Author(s): Melissa Launay
The act of being mindful is being aware of the present moment, and colouring can help you to achieve this. Colouring is a form of art therapy: you can use it as a meditative process in which you become intently aware of colours, designs and motifs. You are living in the moment and the concentration and repetitive nature of the simple art of colouring takes over as you gradually relax and become oblivious to the stresses and strains of everyday living. Mandalas, symbols of the cosmos, have for hundreds of years inspired those who gaze upon them. Colour Yourself to Mindfulness will give you inner calm and peace as you connect to the shapes and symbols that create these powerful images. Here we present 100 original designs of mandalas for Awareness, Forgiveness, Wisdom, Abundance, Creativity and Karma, among many other themes.
Melissa Launay lives and works in London. She achieved an MA in Fine Art from the University of Seville and has illustrated several books for British and American publishers. Alongside her illustrative work, Melissa also paints murals for the charity Kids Company run by Camila Batmanghelidjh. Melissa paintings and illustrations are inspired by her love of nature and the colourful and complex patterns of Indian and Persian motifs. Characterised by their luxurious colours and intricate detail, Launay's enchanting works conjure dreamlike spaces into which one can escape and unwind. The original full-colour versions of the artworks in Colour Yourself to Mindfulness appeared in Mandalas & Meditations for Everyday Living by Cassandra Lorius.