A colorful way to meditate

Remember coloring in coloring books when you were a child? Have you ever considered them as a form of meditation? According to the Cambridge Dictionary, meditation is “the act of giving your attention to only one thing, either as a religious activity or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed”. So doesn’t that imply that meditation can come in many forms? In my view, yes. I find in my work with clients that for some, at least initially, the traditional form of meditation is challenging for them at best. Upon exploration I learn that for some gardening, painting, playing the piano, journaling, knitting, virtually any act that allows your mind to focus on something so deeply that the rest of the world, and the thoughts that go along with it release, are in themselves meditative. Imagine my surprise when I read about coloring in an article in Psychologies: ”Concentrating this way replaces negative thoughts and creates a state of peace, and many people who have a difficult time with concentrative meditation can find this easier. This gentle activity where you choose the colours to create your picture and the repetitive action of colouring it in focuses the brain on the present, blocking out any intrusive thoughts.” So I thought, “What the heck! I’ll try it!” Since learning about this I’ve not only been trying it myself, but I’ve recommended it to a few of my clients, several with ADHD or other anxiety-related disorders – with surprising results! All of them so far have reported back that they find the practice not only fun, but have noticed an increase...