About me

Art is my inspiration and therapy. Since my childhood I have been inspired by visual art, photography, music and dance, and my mother was a huge inspiration through her creative work. I have been drawing on and off, and for the last few years mandalas has been my passion. Through symmetrical patterns I find a meditative state where I can focus on my breathing, how the pen feels between my fingers and how the surface touches my hand. I let my self fall into the flow of drawing continuous patterns, and it allows me to be both creative and aware. I’m able to escape worries and stress for a while, and just be in the moment.

A few years back I was looking for a creative way to meditate as therapy for my GAD diagnosis, and what I found was mandalas. The word means “circles” in Sanskrit, and they are sacred symbols that are often used for meditation, prayer, healing and art therapy for both adults and children. Mandalas have been shown in clinical studies to boost the immune system, reduce stress and pain, lower blood pressure, promote sleep and ease depression*. In fact, drawing mandalas has helped me a long way on the journey of breaking free from anxiety and welcoming thoughts and emotions as something important my body and mind wants to tell me. It doesn’t mean that I’m free of fear, but I’m learning to resist the need to control things and go with the natural flow of life. 

I truly believe that drawing mandalas can be a great tool for meditation, and that everyone can do it and benefit from it. You may also create mandalas with paint, mosaic, nature materials (landart), yarn, well almost anything you want. I find inspiration in nature, art and artists, like Alfons Mucha; art nouveau, baroque architecture, flowers, shells, wood carving, stained glass, henna/mehndi, sacred geometry, dream catchers, succulents, kaleidoscope, celtic knots, Arabic art, zentangle, fractal symmetry, just to name a few 🙂

As I began this process I wanted to document the progress and started the Instagram account «myartofmind». I found so many people out there who finds peace through drawing mandalas. I have experienced the power of creative processes personally, and through my work with children. Art can be a beautiful tool for healing, and practicing awareness. Developing creative abilities can also help enhance your sense of achievement and to enjoy learning. I wish to continue working with people through art and help others experience how creative practice can be used as meditation. I completed my first mandala workshop for grown ups in October 2019, and it was a great experience for me and the participants. Read more about it here.

Feel free to contact me for commisions, about my work or any question you may have.

Tonje 🙂

 

*https://m.timesunion.com/living/article/Mandalas-may-boost-benefits-of-meditation-4152298.php

 

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