What is art according to you?
In my opinion, we use art to express ourselves, to interact and delight others, to contour imperfections and lots; I can’t mention. It has many forms: Performing Arts, Mosaic, Sculpture, Pottery, Photography, Painting, and Drawing.
Just like these all examples, there is an amazing art known as Mandala Art.
Mandala is an example of a drawing, drawn to a medium particularly paper. Hence mandala reflects many beliefs; I was amazed by its meaning and its attractiveness.
Let’s talk in more depth about Mandala art!
It is defined by a Buddhist as a circle of blessings and in Sanskrit, it means “sacred circle“. A sacred symbol that is 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.
And the most beneficial aspect of this art is that the very nature of creating a mandala is therapeutic and symbolic. The shapes and colors you create in your mandala art therapy will reflect your inner self at the time of creation. Your instinct and feeling should inspire and guide you through the process of creation. Ultimately, you will be creating a portrait of yourself as you are when creating the mandala. So, whatever you are feeling at that time, whatever emotions are coming through, will be represented in your mandala art healing therapy.
Mandalas are also a kind of meditation that can help you focus your attention. They bring harmony, because energies flow through all their shapes and colors. These energies can transform negative things into positive ones, and bring balance to your life.
You should also remember that mandalas go from the center and outwards. This is what will help you connect with yourself, free yourself, rebuild yourself, and create a relationship with yourself.
Do you know Mandalas can be seen all around us, but are not just people-centric? They are larger than life. Mandalas represent life as we know it, but they also represent a larger ecosystem and universe that exceeds our consciousness.
And to promote this wonderful art, we had organized a “Healing therapy with Mandalas” Competition in associated with an IG Art Page, Rangrez. It was open for all. The main idea was to promote and make you all aware of this wonderful therapeutic art. All the entries were amazing and captivating. The best one was rewarded and greeted very well. And guess what?
To make it look more raw, understandable, and attractive, we were in touch with the winner and took a short interview.
Her name is Priyanka Jalan. She is currently exploring the line of mandala art. Her hard work can be seen in her artwork which is so amazing and detailed. At every sight of it, you will say wow! You can follow her amazing artwork on IG with the handle – @Arteology2.0
Here is the glimpse of an interview questions asked by her:
Q) As we all know Mandala art is both therapeutic and symbolic, how did this art heal you?
Ans. She answered it very smoothly and to the point. She said that the very nature of creating mandala is calming and it acts as a soothing therapy. It helps her in calming herself down.
Q) What changes do you see in your mental health/peace after pursuing Mandala art?
Ans. She feels calmer and has better concentration and increased self-esteem.
Q) “Mandala art promotes mindfulness, relaxation to our mind”: Show some light on this line.
Ans. She explained this line very beautifully. She said that the purpose of this art is to transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones and it definitely assists with healing. Creating mandala is relaxing and being disconnected with outer world can a good stress buster and helps in creating mental balance, concentration and peace of mind.
So my dear friends, I hope by reading this, your mind must be clear about Mandala art.
And to clarify your alleged myths about “I am not meant to do art” or “This is so tough I can’t do this” etc. These are just your reasons to escape. Art is inbuilt in all humans. One should stop self -doubts and start creating something every day. And you will see the changes in yourself. The more you will draw the better you will get but first and foremost one should start.
As with most art therapy, it’s not about the final product…it’s about the journey. When you reach your destination, you will have a representation of something meaningful and personal…a snapshot of you for a brief moment in time expressed through your mandala.
Let me make it simpler by adding few things more
What You Will Need?
Don’t worry; you don’t need any professional art supplies. You can get these tools even in supermarkets!
- sheet of paper (even copy paper will do)
- drawing compass
- fine liner/thin marker/pigment ink pen (any color you like)
- (optionally) thicker marker
You can draw a mandala with a pencil only, if you want, but dark markers make the pattern clear and more definite. A pencil has some kind of uncertainty in it; you never know when the line is done. With a marker pen, you have a sense of stability, and the lines seem more real.
There’s one more thing you need to draw a mandala: a proper mindset. Sit comfortably in a quiet place with some soothing music and focus on your activity.
Let yourself be creative. Don’t restrain yourself from drawing something experimental, just because there’s a risk it will not look good in the end. There should be no shame in drawing a mandala. No matter how you do it, no matter how it looks, it’s good, because you have created it. Just let it flow and feel the art.
- So guys sit down and take a breath. Smile and draw your soul out.
- Relax and try to do art in your free time. And for the ones looking for self- healing and calmness; Mandala art is all that you need.
Go for it friends!