1. Have your materials (paper, coloring or drawing utensils of your choice) already in front of you. Trace a circle using a cup or plate, or you can freehand draw a circle on the paper.
2. Start drawing! Color it in (or fill the space with doodles) until you feel you are done/satisfied. You may give yourself at least 15-30 minutes. It's okay if you don't "complete" or fill your mandala in. If you're done drawing, let it be. If you want to take a break or add to your creation at another time, you may do that!
3. Take a moment to observe and appreciate your mandala and yourself. You may give your mandala a title and document the date on or on the back of your page (if on paper).
While reflecting on your mandala, think about how you can use color to express emotions. Below is a suggestion for how to start. NOTE: A color may mean something different each time you use it!
Think about the following range of emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, Disgust, Surprise, Excitement, Hope. Next to each word written in the the sections below, write/ draw the color that you associate with it at the moment.
“Color in mandalas expresses your innermost thoughts, feelings, intuitions… even your physical sensations. Analyzing the meaning of colors in your mandalas helps you understand the messages being sent by your unconscious.” –Susanne F. Fincher