"Smile, breathe, and go slowly."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
I have been creating morning mandalas as part of my meditation practice for the last several years and have just recently finished my 365th mandala. My mandala practice took about 15-30 minutes of quiet focus before I started my working day. During my mandala-making journey, I noticed some profound effects.
- Increased calm
- Decreased worry
- More inner silence.
- More peaceful self-acceptance.
Deep Concentration for Anxiety Regulation
For those of us who suffer from anxiety, it is helpful to "work small." In my art studio work with others, I have witnessed the calming effects of intense creative focus. I have seen firsthand how engaging in small tasks, such as painting and colouring detailed patterns calms anxiety.
Deep concentration on a focused creative task helps us to quickly experience a tranquil state. Concentrated awareness is one of the easiest meditation practices to learn, and it is a powerful way to quiet the mind. The benefit of a concentrated creative practice is a deeply focused state of calm.
My concentrative practice of creating 365 intuitive mandalas was a form of daily emotional regulation aimed at healing a lifelong habit of worry. And, rather than buying pre-drawn mandala colouring books, it was much more fulfilling to create my own intuitive mandalas to colour, paint, and collage!
I invite you to visit my completed Intuitive Mandala Gallery HERE.