Well, in case you haven’t noticed, the newest trend appears to be colouring books for adults. http://www.the-open-mind.com/according-to-psychologists-coloring-is-the-best-alternative-to-meditation/
My family and I were at the mall recently, so I decided to stop and browse the local Coles book store display of colouring books to see what this was all about. There certainly were some beautifully detailed colouring books. However, I walked away, not sure that this was something I wanted to do myself.
A week or so later, my husband and I were talking one evening. We were having our usual discussion of how our day was, and what we are each up to – including upcoming schedules. Along with a very full work and family/couple’s time schedule,my daughter has recently joined several different sports. I’m happy to see that she is taking an interest in these activities, but it does add some extra demands on me. Jim’s observation was this, “Jeannette, you are so busy taking care of everyone else, but what are you doing for you?” This caused me to take pause. This was a good question.
As such, I decided that I wanted to try this colouring craze so I purchased Johanna Basford’s, Secret Garden Artist’s Edition. I liked the heavy pages. and the possibility of putting them in frames once completed. While colouring away one night, Jim walked in the room and chuckled, “Is this the thing that you are doing for yourself?” “Why yes it is!” was my response.
I must say, I am enjoying it. I like trying to figure out what colours to use, and the serenity I feel within when I am doing it. I can see why it is being compared to meditation, because all other thoughts go out of your mind (for the most part). The bonus is that you have something concrete that you can see once you are done your “meditation” session. As a side note, I actually also find piling wood and painting walls gives me the same type of meditative satisfaction outcome.
Yesterday, my daughter looked through the colouring book while I was meditating with my colouring. I asked her if she wanted to join me. She said, “yes” and picked a page she wanted to work on. Side by side we sat, colouring away. Bonus – mother daughter time!!!! She is actually quite creative! Another impressive aspect of my daughter.
And here is my first attempt at adult colouring, and I’m looking forward to doing some more.