You know those lazy summer days? Not so hot, you need to cool off in the pool or lake. Not so sunny, you feel pulled to be outdoors drinking in the rays.
Just a lazy day. Mr. Right was watching some golf on television, the dog was snoozing. I didn’t feel up to sewing or working my brain. All of the weekend chores were checked off the “to do” list.
Just so happened, Mr. Right bought me an amazing coloring book. Yes, you read that correctly. An amazing coloring book. (for grown up girls and boys) It is called “Enchanted Forest” by Johanna Basford.
You can find it on Amazon.com for a touch over $10.00.
There are also a couple other versions of the book “Secret Garden and Lost Ocean”.
Maybe you are attempting to ease into Monday? Nice and calm, with a hot beverage and 10 minutes to yourself?
Think of your sweet niece you can’t figure out what to get for her birthday? Think of your friend, spending countless hours waiting in the waiting room. Think of the friend who needs to spend some time centering herself & unwinding. Or maybe a teenager who needs to learn to calm down, turn off the videos,set aside the phone and just “be” for 15 minutes during the day.
Three rather large companies in Austraila are buying and giving books to their employees. ANZ Bank, Westfarmers & health insurance provider Bupa are providing color books to help staff handle stress of the modern work place.
The simple act of coloring can change brain behavior and help people achieve calm and balance.
Think of yourself. Oh, you can still listen to what is on going in your family. It is just that in the midst of kaos or calm, you can create something wonderful. You choose the colors and the page you work on. By coloring you can choose balance.
Want to relieve a little bit of built up stress? Ever thought of getting out the crayons or colored pencils. Or actually using those fancy markers your friend gave you?
Right before your very eyes, a black and white page “magically” turns into something of pure beauty. No two pages are alike. Free to do what you want in whatever lovely color you want.
Does color heal? I know in my own life, my own study, color heals. It doesn’t matter if it is glorious saturated color of fabric I work with while creating a quilt or stunning colors of vegetables and fruits within my daily juice. Picking up a marker and applying it to the page does wonder for one’s spirit. My spirit is lifted. Heck, I am smiling just looking at my color drenched dragonfly.
I did that. Oh, yes, I did. Not hours and hours of hand work. Maybe an hour.
What a wonderful book to give or receive.
May your day be Graced with calm, colorful, balanced beauty.