Catherine Thomas is an Artist and Expressive Arts Facilitator based out of Saint Petersburg, FL. As an integral part of her own expressive arts practice, Catherine uses mantras and mandalas as her own form of meditation and healing. She hopes to help inspire others on their own journeys to living happy, balanced and authentic lives.
In addition to creating inspirational pieces of art, Catherine also works with cancer patients, their family members, and caregivers using expressive arts for healing as an approach to helping others express themselves and heal through different arts based practices.
She hopes to begin offering expressive arts workshops for healing, personal development, and self discovery in the Tampa Bay area soon.
I’m so happy you have stopped by my page!
As an artist and expressive arts facilitator, I strongly believe that everyone is inherently creative. I believe that it is my soul purpose in life to not only create my own pieces of art, but to help reconnect people with their creativity and live true, authentic lives. I also believe that it is through the creative process that we can find deep healing, discover our true selves, and connect with our infinite life Source.
I started drawing and painting mandalas a few years ago as a form of meditation and self expression. Once I realized how powerful and healing the process of creating can be, I decided to study expressive arts at the Expressive Arts Florida Institute to further my training in using the arts as a process for meditation, healing, personal growth, and self discovery.
In addition to my certificate training in Intermodal Expressive Arts, I hold a BA in Anthropology/Sociology, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree.
It is my hope that my artwork inspires others and helps people gain a sense of unity, peace, balance and understanding.
All about mantras & mandalas
A mantra is a sound, syllable, word or phrase that is used to focus the mind and connect with your inner self. Mantras are to be repeated over and over and can be used as a form of meditation to help calm the mind. Mantras can also be used as a tool for self-empowerment.
“According to Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley), when carefully chosen and used silently, mantras are said to have the ability to help alter your subconscious impulses, habits, and afflictions. Mantras, when spoken or chanted, direct the healing power of Prana (life force energy) and, in traditional Vedic practices, can be used to energize and access spiritual states of consciousness. Mantra as a spiritual practice should be done on a regular basis for several months for its desired effects to take place.” (Cited from The Chopra Center: What is a Mantra)
Developing your own mantra can be a very useful tool to help you relax and/or focus on your self and your goals. I use mantras in my daily life in conjunction with mandalas as a form of meditation and self-empowerment.
The word “mandala” is a Sanskrit word meaning circle and is used throughout many societies as a form of meditation. As a ritual, Buddhists often create sand mandalas to practice impermanence. The mandala as a whole is thought to represent the Universe, wholeness, unity, and oneness and helps to restore balance to the creator and those who view it. Psychologist, Carl Jung, used mandalas as a tool to explore the unconscious mind and believed that mandalas are a reflection of the creator’s inner world.
In my own personal practice, I use mandalas as a meditative tool. They help me focus and find balance and calmness in an often times chaotic world. I also use them to discover things about my subconscious mind that I may not be bringing to the surface in my waking life. It is my hope that when you view the mandalas I have created, you feel something within yourself; either a sense of peace, calmness, joy, or happiness.
To view and purchase one of my mandalas, please visit my ETSY shop by clicking here or on the tab at the top of this page.
I am also available for custom designs as well, just shoot me a message!
How to use a mandala for meditation
To use your mandala as a meditative tool for relaxation, sit comfortably on the floor in a quiet space and place your mandala a few feet in front of you at eye level. Soften your gaze and begin to focus on the center of the mandala. Take several deep breaths to release any stress you may be holding in your body. Continue focusing on the mandala for several minutes until you feel more relaxed. If you get any thoughts or feelings while focusing, allow yourself to acknowledge their presence, and then begin focusing again. Journaling afterwards may be helpful.