Derived from the Sanskrit "manda" (meaning "essence") and the suffix "la" (meaning "container"), mandala literally translates as "container of essence". Mandalas can be found in many ancient cultures, throughout which their creation was considered a sacred ritual.
Traditionally constructed from the inside out, mandalas are often symbolic in nature, and associated with qualities such as balance, creativity, introspection, intuition, and wholeness. Commonly used as a focal point for contemplative practices and meditation, the strategic construction and subsequent geometric design of mandalas encourages a turning inwards towards one’s essence.
"a mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of the self." ~ Carl Jung