Mai Nawel February 19, 2021 mandala coloring
Coloring is being used in formal therapeutic settings such as eye-hand coordination development and to help heal victims of trauma. Regardless of your needs, there is so much to be gained by spending some time coloring.
a. Select the mandala that calls to you.
Unlike writing a diary, doing a mandala journal invokes the transpersonal in its non-verbal form, which is a very powerful way to connect directly to your spiritual essence. The right-side of your brain, for once, does not interfere as much and you can have insights and flashes of inspiration, which come into greater focus by doing mandala drawings or even coloring within mandala coloring books. It’s this transpersonal aspect that makes a mandala journal a very meditative, transpersonal, experience which will produce unique revelations to each individual that tries these exercises.
Active meditation, sometimes called moving meditation, is easier to learn, but just as powerful as the Eastern meditation techniques you’ve likely tried to learn. When practicing active meditation you will chose a simple movement, like coloring, drawing, or even walking, to give you stronger focus. The repetitive motions act as a constant reminder allowing you to easily shift your attention back to the meditation, back to the moment, before any fleeting thoughts take hold. Negative images, past regrets and future worries are simply pushed aside as you take the time to enjoy the present. That is what meditation offers, a way to be truly ’in the moment’. When is the last time you’ve done that?
The Psychoanalyst Carl Jung observed the mandala designs as a manifestation of the unconscious self. He used mandala designs to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality. The Sri Yantra in lotus formation is considered most sacred of the mandalas. The lotus Sri Yantra mandala is considered sacred not only because it transcends the darkness of the water and mud where its roots are, but also because of its perfectly symmetrical mandala. In Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism the mandala usually depicts a landscape of the Buddha land or the enlightened vision of a Buddha.
Just this colour.