Mindful Coloring: Calming the Mind Through Art (Paperback)
Discover the therapeutic benefits of coloring.
This gorgeously detailed coloring book is filled with whimsical and relaxing art that inspires, soothes the mind, and unlocks the mental health benefits of coloring.
Hand-drawn by an expert illustrator and teacher, the artworks in this book are both representative and abstract. Each page offers a unique opportunity for self-expression and reaching a peaceful state of mindful awareness. Readers will find everything from sunsets, gentle rain, and other images from nature to abstract patterns specially designed to help them color away their stress, reflect on their day, and emerge with a healthier sense of self.
Coloring is not only calming and rejuvenating but also therapeutic. An introduction by New York Times best-selling author Daniel J. Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, sets the stage for understanding the mental and emotional benefits of coloring.
About the Author
Diana Elisabeth Dube, MsEd, has been an educator for fifteen years and has a graduate degree in early childhood general and special education from Bank St. College. In addition to her teaching, she conducts professional development workshops at private schools in New York City. As an illustrator, she creates wedding invitations and provides internal and jacket art for many books.
Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California–Los Angeles School of Medicine, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. He is the founding editor of Norton’s IPNB Series and best-selling author of Mind, The Mindful Therapist, and The Mindful Brain.
With Diana Dube’s marvelous collection of line drawings here you are invited to develop aspects of your own neural circuitry that may have been lying dormant, or at least underutilized, up until now. This book can help you have fun while strengthening your capacity to be mindful. As you feel yourself drawn to a certain figure in this book, as you reach for a particular set of colors, as you carefully attend to filling in the intricate spaces between the lines, and as you experience simply being aware without judgment, you will be immersed in the fundamental aspects of being mindful. There is nothing to “accomplish” in these pages but to be with your inner experience. Being aware within the act of coloring, a way of being which has no aim but to be with the images, focusing on the lines, enjoying the process and the emerging contours of color, is a gift of mindful awareness you can gift yourself.
— From the Introduction by Daniel J. Siegel, MD
[W]hat I really love about this book is the variety. . . . Mindful Coloring: Calming the Mind Through Art has the greatest assortment of drawings in any book that I have seen so far, and as such, I would highly recommend it. . . . [T]here is clearly something for everyone here.