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MOMENTS OF MINDFULNESS by Emma Farrarons (Day 8)
The following is an excerpt from the book.
I’ve always found there’s something comforting about picking up a pencil and drawing. I forget about everything around me. I’m in the moment, feeling the blank sheet underneath the nib, hearing the sound of the lead scratching the surface of the paper.
And it’s the same with coloring in. Maybe it’s a feeling of childhood nostalgia, spending a few hours deciding on colors, filling in shapes and scenes, taking a moment to sharpen my pencils as they’re worn down. Soon I find time has passed and life is suddenly more calm.
I’ve been encouraged that my previous Mindfulness Coloring books have already reached a million people worldwide, and many have reported that the space for coloring in that they’ve provided has helped them to feel relaxed and more at peace. I’m excited to now be sharing Moments of Mindfulness! You’ll find more illustrations to color in—with inspiration ranging from a trip to Kyoto filled with cherry blossoms to the bluebells in Kew Gardens, and even my daily groceries—but I’ve added a twist to about half of these illustrations. Sprinkled throughout are easy “mindful exercises.” To give you a sense: One of the exercises I often practice is on the Tube (the subway or train to you, in North America!), after what’s felt like a busy, long day. I like to meditate on the sounds around me. Being in a noisy car is perfect. I mindfully hop from sound to sound . . . whoever thought one could find peace from thoughts in a noisy train? And then, before I know it, I find that I’ve arrived at my destination with a clear mind.
Wherever you go, take this book with you and color, create, and play. It takes only a few moments to feel better, and I hope this book will give you the opportunity to find more such moments in every day.
And don’t forget to show your work with #MindfulColoring!
Download two printable coloring pages from the book here.
About the Book:
From the artist extraordinaire whose Mindfulness Coloring Book(527,500 copies in print and a #1 national bestseller!) was the first to offer pocket-sized stress relief—more gorgeous scenes perfect for mindful coloring
Working with your hands and cultivating mindful focus are two of the best ways to soothe anxiety and eliminate stress. And coloring is a great way to do both! That’s why fans can’t get enough of Emma Farrarons’ irresistible first and second travel-size book of designs: The Mindfulness Coloring Book and The Mindfulness Coloring Book—Volume Two, both immediate national bestsellers.
Now, she invites colorists back for another creative adventure in Moments of Mindfulness: Anti-Stress Coloring & Activities for Busy People. This all-new pocket-size volume offers more delicately hand-drawn scenes ready to be filled in with pencil, crayon, or even marker and a greater focus on the practice of mindfulness. The ideal antidote to too much screen time, this coloring book is the perfect way to let one’s imagination roam free.
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