~ What Meditation and Mandalas Can Offer Us ~
As soon as you wake up in the morning, your mind starts to go through your to-do list of the day.
You force yourself out of your bed, drink a strong cup of coffee and go to work.
You get frustrated during the commute, get stressed out at work and come home exhausted, but still, you have emails to take care of. By the time you finish with emails, it’s already your bedtime.
Does this sound familiar to you? Do you ever feel like the fast-paced life is sucking your energy out so intensely that you don’t even know why you are working so hard every day anymore? Do you ever wonder where you are going with your life?
It doesn’t have to be that way if you know the simplest method to get in touch with who you truly are and practice it daily.
The Simplest Way is Meditation.
If you go online and do some research about ways to help you stay healthy, to boost your energy up and fight against stress, you would find so many solutions such as supplements, healthy diet, workouts, etc.
All of them are important. I believe we all should use some of the solutions that fit us perfectly in a balanced way.
However, to find THE meaning of your life and live that life fully, you have to do better than that. The simplest and the most important way that can change you from the core is meditation – the real, deep meditation.
What Happened to Me When I Stopped Meditating.
I’ve been meditating regularly for years. Well, sometimes I get lazy and skip a few weeks, but I always come back to this practice.
Last month, that lazy moment happened, and that made me realize the differences between when I meditate and when I don’t.
The first thing I noticed was that I got easily wound up emotionally. Tiny things triggered my anger switch, and I saw irritation in every direction I face. Also, I noticed that I was picking up people’s emotions and mood more than usual. You can imagine what I was like when I was driving, right?
That irritation and frustration made my mentality prone to fear based thinking. I became impatient and short-sighted. When things didn’t go as I was expecting, I loaded more temporary solutions to myself and made my day busier and busier.
Also, I had fewer appointments with my clients (I am a craniosacral therapist). That’s actually understandable. If your bodyworker is not in a good condition on every level, you wouldn’t want to receive a session from him or her, right? Your mood and condition travel around beyond your imagination after all.
I don’t drink or smoke. I eat healthy and balanced diet, sleep well and work out regularly. Still, these things happened to me.
The Benefits of Meditation
Then, what are the benefits of meditation? How can meditation improve your life?
1. it balances your nervous system.
The stressful life activates your fight or flight system easily. When it’s on, the sympathetic nervous system becomes more active, and the parasympathetic nervous system becomes less active. Meditation balances those nervous systems and calms your whole body down.
2. it calms the blood pressure.
Once the nervous systems calm, the blood pressure also becomes calm.
3. it regulates the digestive system.
Same as 2, once the para-sympathetic nervous system, which is in charge of our organ function, is more active, the digestive system gets regulated. So do the respiratory and reproductive systems.
Since the whole body relaxes deeply when meditate, you feel happier and more blessed. Also, you start to have a healthy emotional boundary and get affected less by other people’s negative emotions.
You get more clarity on your thoughts and ideas. Because of that, solutions to your problems come to you faster, your ability to focus improves, and your productivity increases. You might even feel like you have more time available.
You might think, “I know all that, but I’m not good at sitting still.”
Well, there is a powerful tool to help you meditate.
The Powerful Tool to Calm Your Nervous Systems and Brain Waves and Lead You to a Deep Meditation
There are a few ways that can lead you to a deep meditation such as mantras and chantings. They are great tools, and I love them, but my favorite tool is Mandala.
Mandala is a Sanskrit word for “circle,” “the Universe or Cosmo,” and “wholeness.” Tibetan Buddhism monks draw mandalas with colored sand as a part of their training.
The study shows that a circle or symmetrical geometric designs can calm your brain waves and nervous systems. Some medical facilities decorate their patient rooms with mandalas. The deep relaxation can improve their self-healing ability.
Looking at a mandala enhances all the benefits of meditation.
Also, it leads you easily to the higher frequency of love rather than the lower frequency of fear.
Churches usually have round stained glasses, right? How do you feel when you go into a church with a beautiful round stained glass. You probably feel serene and sacred stillness. That’s because sacred geometry is used in not only the stained glasses but also the building itself. The same thing goes with temples and shrines.
Just by looking at a mandala, you get so many benefits. Then, what about if you draw one?
Benefits of Drawing a Mandala
A Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Carl Jung (1875 – 1961), used mandalas when he worked with his patients. Also, he drew mandalas for his own self-development.
He said, “My mandalas were cryptograms… in which I saw the self – that is my whole being – actively at work.”
Also, he said, “A mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of the self.”
I totally agree with him. I’ve been drawing mandalas for a few years. Here is how I draw one:
First, I meditate and check in with myself to see what in my life needs my attentions and healing. If I’m working on forgiveness at the time, the title of the mandala would be “Forgiveness.”
Then, I meditate a little more to feel the energy of true forgiveness. Even though I don’t get any images or ideas, I just start drawing.
As I draw a big circle and some lines, one or two main shapes or designs usually come to me. So, I draw them in a big circle and then fill in space.
When I color, I use a technique called “Stippling” meaning “drawing with dots” with gel pens. To me, each dot is a spec of energy.
Though it requires focus, patience and precision, it is also very meditative.
Also, I feel the energy of the theme filling up my whole body and healing me. It is a very amazing sensation, and at the same time, it humbles me as well.
Usually, it takes a few days to complete a mandala. During that time, I have many revelations and realizations related to the theme. Sometimes they happen as emotional roller coasters, and sometimes as epiphanies.
Once it’s done, I meditate with the mandala until I release or heal the old patterns that don’t serve me anymore.
To have a more peaceful and content life or to live your fulfilled life, it is essential that you release the old emotional patterns or belief systems.
Otherwise, you feel stuck in the repetitive life without much excitement, happiness or freedom.
Understanding your patterns, releasing and healing yourself connect you to your essence, your gifts, and your divinity.
Once you connect yourself to that core essence, you start to attract opportunities, abundance, wisdom, great relationships and all the support you need.
I invite you to make a new meditation routine today. 20 minutes right after you wake up to prepare yourself for the day, and 20 minutes before you go to bed to cleanse your system and your day.
Keep that routine for at least 21 days and see how you feel and what difference you notice.
If you’ve never meditated before, or if you need some guidance, I have some guided meditation videos. One is “Spiritual Heart Meditation” which helps you connect to your heart center. If you look at the right side of this article, there is a space that you put your email in so you can have the link to download it.
Over to you:-
What are your experiences with meditation? What did you think about my guided meditations with mandalas? Please feel free to share your experiences and give me feedback in the comment section.