I recently wrote a post about labyrinths on another blog. Labyrinths are, of course, well loved by faith geeks. Did you know that a labyrinth is also a mandala?
The word “mandala” is loosely translated from the Sanskrit as “circle.” They’ve been used for centuries as a meditation tool in Indian and Tibetan religions, but these sacred circles are also used in many other religious traditions, including Christianity. The beautiful rose windows seen in Gothic cathedrals are mandalas and Hildegard, a 12th century nun, created mandalas as a way to express the visions she had.
For faith geeks, a relaxing activity might be coloring printed mandalas found in coloring books or online, or perhaps even creating their own mandala on paper or another medium. Mandalas can be used as a spiritual practice, as you can pray throughout the entire experience of coloring or creating a mandala.
If you’d like to design your own mandala, the Art Is Fun website has detailed instructions on how to do this. A group of faith geeks might want to get together to create a mandala of fabric. This was done by elementary age children in the state of Washington; you can read about how they made a mandala patchwork quilt on the Mandala Project website.
Faith geeks who want to view a beautiful, vast collection of mandalas will find plenty on Pinterest, such as the mandala board of Practical Church Resources. There are other mandala boards on Pinterest as well, along with numerous mandala books for purchase on Amazon.