Friday, June 08, 2007

coloring & talking

During a group conversation last night, we colored Celtic mandalas while we pondered and answered questions about our lives. Several folks appreciated the coloring: it involves other parts of the brain, and it gives us something to focus on, so we feel less self-conscious. Our Young Adult Cons always included one of those giant color-it-yourself posters, and several packages of markers. You can choose your level of participation; you are creating beauty; and it is a low-stress way of interacting with others. There should be more coloring in the world.

2 Comments:

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous shannon said...

I agree!

 
At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

several years ago, a woman of color moved into an apartment building and was greeted with swastikas and other expletives painted on her car and her apartment door. My daughter was about 6 at the time and said "we should paint signs to welcome them." So, we had a painting party in the park to create welcome signs from people in the town to all people of color. I still remember that day that started with a huge rain storm. We sat under a shelter with paints of all varieties around us, paper and canvas of all sizes. People came and went and we painted and talked and talked and painted. In the end, we had a lot of signs painted, but more than that, we had an event that truly ended up being community-building--all from just sitting around and "coloring." Thanks for reminding me of that.

 

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