Mandalas are widely used elements in both Buddhism and Hinduism that have gradually become important in other aspects of society because they offer interesting advantages and benefits in learning, in therapy and in many other things.
These representations or designs have been part of society for a long time, but it was only a few years ago that we began to adapt them to our lives.
So much so that as we said previously, mandalas are used as psychological therapy and the results found are really very good.
- 1 What are mandalas?
- 2 A bit of history about mandalas
- 3 Why color mandalas?
- 4 What are the advantages and benefits of mandalas?
- 5 What do the colors of the mandalas mean?
- 6 What do the shapes of the mandalas mean?
What are mandalas?
Alright, now we know a bit about mandalas and their importance today, but we need to answer a key question first: What are mandalas? A mandala is a kind of design in which we will always find concentric shapes that intertwine with each other and create drawings that are quite beautiful to see and with different colors.
The word mandala has a fairly simple meaning in Sanskrit: it means circle. But its representation is the most interesting and what we should know, it represents balance, unity, harmony between different elements that come together to create something beautiful.
So much so that in different religions they are used to reach different spiritual states and enormous tranquility, it is precisely for this reason that mandalas are used as therapy today.
A bit of history about mandalas
The truth is that the origin of the mandalas is not clear since these drawings and designs have been part of society since the beginning and while many think that the first ones who created these designs were the Hindus, the truth is that they were also found of these designs on rocks in Europe, Asia, North America, Australia and many other places.
Therefore, we can know that the history of mandalas is really long and that they have been part of our society for many years. Even the first three-dimensional mandala was created more than 2000 years ago and was originally called “The origin of the universe”.
One of the most recognized mandalas and that surely you did not know that it is one is the symbol of “Yin and Yang” created by Taoism and that has a quite symbolic and interesting meaning (the two necessary forces in the universe to be able to maintain a balance).
Why color mandalas?
You surely already have an idea of what are the reasons why painting mandalas is advisable, in the same way, here we will comment on some reasons why it is highly recommended to paint these designs:
Mandalas can help you meditate, calm down and even understand yourself a little better.
It is not necessary to be experts in the colors of the mandalas or in anything that has to do with these designs, we can simply select the colors that we want and let ourselves be carried away by our imagination.
It stimulates creativity, it’s fun and it can distract us for a while from the difficulties of everyday life.
It is quite clear why it is good to paint mandalas, now, let us know some of the advantages and benefits that it can have for our health, for learning and for many other things.
What are the advantages and benefits of mandalas?
They are relaxing and help reduce stress
How many activities have you tried to carry out to reduce stress and none of them work? How many times does stress become so great that it seems almost unbearable? Allocate a daily period of time to design or paint a mandala, start with something small, a simple style and then add new things and you will see the great benefits that this can bring you.
It has been shown that among the benefits of mandalas is helping with concentration and reducing stress, they make us feel calmer, we forget for a while the thoughts that have us so worried and many other things.
They help us get to know each other better
It’s really amazing what can be achieved just by designing mandalas and fractals or just taking a few colors and start painting designs that we get online.
If you paint the mandala from the center to the outside and take it seriously, you will be able to know yourself much more and even reflect on the reason why you are in the world.
As a learning strategy
Mandalas as a learning strategy have also been part of society for many years and it is that (as we have previously mentioned) designing and painting mandalas makes us much more creative, but also that we are more attentive to what we do, that we create discipline and that we concentrate much more.
For this reason, these types of designs are recommended in the learning process of children, young people and even adults, there is no age limit for which painting mandalas is recommended to improve the learning process.
What do the colors of the mandalas mean?
After having painted a mandala without having an idea of the colors, it is very fun and interesting to read what the literature says and what connoisseurs say about what the colors of the mandalas mean in order to get to know each other a little better.
Yellow. It means joy or will.
Red. Power, strength, sensuality or passion.
Black. Mystery, security, sadness, among other things.
Blue. Communication, respect, among others.
Green. Connection with nature, not being angry, among others.
Orange. Progress, pleasure and more.
White. Timidity, harmony, peace.
Violet. Creativity, among others.
What do the shapes of the mandalas mean?
Labyrinth. Need to know each other better.
Star. Optimism and desire to continue.
Heart. Happiness love.
These are just some of the meanings of the colors with which they have decided to paint their mandala and the shapes with which they have decided to design them. Isn’t it interesting to know things about you that perhaps you didn’t even know you felt? Do not miss the opportunity to get to know each other a little better.
In this blog post you will learn the step by step to draw a mandala and other benefits of these ancient designs.