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. Patricia studied Visual Education and Communication at Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design (IADT) and also holds a first class honours degree in Philosophy and Sociology from University College, Dublin. She hosts workshops and retreats both in Ireland and abroad on the Mindful Art of the Mandala & Meditation. She practices mindfulness techniques daily in her own life and holds a professional certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness. Her first book ‘Healing Creations: Discover your mindful self through mandala colouring and journaling’ (Collins Press 2016), contains forty mandalas for you to engage with, positive quotations and wisdom from many of the world’s best thinkers is now available in all good bookshops.