quilled mandalas

The mandala is a part of Hindu tradition. It is a semi-abstract, semi-figurative design that aids meditation. Restful and relaxing, it opens the way to inner calm and letting go. It is relatively symmetrical in structure, with different kinds of geometric motifs surrounding a well-defined centre. The mandala is always enclosed by an outer border, while the eye is immediately drawn towards the central point. There are different ways of working with mandalas: colouring in, drawing, contemplation. This book contains 50 mandalas to colour in. Just choose one that appeals to you instinctively, at random, and begin. There are no rules: use whatever medium you like - felt tips, pencils, gouache, pastels - and whatever colours you like from the selection available. A feeling of calm will gradually take over and you will be completely absorbed in what you are doing and the colours filling up the blank shapes. It's a great way to simply let go of everyday cares! You can also design your own mandalas. Draw the concentric circles and radiating lines freehand or with the help of a compass and ruler. See what shapes and motifs emerge from your pencil as you work your way towards the centre. Don't plan, just see what happens. Six of the mandalas in this book have been left unfinished for you to complete, in whatever direction your imagination takes you. Contemplating a mandala encourages concentration and meditation. Once you have coloured them in, cut out one or two of the mandalas that inspire you the most. Display them in a peaceful environment and contemplate them, allowing your thoughts to run free. Little by little, you will begin to relax and feel peaceful and rested. Always have a mandala close at hand to colour in - between 5 and 10 minutes a day should be enough to recharge your batteries.

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