The world of meditation is quite intriguing the more and more I learn and read about it. There are so many different types of meditations, I still haven’t tried all of them which makes it even more exciting. But there is one meditation technique that is growing more popular and I am sure that the reason why you stopped by was to learn more about meditative coloring.
You’re probably familiar with coloring from your childhood. I, for one was never great at it. I did however manage to stay in between the lines. Back then as a child and even until recently, I didn’t know coloring can contribute to releasing stress and anxiety.
Yet, today coloring for meditation is growing increasingly popular among both children and adults. In fact, adult coloring books are listed multiple of times in the Amazon’s top selling lists.
How meditative coloring works and the reason why is it helpful is because it requires repetitive motions which helps strengthens your focus and shifts your attention to a relaxed state. One great tool to use that causes a great effect is utilizing mandalas to color.
Mandalas are sacred circles or symmetrical geometric designs that have no beginning or end that have long been used to facilitate meditation. Coloring a mandala using paint, patels or crayones combines the benefit of art therapy and meditation.
With coloring, stressful thoughts and worries gets pushed aside as you enjoy the present moment of coloring. You can achieve a deeply relaxed state with meditation coloring.
Dr. Stan Rodski, a neuropsychologist and also an author of his own collection of adult coloring books, states that coloring elicits a relaxing mindset, similar to what you would achieve through meditation. Furthermore, by using advanced technology, Dr. Rodski was even able to identiy the physical effects that coloring had on our bodies.
“The most amazing things occurred — we started seeing changes in heart rate, changes in brainwaves,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, adding that part of this neurological response in “colorists” comes from the repetition and attention to patterns and detail associated with coloring.
In conclusion, I hope you learned some of the advantages meditative coloring can bring you even though you may not be a child anymore. What is your experience with meditative coloring? If you haven’t tried coloring in awhile, will you try it now?