What is a Mandala?

Riah Tarango
September 12, 2016
What is a mandala? Mandala is a Sanskrit word which is loosely translated to mean, "circle." These diagrams are beautiful symbols representing the Universe. Read more on The Wanderful Soul Blog. Beautiful crystal flower mandala.

Every Monday, I love to post an image on my Instagram of a beautiful mandala that I find online. I call this #MandalaMonday. The images range from beautiful hand drawn art, to mandalas arranged with flowers and crystals. These images are so
wonderful to look at and share, but sometimes I’m asked, “What exactly is a mandala?” Well, I’ll tell you…

Mandala is a Sanskrit word which is loosely translated to mean, “circle.” In Hindu and Buddhist symbolism, they represent the Universe and are shown in a geometric figure. They are metaphysical or symbolic diagrams for a microcosm of the Universe and the cosmos.

Mandalas are used primarily as an aid in meditation, establishing a sacred space so that the individual may become one with the Universe. With their circular design, mandalas remind us of wholeness and unity. They demonstrate more obviously, the circle of life, with the symbolism that life is never ending. 
In the creation of a mandala, the mind is allowed to run freely as a visually appealing and unique circle is formed. The process should come naturally and effortlessly as the mind wanders. Each mandala has its own meaning and significance to the creator, as an intention is set during its creation.
There is no right or wrong when creating your own mandala. You can draw, paint, or even use natural pieces found outdoors to make your own. Just remember, the process should flow together without frustration. Clearly setting an intention is not always necessary during the creation. Just allowing your mind to free itself is enough, this will bring you closer in becoming one with the Universe. 
Have you tried making your own Mandala? How did you feel during the process? Let me know in the comments below!

What is a mandala? Mandala is a Sanskrit word which is loosely translated to mean, "circle." These diagrams are beautiful symbols representing the Universe. Read more on The Wanderful Soul Blog. Beautiful crystal flower mandala.
What is a mandala? Mandala is a Sanskrit word which is loosely translated to mean, "circle." These diagrams are beautiful symbols representing the Universe. Read more on The Wanderful Soul Blog. Beautiful crystal flower mandala.
What is a mandala? Mandala is a Sanskrit word which is loosely translated to mean, "circle." These diagrams are beautiful symbols representing the Universe. Read more on The Wanderful Soul Blog. Beautiful crystal flower mandala.

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What is a mandala? Mandala is a Sanskrit word which is loosely translated to mean, "circle." These diagrams are beautiful symbols representing the Universe. Read more on The Wanderful Soul Blog. Beautiful crystal flower mandala.

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3 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Rose Hisle

    This is lovely. I've always wanted to play with mandalas. I think fall leaves and acorns and such could be lovely tools.

    waltzandwillow.com

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  2. Riah Tarango

    Thank you Elizabeth, I'm glad you enjoyed the post!
    I always admire mandalas created with natural pieces, it makes it feel like I am actually in harmony with the world. 🙂

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  3. Anna Leehey

    I have never tried to create my own mandala, but I love looking at them. I love the idea of using natural materials to create a mandala.

    Anna
    http://mythreadofthought.com

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I created the brand The Wanderful Soul where I design bohemian & travel inspired apparel. I have a huge passion for travel and I love nothing more than inspiring others to get out there and explore!

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