Hello from Japan!
I’m treating myself to a break before the hectic that is EOY holidays *excited*! Actually, I’ll be back in our sunny island tomorrow and I can’t wait to start the projects we’ve planned for the next couple of months!
We’ll be sharing our December Holiday workshops schedule soon! Before I get too excited, I want to talk to you about an… activity that I’ve started doing recently that I’ve greatly benefited from – Mandala
What is Mandala?
The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning “circle.” Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony.
Some people might relate it to various religions, but a lot of people (like me) does it as a form of therapy. Similar to Zentangle, it helps to calm one down and cultivate creativity at the same time.
It didn’t come as a surprise to me when I transit from a zentangle addict to a mandala addict (circle is my favourite shape!) There is no better time to reorganise my thoughts and plans via mandala ‘doodling’ than when travelling from one student’s place to another.
One very obvious benefit that I’ve observed is an increase on concentration skills and logical thinking. Being around kids all day can be rather energy draining, and mandala helps me to slow down. I try to do that as a time filler when I’m waiting for a next class or when I realised I am getting too ganjiong over work. I may take up to a few days to complete one mandala.
There is no sure way to go about drawing your mandala. You can start with a big circle and work your way in, you can use a ruler to measure out your sections.
I usually start from the center and build outwards. I attempted to use the ruler once, but meh, it was more fun to have a “imperfect” mandala instead. How I feel when I was drawing the mandala also affects the outcome of it – cleaner, brighter mandalas when I’m relaxed and darker, heavier mandalas when I’m stressed out or have a lot on my mind.
For the last couple of months, I’ve been setting aside 30 minutes before bedtime to sketch/paint/draw. I’ve been alternating between watercolour and mandala. Try it! I promise you better sleep! xx Cherlyn