The term mandala translates to “circle (mandal)” in Sanskrit and the circle is the most common form of a mandala but a mandala may also be a square enclosing a circle or a series of circles, a square alone, a circle enclosing an image (such as a star or flower), or a rectangle enclosing a circle and so on.
According to Carl Jung, a famous Swiss psychiatrist, the mandala was the key to self-understanding and self-acceptance. He believed that by creating mandalas, one could know one’s self more clearly, recognize unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, and move closer to the center of one’s actual being, leaving behind the various illusions of the self which clouded and confined one’s psychological and spiritual vision.
With this thought, I sat down for this mandala, trying to solve the maze of my thoughts with square and circular rings and complex patterns. It did bring some calmness and balance to my mind.
The presence of this mandala and its uncommon patterns will be a great reminder that life is not always circular but can change its shape and semantics and still be beautiful in every way.