Time to explore art, and meditate at the same time!

Written by Amie on June 5, 2009 – 1:54 am -

Get out your markers and crayons

Coloring is so much fun. I have been known to be a paper and markers, pens, and crayons addict lately. A fun activity that my kids and I discovered is coloring Mandalas.  We found a book that has them printed out and ready to color. I get lost in them. They have distinct patterns to them, and it really is meditative. It feels so good to immerse myself in the patterns and colors, and to the task itself.

What is a Mandala?

Here is a description I found on Mandalaproject.org.

The pattern of creation

The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.

Here is a video for you to enjoy. It shows many beautiful mandalas, and also has beautiful music. The ones that I am doing are not difficult, so if you have never seen them, please don’t get scared off, as most of the ones in this video are more intricate.

Very healing

Coloring mandalas has been very healing for me. I find that when I am focusing on one, there are no other thoughts going through my mind. I wanted to share this activity because it has been part of my journey of healing from depression. It is very calming, and also very enjoyable. Also, once you color one, you can also use it for a visual meditation. I sometimes attach one to a wall across from where I meditate, and just look at it. Very easy to do, and you can admire your creation at the same time.

Finding the Mandala books

I added some of the books I use to  my list of healing books  at the top of the Homepage on this site. Let me know how it goes!  Happy coloring!

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