“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso
Did you know that six of the top 20 selling books on Amazon, currently, are adult coloring books?
Coloring sheets for adults are extremely therapeutic and can help generate mental relaxation, mindfulness, and bring you back into the present moment. Essentially, coloring sheets are the “new wave” of meditation.
Creativity has been a major player in my life. I truly believe we are all artists, but somehow the label of “I’m not creative” has infiltrated our mindset. We think if we aren’t painters, photographers, dancers or film makers that we aren’t “creative”.
Creativity is all about expressing yourself. There is no right OR wrong way to go about it. Whatever energy and intention you put into creating is perfectly enough. Honestly, even if you scribbled one big black blob on the page, as long as you expressed energy that needs releasing, it will promote self-expression and healing.
Over the past year, I’ve been given 5 (seriously!) coloring books from friends and family. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to color and create, but is there some kind of theme going on? Did I miss the memo? 😉
Some of the many benefits of coloring can include:
Balanced body, mind, and spirit
Relaxes your mind to allow creativity to flow
Reduces anxiety levels
Encourage your self-expression
Increases serotonin (happy drug) production
Allows you to tap back into your inner child
Increase your self-awareness
Reduces emotional stress
- Expands your consciousness, imagination & well being
“There is a long history of people coloring for mental health reasons,” Michaelis says. “Carl Jung used to try to get his patients to color in mandalas at the turn of the last century, as a way of getting people to focus and to allow the subconscious to let go. Now we know it has a lot of other stress-busting qualities as well.”
I was chatting with a friend of mine who does amazing henna and doodle work when it hit me. I wanted to share this tool of creativity and relaxation with my tribe. My girlfriend was kind enough to sketch up a beautiful series of mandala coloring sheets for me to share with you. I was inspired to add an intention to the mandala to help keep your mind free of self-judgement while you’re freely expressing your creativity.
What the heck is a mandala you ask?
Mandala means “sacred circle” in Sanskrit.
Why are circles believed to be so powerful?
- The circle is a symbol of wholeness, continuity, connection, unity, harmony and the cycle of life.
- Unlike other shapes, the circle flows and has no hard edges or angles.
- Circles are believed to help individuals focus inward, creating space for a spiritual journey
It’s a simple geometric shape that has no beginning or end. Within its circular shape, the mandala has the power to promote relaxation, balance the body’s energies, enhance your creativity, and support healing. The great news is you can achieve all of these benefits while having fun!
The mandala is a circular matrix with a center point—a point from which all things are possible. From this sacred center comes infinite possibilities + unlimited potential. When you use your mandala coloring sheet, you’re expressing your desires for creativity, relaxation, and healing. You’re also acknowledging and declaring your unlimited potential!
You can think of the mandala as being energetically alive, a means of creating a desired state of being. What feeling do you desire to create? Maybe you want to experience inner peace or maybe you want to express your artistry. Either way, you’re gaining all the positive benefits by taking “me time” to coloring.
Ready to tap into inner healing through coloring?
When you use your mandala coloring pages, you’re expressing who you are and where you are on life’s journey. You’re allowing your imagination and feelings to manifest into form. Best of all, you’re activating the healing powers of the sacred circle. Start experiencing the magical healing powers of mandala coloring now, you can snag your free mandala coloring page below.
How to get started:
- You will need crayons, colored pencils, paints, pastels, or markers in multiple colors.
- Find a quiet and comfortable place where you will not be interrupted. Turn off your cell phone and flip on some relaxing music.
- Take a moment to relax your mind and body by taking three deep breaths. Breathe in love and breathe out tension and fear.
- Don’t give much thought to the colors you choose or if they match, let your intuition choose. There is no wrong way to color.
- Once you are finished coloring in the mandala take a moment to look at it. Notice the colors, the shapes and how they make you feel. You may also find that getting out your journal and recording your thoughts may be helpful.
Click the image below to download and print your coloring mandala. Set your intention, unleash your creativity, and go get your Zen on!
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In what ways do you express your creativity?
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