Mandala: If stressed, draw it and meditate.

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Mon Nov 02, 2020

Hey there, we all do some form of exercise, yoga, or meditation that helps us to clear out soul, mind, body blockages. For example, sometimes we close our eyes for a few minutes to relax or work out to keep ourselves healthier and happier. I feel meditation should compulsorily be a part of one’s life as it keeps us to be more positive, more outgoing, more motivated, more caring, and always helps us clear out our thoughts. There are so many kinds of meditation to do, based on time, type, place, and many more.


We as humans always get bored by doing the same thing, so we try to implement new things in our lives to make it more fun. So, it is the same with meditation one gets bored by doing the same thing repeatedly.


Here I am to introduce the concept of using mandalas in meditation. Many of you might be wondering how one can use mandalas, and some of you will not even know what mandala is, Right?


Mandala means circle in Sanskrit. Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. The circular designs symbolize the idea that life is never-ending, and everything is connected. The mandala also represents a spiritual journey within the individual viewer. So, the first level is understanding the unity in the cosmos, and secondly, each individual must find their place within it. It is a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side, mainly to aid in meditation and yoga. Mandalas have many uses apart from meditation as the designs are to remove irritating thoughts and allow the creative mind to run free as well as relaxation. But ultimately, people create and look at mandalas to center the body and mind.


Now let’s understand how you can use them in meditation. The primary use for mandalas is as a form of meditation to gain knowledge from within. The mandalas are symbolic images when meditating can bring profound inner transformation. So the first step is to select a mandala that strongly appeals to you. Then you focus on the intention that you want to bring into your life and then take in the beautiful design of the mandala by gently gazing at it. If your mind starts to think about daily stresses, bring your focus back to the beauty of the mandala. The beauty of the mandala should absorb all your attention by being drawn into the designs and colors. Gradually you will feel more relaxed, and a feeling of lightness and intuitive thoughts may arise. Allow yourself to float with it, and if your thoughts start to wander, try to relax and refocus your attention back on the mandala. The first time you meditate on the mandala, it is enough with five minutes and gradually builds it up to 15 minutes as you get more experience.

 

 

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