The word ‘mandala’ comes from a classical Indian language, Sanskrit. A common, loose interpretation of the word is ‘circle’.However a mandala is used in many religious groups for re-entering, focus and connecting with the divine.
Here is a mandala that is designed to help one contemplate on who we are. The concentric rings of the center of the mandala portray the different creations of God. The pride of God’s creation -humans both male and female, is fully colored to draw attention to itself.
As you draw out from the center and look at the entire picture you will realize that its a flower. All of God’s creation is intended to bloom, to grow and to flourish. All of God’s creation is intended to enable one another to bloom.
In ancient practices, particularly eastern faiths mandalas were used for meditation to gain knowledge from within (http://www.mandalaproject.org/What/Index.html) However I would urge you to read Genesis 1 – 2:2 and now let the God of the Bible speak to you as you ponder. The role of the design is to help you ponder over the scriptures. Gaze into the visual, identify the objects within and allow the scriptures to inform your thoughts and feelings.
If you are interested in coloring this picture for meditation or contemplation let me know at https://artresponse.wordpress.com/selah-suggestions/selah-as-you-color/ The act of coloring in and itself is calming but combine it with scripture and it becomes an amazing tool to help you linger a little longer in God’s presence. It allows you to listen to His still voice.
Ponder as you color:
Having read the scripture passage above and understanding the artists revelation you can now make it your own tool. Ponder as you gaze and contemplate as you color.
Think of a member of your family. How could you respect that person? How would you let them grow?
Think of someone who has a different mindset, outlook on life. How would you allow them to grow? How would you respect them?
Respect is not merely a response related to some achievement or something one has accomplished. It is a way of treating or thinking of someone. We are all valuable simply because we are created by the All-Mighty God. That in itself demands us /urges us to respect the other.
Sin however has adulterated us. We need to think beyond ourselves and respect the other simply because we are all created by our Creator with a good plan, with a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11). God carefully designed us, carefully planned for our presence in this world, no one is an accident. (Psalm 139:7-18)