Art Journal Therapy Activity # 33 - Mandala Coloring Therapy

This coloring exercise will support you to relax, and will show you how you can intentionally color in order to quiet your emotions or expand your horizons.




- Pencil Crayons


- Mandala coloring book page





Calming Emotional Distress


Coloring pre-drawn mandala patterns can be surprisingly soothing especially during times of emotional distress. Psychotherapist Rudiger Dahlke, the "father" of the the mandala coloring epidemic, found that creating within a predetermined framework promoted a sense of peace and inner order. 


As children we often color before we begin to draw. Coloring within a "perfect, rotating geometric figure" is a way to induct emotional and mental harmony. Concentrated focus on geometric patterns can bring the mind into a state of peaceful order...