What goes around comes around…… a proverb that you are more than likely familiar with.
Sometimes poetry also goes around. I’ve experimented with “mandala” poems on and off for a number of years.
“Mandala” is the Sanskrit word for circle. It can be defined in two ways:
Externally, it can be a visual representation of the world or universe.
Internally, it can act as a meditation guide.
Mandalas, often extremely ornate mandalas, are objects of devotion in Tantric Hindu and in Tantric Buddhism. They remain popular in countries like Nepal and Tibet.
(ignore the ghostly hand in the photo- that mandala may be beautiful but it is a nightmare to try to photograph!)
Carl Jung, the renowned Swiss analytical psychologist re-introduced mandalas to the West from a different perspective:
“I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing…which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time…only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is….. the Self, the wholeness of personality which if all goes well is harmonious.” Carl Jung, Memories Dreams Reflections
Jung recognised that the desire to create mandalas occurs during moments of personal growth or reflection.
Creating mandalas is also a fun, highly visual way to introduce poetry to both younger and older children.
Sometimes, even as an adult, you need to channel that inner poetic child.