• January 16, 2024
  • Maria Nerizza S. Veloso-Liyanage
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My human design result is that of a Manifestor and ever since I was young, I’ve had this ability of being able to somehow get things done whether through me or through others. What I wonder about, imagine, or write down in my notebook would just unfold and materialize eventually.

Of course, as somebody who believes in the power of manifesting, I’ve practiced visual boarding, intention setting, positive thinking, affirmations to help me achieve my goals. I have not yet delved into mindfulness, though.

I don’t know if it was serendipity, but last year, a special encounter led me to discover the beautiful hobby of mindful coloring. 

As I’ve discovered from the Art Therapy Workshop I attended, mindful coloring is a practice that involves coloring in a focused and deliberate way to promote mindfulness and relaxation. It is a form of art therapy that has gained popularity for its ability to reduce stress, improve concentration, and foster a sense of calm. 

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The process of mindful coloring typically involves coloring intricate patterns or designs in coloring books specifically created for adults.

Similar to meditation, mindful coloring is a way to bring attention to the present moment and cultivate a sense of mindfulness. It can be a simple and accessible way to engage in creative expression and self-care. The rhythmic motion of coloring can have a calming effect on our nervous system.

As a Manifestor, it’s important to me to clear out blockages so that I can truly harness my thoughts and energy because I’ve proven that they can influence outcomes in my reality. Twice a week, I do mindful coloring because of the calm that it has brought me.

🍭Clear Intentions

A calm mind allows me to focus on my intentions without the interference of chaotic or conflicting thoughts. Clarity in what I want to manifest is crucial and a calm mind helps in maintaining a singular and clear focus.

🍭Positive Energy

I believe that a calm mind is more likely to generate positive energy. Positive energy attracts positive outcomes. Negative thoughts or stress can create resistance. 

🍭Enhanced Visualization

I can more vividly and positively visualize my desires. I am able to create a mental image that reinforces my intentions and sends a strong signal to the universe about what I want.

If you’re new to this therapeutic hobby, here are some tips I can share with you all to be able to do it effectively.

  • 1. Choose Your Materials

Select a coloring book designed for adults with intricate patterns, mandalas, or detailed designs. Choose your coloring tools, such as colored pencils, markers, or gel pens. I suggest  you use a variety of colors to enhance your experience.

  • 2. Create a Relaxing Environment

I highly encourage you to find a quiet and comfortable space where you won’t be easily distracted. Set the mood with soft lighting, calming music, or whatever helps you create a relaxed atmosphere.

  • 3. Breathe and Center Yourself

Take a few deep breaths to center yourself and let go of any tension or distractions. Bring your attention to the present moment and leave behind any thoughts about the past or future.

  • 4. Start Coloring Mindfully

You can choose a section of the coloring page to begin. It could be a specific pattern, shape, or area that captures your interest. Focus on the sensations of coloring – the feel of the pencil or pen in your hand, the texture of the paper, and the movement of your hand.

  • 5. Slow and Deliberate Movements

Color slowly and deliberately, paying attention to each stroke. Feel the motion as you fill in the spaces. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring your focus back to the coloring process.

  • 6. Engage Your Senses

Notice the colors you are using. Observe how they blend and interact with each other. Take in the visual details of the design and appreciate the intricacies of the patterns.

  • 7. Stay Present

Be fully present in the act of coloring. Avoid judging your work or worrying about the final outcome. If distracting thoughts arise, acknowledge them without judgment and gently guide your attention back to the coloring.

  • 8. Enjoy the Process

Embrace the experience of mindful coloring as a form of self-care and relaxation. This is the time to allow yourself to enjoy the creative process without the pressure of perfection.

  • 9. Complete the Coloring Session

When you feel satisfied or relaxed, consider completing your coloring session. Take a moment to appreciate your creation and the time you spent in a mindful and creative activity.

What I love about Mindful coloring is that it’s a flexible practice and anyone can adapt it to suit their preferences. The key is to approach it with an open mind, focusing on the sensory experience and being fully present in the moment.

There’s value in mindfulness in this world that expects us to multitask our roles, constantly connect on social media, and live busy schedules. 

Have you ever done mindful coloring? Here’s a sample for you to try!

What other activities do you engage in to live a balanced life? Share your experiences below!

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Maria Nerizza S. Veloso-Liyanage

A big believer in wondering, I founded Snippets of Wonders in hope of it being your Creative Learning Hub. Through stories, life lessons, strategies, ideas, resources, and courses, shared on this site, may I inspire you to keep wondering. For me, there’s always an option to live life differently…only if we WONDER enough!


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