There are also some distinct differences with the work I am pursuing and that of the tradition of the Sand Mandala.
The first one is the communal creativity that is present in this public ceremony. The bringing together and sharing parts of a whole to create an image has another element to it that seems energetic and positive.
My process is more around the Mindful process of observing the essence of a space, transferring and combining these together and then creating a pattern. The process itself of looking becomes the work for me. Through creating this work and being influenced with the drive and curiosity to look and see – my perception of my outer world is changed.
With knowledge comes respect – more understanding of others or places and instils a greater appreciation.
I feel as though my process at the moment is self-reflection and exploration – starting with and taking responsibility for my inner world (the on-going journey from the beginnings of my counselling training) before I can begin to contemplate the outer world.
The other real difference is with Sand Mandalas there is the meaningful, ritualistic destruction of the work at the end. This is something which I am very interested in within other threads of thinking, but also within this context, the sand is temporary, fleeting – like life.
Apart from exploring and enhancing emotional skills about endings and closure, there feels a real conclusion to the experience of creating the work.
This could be an element that I could choose to explore in some way. I would like to also look at other forms of Mandalas, such as painted images and 3D pieces.
Tibetan Sand Mandalas
Image (and account of mandala)
The five great stages of the spiritual path — Mindfulness and the mandala of integration