A mandala coloring meditation is one of my favorite ways to relax right now. Coloring pages and books for adults are all the rage, and for good reason. Coloring and doodling are technically a type of meditation.
It has been shown that ten minutes a day of meditation helps the body become less reactive to stress hormones and can improve high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. When your mind is focused on coloring, it gives your brain a chance to rest and simply be in the present moment.
I also think one of the reasons coloring has become so popular recently is because it takes you back to your childhood, a time in life that was simpler, a time before bills, Facebook, jobs, and to-do lists.
Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “circle.” Mandalas are geometric circles that represent the various symbolic layers of our lives.
The Earth moves in a circle around the sun. The moon orbits the circular earth. In our lives we experiences the cycles and circles of love, friendships, family. The circle of life and death. The seasons of motherhood.
The pattern of our lives is essentially circular. We must be open to all points of the compass; husband, children, friends, home, community; stretched out, exposed, sensitive like a spider’s web to each breeze that blows…how difficult for us then, to achieve a balance in the midst of these contradictory tensions and yet how necessary…Anne Morrow Lindbergh, A Gift From the Sea
Needless to say, I was thrilled to discover this website which offers free printable mandala coloring pages! Meditating on the circles of life while coloring is a wonderful way to relax and re-center.
You can use color to further add to the symbolism of your mandala. Below are some examples of colors and their symbolism:
Red strength, passion, energy
Pink love, feminine energy
Orange creativity, joy
Yellow laughter and happiness
Green healing, caring, nature
Blue emotional healing, inner peace, dreams
Purple spirituality, meditation
To really delight the senses, treat yourself to a brand new box of crayons, play relaxing music, and spray some essential oils. Oils typically suggested for meditation are ones like Spikenard, Frankincense, and Myrrh. However, I prefer something slightly uplifting. I usually use geranium, and then I mix it with patchouli to add a grounding quality to it. I love to use geranium, applied on my heart chakra and sometimes also in a diffuser, because it is both uplifting yet sedating. Don’t forget to spray your completed mandala with some essential oils when you’re finished. Now you have something beautiful to hang in your sacred space!
Only when one is connected to one’s own core is one connected to others…And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be re-found through solitude… Anne Morrow Lindbergh, A Gift From the Sea
For more mandala inspiration:
Follow Your Nurturing Nook’s board Mandalas on Pinterest.
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