Mandalas have had a great reception in the West in recent years, thanks to the benefits discovered for harmony and relaxation. The findings have been truly surprising , as you can see below.


This magic circle that appears symbolically in all cultures, is usually circular and is made up of rather basic geometric shapes. Where it is best known is in Asian and Indian culture, mainly due to its intimate relationship with the spiritual. Its impact in the West has been recent, and little by little it is expanding, even as a therapeutic resource .


Benefits of drawing or coloring a mandala 

Psychotherapists resort, on many occasions, to techniques to cope with anxiety, overcome fears and reduce stress. Within these techniques, strategies and findings from other cultures are incorporated, such as meditation or mindfulness , as well as mandalas. These ancient techniques are really nothing new in other countries. However, at present, researchers have studied its therapeutic benefits.

Benefits of mandalas

These are some of the most recognized benefits of the act of making mandalas in a therapeutic context:

  • Spiritual benefits , which facilitate deep internal changes. This type of concentration contributes to the encounter with peace and wisdom.
  • Excellent technique to learn to concentrate . Whoever spends their time making a mandala is in turn exercising their concentration, paying all their attention to the present moment. This is a way to calm the mind and the thoughts that anguish us, placing us in the here and now.
  • Decrease in anxiety and stress . The creative process required to create a mandala helps people with depression, excessive worry, and frequent periods of sadness. Performing this task helps us express ourselves artistically, reducing anxiety and establishing a relationship with ourselves, which helps us to be more tolerant and understanding.

As you can see, creating a mandala is much more than drawing or coloring, it is starting a process of introspection where the connection with oneself and with the world becomes healthy . This technique is already used in numerous therapeutic contexts related to health and well-being; with the intention of promoting the following strengths and attitudes:

  • Relaxation.
  • Creativity.
  • Concentration.
  • Attention.
  • Spirituality.
  • Inner knowledge.
  • Balance.
  • Conscience level.
  • Memory.

In short, we can say that the process of creating a mandala is a healthy act , which helps anyone regardless of age. It is recommended for everyone and has no contraindications. Scientific studies support its benefits, showing that it is an effective tool in the therapeutic field.

The wisdom of this symbolic drawing is no longer an exclusive resource of oriental culture, but its practice has also spread to our western world, so that we can benefit from what the creation of this magic circle entails; possessing qualities that had hitherto been totally unknown. If you have not yet experimented with creating a mandala, wait no more!

Dr. Eric Jackson

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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