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  1. Print and start coloring! :) We already explored the benefits of mandala colouring for adults. Here's a free pintout for you to give it a try. Just click on the mandala and print it in good quality, or save the file for later.  I drew this mandala in november 2016 with happiness.org already in my mind months before it got launched. It's handdrawn only with the help of a compass, a pencil and an eraser and took me about five hours to finish. I hope you enjoy it.  You can share the results with our hapiness.org community by sending your colored mandala to tine@happiness.org or share it on our Facebook page.  Enjoy mandala coloring! You can use this printout for mandala coloring as often as you like and also share it with friends. Commercial use is not allowed though.  Written by Tine SteissTine is an artist, meditator, media engineer and student of happiness. If she is not traveling she's working on turning her rooftop terrace into an urban garden paradise. Find out more about her on: Instagram Facebook
  2. Mandala coloring benefits are older than you think. You've seen them everywhere. In line at the supermarket, the bookstore, paying for gas when you fill up your car, the list is infinite. These mandala coloring books have inundated almost every aspect of printed media. But why? There are huge lists of the benefits of mandala coloring for adults. Some of these rewards are quite surprising, and others are more obvious.  Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves” (cited in Neihardt, 1961:32-33). A quick history of these fantastic circles reveals humans have been fascinated with circles for all of recorded time and perhaps even longer. Nature is full of circles. The moon, flowers, the cycles of seasons and movements of wind. Every culture on earth has some connection with circles. Whether it be from the way they construct buildings and temples to methods of meditation or dance. The symbol of a continuous life cycle, circles travel far and wide, yet remain visible in everyday life.  Various religions and philosophies look to circles and more specifically, mandalas, as a journey to the true self. Each layer of the mandala represents a different part of life. Ultimately a mandala is infinite and supports the Buddhist and Hindu claims to reincarnation.  What do they have to do with happiness? Often times mandalas are used for meditation. Some practices involve tracing the lines of a mandala with one's eyes, creating a high level of concentration and sense of present-moment-awareness. Similar to the meditation technique of staring into the blue of a candle's flame. Other times they represent prayers or gods. Like a visual mantra, offering peace of mind to the believer.  This stillness and awareness mandalas can create is what scientists want to learn from. There are many studies proving the benefits of using mandalas for gaining self-awareness, self-expression and even conflict resolution. How these 'reflections of the self' (Carl Jung) help us achieve greater happiness is simpler than you might think.  Drawing circles brings us back to our center. The circle is everywhere in nature it brings stability to an unstable situation or mind. Once balance returns, the mind and body can begin to function properly again. Thus resetting the purpose and goals one has or finding new ones in a time of uncertainty.  Here are only a few of the top benefits of mandala coloring: Helps to stabilize blood pressure increases creativity and self-awareness art therapy reduces anxiety and relaxes muscles self-confidence: freedom to color outside the lines if you want We've proved lots of interesting links in this article so you can learn more about mandalas for yourself. If you're unsure how to start a mandala on your own, there are lots of good resources to find out how. Our writer Tine Steiss has tried her hand at drawing mandalas and found them beneficial. She made one for you here to print out and try on your own.  Thanks for reading and happy colouring!  Written by Guest AuthorWe are happy to publish articles by guest authors that will broaden the perspective and bring new insights. If you are interested in publishing an article here on happiness.org please contact us.
  3. Free Heart Mandala Printout

    [su_quote cite="Pema Chodron"]"Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life."[/su_quote]  What do you do on a cold snowy day? I like to spend my free time drinking tea and drawing mandalas.  I'd like to share the result of several cold winter evenings with you. A heart mandala that you can print out and put on your wall if you like it. Just click on the picture and print. For the best quality for the free heart mandala printout, you should print on A4 (because it's 2480x3508 pixel with a resolution of 300 dpi).  You can find the words "love", "light" and "compassion" hidden in the mandala. I hope to send those to you with this piece.  Enjoy this free heart mandala printout. <3 You can print this out for your own use and share it with friends. Any form of commercial use is not allowed.  Written by Tine SteissTine is an artist, meditator, media engineer and student of happiness. If she is not traveling she's working on turning her rooftop terrace into an urban garden paradise. Find out more about her on: Instagram Facebook
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