Patricia Fitzgerald is a Mandala Artist based in Dublin, Ireland. From the classical Indian language of Sanskrit, the word Mandala can be loosely translated to mean circle. But the Mandala is far more than just a simple shape. It embodies wholeness, representing the structure of life itself, a cosmic diagram that shows us our relatedness to the infinite, that which extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. The Mandala can be seen as a container for essence, energy or spirit. A journey into the self and to the connectedness with all that is.
The drawing of Mandalas as well as being an artistic practice is a meditative and spiritual exercise, bringing much peace and a sense of well being. When viewed, the Mandala promotes mindfulness, encourages peace and tranquility in the viewer’s mind and home. The Mandala has a therapeutic and healing effect on both the observer and the artist. Psychologists, neurologists and researchers have found that by stimulating both sides of the brain (which mandala art is doing) our thought process becomes clearer, stress reduces, blood pressure lowers and the list goes on. This happens both in the creation process and by viewing or gazing at the piece.
Normally when we make decisions we use the left hemisphere of the brain, considered as rational. We often leave out the possibility of taking advantage of the benefits brought by the right hemisphere of the brain, such as creative imagination, serenity, global view and ease of memorization, among others. By engaging in the wholeness of the circle, we get a much fuller picture of what is going on in our lives, our minds.
You do not need to be artistic to create a mandala, they lie within each and every one of us. If you would like to attend a workshop, please see the workshop page. Or if you have an interested group and would like me to facilitate a workshop, please mail email@example.com
I hope that you enjoy browsing the site. Wishing you peace and calm. Patricia