This fifth book of digital mandalas brings together squares. While a perfect square does not naturally exist in nature, the square and the right angle serve several specific and necessary functions in mathematics and in life. They facilitate the four quadrants in mathematics, the four seasons of the year, the four corners in a room, the four directions of the compass (N,E,S,W), and even the four basic elements of air, earth, fire and water.
The mandala is a spiritual and ritualistic symbol in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In general, it is a microcosmic representation of the Universe.
The mandala is used to help focus attention on spiritual guidance, and for mindful practices such as meditation. Most mandalas, especially today, are circular in design. The circle has long been a spiritual symbol of wholeness.
But the use of mandalas isn't just spiritual. Therapists as far back as Carl Jung have often used mandalas with their patients.
For the past 30 years I have used mandalas in my watercolor and silk paintings, as well as my glass jewelry fabrication, my cloth fabric dying, and the quilts I design and construct.
Psychologists claim that coloring is the next best thing to meditation. I find mandalas are nearly as therapeutic to create as they are to color.
Pick up a coloring book today and don't forget to color outside the box.
Volumes in the Mandala Series:
- Star Gazing
- Round & Round
- Square Roots
and a specially priced Magical Design Sampler Volume with samples from each full book. Also available in Mini Take-Along sized books.