Coloring books, as we have grown to think of them, are nothing more than another item in a child’s backpack.
But for years psychologist and psychiatrists have recommended these books to their patients. Carl Jung was a pioneer of this therapeutic practice. He gave mandalas to his clients and saw the positive effect the activity of coloring the intrinsic shapes and patterns had on them.
I was a fan of coloring books as a child. I brought them on family trips and enjoyed getting lost in them. My memory of the times I spent coloring found its way into my first children’s book, Simona’s New Adventure; coloring books are among the most precious items Simona keeps and wants to take with her in her new adventure.
Eventually, coloring books stayed behind, as a part of my childhood. However, I recently visited a local bookstore, and I found myself standing beside a grown man asking for coloring books, for adults. The store’s attendant told me they were all the rage. I was intrigued.
These books contain very interesting designs, or mandalas. They engage you mind in an activity that is creative and simple to do. You are literally surrounding yourself with colors.
Our minds thirst for creative outlets. Coloring gives a rest to our ultra-technological-minded focus. It forces us to shift gears and use our minds and hands for a tangible activity, our time for something other than checking email or Facebook, being in the present moment, connecting with ourselves in quietness and solitude.
Color by yourself: to rekindle your own creative juices. Reduce your levels of stress about life and work by engaging in an activity that focus your attention elsewhere.
Color together: to be social, why not joining a coloring party? In these get-together adults engage in meaningful conversation and interact with other coloring enthusiasts.
Color for self-improvement: fine motor skills can be refined and improved by the act of coloring these patterns and designs, vision and attention to detail, as well as decision making, are all skills that will translate seamlessly into everyday life.
Color to express your individuality: even though the mandalas or coloring pages might be of the same design, every person will create his or her own color combination, as an expression of who they are, the mood they are in or the colors that they connect with.
I can’t wait to try one of these books myself and give them to the adults around me to spark their creativity and improve their lives with the gift of time.
Have you been coloring lately? Share your own coloring experience with me below!