"I Feel Peaceful" Mandala
Enjoy this meditative activity with our printable templates.
Work together to create a simple mandala, a circular, symmetrical symbol used in some religious traditions to focus the mind and create a sense of peace. Our friend Todd Hoover, a doctor who contributes his time working in India, has this to say about how mandalas help us keep the little upsets in our life in perspective:
“The Tibetan Buddhists have a wonderful tradition where they create mandala paintings out of colored sands. These paintings can take days or even weeks of painstaking and diligent effort to complete and are magnificently intricate and beautiful to behold. Then, at an appointed time, the painting is swept away, demonstrating the impermanence of life.”
Enjoy this peaceful project as a family.
What you’ll need
Our printable "I Feel Peaceful" Mandala Templates
Large piece of easel paper or poster board
Working together, cut one each of the three larger shapes in the colors of your choice.
Now cut out at least 14 teardrop shapes in a variety of colors.
Invite each family member to write their answer to the following question on the curved, outer edge of each teardrop shape. Write one answer on each shape:
“I feel peaceful ….. [when or where or with whom]”?
Carefully assemble your mandala on your poster board or easel paper. This process is meant to be meditative. Take your time. Enjoy your work.
Once you’ve arranged your artwork, use the glues stick to affix it to the paper. Alternatively, you can be like the Buddhists and blow your exquisite artwork away—and begin it again (and again!) another day.
Did you find the process of assembling the mandala meditative, or quieting?
What other tasks do you find calming or meditative?
Do you think it will be difficult to think of your peaceful, quiet places the next time you are feeling upset or overwhelmed?
What situations do you find upsetting or overwhelming?
Can we brainstorm ways you might remind yourself of your quiet places in times of conflict?
A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood.
This beautiful book empowers children to discover the quiet places that feed their spirits, including the many adventures that await between the covers of a good book.
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and their parents) by Eline Snel.
This last recommendation is a life skills book rather than a parenting book. You'll find creative, practical tools for meditation with children in the book and on its accompanying CD. In just ten minutes a couple of times each week, your family can develop useful mindfulness skills to relieve stress in an anxious child, ward off tantrums, and improve coping skills for your whole family.
Take it Further
If your children decide to glue their creation to their poster board, display it to remind your family of your peaceful places in times of stress or tension.
Or, if your children decide to glue their creation to their poster board, gift it to a friend or family member who could use a gift of peace.
Create your own shapes to expand your mandala.
Laminate your mandala pieces and reuse them as a peaceful meditation during stressful times.
Check out collection of books and projects to promote mindfulness.
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