Adult Coloring Books – The New Zen Craze
I was a bit dubious when it was first suggested to me that I get some adult coloring books. (Thanks Julia Treat!) I kind of passed it off at first and then started to see articles and ads for them EVERYWHERE! I was amazed at how I had no knowledge of them and then saw ads and articles for them wherever I looked. I took it as a (second) sign from the Universe and ordered some.
I have found it to be one of the most relaxing, absorbing and meditative practices I’ve ever engaged in.
The first ones that I learned about were those with Mandalas.
According to Wikipedia, a Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, lit, circle) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
And here are some of my other creations so far.
(Click on the pictures to see them larger.)
So as I write this, I’m on a plane headed back home after a lot of great travel to Miami and Phoenix. I’m looking forward to having some time to reacclimate and zen out with some cuddle time with my rescue puppy, Sashi (interestingly – a Sanskrit name I chose which means Moon) and some coloring time. Bliss…