Mandala painting and healing
Mandala means 'circle' and 'center' in Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. Etymologically, it is a word made up of Mandal, which means essence, and La, which means possession. In other words, the meaning of mandala is to gain the center and essence and have truth in the heart. Perhaps that's why, when looking at ancient paintings, there are many paintings with circles like this.
In Korea, such circle-shaped symmetrical mandala paintings are left mainly in Buddhism in architecture, clothing, and food.
I recently drew my first proper mandala. This started with my heart opening to the circle. I'm basically trynphophobic. The exact shape of a circle does not appear very often in my drawings because it is difficult to see excessively irregular circles.
But my heart also seems to be starting to open around the circle. This is the beginning of true healing. In fact, there are big and small traumas around us. For example, I was hurt by people around me during Corona. In particular, the area where I live was seriously threatened by Covid-19, and I had to hear a lot of sad news from friends around me. However, they, who I am ashamed to reveal who they are, easily here, so they sent me messages with a sense of superiority about it and laughed loudly and mocked me. For a moment, I didn't feel like they were human. Because they lacked basic empathy. Regardless of country or race, it is basic to grieve together if someone is going through hardships. Since then, I have been traumatized by those people and have not been able to contact them first. We may have to deal with these big and small traumas that cannot be revealed on our own. Because these perfectly normal thoughts are extremely abnormal for those kinds of people, I often get hurt by them.
I would recommend drawing a mandala. As I drew this picture, I felt that the trauma of the past was fading a little. First of all, the wound heals because you realize how pointless it is to spend energy on such people. If you draw a mandala and focus on it, you can focus on your own consciousness. And I can focus more on my surroundings and reality. Then you can think freely, feel free and feel happy, free from the black smoke that such nonsensical people intentionally exhale.
Myungja Anna Koh