Coloring Therapy – Freedom to THINK
Hello LIPTalk Nation!!! Welcome to Life in Purple! I’m your host, Laura Spragg.
Thank you for reading this blog on my experience with “adult coloring”….I want to give a HUGE shout out to those who have already responded to our previous Episodes letting us know that Life in Purple is making a difference in their lives. On our most recent episode I shared my own experiences on how I learned to stop the false guilt feeling and live with passion. So, If you haven’t had a chance to listen to our previous episodes, you’re missing out on some really valuable tips and action steps that you can make to stop the negative talk. We’ve also recently had a couple guest bloggers sharing their own struggles and how they conquered them.
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I’m excited to share with you my own personal experience with Coloring. Yes, I said it, Adult coloring. It’s all the rage now and I got to say, when I first started, I wasn’t a huge fan of all the little sections that had to be colored in. (After all, it’s been a while since I colored.) My terms of coloring was perfection. And I quickly found out that I was NOT perfect at coloring. I really do love coloring, but I have never colored something so intricate and detailed before: I’m referring to adult coloring books. :0)
But recently, as I continued this form of therapy, Did I mention it was also used as therapy?? Why Yes, yes it is… but I will explain that part in a few moments. So, recently as I continued this form of therapy “adult coloring” I learned a few things about myself.
1. I could think about numerous things while coloring, all the while knowing what my kids are doing in the background. So, basically, I was free to think. I wasn’t really trying to find solutions to the situations I was in. But, I was allowing myself to sort through the facts. This is very important for any decision, by the way, state the facts and not the emotions behind them.
2. About two days into coloring, I found that, the facts that I stated in my head while coloring, I was able to resolve…. I found myself more confident; and I even found myself mentally stronger, especially in my beliefs and convictions….. As I mentioned earlier, I was expecting perfection from myself when I first started coloring. It was when I stated out loud to myself that I didn’t have to be perfect, I began to enjoy coloring. It wasn’t that I wasn’t thinking about several things at once, but it allowed me to organize my thoughts which quickly led to resolution.
3. As I found freedom to think and found resolutions to my thoughts, NEW ideas also began to form. If you are a creative person, then you know the adrenaline rush that follows suite, when you get that NEW idea! For me, when a new idea is formed, I GET SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!! It’s almost a sense of “anything can happen” feeling. And of course, I mean anything “good” can happen; or, even a step farther, “ANY THING is POSSIBLE” feeling!!! The more I colored the more I felt peace in my soul.
So why not color, if I find freedom to think?
So why not color, if I find resolution in my thoughts?
So why not color, if I find new ideas form?
Adult coloring therapy, according to Psychologist and Author, Michael DeMaria says, “It helps us become childlike, not childish, and there is a big difference; it also taps into our curiosity and imagination.” He also adds, “ In a culture obsessed with fast technology, that’s important; there’s a huge desire for people to be creative, to express themselves and again, it’s simple, it’s effective, and it’s fun.” (taken from his interview with WEAR Channel 3 News Pensacola – see below)
This is exactly up my ally and fits in with Life In Purple!
I guess, in my opinion, HUGE things happen in my mind when I color!!! It may seem too simple to do for many of you, but I challenge you anyway. Five minutes a day! Do it!! I really didn’t like it at first, but that’s because I expected perfection from myself. That’s so silly of me, since no one is PERFECT!!!
Go ahead, LIPTalk Nation, GIVE IT A TRY!!!!!!
And remember, What you say is what you become.
View my Friend Keren’s Adult Coloring Devotional
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Laura Spragg is the host of the growing podcast and blog: Life in Purple – A place that fosters the journey of new perspectives, renewed energy, and a passion to be the best version of ourselves. Visit our Website or Facebook page to learn more… who doesn’t want a little extra positive in their life?