Mandalas have long been used as a means of centering and connecting with God. When I work with at risk communities and in retreat settings, I have people create their own mandala. We start by having them trace/sketch a circle (using something like a stencil or paper plate) on the page. Then they are given these instructions: On the inside of the circle, the painting should represent anything you feel you have control of/or are managing in life. On the outside of the circle, the painting should represent anything out of your control or that you are not managing well in your life. This painting represents my interpretation of these instructions.

Mandalas are also a way of teaching a healthy way to deal with emotions like frustration, angst, and anger. Mandalas give people a creative and safe place to express themselves and center themselves. This activity is something that can be done with any medium: paint, crayons, pencils, pens, markers, or whatever else is on hand and in most any setting.

Mandalas can also be a means of prayer.  Consider creating a mandala in your prayer time.  Inside the mandala can represent your spiritual life -- personal holiness.  Outside the mandala can be representative of social holiness -- how we love our neighbor.  Another way to do this would be to create 2 mandalas.  In the first one, start on the outside of the circle working in, focusing on your inward self.  Then, in the second one, start in the center of the mandala and work outward, as you pray about how God is leading you to be in ministry to those around you, your community, and the world.

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