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Art Therapy: Buddhism: 100 Designs Colouring in and Relaxation is one of the very popular Art Therapy series titles and is an absolute must-have if you’re a Buddhist, want to know more about Buddhism or want to practice Mindfulness – a practice that is a staple to Buddhism and increasingly becoming a very effective treatment for mental illness. This book includes everything you’d expect, images of lotus flowers, Buddha, zen ponds with fish, endless knots, and all sorts of other typically Buddhist symbolism and imagery (as someone who knows relatively little about Buddhism I checked on Google for what counts as typical and this book ticked all of the boxes). The images are hugely varied in style with some including scenes, many including Buddha, some patterns and some repeating image patterns as well as a few mandalas. Most of the pictures are single pages but a number are double-page spreads and the images are full page so a little is lost into the spine until it loosens up and you can reach it with your colours.
In terms of mental health, it’s ideal! Buddhism teaches you to focus the mind, practice meditation and mindfulness and generally live in the here and now, thus quieting the thought processes and worries and anxieties about the world. The line thickness varies throughout from spindly thin to much thicker meaning that you’ll easily be able to find an image to suit your mood, visual acuity and fine motor control levels on any given day. This is great for those of us with fluctuating conditions or whose colouring is majorly affected by things like anxiety level (because of visual and fine motor control changes) or even physical symptoms including tremors or blurred vision. The whole of the Art Therapy series is well-designed for fluctuation and because of this it doesn’t feel samey as each book contains so much variety within each theme. The level of detail and intricacy varies throughout, there is more than enough detail to keep you occupied, distracted and focused, but not so much that it will increase your stress levels and there are simpler and more complicated pictures to suit your mood and concentration level. I found this book particularly calming to flick through and colouring it was particularly relaxing because of the image content.
I would highly recommend this book to any Buddhists, aspiring Buddhists, enthusiasts or mindfulness-practitioners. This book is great for calming and relaxing you and practising mindfulness whilst colouring which makes it the perfect tool for mentally ill colourers like me who struggle to ever quieten their mind. For more information about the Art Therapy series including paper quality and binding style, and other titles in the series, click here.
If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book then you can find it here
Amazon UK – Art Therapy: Buddhism: 100 Designs Colouring in and Relaxation.
Book Depository Worldwide – https://www.bookdepository.com/Art-Therapy-Buddhism/9781910254226/?a_aid=colouringitmom
The image below was coloured using Marco Fine Oil-Based Pencils and Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners.