Hey Phamily! I have a surprise for you! My good friend and author/mentor Alicia McCalla (and yes you must check out her website and subscribe, awesome writer of Multicultural Speculative Fiction) is my guest blogger for this week! Yay!!! She and her sisters (affectionately, the Cunningham Sisters) designed a coloring book for adults that desire to meditate in another form or just relax.
Phamily, you’ve been doing a lot of inner soul work these past few weeks with me that had your brain, organs, cells, and bones dealing with trauma filled places. Today, right now, this present moment, go get your crayons, your child’s crayons, or go and purchase them from the Dollar Store. But first before you grab your purse or wallet, sit down and read how coloring can help you be in a position of authority to reconnect to the alienated parts of your soul. I introduce to you Alicia McCalla, the eldest of the Cunningham sisters.
Did you know that opening a box of Crayola crayons and then smelling them is a way to reduce the anxiety associated with a panic attack? Coloring has a way of helping us to calm down, reduce stress, and relax.
Active meditation is the use of repetitive motions such as running, walking, dancing, and of course, coloring. In fact, coloring can help to strengthen focus and shift your attention to a contemplative state. While you color, chaotic thoughts and extreme worries are pushed aside. Your brain is able to simply focus on the task of the gentle, repetitive motion of your hands as you bring color to paper.
There are other health benefits to your brain while coloring such as the selection of the colors and focusing your attention on highly detailed images. These help your brain to open centers of creativity, ingenuity, and logical thoughts. With all of the wonderful health benefits to coloring, you would think that everyone would regularly participate. Unfortunately, meditative coloring is just beginning to take off in the United States. If you are interested in an easy, affordable and cost effective way to reduce stress, boost creativity, and help your brain relax, try coloring.
Here are a few tips to creating a Meditative Coloring Experience:Get yourself some highly detailed images to color such as a Mandala or other coloring book. Stop by our website: www.sisterscoloring.com to immediately receive free coloring pages.
Make yourself a cup of healing herbal tea (Chamomile is great) or you might enjoy a small glass of Kosher red wine.
Select your favorite coloring utensils. I love gel glitter pens but crayons, markers etc. are all wonderful to use.
Begin your coloring session by smiling for one full minute. Don’t shirk on this one. Time yourself, if needed.
Put on your iPod and listen to Alpha or Brainwave music. I have a BrainWave App and listen to “Positivity Boost.”
Color your image. Allow the color choices to “speak” to you. Don’t push the choices just allow the choices to happen. Be amazed in the end…
Drink your tea, listen to music, and color for a 30-60 minute session.
After your session ends, if your image is complete, sign and date it. You can also write any quotes, thoughts, or ideas that revealed themselves to you during your coloring session. Go ahead, write them on your coloring pages or keep a journal handy. Feel free to put your images in a frame or give them away as gifts.
Coloring is an amazing way to meditate, heal, and reduce stress. Take some time to relax and color.