I grew up with a box of 64 Crayola Crayons. I loved-loved-loved to color… and I still do.
I still get a little giddy opening a new box of crayons with their unique fragrance, sharp fresh points and wonderful colors.
Today, the new rage is Adult Coloring Books and it seems like everyone is doing it. In fact you can buy coloring books for adults just about everywhere now, including Barnes and Nobles, Target, and any craft store.
I am a visionary artist, creating sacred mandalas – but when I am talking on the phone, which I do for hours on end these days with the Micronized Purple Rice, I color in my mandala coloring books or I doodle.
Coloring keeps the mind calm and focused. It decreases the activity of the amygdala in the brain which is the center of emotions.
Noted Psychotherapist Carl C. Jung was having his patients color mandalas over 100 years ago – to calm their anxieties and keep them centered!
And we are just now realizing the profound benefits to this therapy!
As a former yoga teacher, I look at coloring as yoga for your brain.
Here are 10 amazing things that coloring can do for you:
- Relieve stress
- Reduce anxiety
- Center the mind
- Increase attention span
- Stabilize mood
- Stimulate the senses
- Increase fine motor skills
- Augment creativity
- Serve as a sleep aid
- Produce physical evidence and decoration for your satisfaction
So grab your crayons, colored pencils, markers, or gel pens and start coloring!
It is a psychological tool to help you calm and focus your mind … and help you to feel like a kid again!