What is a mandala? In Sanskrit, mandala means circle. In every culture and in nature, mandalas are innumerous. They are often intricate and typically quite beautiful. They can be seen in halos, prayer wheels, seashells, flowers. In Indian and Tibetan religions, mandalas have been used for centuries to facilitate meditation and relaxation. In common use today, mandala is a generic term for diagrams, charts or geometric patterns that represent metaphysical energies symbolically. An especially powerful mandala is the Sri Yantra. It is structured to promote consciousness via sacred geometry.
Mandalas are beginning to be used in medicine as healing tools. Some clinical trials are suggesting that mandala meditation might boost the immune system. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, lessen depression, reduce pain, lower blood pressure, lower breathing rates, and stimulate melatonin release. Coloring a mandala combines meditation and art therapy. Those who color mandalas often experience a deep sense of calm. They are a vehicle for expressing our creative side—a side often neglected in our busy, often stressful, daily lives.
The next time you are at the Ommani Center, you will have an opportunity to experience mandala coloring. On the table in the waiting area, you will find a folder with various mandala coloring pages and a box of colored pencils. Ask for a clipboard and spend a few moments coloring a mandala. There are no rules! You will rarely have time to finish one, so color a ring or an area that calls to you. Choose any color you wish and do not worry if you do not stay within the lines. The mandala and colors you choose are personal choices and can help to balance the right and left sides of your brain. It is not necessary to match colors—your instincts will guide you. Sometimes one color will naturally follow the color that was just used, or “come along” like someone who brings a friend to a party. When you are called to your visit, you may leave the mandala for others to color, or you may take it with you. Please leave all the colored pencils behind for others to use.
I find the mandala coloring book entitled Bio-Geometry Signatures: A Mandala Coloring Book very beneficial. The mandalas in this book help you to balance the energy in various organ systems, simply by focusing on the shapes and patterns as you color them. In the near future, we will have a copy of this book in our lobby for you to enjoy.
There are many mandala coloring books available for purchase, and many coloring pages that are available for free download. A simple set of coloring pencils will suffice, or you can dive in and get a large set of pencils or other markers. To find coloring pages, simply use your Internet search engine to find “mandala coloring pages.”
©April2017 – Genevie Kocourek, M.D. is Board Certified in Family Medicine and practices at The Ommani Center for Integrative Medicine in Pewaukee, WI. She is the founder of Trinity Integrative Family Medicine and focuses her practice on integrative care and prevention of disease for the entire family. Schedule an appointment by calling 262.695.5311