You may have noticed that I’m a bit obsessed with adult coloring books. Well, I’m going to tell you why. They are perhaps the best anti-stress tool I have ever encouneredt. Yes, I truly believe that.
Long before this latest trend happened, I bought myself a Hello Kitty kids coloring book and some good old crayola crayons. It was my junior or senior year in college and things were getting intense to say the least. In between studying and freaking out about all the work I had, I would color a little with my crayons and immediately feel better.
I’m sure you’ve read all about how . Well, it’s much more than that! Even Carl Jung, famed psychologist, had his clients coloring. And many psychologists still use coloring today to help their clients. It helps to relax the mind and calm the emotions, but is much more accessible. Nearly everyone remembers coloring as children, so it’s not as intimidating as meditation.
Aside from the calming and relaxation aspects of coloring, there’s a deeper urge that’s fulfilled with this hobby – creative expression.
Throughout time and all over the world humans have been creating lasting imprints of their lives. From cave paintings to Roman frescoes, and modern chalk art (one of my favs), we humans can’t stop ourselves from creating. We see a flat surface and think – “Hey! That needs some color!!”
Unfortunately, as adults in a very busy world, we’re often taught to leave behind our creative urges and focus on the “real world” of work and accomplishment. But art, music and architecture are just as integral to our humanity as finance, science and medicine.
Mr. Keating put it best in the timeless Dead Poet’s Society:
Perhaps I give too much credit to mere coloring books. I mean, I’m not creating a whole new Mona Lisa here. But whether your creation is one of a kind and amazes the world, or it’s just for fun in the evenings and weekends to get your mind off of work drama, it still affects you the same. It taps into a part of your brain that’s mostly off during the problem solving work of the day. Or at the very least it keeps you very much in the present, just like mediation – but without the stress of trying to keep thoughts away. They naturally don’t bother you as much.
You really can’t think about what to do about that annoying work project that’s not going well when you’re trying to decide what color the next flower should be.
Creativity is a unique and individual outpouring of the heart. It clears the mind and eases the soul. Crafting, creating, coloring – they all achieve the same end. To make us happier, healthier humans. And that’s something I can definitely get behind.
And because I love spreading the joy here are a few of the books I’m playing with right now!
Here’s my first finished page from Llewellyn’s Witch’s Coloring Book
And here’s a fun one from the Notes from the Universe Coloring Book:
And here’s my first ever coloring page from Balance book:
Finally here’s Leo telling me that I’ve had enough fun and it’s time to play with him. 🙂
So now it’s your turn… What’s your creative passion? Tell – or better yet – show us below!
Looking for a way to connect to the Moon? Check out my 4 steps to New Moon and Full Moon rituals!
Need to set intentions that really end up manifesting your desires? Then use the New Moon Intention Ritual to do just that! Know you need to let go of a lot of old baggage before the good stuff has space to come in to your life. The use the straightforward and vastly uplifting Full Moon Release Ritual to make room for all the new blessings to come!