Drawing your own mandala (or coloring in a printed one) is a wonderful way to focus your attention, or meditate on a word from scripture or poetry, or simply just to sit quietly and relax with the thoughts that come to you.
I have drawn my own mandala (see picture) which I found very therapeutic during this time of lockdown. I felt a need to express, without words, what I'm feeling and so as the process unfolded for me I knew I had to give it a name and so I've named it Covid-19 2020. The colors and shapes all mean something to me and now when I look at it, the story I've created in it is well known to me and will serve as a reminder of this particular time.
How I went about it: I dug around for my old maths set (you remember, the one in the tin) so I could use the tools to create it. I used art paper and sectioned off a 10cm square. Poking the point of the compass into the center of the paper which I got to by measuring 5cm from each side, I began to draw circles at different distances. Then, with the protractor, I measured about 2cm all around the outermost line marking it with dots. Then I drew lines from the outside measured dot to the center. Once you have these basic lines, the fun starts when you fill in the 'blocks' with your own pattern. Once you have filled in your pattern, color it in - I used gel pens and crayons. Gel pens are vibrant but take a lot longer to color in. Try it and let me know how it goes.
I've added a link to a website which gives a lovely description of the history of the Christian mandala. Right click on it and it will pull up a blue link - click on it to take you to the website. You can also go onto Pinterest and watch how they create mandalas. You will also get good ideas there on colors to use, although I think that as you move through the process, the colors tend to choose you!