Against The Grain
A mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, lit, circle) 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.
The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.
The term appears in the Rigveda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. ~ Wikipedia
I am not Buddhist or into meditation. But, when you think about those two words a common state of being comes to mind…calm. A mandala is a perfect (I use this term loosely when referring to the ones I create) geometric shape showing balance on the outside and beauty on the inside. Art therapy is one of my favorite past times! I do all sorts of things like paint rocks, make crafts and decorations, draw, knit etc. But, when I need something quick and easy to slow my mind, coloring is the way to go! I have some amazing coloring books and even post cards and I love them! But, I had to take it to the next level and attempt to create something to color on my own. I went with the Mandala because of its perfect chaos. I thoroughly enjoyed making this Mandala coloring page so I plan to make many more!
You can download it for free here! Free Mandala Coloring Page
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