Antoine De La Mar
Contemplation & Creative Exploration of the Circle
Experience deep inner and outer harmony, beginning with a guided meditation and then learn very simple and efficient methods of creating geometric harmony through the practice of mandala making.
A Mandala is an integrated structure organized around a unifying center. The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle”, "wheel", or "disk", a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organization structure of life itself; a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends beyond and within our bodies and minds. The circular design symbolizes the idea that life is never ending and everything is connected.
The mandala also represents a spiritual journey within the individual viewer. The first level is understanding the unity within the cosmos and secondly, each individual must find their own place within it. Mandalas have many uses apart from meditation as the designs are meant to remove irritating thoughts and allow the creative mind to run free as well as relax. But ultimately people create and look at mandalas to center the body and mind and find harmony within the spirit.
What are the benefits?
⦁ Improves Focus: Coloring mandalas allows your brain to switch off the constant flow of thoughts or chatter in the head as you focus on the act of coloring. When the mandala has specific meaning for you, it may help you focus on and enhance those concepts in your life.
⦁ Reduces Anxiety: Free-floating anxiety fades away while you are engaged in coloring much like it does when you meditate.
⦁ Stress Relief: The act of coloring relaxes both your body and mind allowing them to release the stress of the day. This frees the mind to engage in positive reflection.
⦁ Promotes Mindfulness: Engages your brain in mindfulness as it focuses on the activity at hand.
⦁ Encourages Creative Expression: Coloring premade mandalas allows creative expression within a safe framework. This may be of benefit to those who enjoy creating art, but do not have the skills or confidence to create original works of art.
Each of us has a dense nucleus of selfhood that is the “true self,” which cannot be known directly but, despite its obscurity, is the most important and generative part of our being. Because we can’t directly know this deep and mysterious part of ourselves, we develop an ego and mistakenly identify it as a “self.” The idea is that through regularly creating, painting, and contemplating mandalas, a person could create a dialogue between their “true self” and their “ego,” integrating the two over time.