What Is Mandala: The Meaning Behind the Patterns

Mandala coloring patternMandala is all the rage right now among people who are looking for a creative and productive way to spend their free time. It is also popular among busy individuals who want a quick way to ease stress.

You may have first read the term on the covers of coloring books displayed in book shops or specialty stores selling arts and crafts materials. 

Although mandalas are a trend right now, it has been around for centuries. It is considered an ancient art form with philosophical and artistic significance.

It is present in various religions, most prominently in Buddhism. Mandala has also been a central feature of Indian architecture, especially temples and shrines. 

What Mandala Means

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “circle.” It can be described as circle with repetitive patterns symmetrically laced along the circle. In Indian religious symbolism, mandala represents the universe. It is believed that mandala may have started as an attempt to understand a person’s role in the world, with the earliest mandalas depicting an encircled cross.

Unlike the normal run-of-the mill circle, mandala is has spiritual and psychological benefits. It has designs that are meant to heal and promote overall well-being.

The Mandala Coloring Trend

The reason mandalas, particularly mandala coloring, has been trending lately is people are finding the activity relaxing. It provides a quick escape from everyday stress and it has been reported to help relieve pain and anxiety. Mandala coloring has also been reported to help improve focus.

Coloring mandalas is a form of meditation. It relaxes the mind and the body to give you a holistic healing from stress-related illnesses. Many people who have started spending their free time coloring mandalas have shown great improvements in physical and mental health as well as their interpersonal skills.

Psychiatrists have recommended mandala coloring to their patients. One of the world’s most influential psychiatrists, Carl Jung, used mandalas for psychological diagnosis. He defined mandala as “the psychological expression of the totality of the self.”

Another great benefit of mandala that made it very popular is that it allows you to explore and express your creativity. While you don’t need to draw the patterns, it is completely up to the colorist to bring the mandalas to life with colors. You don’t need to stay within the lines. There are no rules when it comes to mandala coloring. The only thing you need to do is gather your coloring materials, find your comfortable place to color, and allow yourself to relax and enjoy while doing the activity.

No one is too old or too young to enjoy mandalas. If you want to get started with coloring and amplify its healing and soothing benefits, choose mandala-themed coloring books.

My Adult Coloring Books

My Adult Coloring Books are something a little different as not only have you got images to color you can also color the inspiring quotes under each image.

Would like to see what the images and quotes look like, easy just click on the videos of each book.

Famous Mandala Coloring Quotes

Mandala coloring quote by Longchenpa

Mandala coloring quote by Pema Chodron

Mandala coloring quote by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Mandala coloring quote by Chogyam Trungpa

Mandala coloring quote

Mandala coloring quote by Don Richard Riso

Mandala coloring quote from the secret of the Golden Flower

Inspirational quote by Budda

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