The Concept behind ArtMeditate
The word "Mandala" originates from Sanskrit, the sacred language of the Brahmans in India from oriental culture. The word "Mandala" means "circle" or more precisely "sacred circle" or "magic circle".
In India, Tibet and all of Asia, the large temples and pagodas were, and continue to be, built according to the architectural principle of the Mandalas. The sacred texts want every temple to be a representation of the universe, a principle of their creation.
During unstable and uncertain times such as wars, migrations, evacuations, escaping or hiding, the monks and their followers painted Mandalas on paper rolls ("thanka") which enabled them to continue their meditations during their long journey.
The Mandala has been used in Asia for thousands of years as a visual aid for meditation, relaxation and well-being. It is also used in temples, pagodas and homes as a protector, a harmonizing object and a good-luck charm. There is so much more to a Mandala than just the simple decorative element.
Meditation with Mandala
Meditation is the new big thing in mainstream wellness. But it is not just a new lifestyle or a buzz word. The positive impact on our health and well being has been proven by thousands of studies. Great researchers in Harvard, Stanford and Yale Universities has proven the benefits of meditation.
Also, Meditation has been shown as a great habit of highly successful and happy people: Steve Jobs, Tim Ferriss, Angelina Jolie, Miranda Kerr, celebrities and entrepreneurs embrace meditation as a powerful tool to help themselves in daily stressful life.
When we look at a Mandala and meditate on it, we automatically concentrate and are led to our inner being by creating our own sacred space, a place of protection. We concentrate our energies here.
The Mandala support us in finding silence, tranquility, harmony and peace.
The Mandala through its center and concentric movement can unite us in ourselves.
It harmonizes us and creates balance with its beautiful geometric and figurative forms, which often repeat themselves like a mantra.
Mandala creates balance and harmony to a living space or a workspace with beautiful design based on ancestral knowledge such as the golden ratio or sacred geometry, and of course also through its brightness and meaningful colors.
Mandalas from Asia are fascinating. They spread a splendid beauty and also contain a great complexity, often difficult to understand for outsiders. The artist Marlis Ladurée studied them for more than 30 years and created "contemporary Mandalas" adapted to Western lifestyle so that they are more accessible to our eyes and minds.
We all want to be truly happy, loved, to live in harmony, peace and safety for both ourselves and for others. Mandalas can help us to find the way!
The Mandalas can open up our hearts, souls and consciousness like a portal into another universe, our own personal universe and help us to discover this wonderful world that is infinite within us. They also help us to understand and to love ourselves and those around us in a better way.
They give us confidence, shadowing us through our life journey, in what is sometimes a very stressful society.
Find your Mandala
According to some Tibetans monks, it is no coincidence how we choose a Mandala.
They are chosen with a certain affinity. A natural attraction is spontaneously exerted onto a Mandala which is created by our own personality and built from our existence.
There seems to be a real osmosis between us and our chosen Mandala.
This relationship naturally gives rise to the beneficial effect of the Mandala: that of peace, tranquility and well-being.