Take a few minutes from your summer and make a mandala from natural materials. Mandalas are an excellent exercise to help you focus on the moment at hand. You may create something beautiful in the process but don’t worry about perfection.
Depending on your intention while creating your mandala, you may construct a sacred space in which to bring your thoughts and prayers.
Summer offers a variety of materials: leaves, flowers, twigs and grasses. Your palette of living colors will depend on what’s in bloom in your corner of the world right now. Found feathers, seashells and stones may also be used. The possibilities are endless.
You can create one by yourself, with a friend or with a child.
Create a circular shape with your materials. You can plan to have a set number of sections in your design or just see what happens.
You can make your mandalas outdoors or inside. It doesn’t matter if you keep your arrangement forever, for a day, or just a few minutes. Mandalas are about here and now.
For more information about mandalas, see my previous post on Autumn Mandalas.