Colouring Mandalas for well-being and mindfulness is popular. For good reason. It’s peaceful, creative and calming. And it’s not just for adults!
Colouring books have always been popular with my six year old. However, the most recent one has somehow taken things to a new level. Mandalas for Mindfulness (see Amazon Affiliate disclosure) has been a real hit. It keeps her calm, focused and in the moment for hours on end.
Why this is useful.
Firstly, as a calming exercise for the mind, it encourages peacefulness. You have to be at peace with yourself in order to help others. It also encourages practising meditation. Good seeds to plant early on.
Secondly, it’s creative. Any creative activity is worthwhile encouraging. Creativity is an even more valued currency these days. It takes innovation and creative thinking to devise ideas to solve social problems or come up with new ways of helping people.
Thirdly, it can open up a worldly conversation. Helping your child broaden their perspective of what or who else is out there is always good.
Mandalas are meant to be Indian symbols representing the universe. Talking about the universe is interesting and gets your child thinking about being part of something much bigger.
Let’s talk about monks.
Also the experience of colouring Mandalas can lead to discussing Tibetan monks and Buddhism. Tibetan monks spend hours creating beautiful mandalas from coloured sand. They then destroy them and flush them away in the nearest river. This is to represent that nothing is permanent.
I had a brief conversation with my daughter about sand mandalas and Tibetan monks. We talked about the monks believing it is more important to be compassionate and kind over having worldly possessions.
She got the message
Why not give it a try? (See Affiliate disclosure)
- A simple, A4 printable PDF listing all 50 ideas
- 6 ideas to help with awareness of social issues
- 4 online ideas
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- 10 ideas to support the environment
- 6 impactful actions
- 3 small gestures
- 6 ideas encouraging entrepreneurship
- Incentive to get a Champion of Kindness certificate
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