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How to Use Coloring Books for Prayer and Meditation

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How to Use Coloring Books for Prayer and Meditation

When you think about meditation, you’re probably imagining yourself sitting cross-legged on the floor in an uncomfortable position with your eyes closed. Or maybe when you think about prayer you’re visualizing yourself in a pew in your parish church, not sure what to focus on.

There’s another technique for prayer and meditation that’s so amazingly simple, little children do it all the time! It’s coloring. Finding a subject to color in, and taking the time to reflect on what you’re doing—either through Scripture passages or prayers—is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to connect with God.

“But I’m an adult! I haven’t done coloring in years!”

Don’t worry: it’s like riding a bicycle. The first thing to do is choose a book in which to color. We have a great selection of adult coloring books, including Our Lady’s Garden, Scripture Illuminated, Windows into Christ, and our very newest coloring book, Jesus Speaks to You.: A Coloring Book for Prayer and Meditation.

Download a free coloring page from Jesus Speaks to You.

What you’ll need:

  1. A coloring book from the selection above
  2. A table, desk, or other flat surface
  3. Crayons or markers
  4. Optional: music that lends itself to prayer

When you have your book, leaf through it slowly and thoughtfully. Choose the page that seems to be speaking to you right now, in this moment. Sit comfortably and take a few deep breaths. Pay attention to your body, especially around the neck and shoulders, and release any tension in the muscles. Give yourself a moment to relax.

Now it’s time to pick up your crayon or marker and start coloring. Don’t stress over what colors to choose. Don’t worry about whether orange and red look good next to each other. Take deep breaths and think about the page that you’re on.

What is it that God is trying to tell you here?

It’s okay for your mind to wander. If you start thinking about your to-do list, bring your mind back to the page in front of you. But sometimes God will guide you into mysterious and beautiful places that you never dreamed existed.

Download a free coloring page from Jesus Speaks to You.

Keep coloring. Keep asking God to be with you, to be in you. Feel his peace and love flow around you. Revel in the spectrum of colors God has given you, and focus on the image you’re coloring and what it means to you.

You may find that you’re more of an artist than you think!

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  • I love coloring. I just want to put this out there. I have used crayons, gel pens, colored pencils a new coloring pencils that work like the old lead pencils. Just raise enough of the color you want and when you are done using you turn the top in the opposite direction and the point recedes. They are Crayolla Twistables. I love them. There are many ways to color so find one you like and go with it. Good Luck and God Bless. I have one on the Rosary.
    8/29/2017 6:58:55 PM Reply

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