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Cultivating Acceptance

How are you feeling in this moment?

Use one word to describe each emotion that you are experiencing – for example, 'thoughtful', 'concerned' and 'hopeful' – write them done in the space provided in the pattern provided.

See if you can make room for these feelings to be, just as they are.

Simply name them and acknowledge that they are there.

You do not need to like them.

Remind yourself that you are allowed to feel this way, even if it's uncomfortable.

Now, see if you can shift the focus of your attention to the pattern before you, and colour when you wish.

This moment is meaningful and it is yours.

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Extending Compassion and Loving-kindness

Take this opportunity to be silently mindful about someone that you care for deeply.

Bring to mind three things that you like about them.

Write them down if you wish, and take some time to appreciate this person's presence in your life.

Consider the faces of strangers, and see if you can extend the warmth that you feel for your loved ones to these people too.

As you colour the mandala before you, imagine the compassion you feel extending to all living beings.

Feel loving-kindness expand with the colours that you add to the page.

May we all be happy, safe and free from suffering.

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Set Your Intention

Create the intention to colour this picture in a pleasant, warm and relaxing environment.

Consciously carve out this time for yourself, and select a space that is quiet and peaceful.

You may wish to gather items like incense, candles, a soft cushion and a blanket for your own comfort.

Perhaps put on some soothing music to enhance the tranquility of your space.

Create your setting and remind yourself of the reason behind this.

I deserve this time, to relax and care for myself.

Hold this kindness and warmth with you while you colour mindfully.

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A Non-Judgemental Attitude

While you are Colouring take a moment to pause and observe the picture before you.

Notice the colours you have chosen and the aspects of the pattern that your mind is drawn to.

Allow the picture to be just as it, without wanting or needing things to be different.

If you notice critical or judgemental thoughts, this is not a problem.

Simply recognise that they have come into your mind, and then return your attention to the present moment, to the shapes and colours that you can see, and your breath as you breathe in and out.

With kindness and respect, simply observe what lies before you in this moment.

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Mindfulness in Nature

What would it be like to colour outside?

If the weather is suitable and you are able to do so, you could try it.

You may choose to sit in the local park, in the outside space of a cafe, or in a garden perhaps.

Select somewhere with natural beauty and a peaceful energy for you.

When you reach this place, take some time to absorb your environment mindfully.

What colours, sounds, textures and scents around you?

When you decide to colour, allow these observations to inspire you.

Rest your attention upon certain colours that you see, and incorporate them into the picture you are Colouring.

Let Mother Nature be your muse.

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Mandala Meditation

Focus your attention and affection on the mandala before you. Breathe gently in and out, and observe its centre, symmetry and intricacies.

Colour at your own pace and welcome the image of the mandala into your mind.

Notice how interconnected the lines are.

Each part adds something to the picture to make it whole.

Like you, it is beautifully multifaceted.

As you infuse your mandala with colour, allow your mind to rest in this sense of wholeness and connection.

Welcome all the different parts of yourself and express them in colour.