Mandala Doodles ~Nov. 16th!!
Mandala means ‘circle’ in the Sanskrit language, and mandala art refers to symbols that are drawn, sketched or painted in a circular frame. Mandala art has been used throughout the world as a process of self-expression, in the service of personal growth and spiritual transformation. Navajo sand painters use them in their healing rites. Many native people use the Medicine Wheel, a mandala form, to connect to earth energies and the wisdom of nature.
The very fact that mandalas are drawn round can lead us to an experience of wholeness when we take the time to make them and then wonder what they mean. In the strict use of the mandala, there is a central point or focus within the symbol from which radiates a symmetrical design.
This suggests there is a center within each one of us to which everything is related, by which everything is ordered, and which is itself a source of energy and power. Virtually every spiritual and religious system known to man asserts the reality of such an inner center. The Romans worshiped it as the genius within. The Greeks called it the inner daemon. Christian religions speak about the soul and the Christ within. In psychology we speak of the Higher Self.
We are going to use the Mandala as a tool to look inward and hopefully reduce your stress levels at the same time.
When I am are drawing a Mandala, simple or complex, I have a tendency to lose myself. Generally I start by taking three very deep breathes, inhaling through the nose, exhaling through the mouth. Inhaling good, positive energy and exhaling all the negative emotions, feelings and junk we accumulate. I can set an intention before I start, or I simply let the process begin. I always have a candle burning to bring in the light. During this process I notice I am more relaxed, my breathing becomes more regular, my heart rate decrease. After you complete your Mandala you can use it as a crystal grid or simply as a visual prompt for meditation, or frame it and put it up somewhere where you can enjoy it every day.
Let’s take it one step further – let’s include affirmations! The image of the affirmation mandala included here is one of mine. You can make them for many purposes, for example:
- Self Confidence
- Weight/Body Image
- Abundance and Prosperity
- Life Purpose
- Inner Peace
- Inner Clarity
Then you can use them to decorate your home. They would especially effective in your meditation area. Or you can use then as a base for crystal grid. We will also be adding doodles to the edges.
November 16th 12:30 – 1:30 pm.
All materials will be provided.