Mandalas pop into your awareness once you start looking for them. You may find one screen printed on a hoodie, emblazoned on a textile hanging in the yoga studio, or framed at an art museum - each mandala differing from the next, each offering a representation of something beautiful.
The circular ornamentation represents the universe and its interconnected metaphors. The mandala, which means circle in Sanskrit, begins with a central point or dot, with a collection of concentric circles emanating within a square within a larger circle.
Mandalas differ as they hold embedded meaning in the geometric imagery. For example, a circle represents the cosmos or soul; a square represents a deity; a triangle represents harmony. At the center of a mandala's composition is a symbol of significance - it could be a deity, dharma wheel, lotus flower, or another signifier that offers reverence.The integration of all these shapes offers an intersection between self, nature, and the cosmos - symbolizing the never-ending interconnectedness of all things.