Mandala Monday

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Yes, it’s that time of the week again! Mandala Monday, woohoo! Here’s my contribution for today. I had no fine liners on hand so I decided to use my small set of Copic markers for the whole thing. Listening to “Rivertribe- The Blessing” today I chose a short induction of eight long deep breaths to guide myself inward.

I opened my eyes to the blank page and decided to outline my drawing in black. Allowing the shapes to unfold naturally, I started to see a theme emerging in my Mandala. So much love! I saw the hearts and they became more prominent when it came to colouring in the lines.

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The name of this mandala is “Lovely Lily”. In my mind, I see this lily floating in a pond connecting to the energy of the water. Nutrients flow in and out. If I lean over and smell the lily, it tickles my nose with its hearts. The smell is delicious.

When I turn my mandala upside down it looks like a bunch of bananas in the centre. It also reminds me of Carmen Miranda and her crazy fruit hats. In another way, it reminds me of the Beetles film “Yellow Submarine”.

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I felt a lot of love drawing this one. It makes me happy looking at it. Vibrant colours, bold lines. It almost moves as I look at it. I did draw this one opposite my last mandala and although I have used a totally different set of markers, I can see similarities, especially in the colours. It was definitely not a conscious decision! That get’s me thinking about elements that I see repeating too, especially water and foliage. Nourishment seems to be a continuing theme. I’m looking forward to exploring this in my journal.

Have you drawn a mandala today? Notice any re-occurring elements, colours or symbols?

xo Cat

Mandala Monday

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I have named this Mandala “Hope Springs”. I feel as though the centre flower is unfolding. Water flows from within the centre of the flower; it nourishes itself. The birds circle around the centre in a continuous loop admiring the flower and enjoying its nectar. The flower has new growth, new seedlings to care for.

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There is a lot of clean, white space; it feels spacious. I can breathe.

It reminds me of a Christmas bauble. Maybe that’s on my mind as we are only 4 weeks away from Christmas. It looks as though it were spherical, rolled slightly to one side. When I look at it from different angles, it reminds me of a Kaleidoscope. When I turn the page around I’m expecting the image to change and grow. In my mind, I see the birds fly up to each corresponding pond and land on the water. I see the water droplets nourish the seedlings which in turn sprout a new flower.

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Here is the process and some questions I asked myself, and my Mandala today:

1. Look at the Mandala from different angles, turn it around and around. Stop where it feels like it should be.

2. What are the main colours in the piece? What colours did you use most of? Least of?

3. What does it remind you of?

4. Notice now the shapes you created. Take note of soft/ hard/ jagged/ smooth lines.

5. If this Mandala could speak, what might it say?

6. Are there any areas of high contrast?

7. Ask the Mandala if it has a name?

 

Have you created a mandala for Mandala Monday today? Please share it with me, I’d love to see.

xo Cat

Mandala Monday

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I like Monday’s. I actually really do. Not only does it signal the beginning of a new week on the calendar, it marks a new week full of new possibilities.

What then is Mandala Monday? In 2012 when I began my Art Therapy Diploma, I had no idea what a Mandala was. I soon discovered the healing power that circle of containment provided me. ‘Mandala’ is an Indian term which loosely translated means “circle”. You’ll often see Mandalas with different patterns that seem to radiate out from the centre. They can be a symbol of life, of healing and wholeness.

Drawing, painting, collaging, crocheting or using found objects to make a Mandala helped me practice mindfulness. Creating the Mandala allowed me to process everything that happened during the day or week. Sometimes I make a Mandala based on my feelings at the time. The magic of the Mandala is that there is no right, no wrong, it doesn’t have to be neat or perfect or beautiful.  A mandala just has to be for me.

I’ve decided to share my weekly Mandala here on my blog with you. Maybe you’ve never made one, why not give it a try and make your Monday a “Mandala Monday” with me.

Materials: Choose what you would like to use to create your mandala today. I’m using pastels today but you could use pencils, paint, markers, whatever you like. You’ll need a piece of paper too.nov14_2016_5

Environment: Make sure you’re somewhere you can’t be interrupted and have some soothing music on in the background. You could do this on the train, I have, with my headphones in.

Step 1: Draw a Circle- I Like to trace a bowl, cup or plate depending on how big I want my Mandala to be. Today I’m choosing a cup, it’s a nice small size and will probably take me 5 mins to do, perfect for when I’m low on time or if you’re new to Mandala (it feels less overwhelming than a salad bowl)!

Step 2: Let your feelings inspire your mandala art. I like to close my eyes for a few minutes and breathe, noticing how I’m feeling in the moment.

Step 3: Open your eyes (if you have them closed) and choose a few colours that speak to you. Put your pen to paper within the circle and allow the image, lines or shapes to evolve and transform as you draw.

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Your finished Mandala will represent and reflect who you are at the time of its creation. I like to give my Mandala a name and date it. Do you enjoy making Mandalas? What did yours look like today? Please share them with me too, I’d love to see.

xo Cat