Mandala – 7 pillars of resilience
What is a mandala?
Mandala’s are everywhere right now and apart from being something that my 6 year old daughter likes to colour they are many things.
The mandala above was painted in Guatemala by an amazing artist Irene Carlos. I love her work so was so happy when she agreed that I could include her mandalas here as my first exhibiting artist in my resilient space! But please let me know if you have a favourite mandala, or if you have drawn or painted a mandala and I will post it here.
A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol representing the universe . In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance. They are used in religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism and also appear in native American culture both north, central and south.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation.
I love mandalas because they can be moved round and round, and come in many different shapes and sizes. I like to look at the mandala of resilience and depending on what is going on in my life I try to focus on which pillar is most important at that particular time, sense of humour is often the first one I look at but then usually followed by something else. Anyway, they are much nicer than boring lists, and they are dynamic in their very nature. Look how beautiful these are!
Have a little look at the 7 pillars of resilience in the mandala below. It is good to be resilient in all these ways but depending on who we are, some of them will be more important than others. We are unique in every changing moment of our lives. Resilience is dynamic and so are we.
This mandala below is not that pretty. I am working on another more artistic one of my own! It’s a work in progress but the 7 pillars will be the same so in the meantime I wanted to introduce the pillars to get you thinking.