Dominic Basulto commented in the NZ Herald that the best theory around to explain the phenomenal success of this genre for adults is that colouring in is about ‘easing stress’ and bringing calm. To regain mindfulness and get ‘a digital detox’.
Nature has seasons, and I am convinced we need these and ebb and flow and punctuation marks in our lives instead of being ‘on’ 24/7. Guilt about doing nothing keeps our feet on the accelerator.
Now that’s a mix of metaphors, but it all points to one thing.
WE HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW TO REST.
And these books are tools that give us permission to do what our body longs for.
Which is why people find them so satisfying. They give us space to zone out and create and let our immune systems catch up with the wear and tear of the day.
If you want to learn how to Rest deeply. Buy Rest: a science and an art on Amazon. It is designed to be a chatty book – let me know what you think.