Mandala and Mindfulness


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Mandala (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Mancala.

Thangka painting of Manjuvajra Mandala

A mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, lit, circle) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe.[1]In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T.[2][3] Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.[4]

The term appears in the Rigveda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism.

In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. – Direct excerpt from page taken on 04/02/2017

Now given the use of mandala style imagery being so widespread at present with the wave of adult colouring books being in mid tsunami at the moment, it actually strikes me I should have tried this a long long while ago, especially as I frequently buy adult colouring books, to colour myself lol. Hey ho, I actually never considered it at all, until one of my favourite artists, Elsa Rhae, popped up on my facebook feed:

Now, for anyone who does not know Elsa Rhae already, she competed in the NYX face awards 2015 and I loved her sooo much, Mykie  aka ‘ Glam and Gore’ was the ultimate winner of the competition but both of these ladies have my undivided attention when it comes to showing off their stuff. So anyways, there I was, totally not paying attention to anything too arty because I am a bit caught up n car art and the logistics, and trying not to get sidetracked and go off on a tangent….. and there it was, Elsa on my newsfeed;  I was like whoop! Have to watch that….

Well, sufficient to say I was so thrilled to see Elsa and her wonderful work, that I suddenly thought, erm, why have I never tried this? So then I had to, just to see if I could and here are the results:

 Then I got a bit braver and as I was now hooked I thought I’d try A3 instead of A2 , Heres the next one in various stages through to completion…

Have a happy weekend!


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