The word mandala itself is derived from the root “manda,”
which means essence, to which the suffix “la,” meaning container, has been
added. Thus, the derived definition of the mandala is that it is a “container
of essence.” And the word mandala in Sanskrit means “circle,” or “completion.”
As an image, a mandala may symbolize one’s mind, body and soul, all working in
unison to complete the whole of the person.
In nature, mandalas are found in many places, the solar
system is the most obvious but one can look carefully to find them in
sea-shells, snowflakes or the rings of a tree to name a few. Mandalas can also
be found throughout life as conceptual circles of friends, family, community as
well as the “circle of life.”
What are the therapeutic properties of coloring a
Mandalas are beautiful and they are powerful tools for
inspiration, meditation, healing and self-discovery. They come in many forms
from the most simple, to complex and intricate. Skill level is of no
consideration and this form of therapeutic coloring is used with both children
The act of Mandala coloring is very relaxing, calming and
healing. The special circular designs of each mandala is meant to relieve
stress and tension, help enter a meditative state, remind us of our relation to
the infinite and the world that extends not only within our body and mind but
far beyond into the universe.
If you are curious about entering this meditative world,
grab your kid’s crayons, colored pencils or markers and find the 30-Minute
Mandalas Coloring Book to be most helpful!