The Mandala Challenge

"Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life." - Pema Chodron

First things first – this has nothing to do with the great Nelson Mandela.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates to mean “circle” or “center” in a spiritual context. Circle is the symbol of wholeness, unity and eternity. In Hinduism and Buddhism, a Mandala is an art that aligns both mind and soul towards a spiritual journey of self-discovery. The imagery depicts the universe and the symbols represent one’s spiritual journey, the cycles of birth-life-death, and the interconnectedness of all living things. Visually, it’s a geometric scheme of the cosmic energy in the universe. There are infinite patterns and purposes for Mandalas through different cultures around the world.

In Hinduism and Buddhism, the belief is that by entering the mandala and proceeding towards its center, you are guided through the cosmic process of transforming the universe from one of suffering into one of joy and happiness.

Mandala making also is a way to practice mindfulness, a reflective state of being aware of the present moment. Often people practice mindfulness through quiet breathing techniques, by walking or doing yoga. However, a lot of people find it very difficult to sit on a pillow and just focus on their breath. Drawing and painting mandalas is another form of mediating that is much more approachable for many people.

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The case for mindfulness practice in corporates is well established by now. But in the hectic hustle bustle of daily corporate life, how do we get teams to actually experience mindfulness in a practical manner?

FocusU is delighted to bring together the Mandala Challenge – a unique experience that teaches the power of mindfulness to individuals and teams, in the most unassuming way possible by bringing art, mindfulness and meditative practices together.

Participants are steered through a practice of guided meditation, creatively expressing themselves through coloring or creating their own mandala designs (depending on the time available) and gain self-awareness through reflections. The focus is on helping participants experience relaxation, rejuvenation & happiness – in a limited time! All this is made possible by our Facilitators who are certified on mandala art.

A few key parameters:

What can you expect from this experience?
⦁ Enhanced Self-awareness of your own thoughts
⦁ Renewed energy and focus
⦁ Enhanced concentration and problem-solving ability
⦁ Reflective and contemplative state to gain insights
⦁ Centered state of mind to feel relaxed and rejuvenated

Would this workshop be right for my team?
Here are a few benefits that we have seen participants articulate post taking the challenge:
⦁ Relieves and relaxes the mind and body from stress
⦁ Helps release unexpressed emotions and makes one feel lighter.
⦁ Helps one express themselves better - in a friendly, compassionate manner.
⦁ Improves concentration resulting in better focus at work and in social life.
⦁ Stimulates creativity & problem-solving ability
⦁ Enhances and develops intuition
⦁ Improves employee clarity and emotional well-being

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither is mindfulness. However, what we can assure you is to be catalysts who inspire you and your team towards a journey to discover all the above benefits eventually. All you need is a pen and a paper!

The Mandala challenge can also be debriefed (if necessary) around some important messages for the team. The importance of mindfulness, taking time for oneself, the power of a calm mind and making haste slowly – are frequent themes. The shared experience is also a great way to build bridges between team members and ignite cohesion!

Challenge your team to together take the Mandala Challenge!

Contact Us today - we will be glad to meet up and discuss the possibilities for your team!

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