Have you noticed lately the popularity of adult colouring books?
They are the new trend, many wanting to revisit their childhood perhaps but I think the bigger – unspoken – selling point is that they appeal to our inner desire to seek out silence.
This follows along from yesterday’s post.
When you sit down to colour you are forcing yourself to stop. To stop the busy, the technological interference, the urge to do. Because while you are ‘do’ing something in colouring you are also slowing down.
Relaxing into the rhythm of pen moving across the page, filling in those empty spaces, tapping in to your creative genius as you choose which hue to use next.
It’s relaxing, freeing.
It gives us space and time to connect with ourselves.
Space and time to hear the whispers of your self.
Much like when I am quilting – another creative task, getting hypnotized by attaching squares to each other in straight lines – my mind has a chance to catch up with my self. I can hear the whispers of my soul through the pulse of the needle. Up, down, up down. Melodic.
It’s amazing the ideas that flow as I quilt, the inspiration. I keep a journal near by to capture my output and just the other day I filled four solid pages of things to write about here – and I haven’t yet touched one of them as every time I slow down lately something else pops up. Like this one that caught me late last night as I was drifting to sleep.
Colouring as a form of meditation isn’t a new concept either generally speaking. Buddhists use mandalas as an aid in meditation. I once saw one being constructed – they use brightly coloured sand and a slow and steady had to create these intricate masterpieces. A similar way to connect with ourselves, like colouring and also yoga.
In yoga we are given another opportunity to meditate. Yoga teaches us to connect with our breath and in savasana (corpose pose) especially, connecting with our breath allows us to also connect with our self. To listen to our internal dialog past all the negative influences that the external world often throws in our face.
From the early Buddhist creation of mandalas and similar to yoga in more recent years, colouring is now gaining in popularity, a fun new activity that ultimately gives us the time and space to connect with ourselves.
Amusing isn’t it that we need outside sources to stop, be silent and connect with our authentic selves?