I often need reminders to slow down. To take it all in. To really sit back and listen to what my intuition or soul is trying to tell me.
In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the flow of things and just take things as they come. But that’s not how an intentional life is built… That’s how you loose your way.
I always hear success stories from people who’ve built daily meditation practices. But I’m not one that can easily sit in silence and meditate. I’ve tried. I find it painful. (My daughter above totally didn’t learn that pose from me!) The idea of it is oh so intriguing, but it just doesn’t feel right.
What works better for me is to do something that keeps my body busy yet allows my mind to wander.
Things like showering, washing dishes, and doodling are great for this. Have you ever done something similar and found yourself in a relaxed state? Or perhaps getting hit with clarity or inspiration? If so, then you’ve experienced the benefits of active meditation.
I don’t always find myself in a state of meditation when doing these things though. Sometimes I do it so quickly, I don’t get a chance to enjoy it. Or sometimes my mind just starts rambling off negative commentary or things on my to-do list, and I don’t get around to the relaxed wandering.
That’s where intention and daily practice comes in. And if I had a choice, I’d rather do something more creative than washing dishes or showering (duh!). Doodling is fun, but sometimes I just want something completely mindless – like coloring.
Coloring brings me back to a playful, child-like state.
It makes me smile. It’s something I can do alongside the kids without worrying about a big mess (bonus!). And it lends itself really well to active meditation. So well, in fact, that I often zone out when coloring.
It almost becomes like an escape from reality.
Which brings me back to my initial “problem”: I need reminding to listen to my intuition, to listen to what my soul is telling me so I can live a purpose-full life.
So I started to think: How can I use coloring for my daily meditative practice, yet not zone out completely? How can I remind myself to be present, to listen within, to use this time to gain clarity around my life?
…And that’s when I got this idea:
What if the coloring pages themselves reminded me? What if each page had a prompt to get me thinking?
Oh, so brilliant!
But where would I find said coloring book? Even though adult coloring books were on the rise, I had trouble finding exactly what I was looking for. And it would be no fun coloring in my own designs day after day.
So I set out on a mission to gather other talented artists to collaborate with me to make this dream coloring book come true.
I am so thrilled and blessed to have found five amazing artists who are excited about the idea! We’ve been drawing our hearts out and listening within for the words that inspire us to create the most thought-provoking, beautiful coloring book we can muster. I cannot wait to see this baby in print and dig in with my crayons! And I just know you’re going to love it too!!
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