If you’re looking for a way to incorporate more meditative practices into your daily routine, a mandala coloring book is a great place to start. It isn’t quite the same as the stillness you experience during guided meditation, but I find that following the rhythmic pattern of coloring reaps a lot of the same benefits.
Coloring can relieve stress
Like focusing on your breath during meditation, focusing on the act of coloring can be extremely therapeutic. It gives your mind a break from life’s daily pressures and allows you to relax. It’s hard to feel stressed out after a long session of coloring.
Beautiful colors and pictures are pleasing to the mind
Since mandalas can be used during meditation in order to focus the mind, coloring one in can be rewarding as well. Colors are known to influence our moods so choose according to the feeling you want to inspire, such as reds and oranges for passion and intensity or blues and greens for a calming effect, or you can use your favorite colors. When you’re finished you can hang the picture up to use during a mandala meditation practice.
Taking time for yourself is a form of self-love
Taking a small portion of each day to do an act of self-love is very important. Meditation, coloring, journaling or anything that creates a feeling of joy within you should have a spot in your daily routine. Relaxation is just as important as work, so be sure to find your balance.