Mandala circle

Over the past year, I’ve had the joy of rediscovering a part of myself that I had tucked away amidst the hustle and bustle of life – my creativity.

As a woman juggling numerous roles, dedicating time to just create for the sheer joy of it often felt indulgent. However, I’ve come to realize that nurturing this creative space is not only grounding but also profoundly healing and empowering. This is much like our Women’s Wellness Circles, which have also been an uplifting sanctuary for me.

As I explored this newfound creative outlet, I stumbled upon the captivating world of mandalas. Derived from the ancient Sanskrit word meaning “circle,” mandalas have been used for centuries in diverse cultures as a tool for meditation, self-expression, and spiritual growth. These intricate, circular patterns hold a mesmerizing allure, beckoning individuals to embark on an inward journey of self-discovery and harmony. While my experience with mandalas has just begun, I quickly recognized that these circular artworks embody the very essence and principles that guide and nurture the women who come together within the sacred space of our Women’s Wellness Circles.

At the core of a mandala’s symbolism lies the concept of wholeness and unity, representing the interconnectedness of all life and the cyclical nature of existence. Similarly, Women’s Wellness Circles commence with individual women coming together from various backgrounds and daily life experiences to form a cohesive and supportive community. Embracing all aspects of themselves, their light and shadow, their strengths and vulnerabilities, participants are encouraged to cultivate self-acceptance and self-love.

As I lose myself in the soothing process of creating mandalas, I find it to be a profound path toward self-integration. Each intricate pattern I draw, and color I use, become a reflection of different facets of my personality, emotions, and experiences. The harmonious unity within the mandala mirrors the journey toward wholeness that I am exploring within myself.

This practice offers me a sense of grounding and centeredness, much like the delicate balance represented by the mandala’s symmetrical design. I wonder, how can I extend this newfound equilibrium into other areas of my life, allowing me to navigate life’s ups and downs with greater insight, resilience, and composure?

What strikes me the most is the boundless scope for creativity that mandalas present. Just as Women’s Wellness Circles celebrate and nurture creativity in all its forms, the creation of a mandala becomes a gateway for self-expression. Liberated from the fear of judgment or limitations, I can freely and authentically manifest my inner thoughts and emotions on paper.

Intriguingly, the interconnected elements and repeating patterns found in mandalas reflect the unity and interdependence that exists among all living beings. This sense of interconnectedness becomes palpable in Women’s Wellness Circles as we share our stories, struggles, and triumphs. As each woman contributes her brush strokes to the collective mandala, it symbolizes her role within the larger community. Together, we become a vibrant and supportive circle, fostering deep connections and lasting bonds that transcend the circle’s gatherings.

Our Women’s Wellness Circles, like the mandala, are a living representation of unity, strength, and resilience. They embody the empowering symbolism of mandalas, inspiring each woman to embark on her own unique journey of wellness, self-love, and personal growth. As I embrace the sacred art of mandalas, I find myself etching my stories, hopes, and dreams onto the canvas of my life, much like our Women’s Wellness Circles have etched an indelible mark on my heart.

So, I encourage you to take a moment for yourself. Grab some colored pencils, play with a mandala, and allow the meditative process of creating a mandala to guide you on a journey of self-discovery. As you draw and color, contemplate the different facets of your personality, emotions, and experiences that are mirrored in the mandala’s harmonious unity. Embrace the grounding and centeredness that the process brings and consider how you can extend this balance into other aspects of your life.

Let the mandala become a gateway for your self-expression, unlocking your hidden talents and passions. Embrace your creativity and celebrate your unique contributions within your circle and the world beyond. Just as our Women’s Wellness Circles enable each woman, the profound symbolism of mandalas will continue to inspire and uplift us on our individual and collective path to wholeness and unity. Together, let us create a masterpiece of empowerment, etching our stories onto the canvas of our lives.


To Your Sacred Journey,
Lauren Helmkay

WWC Host Georgina, ON


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