Meditating with mandalas allows us to delve into our own 'universe' to gain insight and understanding within ourselves.
Mandalas can be used for meditation in two ways;
- Creating a mandala and using the process of creation as the meditation - You can create a mandala simply with paper and pencils inside or even outside on the ground with nature's toolbox of twigs, stones, leaves etc. This meditation in movement is great for those who need to be active of find it difficult/uncomfortable to sit and meditate as your body is kept busy and moving. Your meditation is observing and processing the thoughts and emotions that arise during the act of creating the mandala.
- Observing a mandala and using the observation as a focus for meditation - Meditating with mandalas can be used to consciously process the thoughts and emotions that arise from observing the mandala. They also can be used to enter a state of trance. Also, they allow images in a visual form to be carried to your consciousness, and by doing so they can be consolidated so that higher levels of direct, spontaneous perception of the mandala can be achieved.
There are many benefits of using Mandalas in meditation. For general techniques on meditation, click Meditation Series - Part 3 - Meditation Techniques.
The next instalment of this Meditation Series will be; Meditation Series - Part 16 - Techniques For Practise Of Common Types Of Meditation - Guided Meditation/Creative Visualisation
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Kylie Dowles, of Complete Vibrational Therapies, has a Diploma of Metaphysics and is qualified in meditation.
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