"The shapes and colours you create in Mandala art therapy will reflect your inner self at the time of creation."
Mandala art is inspiring tattoo artists to incorporate the design to their their work, as well as colouring books to de-stress the busy minds of adults.
The movement is not a new one, but it is becoming increasingly popular across social media; with westernised cultures fascinated with mendhi designs and spirituality becoming more sought after, the art-form has been adapted everywhere.
Mandala – deriving from Sanskrit: [sacred] circle – is a spiritual and ritual symbol used in Indian religions.It is drawn in such a way, that the symmetrical designs will always draw attention back to the centre.
The art usually is now famously recognised as a geometric style pattern.
Tattoo artists have inked people with geometric designs for a while, however the mandala pattern is now popular with animal design tattoos.
The pattern is also popular with urban, or ‘hipster’ home decorations, as well as with young artists. 17-year-old Yolande – also known as creativee.minds on Instagram – has incorporated the pattern onto the world map, which has been popular enough for the young lady to sell her work world wide.
The renowned Picasso once said: ‘painting is just another way of keeping a diary’, implying art is a therapy for the congested mind. This is no news to an artist, however art therapist Savita Jakhar Gandash spoke to Gulf Times about how therapeutic mandala art is.
“I find them [mandala art] to be the best expression of the inner self to lend insight into ourselves and promote healing.”
“The shapes and colours you create in mandala art therapy will reflect your inner self at the time of creation.
Ultimately, you will be creating a portrait of yourself just the way you are when creating the mandala. So, whatever you are feeling at that time, whatever emotions are coming through, will be represented in your mandala art therapy.”
The mandala form is now also popular for adult colouring books. The design not only represents a spiritual path on inked skin, but also is a form of therapy and a wonderful treat for the eyes!