A mandala is a spiritual or ritual geometric configuration of symbols or a map.
In Buddhism and Hinduism, it represents the universe.
The meaning of the word mandala in Sanskrit is “circle”.
Circles have very powerful significance in countless countries, religions and traditions.
In “Jungian psychology”, a mandala as a symbol in a dream, representing the dreamer’s search for completeness and self-unity.
Carl Jung, the popular Swiss psychoanalyst, was the first to introduce mandala to western thinkers and scholars
after becoming fascinated by the therapeutic powers he believed it had.
He thought that mandalas where symbolic of the psychological and spiritual self and that they lead to greater awareness of life and spirit.
The circular designs symbolises the idea that life is never ending and everything is connected.
The mandala also represents the spiritual journey within the individual viewer.
The mandala’s purpose is to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones and to assist with healing.
Nowadays, mandalas have become a popular symbol of meditation & yoga, which aids in enhancing focus,
silencing thoughts while meditating, battling stress, worry and anxiety, appreciating the beauty of nature and forming a greater connection with oneself.
Modern-day consumerism has associated mandalas with a “bohemian lifestyle” which has led to its emergence in home décor, accessories, fashion, jewellery, beauty
and other aspects of our current life.
“These beautiful designs can be used to brighten up our home and help us achieve our goals of greater personal growth.”
Thank you for reading this Blog post – Paul.
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