Here are some of my favorite times to color mandalas:
1. When my husband and I are talking about our finances. This one I figured out by accident. Usually these sorts of conversations drive me crazy, particularly if we don’t see eye to eye. But if I am coloring while we talk, I find it much easier to listen and relax. Therefore, it’s also much easier to find the right words to express my own opinions.
2. While watching TV with my son. Now those who use mandalas for meditative purposes may shudder at this one, but I find it works for me. His selection of TV shows is not always that interesting for me, but that’s not my point in being there. I want to have the opportunity to interact with him and be aware of what’s going into that brain of his. Having a mandala to color gives me something to do that I enjoy, and yet I can still be available for those moments of laughter at silly characters and conversation over concepts he doesn’t understand. And I can remind him that with TIVO, he can fast forward through the commercials.
3. When I’m having business conversations on the phone. This was another accidental discovery. Not only did I find that it helped me relax (I’m not big on these kinds of phone calls, particularly with people I don’t know very well) but I was better able to focus. And later, when I looked at the design I had been coloring, I found I remembered more details in the conversation.
How do you use mandalas to relax?