Wellness

The Benefits of Meditative Coloring

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.

 

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    Allison Affourtit
    March 10, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I LOVE the influx of adult coloring books. I always felt so goofy coloring in Disney books as an adult but coloring is so calming! And now it’s all the rage. Anytime I’m dealing with a tough client or just feeling “blah” I whip out my coloring book (the floral one from Michaels) and start coloring. Sometimes I even use watercolors!

    -Allison
    http://www.craftedlove.com

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      floradelsoul
      March 10, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Isn’t it great!? There’s so many beautiful ones to choose from, the floral designs are definitely a favorite of mine. Coloring is super relaxing, a glass of wine and a coloring book are an awesome way to unwind after a stressful day. And I never thought to use watercolor, I’ll have to give that a try, thanks for the tip! :)

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