Remember the days where you’d sprawl yourself out across your living room floor with a case full of connector pens in one hand and an old school colouring book in the other and sit there happily scribbling away for hours on end? Do you remember how your mind was fixated wholeheartedly on trying to keep the colour inside those little black lines? You might not have realised at the time, but right then and there, you were embracing mindfulness – probably not intentionally, but it still totally counts.
Mindfulness is by no means a new thing and has been practiced for thousands of years all over the world, but it is somewhat of a buzzword at the moment. However, contrary to popular opinion, mindfulness is not a practice that exclusively entails sitting in lotus pose while chanting ohm. Active mindfulness is any activity that focuses the mind and engages the body to block your mind from wandering anywhere but the here and now, and just like happiness, it’s something that looks different to everyone. For some, a hard hitting cardio session draws all the awareness to your body; while for others finding a quiet spot to practice a yoga sequence does just the trick. But have you ever tried colouring in to get centred and find your calm?
This trend has taken off in France, so much so that adult colouring books are now selling faster than cook books… say what? So if you’re looking to curb your stress or block out any intrusive thoughts that might be creeping in, we’ve designed an exclusive downloadable MNB Mandala print to help! In case you haven’t already noticed, we love a good mandala… but did you know this attraction goes so much further than just aesthetics? Mandalas are an ancient form of meditative art that draws your eye toward the centre of the design to calm and relax the mind.
What are your waiting for? Download and get your colouring on!
Would you incorporate colouring in in with your mindfulness practices?