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'The symmetries, repetitions and contrasts of mandalas create a hypnotic effect that can cause positive changes in the rhythms of your brainwaves.' Tenzin-Dolma

Making a mandala in nature is a highly satisfying experience. It allows us to tune into nature which benefits our well being. It can also be a meditative experience. Not only that, it is great fun and all ages can participate.

How to Make a Nature Mandala

1 Find a peaceful spot: You may be lucky enough to live near a park, woods, a meadow or the coast. Natural materials for mandalas can be found everywhere.

2 Collect natural materials that you think will go well together. For example, ferns, leaves, pebbles, grasses, flowers, berries, pinecones, acorns, rocks, shells, even dirt. Obviously this will depend on the time of year and the environment you are in.

3. Choose a base for your mandala: This could be a forest floor covered in pine needles, sand on a beach, dirt, grass or you may want to take your own with you.

4. Start with the centre: Spread your materials out on the ground so you can see them clearly. Firstly, choose something that you find meaningful to place in the centre. Build your mandala out from this point. Continue to make patterns until all the natural items you want to use are used up. Stand back and look at your mandala. Are you happy with it?

4. Finishing touches: You may want to gather more materials or change some items you have already added.

5 Meditate on your mandala: Sit comfortably in front of your mandala and take a few deep breaths. Breathe slowly and deeply. Then spend time gazing into your mandala. Look at the colours, the patterns, the textures, and the way the elements interconnect in your mandala. Allow your mind to get lost in its beauty and to bring your mind into a state of balance. Do this for around five minutes. Your mandala may gradually go out of focus but this is fine.

6 Take a photograph of you mandala so that you have something to remember from your experience. You may want to print it out, frame it and hang it on your wall.

Examples of beautiful nature mandalas


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