This is such a neat idea that I couldn’t help but reblog it! I mean, who doesn’t like coloring? And if you don’t have any crayons at home, you can get them very cheaply at your local dollar store 🙂
Back in the day, the Buddhists invented the mandala as a way to visually represent the universe and the cosmos, and often used these beauties as meditation tools. Making and looking at mandalas helped them focus their attention and enter trances. And it’s pretty nifty because you don’t have to be a Buddhist to get a mandala template and you don’t have to be five to break out the crayons. Loads of people around the world love using mandalas as anxiety-relief tools.
I was a total nonbeliever at first Last Tuesday when my counselor handed me a pile of mandalas to color at home, I was like, “Seriously?” But you guys, it totally works. People even do science on this kind of thing. That link goes to a scholarly paper by Nancy A. Curry and Tim Kasser. If you don’t have time to read that, here are the spark…
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