The first time I drew a Mandala, I had no idea what or how to do it… I only remember tracing some circles and then being stuck there, thinking how to go on. My mind was literally blank.
Conscious of my resistance, I decided to let go, stop thinking and I started drawing random lines around the centre, without any goals or expectations. After a few moments, one line after another, my mandala was taking shape: it was there and it was beautiful.
Today, when I think of that experience, I realize that I always want to plan everything in advance and have everything under control. And this applies to every situation in my life: I want to draw the perfect mandala, create the perfect moment, have the perfect life, design the best yoga clothes… and if I’m not able to control a situation, I would simply freak out…
That’s what mandalas has taught me so far: the power of letting go and allowing my self to trust. As I allowed my hand to draw intuitively without having the whole picture in my mind, I now understand that I can allow the events to happen in my life, to flow without resistance. Maybe not being aware of the big picture but trusting the perfection of the whole.
Recently, I’ve started setting intentions on my mandalas. This is a way of guiding my inner self and my feelings into the process. It’s something that leads my drawing to flow naturally without any artistic expectation.
That’s how I came out with the “Be Wild” Mandala for our yoga wear.
It’s been a natural and intuitive outcome representing the perfection of imperfect moments in my life, a process that makes me who I AM. Sometimes our lines do not necessarily follow a path but it’s by “getting lost” that they create a new one… perhaps a little bit Wild but for sure very Unique.
Beyond its deep meditative and relaxing effects, drawing mandalas has taught me a simple but huge lesson: the magic happens when I allow myself to release the need of control. We all have that power, we just need to TRUST.