Review: The Mindfulness Colouring Book

The other day I was driving to a friend's place when I just went on 'autopilot mode' with a million thoughts in my head and completely missed my turn off. The scary thing was it took a good 15 minutes for me to realise I was going the wrong way. The incident made me think about how I'm constantly rushing around, always multitasking sometimes to the detriment of the task at hand.

So when the lovely people at Dymocks offered to send me a copy of The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons for review, I didn't hesitate to say yes. According to the book, 'being mindful is about paying attention to the present moment, clearing your mind of distractions and focusing on simply being' - exactly what I need.
The book arrived one Friday afternoon and I was thrilled to flip through it to find so many intricate, beautiful patterns, many of which are botanicals (which you know I love). I couldn't wait for Alexander to go to bed that night so I can start colouring away. I started off with a 2 page foliage pattern using autumnal colours of red, brown, green and yellow.

I had forgotten about the simple joy of colouring in and it really did me some good. It requires a certain amount of concentration to focus on the task at hand, which means my mind can't wander like it usually does, which means I'm not wondering about what to cook for dinner, or if Alexander is eating enough. I'm colouring, and that's all I'm doing - quietly, leisurely and I love how it unleashes the creative side of me.
Everyday since the book arrived, I've spent some blissful moments colouring away. It has brought back fond memories of my childhood, a more carefree time. I find it does bring me to a more relaxed state of mind ,be it for 5 minutes, or 20 minutes simply by allowing myself to enjoy the task at hand and being mindful.
Are you a fan of colouring books too?

PS: Many thanks to Dymocks for giving me the chance to review The Mindfulness Colouring Book.

13 Responses to Review: The Mindfulness Colouring Book

Agnes said...

it's been a long time since I last did any colouring. My kids love to draw and they always omit the colouring part, I am always the one who reminding them to colour their drawings..being a mother taking care of young kids, it is hard not to be multi tasking..have a nice week ahead.

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Coloring brought me such a sense of peace and joy as a child. I would imagine it would have a similar effect as an adult.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Jane said...

oh i would definitely love this. definitely!

Ananka said...

Colouring books are so much fun and relaxing. I do like them :-D

Pamela RG said...

I am glad the book helped you to live in the moment and to be present.

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

I have been watching everyone's creations on Instagram and I'm waiting impatiently for Santa to give me a colouring book and pencils for Xmas! I think it's a great concept and much needed in today's busy lifestyle, we never just sit and relax, always on our phones and multitasking. Your pages look great, you should frame them!

Sharon D said...

This is a great activity. I've been seeing so many posts on this. So tempted to get one for myself! ^.^

Rose said...

Oh. So you are into colouring too. Bought one book for my girl and she has been hooked since then. Haha. Great hobby. Better than her watching tv.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I love coloring books, and The Mindfulness Colouring Book looks wonderful!

Enara Girl said...

It can be a great present for Christmas. Have a wonderful day! xoxo

kidgranny said...

I've heard a lot of good results from adult coloring books! I was actually thinking about getting one from Etsy that is pop-culture based, like the Parks and Recreation one (lol)!

Beauty Box said...

Sounds like I need this colouring book! LOL! I know what you mean about having a million thoughts at any moment. I've been trying to relax with reading a book in the evenings but as you can see, I'm surfing blogs instead. ;)