Coloring books aren't just for kids anymore. In recent years, adult coloring books have become popular as many grownups have discovered that coloring can quiet their thoughts and reduce anxiety.
Sharon Seyfarth Garner found that coloring offered her a new way to pray. She felt especially drawn to mandalas' beautiful circular designs containing geometric patterns. Contemplative coloring is a simple, enjoyable, and tangible way for adults to "be with God on purpose," as Garner defines prayer. Praying with Mandalas blends the relaxing practice of coloring with the ancient spiritual practices of lectio divina (savoring the words of scripture), intercessory prayer, centering prayer, and Examen (seeing God in the events of our daily lives). This coloring book guides adults through a heartfelt, tangible experience of prayer, helping them create a visual prayer journal.
Our eCourse includes:
- All essential content from Sharon Seyfarth Garner's book, Praying with Mandalas. (except printed versions of the Mandalas templates—you'll need a printer!)
- Video introductions to each chapter with Sharon Seyfarth Garner.
- Plenty of opportunities to color beautiful mandalas.
- Music composed specially to accompany your coloring experience.
- Audio recordings of prayers for each contemplative practice.
- Questions for personal reflection.
- A place to exchange comments with others.
- Templates of all prayer mandalas. (You will need to download and print these.)
You'll want to have a set of coloring pencils on hand for this eCourse too!
To purchase a print version of Praying with Mandalas, visit The Upper Room online store.
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Rev. Sharon Seyfarth Garner, Director & Founder of Belly of the Whale Spiritual Direction & Retreat Ministries LLC, has fully embraced the ministry of spiritual direction as a personal joy and a professional calling. She is dedicated to meeting others wherever they are on their journey of faith and partnering with them toward a deeper, more meaningful, and revitalized spiritual life. Sharon finds the practice of sacred silence to be especially meaningful and enjoys sharing this spiritual practice with others.
Sharon is a pastor, spiritual director and retreat leader. She was ordained by the United Methodist Church in 1995 and is ecclesiastically endorsed for the specialized ministry of spiritual direction. She has graduate certificates in Spiritual Direction (Ignatian Spirituality Institute of John Carroll University), Diversity Management (Cleveland State University), and Ecumenical Studies (World Council of Churches). Sharon is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders.
Sharon enjoys being with her family, playing cards with friends, backpacking, singing loudly, making pottery, and taking walks with her husband and dog, Bear.
StartVideo: Overview of Lectio Divina (3:27)
StartReading: Lectio Divina
StartVideo: Tips for Lectio Divina (2:33)
StartAudio: Music for Coloring Lectio Divina
StartDownload and Print: Lectio Divina Mandala
StartAudio: Prayer of Dedication
StartRespond: Reflection Questions
StartShare: Comments Along the Way