Spirograph+Mandala=Meditation By Heidi Broecking

Spirograph makes mandalas? Why yes, yes it does. I was utterly addicted to this now ubiquitous “art toy” as a kid. If there was a spirograph in the room, I was using it. I was drawn to the almost hypnotic way the little wheels turned inside the toothed holder and created loops (hypotrochoids and epitrochoids, who knew?) over and over with such precision. It wasn’t just one series of loops, you could layer different loops in different colors on top of each other, the combinations were infinite, and I was creating something beautiful.  What I didn’t know was that Spirograph is a geometric drawing tool that helped me make my first mandalas.

Fast forward a few decades (we don’t need to be specific): coloring books for adults became popular, especially mandala coloring books. I looked at a few at a local craft store and decided instead of buying them, I’d learn to make my own. It took some time to develop my pattern, style, and method of adding color, and discovered along the way that I entered a deep state of meditation whenever I was drawing them. When I was engaged with the mandala my focus was complete and total. Time became fluid. My breath was even, deep and complete. My mind was still(ish) and I had a sense of calm. This was the essence of meditation for me and has become an almost daily practice since. The sacred part of the geometry is the intention and energy that goes into the creation of the mandala. And it has also become a practice of non-attachment! Wait…what? But we can talk more about that at Birchwood Center, on November 18th at the Sacred Geometry workshop. I hope to see you there.

Heidi Broecking is an avid cyclist, a graphic artist and a 500-hour certified yoga teacher. Heidi teaches hatha yoga and meditation at Birchwood Center.