Mindful Colouring

Mindfulness can be described as paying attention on purpose. It involves a conscious direction of our awareness. The idea of mindfulness has been buzzing around for the past number of years and even more recently has been the attempt to incorporate it into the classroom. Today I was introduced to mindfulness colouring books by another RE teacher. Immediately I decided this is something I must try in the classroom. The idea behind these books is that colouring in is an easy way to calm the mind and occupy the hands. When using mindfulness we use different types of meditation to centre our minds and create a sense of peace. At a mental health workshop in 2009 communication expert Mark Robert Waldman explained that active meditation focuses attention on simple tasks that require repetitive motion. Concentrating this way replaces negative thoughts and creates a state of peace. When we colour the repetitive action focuses the brain on the present, blocking out any intrusive thoughts. In a classroom the teacher can introduce the topic of mindfulness, handout the colouring pages and put on some simple meditation music (Link for one here) and allow the calm to spread. One of the leading authors of these books is Johanna Basford. Watch how she creates her images here 

These colouring books have become extremely popular and can be found in almost all books shops and online. Easons, GillandMacMillian, Waterstones, Amazon and Chapters are only a number of places who stock these amazing books. Deals and Lidl in Ireland are also selling a less expensive version which can be easily photocopied for large groups. While aimed at adults these books can be used with second level students especially when students are stressed or worried. I predict that my bag will be full of these come exam time 🙂

examples of mindful colouring sheets

examples of mindful colouring sheets