I had a wonderful time last night with a lovely group of colorists. This was a buy-in Auction item I facilitated for my daughters High School fundraiser. It is so fun to expose this artful activity to newbies, this group ate it up (or drank it up). It is adult coloring after all, so yes we did imbibe. Which adds to the relaxation and general enjoyment in this community building atmosphere – Right?
I recently was interviewed for Energy Times Magazine, they asked what my thoughts were on the benefits of coloring. I was unable to say just ONE benefit so I gave them my short list of things I've observed over the last year in this colorful activity. Here's my short list:
• It’s an easily accessible creative experience. Coloring open’s a door to being artistic for people who have never thought of themselves as artistic.
* It is a soothing, calming, analog activity, allowing people to unplug and instead pick up a color pencil or marker.
• Many people have told me that it helps them with insomnia or calms them before bed time.
• The participation in coloring can be community building, sitting around a table with family, friends or even strangers. This fun social activity is good for the soul.
• The act of coloring encourages small motor skills, which helps keep the mind and body growing and going at any age.
• I also think many people enjoy collecting coloring books. That is a wonderfully joyful shopping experience in itself. For the low cost of say $10.00 you can bring home something that has images that are uplifting or inspirational to you personally.There are so many styles of books to choose from that there is something for everyone.
* All these aspects contribute to a person’s enjoyment in life and their wellbeing. The bottom line is it brings joy to those who do it. As I see it, joy is the ultimate bi-product of participating in coloring.
The reason I wanted to share this list was because of item #4. It IS good for the soul and it really IS a community building activity. I thank all the participants and donors to the auction who took the challenge to color themselves some joy last night.