There was a recent flurry of activity on FB about a posting by a “Christian” who was warning the populace of the dangers of “Mandalas” as found in some of the adult coloring books that became popular (again) during the summer of 2015 such as this example from a web search;
While I don’t know the person behind the posts, for myself, a doodler with pen/paper and now digital devices such as the PC and iPad, I find no issue with drawing/coloring such patterns. During some research I did over a decade ago on the subject I came across this definition of a Mandela; “The mandala is an artistic design that devotees of meditation use for centering, focusing, and contemplation. Its almost interactive symbolism represents the precious relationship of one’s soul to the universe — from its introspective center whose numerous, colorful symbols radiate out in all directions, as if to infinity.” For myself, and your mileage may vary! I find creating doodles to be therapeutic and restful. There was a program I found during that time called Kaleider that I spent many enjoyable hours with. Here are a couple examples from hundreds I created;
this one from a flowering plant image:
This one from an image taken inside a cathedral;
Now maybe i’m missing something? But being drawn over to the dark side is probably not gonna happen here.
Another pastime is the creation of Celtic Knots such as these two examples I did years ago:
When I look at the amazing work done by monks and priests hundreds of years ago, such as the “Book Of Kells“, I am in awe. They are not “Mandalas”, but any definition of such art would certainly contain similar wording to; “an artistic design that devotees of meditation use for centering, focusing, and contemplation.” I could focus and contemplate on the likes of the example below from the Book Of Kells for hours and go nowhere but deeper inside myself and be grateful for the passion of those individuals to share their vision with the world.
So, for myself? I say to the original Doom&Gloom poster; get-off-your-soap-box… Chill out. Enjoy the beauty in what you see about you.
: ) Thom