Despite its origin in the ancient spiritual traditions, such as Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhlism, mandala coloring therapy (MCT) has gained popularity over the past two decades as a therapeutic tool used in wellness treatment to address various affective conditions. The symbol of a mandala representing the universe serves as a meditative aid, whose aim is to cultivate mindfulness and also to promote relaxation and self-expression, while engaging in a creative process of mandala coloring. With promising results in reducing symptoms and improving overall well-being, MCT can be used to treat challenging affective conditions, such as trauma and the stress-anxiety-depression (SAD) syndrome. There are two key steps to be followed in the therapy: (1) Select a mandala design; and (2) choose the coloring materials for the task of mandala coloring. Throughout the session, the MCT facilitator supports and encourages the participants to stay focused on the present moment, allowing their thoughts and emotions to surface without judgment while coloring the selected mandala. During the pre-MCT session, participants are asked individually about their respective current affective states, stressors, and expectations. In the post-MCT session, questions are also asked but the focus is now on a participant’s experience during the coloring session, such as any insights gained, mood or mindset changes. The authors also discussed the limitations of MCT. In addition, they have provided their recommendations to circumvent these therapy constraints.


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