Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Beach Mandala Making with Foraged Botanicals, Rocks and Shells

I love family 'group activities'!
Not only do you end up with a finished, creative project
but you end up making memories and offering a 
hidden lesson on collaboration and team work!

Making a foraged mandala costs
absolutely nothing but your precious time....
quality family time!

Use any items you can find in nature.

Make it any size. Ours was approximately 5 or 6 ft. in diameter.
Create any pattern you want.
Have everyone....all ages contribute to the overall design.

What is a Mandala?
You might have seen them in current colouring books!

mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol 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; a microcosm of the universe.

Forms which are evocative of mandalas are prevalent in Christianity: the celtic cross; the rosary; the halo; the aureoleoculi; the Crown of Thornsrose windows; the Rosy Cross; and the dromenon on the floor of Chartres Cathedral.

According to art therapist and mental health counselor Susanne F. Fincher, we owe the re-introduction of mandalas into modern Western thought to Carl Jung, the Swiss psychoanalyst. In his pioneering exploration of the unconscious through his own art making, Jung observed the motif of the circle spontaneously appearing. The circle drawings reflected his inner state at that moment. Familiarity with the philosophical writings of India prompted Jung to adopt the word "mandala" to describe these circle drawings he and his patients made. In his autobiography, Jung wrote:
I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, ... which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. ... Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is: ... the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious.
— Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, pp. 195–196.

Patti Friday: Author | Illustrator | Wellness Community Member | Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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