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More mandalas! - free coloring page
Cat Hawkins expressed so well the benefits of coloring mandalas on her website...
Mandala is the Sanskrit word for 'circle or wheel'. Circular designs have been used throughout the ages in religious ceremonies, to decorate spiritual buildings, protect homes and for meditation.
The circle represents so many things that are familiar to us. The Earth we live on, the eyes we look into, the Moon, Sun... Circles and cycles, a forward movement that takes us round and round. The seasons, our days and nights, our menstrual cycles, life, and death.
If you drop a pebble into a lake, the rings, ever-increasing ripple outwards. The orbits of our planets, flowers, tree rings, crop circles, wheels... you can see mandalas everywhere.
The practice of coloring a mandala, or doing a mandala meditation, is a way to promote good health, and aid relaxation. By focusing on a mandala, and coloring, you allow your brain to calm. The swirling thoughts and stress are quietened with a need to do no more than fill a space with color. During the ups and downs of life, there are times when you just don't know what to do with yourself. Making decisions becomes impossible along with taking in information.
By taking an hour or so, maybe in the evening before bed, while there is rubbish on the telly, or in the afternoon when the kids are at school, you can help to give your tired and overworked brain a rest. The only thing there is to worry about is what color you will use.
If you want to make the experience even more centering and calming, turn off the TV, and work to some of your favorite music, or silence, listening to the sounds outside. Light a candle, place a crystal on the table or light some incense. Sit with your chosen mandala. You will find free downloads in a google search, ready to print off and color. Look at your colors. Whether they are pencils, oil pastels, paint (remember that paint on printer paper isn't always the best combo), just choose a color. Whatever you are most drawn to. Pick a part of the design to start with and color!
The next color will come, and the next and before you know it, you're on your way to finishing your mandala. No need to think, no need to make big decisions.
The benefits of coloring mandalas are quite amazing. Finding the center, journeying within, allowing yourself to be calm, are all ways to aid relaxation and de-stress.
The benefits of meditation have been documented and include:
slower breathing and heart rate
increase in blood flow
brings blood pressure back to normal
reduces anxiety levels
decreases tension in the muscles
increases serotonin production
helps in dealing with chronic illness
enhances immune system
reduces emotional distress
(Source: http://shaktimandala.co.uk/ )
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