In Sanskrit mandala means “circle.” Mandalas are spiritual and ritual symbols in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe.
In common use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically.
Mandalas can serve as teaching tools to help us learn how to confront and transform feelings of loss, envy, attachment, and anger.
I draw mandalas for a variety of purposes. Sometimes, I use them like writing in a journal, to help me work through upsets and concerns, or to dive deeper into an experience which has moved me.
I also draw them to tell a story, such as to celebrate someone's birthday, as a prayer or wish for healing, or memorialization for loved one who has died.
You can draw mandalas, too!
Ever notice how toddlers draw and scribble so freely? They are excited to get their hands on crayons, markers and paint. They don't hide their work, or apologize for it. (I drew on walls and lampshades when I was little!) Yet, at some point, most of us begin to judge our "art," and many of us limit what we make or share. I believe in the value of liberating ourselves from those constrictions to enjoy full self-expression. To find out more about workshops I offer, especially for "non-artists," click here: