How to Turn Coloring Into a Meditative Experience
You don’t need to be an artist to make this technique work. In fact, you don’t need any artistic skill whatsoever. All you need is a few minutes and a willingness to stop worrying about whether or not your doodle turns out to be a masterpiece. Remember when you were very young and drew stick figures and rainbows and crooked houses and didn’t care what other people thought? Embrace that feeling for a moment and release any inhibitions.
What you’ll need:
1. A table or desk or other flat surface to work on.
2. Crayons or markers.
3. A coloring book, or plain paper, or lined paper, or colored paper, or whatever else works best for you.
Sit comfortably and take a few deep breaths. Pay attention to your body, especially around the neck and shoulders, and release any tension in the muscles. Give yourself a moment to relax.
Once you’re settled, pick up a crayon or marker and start coloring. Move slowly and rhythmically. I recommend drawing or coloring circles and spirals first to get your hand moving in a circular motion because it can become rather hypnotic.
Don’t worry about staying within the lines, or about whether or not blue and orange look good next to each other, or about any other trivial details. Enjoy the process and don’t attach yourself to the end result.
Let your mind wander freely. Continue to move slowly. Simply relax, take your time, and fill the space with color.
Do this for ten or fifteen minutes.
Voila! You’ve meditated.
"Mandalas do have spiritual or rather meditative focus that can help increase healthy thinking as one heals, (as I have been lately from a auto accident…I knew my artistic mind needed a more relaxing, yet retain a stimulating art media to keep my interest. )… I have had using my professional color pencils, watercolor pencils and a bit of charcoal, chalk, and pastels on the quality paper in this book have really taken my mind off my pain. The mandala images are all on one side of the paper throughout the book, so no bleed through and as I mentioned, the paper quality is not cheap newsprint common of other coloring books"
source: ideas from a ‘mandala coloring book’ for children….