What is Mindful Colouring
You might think that mindful colouring is simply colouring-in. You know, the thing you used to do when you were three - trying to keep the colouring inside the lines!
And - as far as I can tell - you'd be right.
There a whole host of info on the web, and mindful colouring books are selling through the roof, but all that's being advised is the simple exercise of colouring-in.
And it seems that it's now okay - hip even - for adults to buy colouring books. So why not grab those crayons and felt tip pens and get yourself a colouring book right now!!!
But wait a minute! Does it work?
Well, yes.... apparently! Take a look an article like this one, and you'll see that even the psychologists are on board.
And sure - we know it don't we. When we get involved in something like colouring-in, when we get absorbed in it - our troubles go away. We are taken by the moment. And that's what mindfulness is, isn't it?
But I have a problem with this.
I think it is lacking something. There is an essential ingredient missing from this recipe! And I've worked out what it is.
You see when we start colouring-in we do get absorbed, and that's nice.
But then comes along one of those pesky little thoughts. Trying to hook you in. And if it doesn't another one follows. A little bit more devious this time. Trying to get your attention.
I see mindfulness practice as learning
What is it that is distracting you from the present moment? Are you thinking about the mortgage? The football? The kids?
You see you could colour one of those pretty mindful colouring books in for half an hour, and be none the wiser as to what is occupying your mind.
Is that really going to benefit you?
You need to recognise the stories.
So here's an idea. Place a blank piece of paper next to your colouring-in pad. Each time you find yourself thinking, write down the subject of the thought: 'Mortgage'. 'Football'. 'Kids'.
Then return to the colouring.
At the end of your session, not only will you have a pretty picture. You'll have a calm mind. And a list of the subjects that are taking you away from the present moment. Away from peace.
And that gives you insight into YOU.
It shows you you are bothered by what your partner said this morning. It really got under your skin.
So next time that story pops up... It doesn't matter if you're washing the dishes or running for a train.... You'll be more likely to recognise it. And then you can deal with it.
And you'll more likely to stay in the present moment when it really matters.
The key is getting to know your mind
So that's my tip for mindful colouring, Why not try it and see? You might be surprised just what subjects pop-up and demand to be thought about!
Feel free to drop me a line and let me know how you get on.