Remember that time way back 2016 when the Mandalas became well known for the use of art mainly referred to as adult coloring books? Not just Mandalas, but also other complicated patterns of animals, plants, and some others. Well, I was super obsessed with their patterns, I even bought several books but was never able to finish coloring them. Why? Because, really, they take time. For those who’ve tried out these coloring books know what I mean. But oddly enough, I find them very relaxing.
Mandalas are more than just patterns for art, they have much deeper meaning and go way back. According to www.mandalaproject.com, “The word "mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.”
The Mandala has been used by different cultures depicting the same expression, the same meaning, the meaning of life and the universe. There have also been a lot of projects for people by way of art using the Mandala concept to be able to express themselves individually in a unified structure.
From my own perspective, I see it as a symbol of infinity – that life is a never – ending cycle and you get to decide how you want to live yours, you get to choose how you want to paint the only shot you get at life. Every cycle is beautiful and unique in its own way. As unique as it is, we all have that one goal – to live life the best way we think possible.