A Spiritual Stress-Reducing Coloring Book for All Ages
Here is something you and your kids can do together that is relaxing, fun and educational.
This coloring book includes designs in a wide range of detail. The pages alternate between the name of a virtue and a mandala-style design. The art for the names of the virtues is very simple and can be colored by young children while you talk about the meaning of the word.
Some of the mandala designs are moderately complex, and appropriate for older children while others will challenge any adult who wants a way to lose him or herself in a creative coloring project. The benefits are not just the opportunity to talk about virtues, or the chance to do something together. Detailed coloring is good for you! It activates both sides of the brain, requiring both focus and creativity, detail and imagination. It helps create a meditative state that can reduce stress and break cycles of worry and negative self-talk.
If coloring is good for you, then coloring while thinking and talking about virtues is even better. The book, The Secret of Emotions, by Justice Saint Rain explains that virtues are not just abstract ideas - nor are they only actions. They are also deeply connected to our emotions. We feel kindness. We feel generous. We feel courageous. As you color these mandalas and think about the virtues on the facing pages, also take a few moments to get in touch with what it feels like to experience these virtues. The virtues in this book are all associated with positive sensations. Thinking, feeling and coloring while focusing on a virtue connects your mind, heart and body in a process whose goal is a deeper connection with the Divine. Meditating on the sensation associated with a virtue helps us learn how to identify it when we feel it. Associating positive sensations with these virtues makes us want to practice them more often. Practicing virtues helps us to better identify them when we see them expressed by others. And recognizing virtues in others helps us love them as children of God.
And here you thought all you were doing was coloring pretty designs!
If you like this, try our Volume 2!
There is no wrong way to color a pretty design that strikes your fancy – though we do recommend that you not use permanent markers because they bleed and soak through to other pages. Fine-tipped water-based markers, colored pencils and well-sharpened crayons – or any combination of the three – will produce pleasing and very different effects. While it is usually considered blasphemy to cut pages out of a book, in this case, feel free to remove pages, either before or after coloring them, and post them where you can enjoy them. The spiral binding makes it easy to remove one page at a time.
The book is 8.5x11" and 128 pages with spiral binding that opens completely flat. I can squeeze two in a small flat-rate envelope, but the corners might get bent. More than that requires a larger box, which means Media Mail if all you order is books, or Medium Flat-Rate Priority if you are in a hurry and/or need non-book items.