As the first book in the series is now available to purchase on Amazon, I wanted to explain how I approach my coloring sessions.
First, I find a quiet spot in my day. (For mothers with small children, this may be when you put your little ones down for a nap or after you have put them to bed for the night.) I lay out the page I am working on and the media I am using, ie: colored pencils, crayons, gel pens, Glitter Gel Pens (sparkly, sparkly), paint brush pens, markers or even paint.
After I have put my coloring space in order, I like to put on some soothing music. There are a couple of ways you can do this at no cost.
- If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can create a playlist of relaxing music.
- Pandora is a great free app that can live on your phone or your computer and allows you to create a customized “station” with great relaxing music. (Note: If you are using the free version, you get an ad about every 3 or 4 songs.)
Each of the pages in my books has a “Happy Thought” underneath the picture. I read the thought so I have something uplifting to ponder as I color.
Let your mind drift, focusing only on the process of choosing colors and applying them to the spaces on the page. My particular approach in my “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy” series is to create interesting spaces for your to color. There is no right or wrong way to color. Remember, this is your personal, private space. No one ever needs to see it, if you would rather not share.
Breath softly from your stomach. Think about your breathing as you go breathing gently and slowly, filling your lungs with air and expelling stress and anxiety with every exhale.
When we color mindfully, you will notice a few things:
- You will experience calmness and peace over time.
- Researchers found that there was often a lowering of blood pressure.
- When you color before bedtime, you will go to bed with a calm mind and will sleep much better than usual.
- You will find over time that your ability to concentrate and retain what you are learning will increase.
From time to time, when I am taking an online course, I bring out my coloring supplies and color while I listen. I find this actually helps me to concentrate on what the instructor is saying and I remember a lot more of what they said. I don’t know if this will work for everyone as much as it does for me, but it is worth a try.
I have no words to express how excited I am to announce the first of a series of adult coloring books intended to relieve stress and anxiety and to give joy to those who either buy them or receive them as a gift. The book is now avaialable on Amazon.com. “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy – Joy is in the Journey” is LIVE.
This being my first foray into publishing, I want you to know that this has been an awesome experience. I want to thank all of those who have been instrumental in helping me get to this point.
I remember hours of time spent with my grandmother, and my sister, coloring and chatting and just enjoying the time together. No television on, no cellphones and rarely a phone call, no criticism but plenty of suggestions and tutorials on how to shade, the source of light, the direction of shadows, the three dimensionality we were trying to replicate, how to blend colors and create new shades.
As an adult, when I color, my mind flashed back to those peaceful hours of mutual enjoyment. These days, I like to first consider and idea, a quote, a scripture or a project I am working on as I color. Happy music is also on the list of creating my peaceful, stress free coloring session. While I let my mind works in the background on that thought I have chosen to contemplate, I focus on the feeling, the colors, the shading, the ultimate look of the coloring page. Although I admit that most of them are not planned.
Since I am a mandala colorist, I actually like to blindly reach into my coloring pencil box and pull out random colors to work with. Some of these mandalas have turned out surprisingly well. I really enjoy my random coloring sessions because it is relaxing and delightful to watch the picture almost create itself and reveal its ultimate beauty.
The other fun thing about coloring is, admittedly, showing the finished piece off to someone who cares. I have joined several coloring groups and post my finished pieces occasionally, but it is even more fun (like the little kid that I am) to show it to a family member or close friend. I also share finished pieces with my local coloring club.
One of the benefits of mindful coloring is that often, in the course of creating the finished piece, I find solutions and have thoughts that might not have occurred to me in the hectic daily routine. This is invaluable. So often we rush through our day through the noise and bustle and frantic pace of modern living never having that quiet space that allows us to really think.
I am ever so grateful for the trend of adult coloring. It is one of the truly joyful places in my day to day routine.