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Students of meditation know that the benefits of this exercise in relaxation go beyond calming the nerves and easing the mind. Meditation has several benefits that are physiological as well as physical, and the two overlap. For those who envision meditation to be that of Buddha levitating among the clouds seeking peace in the search for joy in moderation, it would be wise not to have such a narrow view. Some believe that most any form of relaxation is a method of meditating to include coloring.Coloring (as in books like children do) can be very relaxing. According to mediation instructor Michelle Normand, the reason coloring works as a relaxant is because it allows the mind to let go of momentary thoughts. Along with the repetitive motions that help people relax in the completion of this simple task, there is also the choice in colors to stimulate the mind. While some colors like black or brown might seem a bit harsh, they can also be very beautiful as the backdrop in a scene of night sky, or as the predominant hue in a forest scene.Believe it or not, there is an extensive amount of psychology in coloring. Those who follow holistic medicine believe that certain colors can aid in the healing process. Orange is believed to raise energy levels while red is thought to increase circulation and provide a boost in energy. When the brain conceives and believes this, it allows stress to be released.As stress leaves the body, endorphins are released into the bloodstream allowing the feelings of anxiety and depression to fall away for a short period of time. While some people suffering from these disorders may need a stronger prescription than an eight pack of Crayola and a book full of cartoon characters, this method of relaxation can be a great complement to other forms of treatment.The advantages of engaging in coloring as a form of relaxation is that it is easy to do anywhere, costs very little, lacks challenge and allows people to be creative. Accessing creativity is a great way to relax as it allows people to temporarily refocus their energy and attention from the problems that are causing them to suffer mentally.Coloring is not just for children. Adults seeking to relax their mind and body can find the perfect prescription away from bottles of any kind by seeking solace in a box, a box of crayons.
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