Feeling a little stressed out at this point in your work day? Whether you’re a journalist covering Super Tuesday or an accountant working on payroll, everyone deserves a bit of a break. So let’s take one.
Close your eyes, and inhale and exhale three times. Try to empty your mind of all thoughts (might be difficult in the middle of a workday, I know) and find yourself in a comfortable place.
Once you’ve done that, take a look at the image below of various mandalas, which are spiritual symbols in various Indian religions that represent the universe.
Pick the mandala that speaks most to you at this present moment.
Now that you’ve chosen one, let’s find out what your particular mandala means…
This mandala represents harmony. Particularly, it refers to the balance of ying + yang as well as masculinity + femininity. Each of the rings represent a layer of one’s essence, and the fact that they create a circle represents all of these layers working together in harmony.
If you’re attracted to this mandala at the present moment, it could be because you’re in need of a shift in focus to more harmonious thoughts of mind and body, as well as those around you.
The second mandala represents healing. The various points in the circle represent focal points necessary to healing.
This mandala carries the energy of the frog. If you were drawn to this mandala, it may be a sign of your need to pay less attention to the ‘end goal’ of your tasks and more attention to accepting your current circumstances and healing from any wounds if necessary.
This mandala represents intuition, and if you’ve found yourself attracted to it, it could mean that your spirit would like you to trust yourself while staying open to the world around you.
The mandala carries the spirit of the owl and the triangle in the circle represents the trilogy of mind, body and spirit.
The swirls emanating from the triangle represent a volcanic-like eruption of intuition, perspective and the universe.
If you’ve chosen this mandala, it could be that your body is asking you to focus on your vision for your future. What direction do you really need to take in life? What’s best for you?
The orbs in alignment in the circle represent the synergy amongst your life’s elements.
The animal associated with this mandala is the white tiger.
This is the mandala of forgiveness and it is governed by the element of water. The circle-filled border of this mandala is like a protective blanket that hovers around the negative and positive space within.
This represents your forgiveness of not only things around you but that which you regret about yourself as well.
If you’ve chosen this mandala, it could be that your mind is telling you to forgive someone, or yourself.
This mandala represents communication and it is governed by the element of water. The central orb in the middle is made up of many layers which reveal something new, as communication often is.
The animal associated with this mandala is the whale and if you’ve chosen it, your mind may be asking you to focus on communication with those around you. What are they saying? What are they not saying?
The seventh mandala is governed by the element of water. The bursts of energy inside the mandala represent those felt during a spell of imagination and creativity.
If you’ve chosen this mandala, your mind could be telling you to stop worrying and get back to a child-like imaginative state.
This is the mandala of love. The arrows point to the center to symbolize focus and harmony.
The animal associated with this mandala is the sea horse. The sea horse has nurturing capabilities, which relate to the love aspects of this mandala.
If you’ve chosen to focus on this mandala it could be because your mind is asking you to focus on loving those around you – and yourself.
This is the mandala of compassion and it is governed by air. The hatched cross barrier is like an army that joins together and separates 4 elements.
The animal associated with this mandala is the elephant. If you’re contemplating this mandala today, it could mean that you need to take a look at your heart and find some compassion for yourself and those around you. If there is an issue or conflict currently in your life, maybe you need to look at whether or not you’re showing compassion.
This is the mandala which represents strength and it is also governed by the element of air. There are several crossed swords in the mandala, representing force. They join at a point to symbolize a protective shield.
The animal associated with this mandala is the eagle, and it brings with it a heightened sense of sight and clarity.
If you’re thinking about this mandala, your mind could be telling you to build upon your courage.
This is the mandala of inspiration and it is also governed by the element of air.
Within the barrier there is an explosion of feathers, representing the often explosive nature of inspiration.
If you’re looking at this mandala, maybe you need to focus on the beauty around and within you, taking it and creating something beautiful for yourself in return.
This mandala represents protection, and at the heart is a symbol representing, well, the heart. It is guarded by several individual symbols, representing the protection aspect of this mandala.
The mandala carries the energy of the bear and encapsulates its protective nature. Bears stand their ground and make their presence known to potential competitors. Maybe if you’ve chosen this mandala, your conscience is telling you to do the same.
This mandala represents confidence and it is governed by the element of fire. The spark inside each dome symbolizes flames and commands one’s attention.
This mandala appropriately is associated with the lion in that it brings its radiant, gleaming and confident energy wherever it goes.
If you’ve chosen this symbol, it could mean that you need to focus on being your own leader.
This mandala represents one’s ability to maintain focus and stay on task. It carries with it an association with the horse due to its boundless energy that is harnessed towards a common goal.
Your mind may be asking you to take action and get started on some goals if you’ve found yourself attracted to this mandala.
This is the mandala of transformation, and if you’ve chosen it, it could be indicative of your need to make some changes in your life and prepare for a shift in tide.
The spirit of the snake is channeled into this mandala, with fluidity and the ability to shed old skin.
This mandala is also governed by the element of fire, and represents opportunity. The navigation dial in the middle of the mandala points in several directions, representing the many opportunities that lay at one’s feet.
The spirit of the woodpecker is carried by this mandala, which brings optimism and determinism.
This mandala may be asking you to seize the road ahead of you and make it your own.
This mandala represents creation and is governed by the earth element. The petal design and arrows pointing outward symbolize creativity and creative ventures.
The animal associated with this mandala is the orangutang.
If this mandala attracted you, it could be due to your need for creativity and self-expression.
This is the mandala of gratitude and it displays a cycle of moons orbiting a gravitational force.
Objects in space rely heavily upon each other to maintain the conditions they know and love. If you chose this mandala, it could be your mind telling you to be gracious.
This mandala showcases instinct and is governed by the element of earth.
The mandala carries the shark’s spirit which reminds us to trust ourselves and show little vulnerability.
As such, this mandala could be an indicator of your need to refocus and trust your instincts more.
This is the mandala of connection and it carries the spirit of the wolf. As per the wolf pack mentality, this mandala values the connection we have with one another and the way this drives us to common goals.
If you’ve chosen this mandala, it could be indicative of your need to foster the connections you have with those around you.