I hope you have enjoyed the weekend 🙂
Many people have asked the question lately…what is mindfulness? According to The Greater Good Science Centre, Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.
Having completed a course in Mindfulness last year I learned a lot about various methods and how we focus our thoughts into what we sense in the present moment and not the past or future. I found the book Mindfulness on the Go by Padraig O’ Morain (€6.99) to be a fantastic read and a real eye opener to me. I realised how I often let a day go by without taking time to reflect and wind down. Practising mindfulness may be through peaceful meditation or other relaxation strategies but many people find it hard to do concentrative meditation especially during busy times of the day. I feel that I find myself most at peace when I colour. It replaces negative thoughts or feelings I have and creates a sense of peace for me. Yes, you read correctly. I like to colour. In 2015, Colouring books specifically aimed at adults have become hugely popular with people saying they help them stay focused, reduce their anxiety, and bring a new sort of mindfulness to their lives. I fully agree with this statement.
Teachers, educators, students or anyone with an interest can download FREE resources from Padraig O’ Morain’s website here which also features audio resources, daily mindfulness reminders and upcoming events.
Speaking at a mental health workshop in 2009, author, speaker and communication expert Mark Robert Waldman explained that active meditation focuses attention on simple tasks that require repetitive motion. 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.
Any bookshop sell adult colouring books and there is a whole section dedicated to Adult colouring books and Mindfulness books in Easons on O Connell Street, Dublin. Some inexpensive colouring books for adults that I would personally recommend are ;
- Tiddy Rowan, Colour Yourself Calm (2014).
- Richard Merritt, Hannah Davies, Cindy Wilde, Art Therapy Colouring Book (2015).
- Johanna Basford, The Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt & Colouring Book (2013).
- Emma Farrarons, The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People (2015).
- Mille Marotta, Animal Kingdom: A Colouring Book Adventure which features beautiful illustrations of fish, birds, mammals, trees, plants and flowers, (2014).
- For further information and courses available, check out the Irish Mindfulness Institute website.
Why not give it a try and see how you find it for yourself 🙂