What I Hated the Least Today 215/365: Mandalas

Cat mandalas
Cat mandalas

During my delightful stay in the psychiatric ward, I picked colouring mandalas. It wasn’t as much by choice as rather by force. Obligatory therapy. I hated it to start with. Then I got the hang of it somehow.

I still maintain that colouring is an activity suitable for five-year-olds and idiots, if you pardon me, not for a high-achieving educated adult. Against my better judgement though, I equipped myself with a cat mandala colouring book and a set of crayons. My health insurance didn’t cover these obviously therapeutic tools.

Colouring cats is weirdly calming. It’s a no-brainer. But I’m performance-focused and goal-oriented, so I take the shit seriously. I set out to colour as many cats as perfectly as I can and more. I’m not progressing as well as I’d have it, so it sometimes makes me more depressed than I was to start with. I’m apparently beyond help.


Author: Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

15 thoughts

  1. I’ve tried it. There was such a hype about this for a while, I had to. Printed out a few sheets off the web, and went at it. It didn’t work for me. I felt as if I was in a hurry to get it over and move on. This only made me more stressed than anything else 🙂

    Yours are beautiful. Love your choice of colours.

    Right now I have the handwriting and the fountain pens. It’s good for me.

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    1. Yep, mandalas are so fashionable… Still so here. I hated it so much at the beginning but I warmed to it and now that I have the cat colouring book, I occasionally colour and listen to some relaxing music. And breathe. Well, anything that helps to cope with stress is good, I guess. Whether it’s childish or not. Your pens are a much more elegant solution though.

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  2. Ooh. Now I want a cat colouring book. I have a “mindfulness” one. I’ve had it for a year. I don’t remember colouring taking this long when I was a kid. At the rate I’m going, I’ll be 200 years old when I finish. No point in me rushing out to buy a cat one. Maybe I’ll just enjoy viewing your work instead.

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    1. You definitely should get a cat colouring book. It’s mindfulness plus cats, doesn’t get any better. I’m so slow that I’ll never finish my cat colouring book, the designs are quite intricate too, so it was an investment for life.

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  3. I love colouring. I loved it as a child, I love it as an adult.

    But my colouring book has sat untouched for months. As the cold weather sets in, I think my urge to colour again will too.


  4. I haven’t been much into colouring in I have to say but I did recently buy one called “Calm the Fuck down” which has I have to say many potentially calming images to colour should I feel so moved to do so….you are far better than I will ever be, I can’t stay inside the lines…


    1. Calm the Fuck Down is exactly the kind of book I’d buy. I can only stay inside the lines when colouring with utmost caution. I take it as a practice in steadying my hand, which tends to be shaky these days, given my anxiety. So it’s mental AND physical therapy 🙂


  5. I couldn’t afford the coloring book, so I just spray painted the neighbors cat instead. The cat seemed a bit stressed about it, but it calmed me down and gave me some weird kind of joy – even a tickling sensation in my genitals, so I consider it to be a great success.
    I’ll definitely do it again, but I haven’t seen the cat since then and the neighbors suddenly moved somewhere. They didn’t tell me where.


    1. I read this comment first thing in the morning and not only did I laugh for the rest of the day like an idiot, I suspect it gave me a tickling sensation in my genitals too. Absolutely hilarious. Thank you for this.


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