When we were kids the creation of the perfect colouring could become something of an obsession; each time we began a new page we would always try to improve on the previous artwork, making sure to stay between the lines, pick the right colours and apply the right pressure. Hours and hours would be spent mind warped in total focus and adoration of the image that was appearing under our careful guidance.
As mindfulness colouring books for relaxation and meditation flood supermarket and bookstore shelves to accommodate the growing need for big people to find peace of mind; it appears the childhood obsession of staying between the lines isn’t so childish at all…
By Emily Rack
Mandala is Meditation
Just like meditation, colouring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. The art of mandala making or even colouring in a mandala has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress, help focus the mind, improve our relationships and help us to feel more at home in the world.
The repetitious patterns and lines of the mandala are why it is so effective in making us feel calm and focused, other types of doodling and colouring apparently don’t have the same effect as a mandala does in reducing stress and improving cognition.
An Ancient Tradition
An ancient meditation tradition dating back 10,000 years, the word Mandala comes from the Sanskrit language and means circle. Used as a tool for self development, focus and meditation, the mandala is an intergral practice to Buddhist and Hindu religions. Traditional mandala’s always begin as a circle and from there patterns and shapes evolve around the circle to create a design. The traditional use of mandala is to gather wisdom and healing, mandala’s also help to develop concentration, self appreciation and inner happiness. Today you can explore your own interpretation of mandala by either making your own or using a template like the one attached here.
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