Mandalas are a form of meditation that has existed across cultures for thousands of years. When drawing or tracing symmetrical patterns, the mind may enter a state of thoughtless awareness. The mind is calm and silent, yet completely alert.
The term mandala originates from the sanskrit word meaning circle. While mandalas are commonly associated with Eastern religions, they are in fact non-denominational, and have been used across all major religions to represent an inner connection to the greater universal energy.
Lynn has a passion for understanding the subtle undertones of human behavior. She spent the first part of her career in technology as a customer insight analyst, researching users' needs and desires surrounding content, products, and brands. She then moved into a business strategy role (still within technology) gathering requirements and conversing with business owners, CEOs, executives, and product managers.
Always fascinated by people's capacity to grow and change, Lynn began shifting more of her focus to art and meditation. Meditation has had a tremendous influence on her career. It is the most effective tool she knows for making practical, positive changes both in business and personal life. For the past 20 years, Lynn has been meditating with mandalas, and the last 10 years she has widened her practice to a variety of styles including: silent meditation, guided journeys, breath work, yoga, kundalini, and sound meditation.
Meditation continues to grow in popularity and has been widely publicized through The Huffington Post, New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford, to name a few. While there are many different styles of meditation, mandalas continue to be Lynn's preferred method. She began drawing them as a teenager, not knowing it was a meditation at all. Being highly empathic, she only recognized the calm, relaxing feeling that mandalas brought her at the end of a busy and chaotic day.
In her early twenties Lynn migrated to acrylic and digital painting, and began exhibiting at group shows around LA, including Ink Studios, The Brewery in Downtown LA and The Whole 9 Gallery in Culver City. Several works, including one from the Lotus Flower series were featured in the Peace Project, a show that traveled nationally via The Whole 9 Gallery.
In 2010 Lynn moved north to San Luis Obispo, CA. She continues to explore the intersection of ancient mandala art forms and the modern age. Her work is on display at East Wellbeing & Tea, and she published her first coloring book last year (many more to come).
The essence of Lynn's work comes from her commitment to vitality. Through meditation, nutrition, and exercise, she increases the vibrancy in her body – a devotion that makes her mandalas more powerful. Her work aims to uplift and inspire awareness, emotional intelligence, empowerment, and self-love.
More than just beautiful patterns, mandalas are a pathway for meditation – a technique to reduce negative emotions and thus bring happiness to our minds. Each design represents a theme – compassion, peace, love, devotion, laughter, joy, wisdom, to name a few. By embracing these inner qualities, our negative attributes dissolve.
Some people are familiar with sand mandalas created by Tibetan Buddhist monks. Traditional mandala patterns are intricately formed using colored grains of sand. After days or weeks of creating, the sands are gathered up and washed into a body of moving water – a way to demonstrate impermanence and spread healing energies to the world.
In western culture, psychoanalyst Carl Jung and therapist Susanne Fincher have both explored the power of mandalas, using them as a technique to restore balance and engage personal growth.
Ultimately mandalas are best described as a bridge to an inner sanctuary where the divine is found.