A PRACTICE OF MINDFULLNESS AND CREATIVITY
The monks of Tibet also know the meditative power of art. They are known to spend hours creating intricate sand mandalas. Once the mandala is complete, they ceremonially pour their creation into the river as an act of non-attachment and impermanence. Whether or not we choose to save our creations or not, our minds can most certainly benefit from the practice of creating conscious art because when we slow down we can finally begin to experience all that life has to offer. Rushing all the time will only leave us feeling lost and without purpose. Studies have shown that those who purposefully take time to relax are actually more productive than those who insist on constantly doing.
Coloring is not just an activity for children. Lately, more and more adults are enjoying the benefits of coloring. It is not only a great way to express your creativity; it is also a very effective mindfulness tool. In this modern age, many people don’t know how to settle down, unplug from their digital devices, and enjoy the beauty of the present moment. As a result, more and more therapists are prescribing coloring books to their patients because coloring activates both sides of the brain and increases alpha wave activity, which promotes a sense of deep relaxation and focus.
So, next time you experience stress, don’t strain and make you’re yourself keep going or reach for your phone or the remote, rather get out your coloring book, put on some beautiful music, light some aromatherapy candles and treat yourself to a luxurious coloring break. As you fill your page with beautiful colors, you will enjoy a fulfillment that can only come from doing something expressive and engaging. Now more than ever, it is so important to have this experience. It is essential to make time just for you- to ground after a hectic day, reconnect with your inner child and do something purely for the joy of it.
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