Hearth, Heart & Home: Adventures in Pagan Parenting
Raven (yes, really), a pagan, homeschooling mother of two -- one teen, one tot -- shares her adventures in parenting from a pagan perspective. Watch her juggle work, education, parenting, cooking, gardening, and . . . how many balls are in the air now? Sometimes they fall, and sometimes she learns from her mistakes. You can, too.
Coloring Books: A Meditation
Over the last several months, many friends and family have received coloring books from me. Everything from "The Mystical Mandala Coloring Book" published by Dover to "Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace" by Theo Nicole Lorenz, and several children's coloring books in between.
Why Coloring Books? Because I believe they're underrated.
Coloring can be a form of meditation, a way to focus on something small and beautiful you control and from within the mind-space to encourage your creative mind to make connections in the subconscious.
Coloring can also be a family activity. By sharing a coloring book with your loved ones, you can create something together. Take turns with a single color, or attack it all at once together. If there's a picture you like best, but someone else wants to color it, make copies at the library and leave the original blank for future creations.
Coloring can also help reconnect teens and adults to an earlier time, for some, it can even been healing. They're great to have available for guests at parties, too.
Coloring books grew past children-only imagery long ago. There are coloring books requiring painstaking attention, that teach, or have games within the pages as you color. Whatever books you're drawn to can be an excellent way to reconnect with an earlier time in your life, or just bond with a loved one.
Pick up one you're drawn to and use it how you see fit, and if you take my advice, please consider alternative media to the usual crayons, pencils, or markers. Give decoupage a try, use a metallic nail polish, or add glitter or fabric. It was adding nail polish to Tee Corrine's female-empowering coloring book (the title of which is a little too salty for a family blog like this) that inspired my partner to approach me at a party eight years ago.
And hey, even if you don't achieve enlightenment while coloring, you're likely to still have a lot of fun; especially if it's shared!
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