"Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life." - Pema Chodron
At moi namaste, our deeper goal & desire is to bring Indian art and culture, while uplifting artisans, to the forefront in Nordic communities & conversations. While we have set up an online shop to bring you handmade products from our partner artisans, through this blog, we hope to share stories and knowledge about India, our art & handicrafts, cultural and spiritual practices as well as some fun travel diaries (for some post COVID-19 dreaming, of course!)
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented consequences on our physical, mental and social wellbeing, we take this opportunity to introduce you to a spiritual tool that can come handy at such distressing times.
A mandala is a spiritual symbol in Buddhism and Hinduism. It’s a symbolic representation of the universe with an inner and outer world. The word mandala comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. Literally mandala means “circle.” The circle is seen as a magical form, without beginning and end, just as the universe is believed to have no end.
The Sanskrit word mandala indicates everything that is round or circular. In tantric traditions, it often refers to a sacred space, which can be round or square or any other form. Deities are invited to enter this space by uttering powerful words (mantras).
A common meditative practice, creating mandalas is said to help promote mindfulness, focus attention and promote healing. In clinical studies, it has shown to boost the immune system, reduce stress and pain, lower blood pressure, promote sleep and ease depression.
Amidst school shutdowns, how can creating Mandalas become a family affair?
Everyone has had those days when our head overflows and our thoughts just seem to keep running in circles. By focusing on the Mandala patterns and its repetition, our minds get the opportunity to become wonderfully empty. As parents and individuals overcome by stress and anxiety due to the global pandemic, this practice can provide everyone an opportunity to go inward and rest for a little while.
Because the mandala isn’t a literal representation of reality, one can involve children in this practice too! Young or old, they can fully enjoy their creativity. As a parent, you can draw the Mandala and give it to your young children to color or let them draw it themselves!
Coloring a mandala is an excellent way to relax a busy mind and helps children unwind.
How do you make a Mandala?
When you create your own mandala, think of it as an echo of your soul. Drawing and coloring a mandala can be a highly enriching personal experience in which you look inside yourself and find the shapes, colors, and patterns to represent anything from your current state of mind to your most deeply-desired wish for yourself, for a loved one, or for humanity.
You can design a mandala to symbolize a state of mind that you would like to achieve. This is why Mandalas make great tools for meditation and increasing self-awareness
You can find many youtube videos online on how to make Mandalas, but in current times fo social distancing, we would love to invite you for a social gathering (of course, online!)
moi namaste presents Meditative Mandala Workshop
Free of charge and with the ever-so-talented teacher, Ashi Mishra, hope you will choose to spend one hour on Easter Sunday to create & meditate!
Date And Time
Sun, April 12, 2020 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EEST
1. All Mandala images by Ashi Mishra