Why the Coloring Book Craze?

I’ve asked hundreds of people in Facebook coloring groups why they color. Many of them say they are so stressed out that having something to come home to relax with is practically a life-saver. They say it relaxes them, soothes them and calms them down, especially after an insane day with kids or at the office. (image: Blowing Kisses in coloring book I Love You) Many of them struggle with raising kids, hectic jobs and even taking care of an elderly parent. Taking time out to color helps them feel grounded, steadied, more focused and even happier. Who could argue with benefits like that? In the Huffington Post article, Does Coloring Really De-stress? they say: “…When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates … Please click HERE to continue reading

What Is It About Mandalas?

Since ancient times, Mandalas have been used for meditation, calming the mind, and healing. In old Tibet, Mandalas were used in the process of training the mind to be quiet, so that That Still Place Within was more easily accessible. It was said that the Divine lives at the center of the Mandala. With that in mind, the Mandala was used as a focus point for meditation. As the mind quiets and becomes still, the meditator finds the Divine at the center of his own being. (image: Flight Song – in the coloring book Delight) I read about this use of Mandalas years ago. Later on in my life, when an entire series of 70 mandalas came through me, I realized that that was the intent within them: that the Divine would reside at each design’s center. Research I’ve done personally with mandalas I have drawn and painted indicates that … Please click HERE to continue reading