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Are you compelled to make mandalas too?

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creating mandala to help stop overthinking

Creativity in general helps shift one out of thy head, away from overthinking nothing useful & into free form flow feel instead, in my experience that is. It doesn't matter if you're "good at it" (whatever that means) or not; art is playing with the right side of your head, literally, seeing what occurs without being hung up on it.

During New Zealand's full Covid-19 lockdown earlier in 2020, a friend invited me to join this Lockdown Mandala Challenge group on Facebook - finding beauty in the everyday, which got me both inspired & intrigued. Why are mandala so special & what might they hold for me (or you)?

Mandalas are reputed to have as many meanings, interpretations & purposes as there are spiritual, religious and cultural alignments. For some they are a form of mindfulness - others a spiritual guidance tool, or meditation enhancers, maps or even representations of the cosmos, metaphorically or symbolically speaking.

Carl Jung believed the urge to create mandalas emerges during times of intense personal growth, kind of like a rebalancing underway in the psyche. Art therapist & mental health counselor Susanne F. Fincher stated in her book 'Creating Mandalas: For Insight, Healing and Self-Expression' that creating mandalas helps stabilise, integrate and re-order inner life.

I find them relaxing and no special anything required, with the exception of a flat surface and whatever you might find hanging about wanting to be art xx

Much love,

xAnthea

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