Quite a few folks have figured out that coloring and exercising that creative muscle is a wonderful tool to help clear the mind and move into a meditative state. I’ve seen it in young children all the way up to adults.
In fact, I personally think that’s why children are so full of happy energy, generally. They’re operating out of a creative state, and do not worry about anything except the present. We all could learn a lesson or two from them.
Coloring also helps to calm the soul, rejuvenate the spirit while allowing the mind free reign in artistic endeavors.
It makes sense. You have to move into your own head to figure out hues, how fast or slowly you want to shade in a figure, how much detail to include, and you’re pulling design elements together to form a cohesive, unified image.
That, my friends, is focus. Meditation is not emptying the mind and focusing on “nothing,” exactly. Rather, it’s a way of actually focusing the mind so that it thinks about nothing other than the activity in which it’s engaged in.
So, for example, if someone is meditating and just focusing on the breath, the breath and the act of breathing become the focus.
In the same way, someone who’s focused on coloring and concentrating on design elements and not thinking about what’s for dinner, is in a meditative state.Coloring a page invites focus which, in turn, invokes a peaceful, meditative state.… Click To Tweet
I love drawing images to color. If you’ve read this far, I’m sure you probably love to color.
Honestly, it’s the same when I’m drawing an image to color. I go into a meditative state. I think about line, shape, space, color, value, and texture. These are all artistic elements that are crucial to a balanced image and a balanced piece of work.
Funny. In creative endeavors, we’re always talking about balance. Balance.
Yes, creative endeavors invoke balance and concentration, all hallmarks of mindfulness and living in the present.
So, you can color and enjoy the idea that you’re inviting mindfulness into your life.
Below is a free ebook that I’ve created to allow you to have some coloring fun!
They are all mandalas. Mandalas are, historically, found in far eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Mandalas are circular to represent unity and interconnectedness.
They are also present in Native American philosophies, as well. Furthermore, cultures have used mandalas as sun dials, and the wheel became the ubiquitous symbol of mobility.
Meditating on a mandala helps you to find and achieve a sense of balance. When you color one in, you get a “double benefit” of coloring and meditating all at once.
I’ve created an ebook of 20 mandalas to help you get started. It’s free and instructions are inside the ebook, but here’s a short guide to get you started:
Sit in a quiet spot. Look through the mandala book to see which one speaks to you. Print out that page, gather your coloring utensils and begin.
Each mandala has a title above it. When I was drawing that particular mandala, that was the predominant thought that occurred to me. If you meditate on that, you’ll invite more of that into your life.
For example, if you color in and meditate upon the mandala entitled, “power,” you might just well invite that into your life. So often we need empowerment. If you’re the underdog, if you’re a woman in a patriarchal society, if you’re wanting more confidence – that mandala can help get you started in creating more of that feeling in your life.
I wish you many happy meditations and glad tidings as you color these mandalas.
Take a look at a few sample pages:
(note: full size renders are in ebook)