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{Doodle Calm Thoughts: 14/21} Calming Mandala

{Doodle Calm Thoughts: 14/21} Calming Mandala

{I've made a commitment to put ME (yes, ME!!) first on my "to-do" list so I can calm my thoughts while tapping into my creativity for the next 21 days. Read why I'm doing this here.  And if you wanna join me in the calming fun, come on over to my Facebook page and share what's happening for you and post pictures of your doodles, too!}Day 14: Calming Mandala

Have you heard of mandalas

I actually knew of them, but never put a label on them until I became a Creatively Fit Coach.

You see, mandala is a Sanskrit word, that's known to all cultures around the world throughout history, meaning center and circle.  

It conveys that any center is connected to it's circumference and any circumference is always determined by its center.

Which basically means, wholeness.  

They're everywhere in nature: the iris of our eye, a snow crystal, a bird's nest, a bicycle wheel, the sun and even Earth!

But, you wanna know the coolest tid-bit of all? 

Because mandala's are circular in design and give a wholeness feel, when we draw or paint them, we become more focused when we feel scattered and more peaceful when struggling with personal issues.  

When used in classrooms, they often help calm hyperactive children and can creatively engage others who are bored.

SO, if you're feeling stressed, anxious, worried, frazzled and feel out of alignment, take 5 minutes and draw a mandala.

I wasn't really feeling majorily stressed this morning, but when I opened my art journal, I felt an inner pull to draw the mandala that always brings more calm into my life.  

I start in the center and work my way outward.  I pick colors that call feel 'calm' to me in that moment.  And when I'm done, I feel happier than before I started.

I do believe it's that feeling of wholeness that mandala's provide...that centered, focused feeling.

When I do these with C around, I always find myself SO focused on my mandala drawing that I forget that she's playing right beside me.  

So, yes, they definitely help with being more focused, and I suggest doing them without your small kiddos running around, so you can really BE in the moment while drawing them. :)

So if you're looking for a fun, easy way to feel less frazzled, mandala's will do it!  

And, If you're not sure where to begin, just use mine as a guide, or do a google image search on mandalas.  There's SO much information out there on them (and, not to mention, SO many beautiful images and F.R.E.E. coloring pages, too!).

So...until next time...

{life IS colorful}

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{Doodle Calm Thoughts: 13/21} All Colored + A Calm Mama Moment

{Doodle Calm Thoughts: 13/21} All Colored + A Calm Mama Moment