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.