mandalas – balm for the soul

mandalas – balm for the soul

amongst others the painting of mandala images is great means for deceleration and relaxation.

the word mandala means circle. and mandala images consist of geometric shapes that form around a centre point. the colouring of mandalas has some positive effects. it is especially nice to relax and to reduce stress. the flow of thoughts calms down. creativity and concentration is encouraged.

so, depending on the mood, I select a mandala from the book energie und kraft durch mandalas[i] von marion und werner küstenmacher, of which I like the shape and look. I retreat to a place where I feel comfortable and undisturbed.

particularly suitable for colouring are crayons.

the colouring of mandalas is a lot more. it is a ritual, a dance around the centre, run by crayons, which leave their colourful traces.

who colours, hits the trail …

it is advisable to create the picture from the outside to the inside. for accompaniment to the calm suits relaxation music.

mandalas stand for order and structure. the geometric shapes are familiar to us since childhood and ensure a spatial and temporal orientation while being drawn. therefore mandalas for example are ideal for use in ergotherapy. with their established form they provide assistance for patients where free painting could trigger the emotion of mental overload.

the drawing of mandalas is also a preferred meditation exercise of Tibetan monks.

and it is not a matter that the mandala must be as perfect and beautiful. the result is secondary. above all it is a matter of time with yourself. just live and paint. a great moment to win. and those who try it, will understand the magic …

mandala
mandala

my mandala shows a colourful fantasy-flower.

I can also recommend the book by ruediger dahlke mandalas der welt[ii].

Sources:

[i] Marion and Werner Tiki Küstenmacher: Energie und Kraft durch Mandalas, Bassermann Verlag, Munich 2008, ISBN-10: 3809423688, ISBN-13: 978-3809423683

[ii] Ruediger Dahlke: Mandalas der Welt, Heinrich Hugendubel Verlag, Kreuzlingen/Munich 2006, ISBN-10: 3880342652, ISBN-13: 978-3880342651

Anyone can be a hero

Anyone can be a hero

“We live through passions, through rationality we only exist.”
Nicolas Chamfort (1741 – 1794)

… and the mornings I enjoy with my great passion, the rock music. “music was my first love …”.  music is a wonderful medium to convey emotions; an honest language that everyone can understand.

currently my absolute favourite is the swiss rock band “crystal ball”. it is always a great pleasure to listen to steven m.’s impressive voice to the melodic hard rock rhythms.

particularly awesome is the emotionally performed ballad “eternal flame”.

the sounds get deeply into my ears.  I hum and sing along, bobbing to the beat and start to dance. and that puts me in a highly emotional spirit for the new day. it brings a light into  everyday life.

I feel happy and secure.

music arises out of a sensation.  and what we hear are the emotions and thoughts of the musician. it often reflects the current mood of the musician. a feeling that is also embedded in the experiences and influences, a synthesis.

and so I float lighthearted and easy-going through this day. there is always a new beginning …  and “anyone can be a hero” …

recharge your battery with painting

recharge your battery with painting

every single day we are exposed to the growing ordinary madness of everyday life. but we have limited power. to refuel my soul I have detected experimental painting. especially the work with colours has a therapeutic effect – to get my soul back into harmony.

a breathing exercise and an oasis for painting is part of the preparation for my painting evening. and, very important, cosy clothes. when painting I like listening to chill-out music or sometimes also melodic rock music. music helps to escape my daily routine, to feel comfortable and to give vent to my feelings.

in my paintings, I’m experimenting with all kinds of materials, such as modelling/texture  pastes, sand and tissue paper, plaster and photos. so often arise formal surface compositions. when choosing the colours I switch between acrylic and oil paints.

“painting is a piece of freedom in addition to the daily necessities”.

the subjects of my images often arise from everyday life. from emotions like happiness, joy, desire, but also sorrow or grief. it’s just an emotion of my personality in my present situation, an emotion that is embedded in the experience and influences of my environment. the result is a synthesis.

mixed by bea emma schueler
mixed by bea emma schueler

and today I choose the colours red, orange and yellow:

  • the colour “red” looks lively, playful and brings dynamism to the day. at the same time red helps to think positively, gives self confidence and power.
  • the colour “yellow” brightens up the mood. the good-mood-yellow conjures sun in the heart. yellow also helps with lovesickness, clinging and not-able-to-release.
  • the color “orange” also brings joy of life, warmth and friendliness.

and the result is this image “mixed”, a firework of positive emotions and more …

“painting is a language without words.”

an artwork touches upon me when it captivates my eyes and my mind, when it surprises and confuses. and I want to achieve this while looking at my pictures. and contribute a little for my own “deceleration” in a jumble of everyday life.

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