What is the True Meaning and Importance of the Mandala?
The world Mandala literally means circle. It represents infinite wholeness and a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relationship to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds.
It appears through so many aspects of our world, the moon, the sun, the whole earth and more obviously circles of life encompassing friends and family.
Mandalas are circular designs that symbolize the idea that life is never ending and many mandalas have a spiritual component to them. The first people to really utilize the mandala as a tool for meditation were the Hindus, however the mandalas that we are most familiar with are the ones that Buddhists made famous.
The most common use of the mandala is for mediation purposes allowing the individual who is meditating to feel centered and connected to the universe. It is so possible to achieve a peaceful state of mind from focusing on the shape of the mandala.
While mandalas do exist in nature and in things like the earth, the moon, the sun, they can also be created by individuals to help symbolize their unique and beautiful journeys through life. Mandalas can also tell a story of where an individual has been before.
Has life been rough? Have you have ups and downs, some of which were tragic and others that were so beautiful they brought you to tears?
That is what is so beautiful of life and why we love mandalas so much because they can reveal the bumps that people have experienced but also the triumphs. They can be used for team building exercises to help groups figure out what they should be doing in order to grow and develop as a group.
How to Use a Mandala
Mandalas have so many meanings and uses but the design of the mandala is meant to be so beautiful and aesthetically pleasing that it absorbs the mind in such a way that any irritating or upsetting thoughts can’t permeate the peaceful and spiritual essence surrounding the individual who is observing the mandala.
Gazing upon a visually pleasing mandala allows the observer to tune into their higher levels of consciousness and awareness into an almost hypnotic state. We live in such a fast paced world that it helps our chattering mind to slow down and just be still while allowing our creative and spiritual side to run free.
People utilizing the mandala for meditation purposes do so o help gain knowledge of themselves. The best way to select a mandala either to mediate upon, use as a meditation blanket like these beautiful ones, or even color in a adult mandala coloring book is to find one that calls to you.
Let the mandala choose you. It is also important to know the meaning of the mandala you have chosen or set your own meaning before using it to meditate
Once the intention has been set you can begin focusing on the mandala. Allow your mind to be wander to whatever corners or creativity you are taken to, it is similar to candlelight mediation, even if your mind starts to think about simple things always remember to bring your attention back to the beauty of the mandala.
Be completely absorbed by the beauty of the mandala and you will experience a feeling of lightness and wellbeing.
Relax and breathe deeply as whatever thoughts come to you, don’t judge your thoughts just observe them and let them pass by. If you feel panicked or lost just refocus on the beauty of the mandala, the colors, the pattern, If you are sitting on a beautiful Mandala Blanket then look at the colors in the blanket and get lost in the beauty.
Everybody experiences different feelings and emotions when engaging in Mandala Meditation but if you approach the experience with a relaxed demeanor while focusing on the mandala than you are achieving what you initially intended.
Walk away from your mandala meditation practice feeling renewed, refreshed and inspired.