I first encountered Mandalas in henna but had no idea of their spiritual significance. Recently, I encountered some beautiful Mandala drawings on Instagram, and delved a little further into the history of these intricate drawings.
”The word Mandala (pronunciation mon- dah- lah) means “circle”. A Mandala represents wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds.
Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never ending. Many mandalas have spiritual significance to an individual or group of individuals. The Hindus were one of the first people to use a mandala as a spiritual tool, but the mandalas most individuals are familiar with, are ones made by Buddhists.
The design of the mandala is supposed to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that irritating thoughts are unable to get through and a spiritual essence surrounds the individual observing the mandala, which in turn allows the individual a higher consciousness or awareness, almost as though being hypnotized. This allows the busy mind to take a break while the creative mind is allowed to run free.”- via Spiritual Awakening
I love that Mandala’s remind us how inter-connected the universe is and I wish schools focused more on concepts like these, rather than just math, english and science etc. I will definitely try using a Mandala as a tool in my meditation practice, as I like the idea of having a visual focal point.
Here are some Mandala’s I found online. The image above and below are via Dilusionall on Tumblr
The Mandalas below are from murderandrose via Instagram
By looking at the Mandala’s above did it help to diminish the incessant stream of your thoughts? Let me know what you think!