Boho Mandala Print Tapestry

March 15, 2019

Boho Mandala Print Taperstry-Leafy Souls Vegan Blog Post

The mandala craze has been a big one. From tattoos to book covers andtapestries, the intricate shape and pattern of a mandala can be seen everywhere all around the world. The meaning behind the mandala dates back through history and has important psychological impacts on people. Whether you are Hindu, Buddhist, Christian or an atheist, the mandala is a powerful symbol.


Mandala Meaning

In Sanskrit, mandala(pronounced mon-dah-la) means circle. It represents wholeness, unity, and harmony. They can be found everywhere. Think of an icon in Christian churches or designs in Celtic and Tibetan art; there is a circle with an image in the center - the cross, Jesus or geometrical patterns representing time and space. Surround the circle is more images that represent your thoughts of the day or your thoughts on the concept in the center.


Meditation

One of the most famous representations of the mandala is the image of monks sitting at a table or on the floor for days working with little granules of colored sand. The monks work for long lengths of time to create a colorful and symmetrical image that can take weeks to complete. After all that hard work, the monks take a brush and wipe away their piece of artwork only to reorganize the colored sand and start all over again.


Psychoanalysis

This act is meditative and deeply absorbing. Even the psychologist Carl Jung would draw mandalas every morning.He is credited with introducing the Eastern concept of the mandala to Western thought and believed its symbolic of the inner process by which individuals grow toward fulfilling their potential for wholeness. He himself drew his first mandala with geometrical patterns in the center enclosed with images of animals, and planets.


Visual Aids

There are many uses for a mandala including being used as a visual aid. An image so appealing that the mind absorbs it in such a way that irritating thoughts are unable to get through and a spiritual essence surrounds the individual observing the mandala. The hypnotizing symbol permits the individual to reach a higher consciousness or awareness by allowing the busy mind to take a rest while the creative mind is allowed to run free.


Colour Meaning

Both the pattern and the color of the mandala have an effect on the outcome the image brings to a person. Below is a list of colors used for igniting emotions within:

  • Yellow for joy and happiness
  • Orange forself-awareness and creativity
  • Red for energy, passion, and strength
  • Pink for femininity, love, and gentleness
  • Purple for mystery and spirituality
  • Violet for insight and intuition
  • Blue for healing and peace
  • Green for nature, groundedness, and connection
  • White for purity, truth, and consciousness
  • Black for shadow work and power

The Lotus

The lotus is a powerful symbol mostly associated with Asian cultures. In Buddhism, the lotus is regarded as a representation of leaving the material world and forming a spiritual relationship with the universe. It is also seen as a symbol of enlightenment. In Hinduism, the lotus is connected to the human soul, its creativity and wealth.

“Experts believe that the most spiritually beneficial form of the lotus mandala contains 1,000 petals, however, artists often find it hard to incorporate so many petals into the complex designs of mandalas. Therefore, the number of petals is reduced to symbolize the sacredness of the design.”


The Elephant

The elephant mandala symbolizes great strength and power. In Buddhism, the grey elephant represents a mind that is distracted from enlightenment whereas a white elephant is a state of true enlightenment that can be reached through the practice of meditation. In Hinduism, the symbol represents fortune, luck and material growth - or the desire to have it.

The elephant mandala is a popular theme in modern times; however, experts believe that if individuals take some more time to reflect on their decision to choose such artwork as they might be surprised on what they will discover about themselves.


The Bohemian Trend

This ancient art is an extremely popular form that helps countless individuals regain their focus, their confidence, and their concentration by creating a deeper connection with their inner self. Modern lifestyle and trends associates mandalas with the bohemian culture, marking it a popular addition in home décor, fashion, accessories, beauty and other aspects of our life.

These beautiful designs can be used to add color to your home and help you achieve your goals of enlightenment - whatever that may be for you.

It is obvious that regardless of their meaning, mandalas embody that which is sacred, holy or mystical to the individual. It surpasses cultural and religious context allowing mandalas to have a universal appeal to the human psyche.

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