I am currently reading a wonderful book on the Chakra System called “Eastern Body Western Mind – Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self” by Anodea Judith. This book is like the bible of the chakra system and the author is a well-known expert on the topic. Even with my extensive knowledge of the chakras from my Eden Energy Medicine and Pranic healing training, I am still learning so much. I consider Anodea to be one of the foremost experts in the field of chakras so when I noticed that she recommended mandalas as a way to balance the Third Eye chakra, I sat up and took notice.
The word mandala is Sanskrit and means literally “circle.” Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe and are symbols that reflect wholeness. The circular designs symbolize the idea that life is never-ending and everything is connected. Mandalas are often used as instruments of meditation because the designs help to remove irritating thoughts and allow the creative mind to run free as well as relax.
In Hinduism and Buddhism, the belief is that by entering the mandala and proceeding towards its center, you are guided through the cosmic process of transforming the universe from one of suffering into one of joy and happiness. You can use mandalas when you mediate to help calm and center the body and mind.
How to use the mandalas in meditation
To bring about inner transformation, first, select a mandala that strongly appeals to you. Next, focus on the intention that you want to bring into your life while you take in the beautiful design of the mandala by gently gazing at it. If your mind starts to drift simply bring it back to the beautiful design. The beauty of the mandala should absorb all your attention and it should gradually start to relax you.
To make it even easier to focus all of your attention on the mandala try coloring the design with colored markers or pencils. You will be amazed at how much a simple act can immediately calm your nervous system.
Click below to download a free digital mandala coloring book.