Mandala from the Sanskrit language is loosely translated to mean "circle." Throughout history, mandalas have been found in nature and art. They are often used for meditation and self-reflection as they are viewed as an extension of the universe and of one's self. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung re-introduced the concept of the mandala to western culture.
"I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, a mandala, which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. With the help of these drawings I could observe my psychic transformations from day to day... my mandalas were cryptograms... in which I saw the self -- that is, my whole being-- actively at work."
—Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, pp 195 – 196.