written by Elizabeth Irvine
Elizabeth Irvine: nurse, educator and award-winning author. She is the founder and owner of Truewellbeing Inc— you can purchase her books, jewelry and sign up for soulful workshops and retreats around the world. www.elizabethirvine.com
Mandala coloring gained popularity a few years ago, but honestly mandalas have been used for centuries as an integrative tool for health, healing and connecting to the subconscious mind. Our own children learned about the power of coloring within a circle some 20 years ago and we all still color and teach others the practice today.
Why so passionate?
Mandalas create patterns the mind can understand, thus bringing order and harmony, creating a “drop in meditative state” without having to meditate! A mandala’s circular form helps to organize perception, thought, and physical responses in positive ways.
Tap into Natural Healing
I have used coloring mandalas as an integrative tool for health and healing for a very long time because the process is not difficult and it really works. Creative self-expression at its best, time spent coloring your mandala allows your body and mind to instinctively respond. Just like a teeter-totter, you find your way back to balance and equilibrium. Besides generating the feeling of relaxation, unlocking inspiration and creativity, coloring a mandala can allow a direct line for “buried “ annoyance to surface, and ultimately self-heal.
Put into Practice
Begin by coloring the mandala pattern provided here. Use primary colors (colored pencils, ink gel pens or even watercolor pencils) to fill in the circle. The power of the circle is to establish order and to create patterns the mind can understand. It becomes a coloring meditation. The only rule to follow; remain silent and focus all of your attention on coloring your mandala. If your mind wanders, bring it back to your coloring.
Create a Healthier You in 20 minutes
After you color your mandala (aim for about 20 minutes, which is the typical length of a closed-eye meditation) and then indulge a few more minutes to consider this journal prompt:
WHAT DO I LOVE TO DO? What do I love to do so much that it makes me lose track of time? Today, what made me think, I love to…
Write whatever comes to mind, in whatever way it comes out— list your favorites, describe one thing you love to do and why, or doodle an image. Through this process you create space for your creative forces to come out and play. Your pen and paper allow you to experience a release through an outpouring of inner self-expression.
This sacred time allows you to tap into the healing space within you.
Once you call to mind what you love to do? Spend more time doing just that. We become a healthier, happier version of ourselves when we are in a positive place.
Pass it On
Pass it on to your child, partner or friend. Invite a mandala coloring party in, and watch how people respond. Give them an easy way to experience the calm and creative feeling of a coloring meditation. You will give them an invaluable self-care tool to a life-long tradition.
I welcome the opportunity to hear about your experience. If you have questions or want to share; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Sanskirt, mandala means “sacred circle”.
Join us and watch Discover the True Power of Mandala Coloring webinar
Who couldn’t use a few moments of peace and calm right now? Indulge yourself in 15-20 minutes to color your way into a meditation and get a “snap shot” of your subconscious mind.
The goal of this webinar is to give you to the tools to create a healthier, happier way of being from the inside out and raise families who care—about themselves, about each other, and about the world around them.
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