I recently completed my first mandala design and thought I would share it here:
This is my interpretation of the traditional concentration object for zhiné meditation. Zhiné meditation is different from samatha and other forms of mindfulness mediation in that you focus on a physical object that is outside of yourself. You can read more about zhiné at my post here.
Designing and then painting and gilding this mandala was an act of meditation within itself. I felt so much calm and presence when working on it. I suppose that shouldn't be surprising, but it was quite honestly not an effect I was expecting - I had no attachment as to how I would feel while working on the mandala. To be honest, I hadn't even invested any thought as to how I would *feel* since all of my concentration and intent was focused on creating something that would be beautiful and useful for my meditation practice. It is my hope that the sense of calm and presence that I felt while working on this mandala might be transferred to others who gaze upon it.
I am currently working on another mandala, which I have designed to celebrate union and love. The new mandala is much more complex than this simple, concentric pattern. The complexity concerned me somewhat, but as I started to paint, the same sense of calm and presence came over me. I am pleased with how the progress on this new mandala is coming along, and look forward to sharing it once it is completed.
This is the start of my journey with these meditation mandalas. I hope you all have the opportunity to feel peace and stillness at your center.