Staying in the Moment with Adult Coloring Books: Guest Blog Post by Sheila Jones

I have a very stressful job. I work 50 hours a week, sometimes more, for a very highly trafficked sales company. My boss can be very hard on me. For a long time, the only thing I could do when I got home was zone out in front of the television. I never felt like I was able to be in the moment. I was always worried about the next day or stressing over everything I had done that day. It was hard for me to be present.

I always knew I needed to develop a meditation habit. I had seen the power of meditation and what it could do in many of my friends’ lives, the life of my husband, the life of my mother, etc. I have seen the power of staying present. Even the people I know who don’t have a specific meditation habit still have something they do in which they are able to meditate, like hiking or swimming. I didn’t think I would ever be able to find something like this for me, and anytime I tried to just sit down and meditate, I found that I wasn’t able to.

Then, my good friend, Asha, who runs Alaska Rain, gave me an adult coloring book. It had a ton of mandala designs that I was able to color. I found that I was able to really stay in the moment and be extremely mindful of each section I was coloring, the way I was holding the pencils, the colors I was using. And then I realized: this is my version of meditation.

I know some artists who are a little snobby about adult coloring books. One of them even told me adult coloring books are to art what karaoke is to music. I disagree. Maybe it’s not the same as creating a drawing or a painting from scratch, but that’s not the point.

The point is that everyone needs to find the activity that works for them, the activity that feels like meditation. And for me, adult coloring books can be just that. Since I’ve started using them, I’ve developed a way to really deal with my stress and stay in the moment. And I cannot say enough positive things about that. So pick up an adult coloring book today and give it a shot. What do you have to lose?