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  • What is a Mandala in Art Therapy?
    Mandala art therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which a trained therapist or facilitator guides clients through a variety of artistic processes using geometric patterns in an effort to find or restore a sense of healthy mental & emotional balance.
  • What are healing mandalas?
    Healing Mandalas are used for insight, healing and self-expression in a circular design, reflecting the wholeness of the person creating it. This spiritual circle will help promote mindfulness, focus attention and promote healing. The process of creating a Mandala is a form of meditation in itself. It relieves stress and is quick and easy to do. It also enhances your focus further facilitating meditative state. Mandala is a symbol for Universe and gives us a sense of belonging as we relate to our own connection with our inner self.
  • What are the three layers of meaning in a mandala?
    A finished mandala holds significance as a focus for meditative practice. However, the creation process is also equally important. There are three basic layers to a mandala's meaning. The outer meaning represents the divine form of the universe. The inner meaning creates a map to guide the mind to enlightenment. The secret meaning, remains between the artist and the creation as far as specific details. Overall, it represents a balance of body and mind infused with clarity and peace.
  • How are mandalas used in meditation?
    The most common use of the mandala is for meditation. It allows the individual who is meditating to feel centered and connected to the universe. It is possible to achieve a peaceful state of mind from focusing on the shape of 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 to help gain knowledge of themselves. The best way to select a mandala either to mediate upon, or even color in a mandala coloring book is to find the 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.
  • Why are Mandalas calming?
    Mandalas, meaning "circles" in Sanskrit, are sacred symbols that are used for meditation, prayer, healing and art therapy for both adults and children. Mandalas have been shown in clinical studies to boost the immune system, reduce stress and pain, lower blood pressure, promote sleep and ease depression.
  • How do mandalas help with stress?
    Your mandala is your sacred circle, and it tells your story. Drawing mandalas as a form of art therapy can reduce anxiety, tension and overall stress. Drawing stimulates creativity and is a way to release emotional blockages. Children draw mandalas as a way to increase their focus and creativity.
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