Mandalas: Chalk Drawings in Your yard
Would not you like to remember your childhood and draw the images with the chalk on the ground of your yard? I would say, “Why not?” It is fun, interactive and cooperative work, especially, if you are not alone to decorate your yard floor with chalk mandalas. Quite many cultures and religions throughout the world use Mandalas as spiritual teaching tools. Their use is rooted in eastern religious traditions, but has also been adopted by the west, as a way of focusing the mind, and encouraging transformation and healing.
Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center pint. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
Making Chalk Mandalas
Making a chalk mandala is my farewell to summer, and a reluctant welcome to the fall. It is also a wonderful form of creative self-expression, and hopefully something kids will explore on paper as well.
- string (optional)
- scissors (optional)
- Mandala is a Sanskrit word for circle, and that is the shape you will be filling in.
- To begin, choose a clear area outside and make a small dot with chalk, on the ground. Use this as your starting point for drawing geometric and/or organic shapes. If you prefer a bit more precision, you can use a string to make a circle that will contain the drawing.
- Estimate how big you would like to make the circle, and cut a length of string slightly longer than its radius.
- Tie it onto a piece of chalk. Hold down the other end of the string in the center of the circle, and with the chalk end, draw all the way around to complete the circumference of the circle.
- You can continue to divide the space into smaller circles, or with lines going through the center to create wedges. Otherwise, begin filling it in, working your way from the center to the outside edge, until finished.
You can find many wonderful images of chalk mandalas on the internet: