mindfulness ˈmʌɪn(d)f(ʊ)lnəs/ noun
1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
I bought my first mindful colouring book when I was on holidays in Dingle. Co.Kerry a few years ago. The phenomenon hadn’t quite reached public awareness to the extent that it has now. (If you Google mindful colouring you get over 370,000 results) I spent many a peaceful morning painting and colouring in my book outside our little cottage. I would take it out again every now and then and colour in another page.
If I was to recommend a colouring author to buy I think it would have to be the work of Johanna Basford. Especially her Secret Garden book here.
But here is the thing. I am a doodler and I am a maker. Every diary and planner and notebook that I own is filled with doodles on one page or another. And I love to create my own patterns and have more control over the end result. I find the process of painting and drawing random repetitive patterns incredibly relaxing.
Sometimes when I am working on a particular design problem or brainstorming for a new craft project I will sit down and paint or doodle for a while. It lets my brain ZEN OUT as I like to call it. Rather like YOGA FOR MY MIND MUSCLES.
So what is this project all about?
It is about sharing a little bit of mindfulness with all of you the best way I know how (through art)
It is about me taking time every now and then to create for creating’s sake.
It is about me ZENNING OUT and doing some MIND YOGA
My hope is that each person who downloads the colouring sheets will take some time out of their day to disconnect, chill out and just colour.
How do I get my first mindfulness sheet?
You can see the first sheet in the project here and also what projects you can make with it when you are done colouring!