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Mazes: art? math? or a calming centering MANDALA

My son likes to draw mazes… lots of tiny little lines that add up to very detailed mazes.

http://www.amazingmazes.com

I watch his hand move as he draws, turns the paper, draws again: LINE ___ (turn) LINE ___ LINE ___ LINE ___ (turn).
At a glance he looks like an artist sketching a landscape, or an architect sketching his design.

But when I watch him and actually SEE him drawing, I see that this process of drawing mazes is much bigger than the end product, bigger than putting pen to paper…..
it is calming,
centering,
transformative.
Like meditation…
or prayer.
It is a sacred space

His mazes (ART) remind me of the peace one finds when creating (or even looking at) a MANDALA. http://www.meaningofmandalas.com/

Mandalas are designs (usually circular with a clear center, but sometimes square or geometric) that represent wholeness. It is a design that serves to remind us of our interconnectedness with the world: to ourselves, with other people, and to the Infinite (God). Creating a mandala provides healing, wholeness, a sacred experience.

Please enjoy creating mandalas yourself, and with your children and families!

Peace,
xoxo Michelle

Here are links to some beautiful mandalas!

Native American mandalas: http://www.meaningofmandalas.com/native-american-mandalas.html

Sacred GeometryIndian mandalas: http://www.exoticindiaart.com/mandala.htm

Tibetian sand painting mandala: http://community.berea.edu/galleryv/MandInfo.html

Celtic Crosses (mandalas): http://www.meaningofmandalas.com/celtic-crosses.html

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7 comments on “Mazes: art? math? or a calming centering MANDALA

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