Mandalas as a form of meditation are entering medicine as a healing tool. An increasing body of research has shown this form of meditation reduces stress and physical pain, and lowers blood pressure. It also helps boost the immune system, stimulate the release of melatonin, a hormone that slows down cell aging and promotes sleep.
When colouring, try not to think too much about your choice of color or worry about matching the colors. Allow your instincts to guide you. The patterned geometric circles known as mandalas can be particularly beneficial over other types of drawings. Both the process of creating the mandala as well as focusing on the finished work are equally important. Mindful colouring in is an easy way to calm the mind and occupy the hands. Coloring a mandala reduces anxiety to a significantly greater degree than coloring on a plain design or coloring on a blank paper. The repetitive action of colouring it in focuses the brain on simple tasks in the present, blocking out any intrusive thoughts. The intent of both stages is to centre the mind and body, which is why they are an ideal tool for meditation.