The word Mandala means ‘sacred circle’ and it comes from the word ‘mandra’ which means ‘container of essence.’ Mandalas are being used more and more as a form of art therapy or meditation to help people through mental illness, debilitating diseases, life challenges and stress. Today we'll share a few different ways you can use Mandalas for healing heartbreak.
The design of the Mandala is said to represent wholeness, health, connection, unity, harmony, and the cycle of life. It’s symbolic of going with the flow and reflecting inwards. The focal point is usually in the center. It's considered the seed and starting point of the Mandala and all of life.
Mandalas can be traced back to ancient cultures including that of Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, Hindus, and Buddhists. All Mandalas take on their own shape, color, and pattern depending on what they're supposed to represent or heal.
Choose a Mandala that you'd like to look at. It can help if you set the intention for what you want to heal first and then select the mandala you’re naturally drawn to.
Once you have chosen your Mandala, begin by focusing on the center of the circle. It is at this point that you can ‘enter’ the Mandala and experience what it symbolizes.
Creating your own Mandala can be a very healing experience. You can do this in many ways. Create one with watercolors, crayons, pastels, flowers, leaves, rocks, or gemstones.
Create your Mandala by working from the inside out. There's no right way to do this. It’s a very personal thing and a great way to experiment. Continue focusing on your intention as you create and draw your Mandala. Hang it in a place where you will see it often.
Color an existing Mandala. It’s a great way to get yourself familiar with using Mandalas and you can consider the spiritual significance of colors in your life and nature. The primary Mandala colors are white, yellow, red, green, and blue.
White is said to let go of ignorance and turn it into acceptance, purity, and wisdom.
Yellow turns pride into oneness, compassion, and abundance.
Red addresses attachment and fear and turns it into confidence, freedom, and power.
Green heals jealousy and turns it into unconditional love, understanding, and accomplishment.
Blue heals anger and turns it into self-reflection, self-expression, and intuitive perception.
There's no right or wrong with mandalas. Allow your intuition to guide you.