Mandala Coloring as a Therapeutic Tool in Treating Stress-Anxiety-Depression Syndrome

Guo-Hui Xie
Early Years Research Association of Singapore.
Qi Wang
Crossland Education and Enrichment School, Singapore.
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Mandalas (in Sanskrit refers to “circle” or “discoid object”) have been exclusively a part of the Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism and Shintoism, for hundreds of years. They represent the different aspects of the universe. They are also used as sacred meditation tools as well as consecrated symbols of prayer, most notably in China, Japan, and Tibet. Only in recent years that mandalas have been found to promote the mental as well as physical well-being or wellness, especially for those who are experiencing stress, anxiety and depression (also known as SAD syndrome). They are eventually incorporated into art as therapy and counseling as part of the repertoire of intervention tools. Generally, mandala art therapy can be divided into three different forms: (i) mandala meditation, (ii) mandala drawing, and (iii) mandala coloring. Each of these forms is a therapeutic tool that serves to help a person to relax and be at peace with oneself. According to Jungian concept of a mandala, it refers to the psychological expression of the totality of the self, and hence, mandala art therapy in whichever of its three forms can help to establish the positive wholesomeness of self. In this paper, the authors have chosen to focus on mandala coloring as a therapeutic tool and introduced the simple five-step procedure to implement it.

Keywords

  • Anxiety,
  • Coloring,
  • Mandala,
  • Stress,
  • Therapy

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Year 2021

Published 2021-10-28

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Xie, G.-H., & Wang, Q. (2021). Mandala Coloring as a Therapeutic Tool in Treating Stress-Anxiety-Depression Syndrome. Asian Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, 4(4), 30–36. https://doi.org/10.54392/ajir2144