Our first adult coloring book was so wildly popular that we've created a second one that is even better.
By now everyone has heard about the benefits of adult coloring books. They have been called "better than drugs" for reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Another technique that is good at uplifting people and improving their self-esteem is the use of positive affirmations. Imagine how positive and serene you will feel when you combine both these approaches in one activity!
Once again, 60 beautiful mandala images have been paired with 60 spiritual virtues, but this time the virtue page has the added inspiration of a circular affirmation incorporating the name of the virtue. For example "I feel kind because I am kind," or "I feel happy because I am happy!" Written in a circle, these affirmations reinforce the connection between our feelings and our virtues - "I feel focused because I am focused because I feel focused because..." With each repetition of the affirmation only taking a few seconds, you can begin to reprogram negative self-talk with over a thousand affirmations an hour - all while creating beautiful and harmonious designs in the colors that speak to your heart.
Even if you haven't colored since you were a child, you can produce beautiful art just by filling in these patterns. There is no wrong way to color a pretty design that strikes your fancy – though we do recommend that you not use permanent markers because they bleed and soak through to other pages. Fine-tipped water-based markers, colored pencils and well-sharpened crayons – or any combination of the three – will produce pleasing and very different effects. While it is usually considered blasphemy to cut pages out of a book, in this case, feel free to remove pages, either before or after coloring them, and post them where you can enjoy them. Use a blade to cut the pages out, as the binding will not let go of them easily, and you risk tearing the page if you just pull.
The designs are by three artists:
Joe Paczkowski, who designed several of our silk scarves, book covers and calendars
Howard Jacobs, a Baha'i artist from the Wilmette area, and
Justice Saint Rain, who turned the names of virtues into colorable art.
Please respect the artists' copyrights and do not make photocopies of these pages. It will only save you a few cents, and is not very virtuous.
Though Baha'is will appreciate the idea that all of the mandalas are based on nine-pointed stars, your friends will just think they are beautiful. So feel comfortable giving this to any of your friends - Baha'i or not, spiritual or not, artist or not. Once they spend just a few minutes relaxing with this simple creative process, they will be hooked - and so will you.
Note: For a short while there will be TWO EDITIONS. The Deluxe Edition is horizontal and has a spiral binding. The Original Edition has a glued binding and is vertical in format, which makes it harder to open flat. It cost $3 less. Both are 8.5x11" and 128 pages. I can squeeze two in a small flat-rate envelope, but the corners might get bent. More than that requires a larger box, which means Media Mail if all you order is books, or Priority or Medium Flat-Rate Priority if you are in a hurry and/or need non-book items.