The more difficult my life becomes, the harder I search for peace, serenity and a way to cope with it all. I have been doing a few nature mandalas lately, and found a way that works for me. I used a 6" saucer and traced around it with a light pencil. I then divided the circle into 6 sections, and started drawing in ink, the 6 different types of mushrooms that I like. I then erased all of the pencil lines and started adding in simple details to distinguish the different mushrooms. During the process, I made sure to have a 'safe' place to draw, with no interruptions, and concentrated on only positive thoughts (this is what they suggest you do when drawing any mandala). I will complete the mandala in the next session when I find quiet time, and will be doing the color pencil work to give the mushrooms dimension. They say that working inside a circle helps you to complete a thought, find balance and work through things. I am sure it takes quite a bit of practice! I have troubles just quieting my mind! I will be doing more of these, though, simply because I LOVE CIRCLES!!!