I had heard about adult coloring books and thought I might look into them when out of nowhere my mother-in-law sent me one. It was one of the best gifts ever! Not only was it for no occasion, but I had also wanted one. Immediately I went in search of some pencils in my son’s craft bin. I used those five colors to color a fantastic piece. The next day I went to Target to buy more colors.
I am a big proponent of meditation. I have been meditating almost every day for 5 years approximately. Some days are better than others, but I can usually slip into a meditative state fairly easily and feel clear and refreshed in minutes. Well, something happened a few months ago and I lost the ability to do that. I would try, let it go, try again. For weeks it kept getting worse and I was loosing my ground. My thoughts were turning negative like I had not seen in years. I was not connecting to spirit deeply. I didn’t know how to get it back. I used all the tricks I know. ( i know a lot of tricks) Nothing helped… until I got that coloring book in the mail.
This coloring book has inspirational messages like “Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen” by Rumi. Another good quote “nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance” Deepak Chopra. Then across from that is the page to color. So it gives you something to read and set the tone almost like an intention before you start to color. Once you slip into coloring these intricate designs it seems the message penetrates. You aren’t thinking about anything else except the color you are using and the way it looks next to the other colors. Before you know it, your mind is clear of everything else. Getting to this point I found I could slip into meditation very easily. Sometimes coloring is the meditation though. I will get up from coloring and have tons of stuff to go write down which are answers to some of the questions I had been turning over in my head. Sometimes they are just great inspirational thoughts of things I want to do or a way to handle a problem that had been bothering me. All the same results that I would get from meditating I found I could get from coloring.
It has even worked for me when meditation would never have. One day I had hired some people to come take a broken, huge, heavy built in refrigerator out of our small kitchen. It was a nightmare like the entire refrigerator saga that lasted nearly 3 months. It seemed like they were tearing up our house. All of my hovering was doing no good and was making me a wreck. I sat down at the dining table and just started to color. I was fully aware of what was going on, but distracted enough to keep calm. That made the biggest difference for me and for them. The fridge got taken away, the house was not destroyed as I thought it would be. A small scratch on the floor was the worst of it. My blood pressure and my adrenals stayed much more calm and every one was happy in the end.
So, if you are one that has a difficult time quieting your mind, do yourself a favor and get a coloring book and some pencils and get to play. You don’t have to stay in the lines or put it on the fridge. This is just for you. You can find them at any book store and plenty online at Amazon.