(Updated in January 2019 – Now includes 100 amazing Mandala Inspired Bullet Journal Spreads!) Well its funny because Mandala literally means circle – and its not quite or exactly a circle is it? When we look at mandala bullet journal spreads they really just look like great doodles right!?
What is a Mandala and what does it mean?
The Mandala was originally from the Tibetan Buddhists, and while its a great looking geometric shape, I first learnt about its origins when living in Thailand. So its really deep! A mandala is a symbolic picture of the universe. It can be a painting on a wall or scroll, created in coloured sands on a table, or a visualisation in the mind of a very skilled adept.
Why are mandalas a lovely idea for your bullet journal
Sometimes mandalas are associated with a symbolic palace. In the centre of the mandala lies the palace, which has four gates oriented to the four quarters of the world and is located within several layers of circles that form a protective barrier around it.
Each layer symbolizes a quality (e.g. purity, devotion) that one must obtain before accessing the palace. Depending on the tradition it belongs to, inside the palace the mandala has symbols associated with different deities or cultural symbols such as a thunderbolt (symbol of the male), a bell (symbol of the female), a wheel (symbol of the Buddhist Eightfold Path) or a diamond (symbol of a clear mind) among others.
I thought it would be fun to include this post on “How to draw a mandala” for those who wanted to try it! And I loved this post particularly because it covered all the different types of Mandalas you might see or want to potentially use when drawing a mandala in your bullet journal.
Drawing Mandalas in your bullet journal
These have become a common feature in bullet journals over the years, whats great about them is that they are a great way to focus on some mindfulness while you draw.
There are many ways to add this ancient practice to your journal as you can see below. I personally adore using stamps in my journal and have collected a number of mandala stamps to create easy spreads.
You can shop all my favorite stamps and mandala stencils at the bottom of this post 🙂
Onto our Features
How cute are these Mandala washi tapes? You can grab them off Etsy!
Our gorgeous featured Mandala bullet journal themes
I adore how there is only a small bit of the mandala sticking out at the bottom of this page!
I am in love with this mandala bullet journal border! How divine!
This is just a subtle addition of the gorgeous mandala theme, It doesnt need to be overt, this awesome border is so simple and pretty
Such an amazing Mandala cover page for your bullet journal month start!
I love the intricacy of this page, so much detail has gone into this spread and the details in the mandala are gorgeous
I love how the petite planner walks you though, step by step the different elements of doodeling and drawing a mandala in your bullet journal.
This mood mandala gives such a great tracker, to add some color and vibe to your monthly tracker.
This is another gorgeous mandala mood tracker – I love the rainbow feeling theme and it gives it such a great vibe!
Here the mandala has been used to track instagram growth, which is so gorgeous and a lovely way to show the interconnectedness of your followers. What a stunning way to represent the bujo community!
Here the mandala has been used for weight loss tracking and I love that it really adds an intentional feel to the mandala. By being intentional about your bullet journal journey you are really able to laser focus on those goals!
Another stunning mandala mood tracker, this one has been simply created with a simple circle tracker around the edge!
I love how a simple design has been filled with a mandala pattern. This is so unique and adorable
Another fun way to use the mandala shape is to create a birthday tracker in your bullet journal. How amazing is this simple spread!
This mood mandala is amazing, what they have done is used the shape to color in concentric circles. The colors obviously represent the moods felt throughout the month!
In this mood mandala, the artist here has added in the moon phases as well as moods. I love this as you can track your mood against the phases of the moon!
Another gorgeous mandala moon phase spread, this is such a lovely way to incorporate the moon cycle tracker and mandala
This mandala mood tracker is over two pages and being over two pages gives the freedom and space to create stunning mood pages
This is another gorgeous mandala mood tracker for your bullet journal!
Another amazing mood tracker mandala!
This is one of my favorite spreads of all time, the clever use of the mandala for a level 10 life spread!
The super cute original concentric circle moon mandala by Boho Berry! I love this so much
Here the mood tracker hasn’t been done in concentric circles but in radial spreads through the mandala.
Fun mandala products to get you started