Mandala Art — A Path to Peace of Mind
Mandala art has been popularized in recent times for its therapeutic properties. Join Habbit as we explore the advantages of the art form.
‘Mandala’ in Sanskrit stands for ‘sacred circle’. These circular designs can be found across religions and cultures in a variety of manifestations, some of them using it as a creative and decorative outlet while others believe the circles have deeper meanings. Many mindfulness gurus believe that meditative mandala art is an excellent alternative to orthodox methods of meditation, especially for those who experience a lot of stress in their daily lives.
In some cultures, people believe that the colours used to fill in the concentric circles and intersecting shapes have connotations that can be linked to the energy forces that govern the earth’s life forces. Carl Jung famously said that mandalas were the ‘psychological expression of the totality of the self’. Let’s dive deeper into the numerous benefits of Mandala art.
A Method of Relaxation
With tension and stress plaguing our lives, aggravated by the ongoing pandemic crisis, people desperately look for outlets through which they can find a distraction and a mindspace to relax and unwind. Mandala designing and colouring helps people with a lot on their mind focus on something that has no real-life consequences and eventually calm the intrusive thoughts in their heads to achieve inner peace.
To make perfect mandala designs, one needs to focus on the symmetry and similarity in the shapes that one makes. This complete concentration that the art form requires can help people become more mindful and focused. Especially for individuals with attention-deficit disorders, the act of sitting down and creating mandala designs with a purpose can help sharpen their focus, push aside intrusive thoughts and give a sense of balance to their lives. This is why introducing mandala art for students has become a popular trend in schools that are trying to lessen the workload and stress that comes from online education in recent times.
An Outlet for Creativity
With colouring books for adults making a comeback in recent years to help with stress, fatigue and other mental health disorders, mandala art has also contributed to helping people with highly stressful jobs in their attempts to channel their creativity and provide an outlet for their inner child. Using various colours to fill in the intricate designs that we have drawn can help us understand ourselves better — our choice of colours, where we decide to put them in our art piece, and the vibrant contrasts that they make with one another all tell the story of how we feel that day and can even help our therapists understand more about the subconscious self of the mandala art creator.
There’s more to Mandala art than you think! If you’re looking to learn mandala art online, sign up for Habbit’s Mandala Art workshops with Divdrisht Suri, a leading Mandala artist and illustrator. Your journey in the world of mindful illustration starts here!