Today I want to share with you a simple and enjoyable way to meditate outside. It was the lovely Fiona at Nourish & Flourish who first tweaked my interest in flower mandalas when she posted her own beautiful creations.
I found that creating a flower mandala was a lovely gentle way to bring myself into the present moment, tune into nature, switch a busy mind off and connect with my creative and spiritual side. I was surprised that the process of making a mandala was in itself a meditative practice.
It doesn’t involve sitting, focusing on your breath or being quiet. Creating a flower mandala is something everyone can do.
Why is it meditative? You focus on which flowers to use, what colours to include, how to lay the flowers, petals and leaves in a satisfying design. So give it a try, go with the flow and totally immerse yourself in the practice.
Be mindful of the blossoms, seeds, berries and leaves you select. Never use endangered or rare flowers, if in doubt do not pick them. Even if its a common species only use a few, always leave an abundance of the plant (flowers or seed) growing in that area or corner of the garden. Ensure you collect from a chemical spray free area. You can use the most common of flowers and create the most beautiful mandala.
Lecture over and it’s time to have fun. Before you start collecting the plants take a moment to decide who you would like to dedicate your mandala to. It could be yourself, a loved one, somebody you don’t know, a group or a situation. Then select your palette of plant parts and begin to lay them in a circular patterns on the grass, on a piece of fabric or a sheet of paper. Take your time creating your mandala, savour it and don’t think too much about it, go with the flow. Keep your focus on what you are doing, enjoy it, really look at the colours, shapes and textures of the flowers, leaves, berries etc.
When you’re done remember and acknowledge who or what you dedicated this to. If you do enjoy sitting meditation, now is a good time and you could focus your gaze on the mandala instead of closing your eyes … even if just for one minute.