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.
It has been the plan from the moment I decided to publish adult coloring therapy books to donate 50% of my profits from the books to help veterans and their families. My husband and I are both veterans, as well as all three of our sons, 2 son-in-laws and a daughter-in-law. Our family has a strong long-standing tradition of service to our country.
The research I have done points to two charities that we are not able to name at this time. Both of these charities have an “A+ ranking from The American Institute of Philanthropy and are doing important work helping veterans and their families through difficult times. I can highly recommend them to any of you who feel to make a difference.
The next step for us is to do all the legal stuff that will lead to us being able to support these charities as we move forward. There are some fairly significant costs to registering with all 50 states that will be required and so we cannot say much more at this point except we are considering this. We have no official relationships with either of these charities at this time, but are hopeful that we can do the required paperwork and certification necessary to be able to announce this officially.
When our veterans raise their right hand and swear to protect and serve this nation, they say, “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
This is a blank check written to their countrymen to serve and protect. Every one of them knows they could be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice either by death or serious injury and yet, they make this oath in all seriousness to us, citizens of the United States of America. I feel it behooves us to give back to the men and women and their families (who suffer with their veterans). It is my hope that the sales of my books in the “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy” series will make a difference in the lives of these heroes and their families.
Coloring clubs and meetups are springing up all over the country. Men and women from late teens to elderly are gathering with fellow colorists to color, compare favorite coloring books and pages and get some great face time with real people who love coloring as much as they do.
These groups tend to start small and grow quickly as attendees ask friends to join them. Before you know it, you have a great social group coloring and chatting together. It’s a great way to make new friends and learn new coloring techniques or find out about new ways of coloring or see how other people organize their coloring supplies.
I just started a coloring club here in the Tri-Cities, Washington. We just had our first meeting last week. It was small, but very congenial and one member said she is bringing her grandmother this week (today), so I am assuming everying had as good a time as I did.
So what is the point of this thing that is sweeping the country? Actually, it reminds me of the old time quilting bees where everyone sat around a quilting frame, working on a beautiful hand made quilt. As their needles flashed in the rhythmic and soothing stitching, the ladies talked and chatted, sometimes as a group and sometimes in little side conversations. It was a great way to get to know one another and stay in touch (long before social media) and ultimately everyone usually went home feeling the better for it.
Are any of my readers going to coloring clubs? In my next blog we will talk about coloring groups online. See you then.