Madeleine Ariane February 19, 2021 mandala coloring
Coloring is an activity long thought of as the child’s domain. It’s pretty easy to see how coloring is beneficial to children. They can learn about shapes and colors, and experiment with different artistic mediums. Moms and restaurant owners have known for ages that a few crayon and paper or placemat to color on can still the restless child. Pre-school and elementary teachers know that coloring is a great interactive activity because it encourages concentration and focus while allowing the child to be creative and expressive.
If you’ve ever kept a diary, you know how therapeutic the experience can be. There’s something really wonderful about being able to go back and see the changes over time as you grew as a person, and the act itself is healing. Did you know that you can do journaling using mandala drawings too? Or, try out some mandala coloring books. Jung was famous for doing a mandala journal where he kept many mandalas and they would later influence his understanding of psychology. Jung believed that the mandala was a symbol of the whole Self, and that the various stages of individuation could also be read within the symbol of the mandala.
Now that you’re an adult, there are no limits
If you want to try this novel way of journaling, you may feel a little intimidated at first. Mandala drawings don’t follow any rules, but we are very accustomed to always listening for direction outside ourselves instead of listening to the still voice within. Don’t let that worry you. Susanne Fincher, a noted art therapist, has many great mandala coloring books out there for anybody to use. You can try her Coloring Mandalas 1 or Coloring Mandalas 2 books. They come with beautiful designs that range from Native American to Escher-like modernism. After you’ve unwound a little and want to attempt your own mandala drawings, not just coloring someone else’s, you are ready to start doing a mandala journal.
How about vegetables as geometric designs? Cut a tomato in half crosswise, and you’ll find a centre piece of the stem, with segments around it, each containing the seeds and juice. A cross-section of a bell pepper shows the veins and seeds, and the underside of a mushroom reveals the stem and the many lines of gills. Artichokes form one of my favourite designs. All of these are mandalas in nature.
Materials: 2 ”mandala” pictures. One is an outline and the other is colored.
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