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ISSUE No 14: MANDALAS

This month we are looking at Mandalas. I am using the mandala symbol in the hope of encouraging an appreciation for form, colour and pattern,  using a combination of concentric circles and repeated stitches.

 

 

I would hate for any of this work to be seen as the misappropriation or trivializing of any belief system or culture.

 

 

For avoidance of doubt, the word mandala itself simply means "circle" in Sanskrit.

 

Chiefly found in the practice of Hinduism and Buddhism, the mandala is used as an aid to meditation. The intricate geometric designs are often used as spiritual guidance tools; to symbolise the universe; and to establish a sacred space.

 

The mandala pattern is also used across many other religious traditions worldwide, where it represents wholeness, holiness and all things encompassed by God.

 

For ‘mindful stitching’ purposes, I hope that we can agree on the definition from www.worldhistory.org

 

‘MANDALA: an artistic representation of higher thought and deeper meaning given as a geometric symbol used in spiritual, emotional, or psychological work to focus one's attention. ’

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