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By Leticia Alvarez

The Mandala from the Sanskrit word for circle refers to the sense of wholeness created by circular, concentric forms. It is known as a spiritual meditative symbol in many Eastern religions. The Mandala circle can be used for focusing attention, establishing a sacred space, meditation or even bringing one deeper within, feeling more connected to source. The idea of creating a mandala represents transformation of the universe from a reality of suffering to possibly one of enlightenment. By focusing on the Mandala’s circles that represent wholeness, one can find tranquility and healing resulting perhaps in less anxiety and feeling more grounded. The circle with its concentric rings is said to be the very basic structure of many things we observe in the world around us from, the rings of a tree trunk, ammonite sutures, the center of a flower, mountains, ferns, the tail of a peacock, to the tiny nucleus of a cell. Researchers are just now untangling what makes particular works of art or nature visually appealing and stress relieving – and onecrucial factor is the presence of repetitive patterns called fractals. Fractals are special mathematical sets that display similarity through the full range of scale — i.e., they look the same no matter how big or how small they are. Fractals are unique in that they exhibit great complexity driven by simplicity.