A mandala is a repetitive flowing design inside a circle. Creating a mandala is a way to express our thoughts and feelings in a harmonious healing way by combining our physical and emotional worlds together in a work of art.
A mandala can be used as a tool for meditation and therapy, or just a way to feel calm while doing a pleasant activity such as colouring in harmonious flowing pictures.
Mandalas are another activity that can assist with expression and validation of thoughts and feelings. They enable the children to find a way to express themselves other than verbally, and allowing parts of their inner selves to come forward in a safe manner. This can assist with helping them to understand what they are feeling.
The children can learn about mandalas by colouring in the template below, this can help them learn about the flow and patterns of the mandala and about applying colour. They can go on to creating their own mandalas by using the starter template below.
Below are two examples of mandalas created by children in our Chill Skills for Kids class.
Mandala by Ellie age 11 years Mandala by Ellie age 9 years
Templates for colouring in
An illustration from Imagine Me with The Three Owls
I find this illustration calming to look at, I hope you do also. Watching a sunset can bring us back to the present moment. When we are back in the present moment, what can happen is that we stop worrying about what is going to happen in the future and what has happened in the past.
When we are not living in the present moment are mind is everywhere else and not where we are physically, this can lead to stress and anxiety. Just by simply taking 5 minutes out in nature to stop and breathe can bring back a sense of ease.
I have included the accompanying text for this illustration from the book, Imagine Me with The Three Owls. This page of the book can be read on its own just as a lovely relaxing activity, to help assist with imagining a special place to be in nature and feel relaxed.
Excerpt from Imagine Me with The Three Owls
Look at all the beautiful colours of the sunset and how each color blends into the next one.
There are many different shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and gold.
Imagine the colors are flowing into your heart.
You feel peaceful
Imagine Me with The Three Owls, a relaxation picture book for kids
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Saturday, June 22, 2013 Book Review – Imagine Me With The Three Owls
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My Take on the Book I have tried relaxation guided visualizations in the past but have never tried them with my children before. Tonight I tried it with both of my kids. Seeing that they had never done this before, I think they thought it was a bit strange, but I found that my youngest fell asleep very soon after I read her the story. My oldest seemed to be able to visualize the imagery better and she said that it made her feel relaxed and that she could see some of the images. I can tell that both girls could easily grow into using this visualization event more in the future and its’ effects could easily be more long lasting and profound. —————————————-
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By Mel Fabrikant Monday, June 17, 2013, 06:35 PM EDT
Picture book emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance, teaches children to relax. Stress is not a word commonly associated with children, but in this increasingly busy and demanding world children are facing the realities of living with stress earlier and earlier in their lives.
Lisa Hemmings and Allan O’Keefe, who have extensive experience working with children suffering from a variety of problems from stress to anxiety, have developed a number of resources that teach children how to manage their stress. Imagine Me With The Three Owls is a children’s picture book that teaches children how to use their imaginations and the importance of self-acceptance. This book takes readers or listeners on a relaxing journey through the magic of nature during nighttime and is a great activity that parents and children can enjoy together. “We wanted parents to be able to do this activity at home with their children,” said Hemmings. “Both the parent and the child will both feel more relaxed after reading the story and these feelings can have a positive effect on the whole family.” Hemmings teaches ‘Chill Skills for Kids’ classes that show children techniques they can use in order to relax. After the success of these classes, Hemmings and O’Keefe wanted to supplement their classes with take home activities for parents, which is how Imagine Me With The Three Owls was born. “This book is intended to help children and parents to manage issues,” said Hemmings. “It is meant to help bring more calm, happiness, confidence, resilience and positivity into the lives of all families.” For more information, visit www.lisahemmings.com or www.pathofcalm.com . Imagine Me With The Three Owls By Lisa Hemmings & Allan O’Keefe Paperback, $13.95 Kindle, $3.99 ISBN: 978-1-45250-551-0 Available at www.amazon.com , www.bn.com and www.balboapress.com . About the authors Lisa Hemmings has been working with both adults and children throughout her career as a massage therapist. In addition, she runs “Chill Skills for Kids” classes and works individually with children on a range of issues. Allan O’Keefe is a counselor who works with children and adults and he facilitates a men’s anger management program. He also works as a part-time massage therapist. They reside in Shepparton, Australia.