Do you know what the best-selling adult books on Amazon are? Coloring books for adults! I kid you not! Check out this link to “Adult Coloring Book – Stress Relieving Patterns.”
This got me to thinking about mindfulness and coloring. If toddlers and school age children enjoy coloring, why not adults?
There is a wealth of evidence that suggests coloring allows an individual to explore their creative side. In addition, coloring relieves tension because it encourages us to embrace the child within us. As we color, memories of our childhood surface and remind us of a simpler time in our lives when we did not have adult responsibilities.
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So, how do coloring and mindfulness go together? Coloring brings your focus on the present instead of thinking about your past or future. When you pick up that colored pencil, or crayon you are spending your time concentrating on that spot you are coloring. You live in the moment as your subconsciousness takes over and your mind drifts and flows.
Ashley Welch, from Everyday Health
“The whole idea behind focusing on one thing for an extended period of time is to bring us into the present,” says Kimberly Wulfert, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Ventura, California. “The past doesn’t exist. The future doesn’t exist. Our whole awareness is being brought into what’s happening at that given point in time.”
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Here’s how coloring lets you become more mindful:
When you are coloring, you have the colored pencil or crayon in your hand. This creates a physical consciousness of what you are holding in your fingers in relation to the paper you are coloring on. You control the writing instrument and can move it in any rhythm you desire as you color in the different spaces. If you keep this up for a time, you basically enter a meditation state.
I think that is what I find so fascinating about mindfulness and meditation. There are so many ways to achieve your desired results without actually sitting and meditating in the traditional sense.
Think about this for a moment. While you are coloring, focus on being still and concentrating on your breathing. Guess what? Through mindful coloring, you are providing a way to meditate while doing something. This is not that different from mindful walking, or mindful eating. You still have the silence even though your coloring provides some structure to make you feel more comfortable.
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Tibetan Buddhist Monks produce sand mandalas. These are patiently created works of sand art constructed to demonstrate the impermanence of life. The mandalas take days to make and only a moment to dismantle.
Here is a video of a time lapse mandala creation: (Notice the chanting. I think when we color we should play music that helps us relax.)
I think the construction of the mandalas do the same thing for the Tibetan Monks that coloring does for us. The act of coloring expands our consciousness and allows us to become more in touch with ourselves. It allows us to meditate in a way that does not seem like meditation.
If traditional meditation methods are not working for you, don’t be afraid to experiment to find something that does work. Coloring Meditation might unlock some creative potential you never knew existed! It’s worth a try.
Visit Color Your Way to Happiness to find out more about mandalas and coloring mandalas. They also offer free pages that you can download and print for your coloring enjoyment.
The Mad House also is a great site to visit for free coloring pages.
Pinterest has enough coloring pages to last you for the rest of your life!
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Thank you so much for all your excellent comments regarding mindfulness I receive each week. I am always excited to see how everyone else deals with things in their lives. Remember this is my journey, your own journey might be entirely different and there is nothing wrong with that. That is how it should be. Do not be afraid to try a little mindfulness in your own life.
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Namaste. I wish you much peace and joy this week!