Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
― Thomas Merton,
At Divine Henna we see art as a way to create a more beautiful and peaceful world! This is why we now have a ‘Divine Henna’ range of colouring products. The designs are hand drawn by Nicki Coquillard, owner of Divine Henna with the hope that you you will find a little peace in your daily life.
There is a buzz around the idea that colouring is similar to meditation. In a way thats a big statement, you probably aren’t going to get reach the same planes of consciousness as a Tibetan yogi when you sit down and do some colouring! However meditation and colouring both train our mindfulness. Mindfulness places us in the moment, here we discover a space less agitated by emotions that can cause stress and tension.
It is easy to see that while colouring we are focused on a pleasurable activity and our worries recede into the background, we can more easily access a positive train of thought and our bodies can find a calm state and relaxation. Adding mindfulness to our focus, that is by remembering at all moments that we are colouring, will sharpen this experience even more and may have the additional benefit of bringing mindfulness into other activities.
Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness,
– Marygrace Berberian, art therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Graduate Art Therapy Program at NYU
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If you would like to find out more therapeutic benefits of colouring this is one of my favourite articles online