Art calms the nervous system as art making is a meditative, quiet and calming process that has a magical ability to alleviate psychological, emotional and physical pain. Colours, shapes, lines and images in creative expressions speak to us in ways which words cannot and help us discover and connect our inner thoughts, feelings and perceptions with outer realities and experiences.

Mandala drawing (spontaneous drawing within a circle) is a common activity conducted by art therapists as circles are like the scared shape that symbolically illustrates the entire structure of the universe – the spiral of the Milky Way, the orbiting of planets around the sun, and the movement of the moon across the sky. Carl Jung believed that circle represents one’s total personality and that mandala is an emergence of growth.

Try to make time weekly to soothe your souls by engaging in some mandala drawings. You do not need to be an artist to draw a mandala. Simply print out these FREE templates and fill up the empty spaces with colours, lines and forms. There is no right or wrong. Just draw until you feel it is completed. Enhance your art therapy session with a cup of chamomile tea and some soft instrumental music. Stay relaxed and be ready to embrace a beautiful change in you.

Each person’s life is like a Mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the Mandala of our life.

Pema Chodron

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