virtues-mandalasVirtues Meditation Mandalas Coloring Book: A Spiritual Stress-Reducing Coloring Book for All Ages
Publisher: Special Ideas
Authors/Illustrators: Justice Saint Rain, Joe Paczkowski, Howard Jacobs
Copyright: 2014
Number of designs: 120
ISBN-10: 1888547308
ISBN-13: 978-1888547306

Mandalas are a very common design for artists to publish as coloring pages. The circle has always been a symbol of unity, and of life, and the process of carefully coloring each space in a circular design has a tendency to almost automatically put us into a more meditative state.

The authors of this coloring book take this a step further. They’ve paired each design with a virtue on the facing page, each created in a lovely outline that can also be colored if you want. They encourage you to meditate on the virtue as you are coloring the mandala.

Each of these virtues (and hundreds more) represent a change in behavior that will improve the quality of your life, generate positive spiritual sensations, and, because our spiritual and physical emotions are so closely linked, will make you feel better physically as well.
–excerpt from Virtues Meditation Mandalas

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Beginner to Advanced
  • Book Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Design Borders: thin rectangular border on each design, approx. 1/2 inch margin.
  • Design Lines: thin
  • Paper: average
  • Printing: single-sided with virtues on opposite side
  • Binding: glue-bound or spiral-bound

There are two versions of this book available. The title at the top of the review links to the Amazon version of this book, which is glue-bound. However, you can also purchase a Deluxe edition, which is spiral-bound.

I really like the designs in this book. My mom says that they remind her of my own artwork. Maybe that’s why I like them – they are similar to what I would draw! There is a pretty good variety in the patterns – paisleys, stars, flowers, animals, and abstract geometrics. Most of the designs are intermediate level, with some patterns having larger spaces, and a few edging into the advanced level. (The design opposite Patience, for example, was particularly well chosen. Lots and lots of tiny spaces to color!)

Whether you are spiritual or not, the patterns in this book are lovely and I think will appeal to anyone. For the spiritual person, meditating on the virtues while coloring should strike a welcome chord.

Do you have this book? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments!

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