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 …
my mandala shows a colourful fantasy-flower.
I can also recommend the book by ruediger dahlke mandalas der welt[ii].
[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