Nature Mandala: Marking Transitions
This is an example of making a mandala with materials gathered from nature to mark an important transition. In this case it was moving out of a home. At this time of year, there was a confetti of rose petals, leaves, and feathers in the courtyard. This mandala is made from those found materials and what was growing in the yard.
A mandala can be a symbol of completeness. Embracing change, I left the mandala to be blown by the wind back into its original components. It is a peaceful meditation you can do with just the materials you find outside and can help with many kinds of transitions and letting go. This can be a supportive creative ritual for transitions or major life events.
Examples: moving out of or into to a home; loss of a person or pet; end (or beginning) of a relationship; graduation; new career endeavor
A nature mandala may symbolize:
An intimate representation of the natural environment of a place
Gathering in and letting go; a cycle of creation and destruction
Acceptance that change is inevitable
Gather materials from location (respectfully): leaves, stones, flower petals, feathers, seeds.
Allow materials (if all natural) to return to nature in their time.