Mandala Meditation for Peace and Well Being
There are many meditation techniques including gazing at a mandala, yantras, breath-counting, mantra repetition, chanting, and with candles or holding crystals. Regardless of the method, meditation is directed toward complete awareness in the present moment without thought, judgement or emotion.
These designs have been used to focus in meditation for countless centuries. Although they are popularly associated with Indian Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism, they have been used in a variety of spiritual and religious traditions worldwide.
The Mandala is an intricate metaphysical representation of the Cosmos that is at the same time, a magical depiction of the interior state of the enlightened Buddha, as well as being a schematic of a Temple or palace. Mandalas are meant to be objects of contemplation, aids to meditation, their proportions magically balanced to purify and calm the mind. To stare at a Mandala is to experience, if only briefly, the nothingness that is at the heart of enlightenment.
Mandala meditation is thought to be the easiest method for beginners. We know the meaning relates to beginnings, our eternal nature, and how this is relative to our life journey. So, before meditating on it we set the intention to more clearly understand our life journey, or be shown guidance in a particular area we are having trouble in our life.
For centuries, this circular design has always been regarded as a sacred device and conductor of positive cosmic energies. These are subtle positive energies, which strengthen our auras. In everyday life, they help create the positive energies needed to help us through hardships, especially supporting us during unfavorable planetary positions or difficult times.
Once we have set our intention, we begin to focus on the center of the circle. Let your eyes take in the beauty of the designs, allowing your mind to wander as it will. If your mind begins to chatter (i.e., I should do laundry, have to get milk, need to finish that report for work), simply bring your attention back to the beauty.
Get inside it, simply fall into it, swim in it, let it absorb all of your attention. As you fall into the centre, you will begin to feel lighter, and intuitive thoughts may arise. Relax and float with the thoughts and feeling that come to you. If you begin to feel lost, uncomfortable or if you get the "chatter" again, simply focus your attention back on it.
Each observer has different experiences. However, the overall consensus is that meditating with the mandala leaves the observer relaxed, and he/she comes away with a resolution or clarity concerning the intention that was set before the meditation.