MANDALA: AN ACTIVITY TO FIND CALM AND EXPRESS YOUR EMOTIONS

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MANDALA: AN ACTIVITY TO FIND CALM AND EXPRESS YOUR EMOTIONS

Who among you knows the art of mandalas? MANDALA: AN ACTIVITY TO FIND CALM AND EXPRESS YOUR EMOTIONS

Mandalas have a very ancient tradition: the term, of Sanskrit origin, indicates a set of geometric shapes that converge in the center creating the image of a circle. In the Buddhist and Hindu religions, the mandala represents the cosmos and its spiritual meaning is fundamental to convey three concepts:

  • attentional focus
  • meditation
  • spatial delimitation

How Can Mandalas Be An Activity To Calm Down And Express Emotions?

For adults, as well as for children, coloring the mandalas means allowing yourself a moment of relaxation, tranquility, self-research, concentration and this is what can translate into a future meditation.

Through this activity, children encourage their imagination, creativity, on an occasion that allows them to consolidate their self-esteem and critical sense.

Have you ever proposed to your children to draw and color mandalas?

This is the right time to do it! You will immediately notice their enthusiasm.

Preparation Of The Environment

Arrange the material on a table: sheets, stencils, pencils or markers.

Recreate a “magical” and welcoming atmosphere through the use of nebulizers, scented candles or incense.

If you like, propose a “meditative” music playlist to accompany the moment and, together with the child, report on the sheet the sensations and emotions you perceive in that particular moment.

Development

Choose whether to use colored pencils or crayons and start the business.

Usually, the advice is to start coloring from the center outwards: this method symbolizes the preparation for openness to the outside world, encouraging altruism and empathy.

You will notice in the child the ability to lower the level of tension or stress and the consequent increase in concentration, free expression, patience and serenity.

Conclusion

Once the mandala is over, it’s time for sharing. We can ask the child to write down or tell his feelings and emotions, comparing them with the initial ones.

It will be really curious to discover and learn about their “emotional” world through colors.

And so, for a moment, we were able to banish negative thoughts, stress, tension and hyperactivity, leaving room for calm that lightens the mind and soul. It is a great pastime to do together especially to strengthen the parent-child relationship.

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