Time and again participants of the 100 Mandalas Challenge share how relaxing it is for them to create and color mandalas. I've been wondering, do the colors we select reflect our current mood or do we select colors that will help to shift our mood.
For example, if I'm feeling agitated do I reach for calming colors like blue to help me to relax or do I color in fiery hot colors that reflect my mood?Which leads me to the next question. Can coloring in a specific palette change our moods?
Let's do an experiment!
This week as you color your mandalas notice your mood and the colors you are using.
Experiment #1 - Observations
Look back over your recent mandalas. What were the colors that you used and how were you feeling when you created them?
Experiment #2 - Shift Your Mood
Color mandalas this week. Color either your own hand-drawn mandalas or the mandalas drawn by others (i.e., coloring pages, like our free coloring book download that you can get when you register for the newsletter.)
Before you select your colors, check in with how you are feeling.
- Feeling high energy or low energy?
- Feeling happy, joyful, or jazzed?
- Feeling sad, depressed, or anxious?
- Feeling peaceful or angry?
(Note: All feeling have a place in our mandala practice. There is no judgement here.)
Consider these colors and how they may help you to shift your mood.
- Cool colors like blue, green and purple are calming.
- Warm colors like red, orange and yellow are energizing.
- Bright colors are energizing.
- Pastel and light colors are soft and soothing.
- Dark colors can be relaxing.
I printed some copies of this mandala designed by Fabienne Tosi. It is a mandala coloring page from our free coloring book download. To get a copy sign up for the newsletter.
How to Get It:
I colored it in a couple of ways.
I chose bright, juicy colors as I was looking for some energy. I had been fighting a cold and needed a pick-me-up. Wow! It worked for me.
When I set out to color this mandala, I set my timer for an hour so I wouldn't lose track of time. I was feeling angry and worked up inside. I selected blue colors as I've read that they have a calming effect and green colors as they are the color of the heart chakra. What I desired was inner peace and compassion.
I started with the blue and within ten minutes, I felt myself calm right down. Without speaking out loud, I asked myself, "What is upsetting you? I'm here to listen." Most of the time when I colored, I enjoyed the process without the inner dialogue. I started with listening to some relaxing music. When the recording finished, I continued coloring in silence. For me this was just what I needed. If I were in a sad mood, I might have turned on some dance music. Consider how music can you this exercise.
What do you need?
I'd love to here about your experiments and how you color your mood.
Share your mandalas over on the 100 Mandala Sharing Circle, a private Facebook page.
Next Saturday is the BIG DAY. I will be launching our new home on the web, a wonderful website focused on mandalas. To celebrate our 1 year anniversary, I'm hosting a party. So far 46 people have signed up! Yowza!
Don't be shy. I'd love for you to join us.
Here are the deets:
- Party starts at 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
- Sign up HERE – It’s Free!
- Hosted by Kathryn Costa
- Live video presentation
- Learn about what’s new on the new website.
- Exciting announcements about what’s coming up.
- Art of Hamsa Kit Giveaway will be announced live!
- Recognition of participants who have reached their 100 mandala milestone.
Be sure to bring a couple of things with you to the party:
- Your favorite beverage for toasting
- Your favorite sweet treat for feasting
I'm going to have my favorite Italian treats: pizelles and prosecco. I love how the pizelles look like mandalas and a little bubbly makes every occasion feel festive. Maybe you'll make yourself a mandala treat too! If you do be sure to take a photo to share during the party. Know that any treat and beverage will be just perfect!
Here are some other time zones to help you in planning to attend:
- 8 p.m. New York
- 7 p.m. Chicago
- 6 p.m. Denver
- 5 p.m. Los Angeles
Kathryn Costa, New Hampshire, USA
I started the 100 Mandalas Challenge to explore the creative possibilities within a circle and discovered so much more: creating mandalas is a powerful tool for relaxing, healing, and cultivating joy. When I'm not creating mandalas, I enjoy collage and art journaling, photography, and Ikebana (Japanese Flower arranging). I live in New England with my Brazilian husband, Fernando. www.truenortharts.com