Adult coloring books topped the Amazon.com best-seller lists in 2015 and will likely still be there in 2016 and on. Why are so many adults seeking out mandalas and patterns collected in a book to color?
People want to de-stress. Period. And coloring creates mindfulness, which is a technique that manages thoughts and feelings with focus and relaxation.
With the pace of our world, our minds are constantly going – mostly without our awareness. Stress can come from our environment, but mostly it comes from our mind.
“I’ve been busy!” We hear ourselves say it in conversation not even sure ourselves what that means exactly. Whatever it means, we must be productive. Right?
There comes a time – perhaps a breaking point – when leaders know it’s time to be alone. To regroup. To remember who we are really, and why we’re doing what we’re doing. Being alone – centering, praying, being, or meditating – becomes something that not only relaxes our mind and body, but actually makes us better leaders.
All one has to do is Google to find hundreds of health benefits and stress reduction from activities that induce meditation. Meditation can be simply defined as: thinking, consideration, contemplation and concentration. (more…)