You’ve probably heard about the latest craze sweeping the nation.
Researchers are even calling it ‘the new best alternative to Meditation’.
This trend has been spreading throughout the States, Canada and Europe, into millions of households.
So what’s all the fuss about, you ask?
We are talking about the sheer pleasure of coloring intricate pictures. We probe why this gentle obsession has taken root among millions of adults, and ask one simple question.
Is the real benefit perhaps the opportunity to set one’s anxieties to one side? We believe it is. It is the perfect opportunity for mindfulness, for leaving the past and the future where they belong, for concentrating on the pleasure of the present moment.
Cast your mind back to when you were a little child. Did your mother also give you a coloring book to quieten you down in church? Perhaps your earliest memory is of first grade in baby school, and those giant crayons with the waxy smell. Those were good times, without a care in the world.
Next time a child thrusts a coloring book in your hand do not push them aside with the comment ‘that’s nice’. Enter into the child’s own world. They are immensely proud of what they achieved. This gives them a sense of satisfaction. If I suggested that adult coloring could do the same for you, would you be interested?
Modern adult coloring can be of such a high standard that it matches the quality of creative art. In fact it is, as you can see from the accompanying sample. The world’s greatest painters begin their masterpieces by outlining their ideas in charcoal first. Then they color in the shapes. Sure, their technique is more advanced, but the principle is the same.