- Increases mindfulness. Focusing on the lines of the pattern helps you stay present in the moment, easing anxiety about the past and worries about the future.
- Allows you to express yourself creatively without judgment. Because the lines are already drawn, there’s no worry about making everything perfect. The intricate mandala patterns also give you more freedom to choose colors and combinations not normally used.
- Calms the physical body. Coloring can lower your heart rate and decrease physical stress and anxiety responses in the body.
Coloring therapy has also been shown to be helpful to those suffering from other mental health issues, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Coloring has no side effects, so it is safe for just about everyone, but it should not be used in place of any medications or treatments you are currently taking.
How Can I Get Started?
There are plenty of mandala coloring books available both online and in brick-and-mortar stores. Art supply stores, traditional book stores and even big-box stores often have a large selection of adult coloring books that feature mandalas. If you’re not sure that you want to invest in an entire book of mandalas, there are also several websites that offer free printables so you can get started in just a few minutes. For meditation purposes, it often works best to start with mandalas that are already drawn and ready to be colored in, but you can also create your own with pen and ink and then color them in afterward. While you may associate coloring with crayons, colored pencils or fine tip markers are recommended for meditative coloring because the smaller points make it easier to do the detail work. They also help you hone in better on what you’re doing, which increases the meditative focus.