Art Heals! We are creative beings and have an innate desire for free expression. Sometimes, we find it easier to express our inner feelings through art rather than words. Art helps to unlock immense creative potential within us. Mandala Art is one of the beautiful ways by which we can freely express ourselves and connect to our inner being.

In the ancient Sanskrit language, mandala means a “circle.” Mandalas hold diverse significance and meaning going back to different Asian cultures like Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism to modern day psychotherapy and artistic form . For some, they may represent whole Universe or it's different aspects. And for others, a Mandala may represent a part of the self, a reflection of the inner state at any particular moment.

Mandalas are circular, geometric patterns emanating from a center. If we look around us and observe our environment, we can see various mandala patterns - flowers, sea shells, labyrinth, tree rings, solar system and more. Mandalas can be used as tools for Meditation, Healing, Inner Transformation or Art Therapy.

The brilliant psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, believed that the mandala represents the Self and that drawing a mandala gives a person a sacred space to meet that Self. He considered making mandalas an effective form of art therapy, helping to calm and comfort people struggling with mental health issues.

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,

Mandala represents our state of being in the present moment. If we are mindful while making a mandala, it helps us to process our emotions and thoughts and brings to our awareness what we need to know in the present moment. While making a mandala our breathing slows down, allowing us to feel a sense of calm and relaxation. Mandala Art can help in cultivating the art of being mindful in the present moment, to be an observer to our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, patterns. As you continue making mandalas, you realize that there is no limit to the designs and patterns - Its infinite as our Cosmos.

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We all are emotional beings and feel different range of emotions in a day. Emotions direct our lives. How many times we take decisions based on our emotions….??

Today, when we talk about Health we take a Holistic approach– Body, Emotions, Mind and Spirit. It is very important for all of us to take care of our Emotional Health and develop Emotional Intelligence.

Many a times we feel confused in even naming our feelings/emotions. Understanding and identifying them can sometimes be tricky and complex. Emotional Wheel, by Robert Plutchik (1927–2006) a psychologist and professor of psychiatry, helps us to recognize and naming our emotions. By looking at the wheel we may resonate with some of the emotions strongly. Enhancing our vocabulary significantly helps us in discerning and effectively responding to them.

*Emotional wheel by Robert Plutchik

*By Machine Elf 1735 - Own work, Public Domain,

So what to do when we are sad, angry, or disappointed. What to do when sorrow takes over or grief settles in? The way is to be with our feelings. We can give ourselves sometime to be with our feelings. Many a times behind a surface/primary feeling there can be buried more deeper feelings. We are conditioned to suppress and ignore these aspects of ours. FULLY FEELING IS HEALING - When we allow ourselves to feel fully, the locked and suppressed energy in our system gets free and is available to us. We can say to ourselves that it is completely OK for me to feel this way and have these emotions. All emotions are valid .

The more we are in tune with our feelings, more we are connected with our true nature. Connecting with your feelings also increases your intuition and your ability to understand and connect with others.

#Emotions #Feelings #Healyourself #LetGO

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Since child hood we have listened to the stories in Ramayana and been fascinated by them, building up further stories in mind - How the events would have been and were they really true. Lots of questions come to mind as - If Sita Maa is Goddess Laxmi, how could she be abducted by Ravana, If Ram Ji is the ideal man, then how could he left Sita Maa, Why is Sita Maa always shown as crying and a victim. I always have been curious and believed that there must be a different side of the story. Something which has not been seen or misunderstood. If you have similar questions or fascinated by the legendary EPIC, then it’s a must read. The book gives new insights and perceptions which will re-establish your faith that Ram Ji and Sita Ji are not just some characters in history or to be worshipped in temples only. They are living realities who continue to guide the human race. Also, if you are a meditator and have interest in past lives then it will kindle the fire within.

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