ⓒ Barbara Goodsitt
Peace & Happiness
One of the exercises I give my class is to design a personal mandala. I urge them to work spontaneously, letting their subconscious guide their design and color choices.
Drawing and painting mandalas can help you to harmonize your harsh emotions, ease your pain, regain your trust in yourself and believe in your life again. As one who absorbs thoughts and feelings from others, I find creating a mandala as a way of becoming empowered with my own values and common sense.
We also incorporate some color blending techniques into the piece.
Here are some meanings of color choices:
Red – strength, enthusiasm, passion, willpower, authority, survival.
Yellow – intelligence, curiosity, vigilance, new goals, arrogance.
Orange – vitality, ambition, self-respect, optimism, joy.
Green – change, fertility, rejuvenation, healing, freedom, carefulness
Blue – harmony, contentment, calmness, trust, communication, loyalty
Pink – sensibility, vulnerability, protection, care, unconditional love, melancholy.
Brown – "roots”, stagnation, safety, self-doubt, solidity, suppressed energies.
White – relief, innocence, clarity, timeless.
Purple – humane, idealistic, spirituality, meditation, passivity, estranged.
Black – loss, depression, fear, secrets, rebirth.