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Meditative patterns

The art of patterns, present in various cultures and eras, goes beyond aesthetics. From intricate Buddhist mandalas to hypnotic Celtic designs, these creations are a symbolic language, a path to inner stillness, an expression of connection with the universe, and a tool for cultivating mindfulness.

A Man Painting on Blue Table

A Buddhist monk creating a Mandala

The origins of pattern art are lost in time, probably as a way of representing the world. The first evidence, in the Upper Paleolithic, shows simple patterns in caves such as Lascaux. It is speculated that these patterns served various purposes: narrative, symbolic and meditative.


With the evolution of civilizations, the art of patterns became more sophisticated. In Mesopotamia, tiles with geometric designs were used in temples and palaces. In ancient Egypt, hieroglyphs incorporated patterns to represent abstract concepts. Pre-Columbian cultures also developed a rich visual language based on patterns.


In various contemporary cultures it continues to have a deep meaning. Australian Aboriginal people use them to tell stories and transmit ancestral knowledge. In India, kolams, colorful patterns made from rice flour, decorate the entrances of houses to attract good luck.


Indian Woven Fabrics

South American fabrics

Kolam in Bengaluru

For kohls

The art of patterns is not limited to drawing. Creating repetitive patterns, whether on paper, fabric, or any other medium, can be a meditative practice that encourages mindfulness. By focusing on each stroke, the mind calms, stress is reduced, and concentration develops.


Today, the art of patterning has become a global practice for cultivating mindfulness, creativity, and holistic well-being. Repetition frees the mind, allowing intuition and imagination to flow unrestricted. This practice does not require special artistic skills. Anyone can access creativity and its benefits through pattern making.


  • Mandala: Circular diagrams with spiritual meaning in various cultures.


  • Geometric patterns: Repetitive designs with shapes and colors that evoke nature.


  • Zentangle: Created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, Zentangle is a meditative method that uses repetitive patterns to achieve calm and focus. Through drawing small shapes on paper tiles, a unique and personal work is created.


  • Zendoodling is a practice similar to Zentangle, but with greater freedom in terms of form and design. It is about drawing patterns on any surface, allowing the mind to express itself without restrictions.




Scientific studies support the benefits of pattern art for mental health. Pattern repetition activates areas of the brain related to attention, concentration, stress and anxiety reduction, and reward.


Patterns and the nine attitudes of mindfulness

  • Do not judge: The art of patterns invites us to observe without judgment, appreciating the beauty in simplicity.
  • Patience: The process of creating patterns requires patience and attention to detail.
  • Beginner's Mind: We approach each pattern with an open mind, without expectations.
  • Confidence: We trust in our ability to create and express ourselves through patterns.
  • Do not strive: We flow with the creative process, without forcing or controlling.
  • Acceptance: We accept the results with equanimity, without attachment to perfection.
  • Generosity: We share our experience and creations with others.
  • Gratitude: We are grateful for the opportunity to explore this ancient art and its benefits.


The art of patterning, with its rich history and mental health benefits, is an ancient path to serenity, mindfulness and creativity, connecting with the nine attitudes of mindfulness for a deeper, more enriching experience.



Remember:


  • There is no rush, just presence in the moment.
  • Each design is a unique expression of you.
  • Trust your intuition and let creativity flow.
  • Enjoy the process and embrace imperfection.
  • Share your experience and expand the light of Mindfulness and creativity.


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