So what's this all about?
I know when I draw, making marks is a kind of meditation, so I think this is the same thing...
Like walking a prayer labyrinth…where you prayerfully and slowly walk a circular, maze-like path that quiets the mind and spirit.
“There’s been a lot written about art as prayer — the visual arts as a means of prayer,” said Jayne Davis, minister of spiritual formation at First Baptist Church in Wilmington, N.C.
It was an idea harnessed by the 2007 book Praying in Color by Sybil MacBeth. It walks readers through how to doodle and color while praying for the sick, loved ones or whatever is on their minds.
All of these practices can induce relaxation, reduce stress and promote spiritual awareness. Sciretti said it’s why the coloring books are such big sellers.
“Every religion uses art to express itself — whether it’s an icon, a mandala, calligraphy or a cave painting,” Burleson said.
Color Me Calm
Our lives become busier with each passing day, and as technology escalates, so does our access to work, obligations, and stress. Constant stimulation and expectation have left us burnt out and distanced from the present moment. "Now" has become something that happens online, not in the space and time that we physically occupy. Color Me Calm is a guided coloring book designed for harried adults. Art therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter offer up 100 coloring templates all designed to help you get coloring and get relaxed.
Organized into seven therapeutically-themed chapters including Mandalas, Water Scenes, Wooded Scenes, Geometric Patterns, Flora & Fauna, Natural Patterns, and Spirituality - the book examines the benefits of putting pencil to paper and offers adults an opportunity to channel their anxiety into satisfying, creative accomplishment. Part of the international bestselling Color Me series, Color Me Calm is the perfect way step back from the stress of everyday life, color, and relax!