were there colors behind your closed eyes, did images float in and out of your mind as you tried to calm it? Let your creativity and imagination take you inward. So many of us are finding the calming effects of adult coloring books, I can tell you creating your own mandala is even more satisfying. Try it, it might give you a new window into yourself. Namaste!