I did another post about mandalas a month ago here and they have continued to bring me so much pleasure. Deanna at Dee's Updates kindly sent me a mandala coloring book and I did the one above in my rheumatologist's office. That doctor always has a very long wait, but I can't complain because the reason for the wait is that he spends as much time as it takes with each patient. By that I mean that he never rushes. Once you finally get back with him he takes his time.
The mandala above is the July Mandala of the month although I added the rectangles within the diamonds and the ovals in the outer edge. The great thing about coloring in a doctor's waiting room is it's easy to do while the TV is in the background with a show I don't want to watch and the nurses are calling patients back. I used to always take a book with me to doctor's appointments but the distractions often make it hard to read. The rest of the mandalas are ones I designed myself on the computer, printed out my design and colored them.
In addition to coloring in the mandalas which are designed, I have been having fun coming up with my own designs. The possibilities are limitless. I like doing both the ones someone else has designed as well as my own because I find I approach them differently. The pastoral designs which were in the book Deanna gave me have titles which influence how I color them. The one at the top was birds of a feather and I was thinking about flamboyant birds while coloring it in.
When I was doing the first mandala, I had several people in the doctor's waiting room come up and admire it. I think Doctor's offices should supply patients with coloring books and pencils in the waiting room. I bet they'd be surprised how many people would do it and how low their blood pressures would be. I bet it would eliminate a lot of the anxiety spikes in blood pressure that often happen at the doctor's office. Deanna mention how comparatively low her blood pressure was after coloring in the radiation waiting room. Mine was also low at my rheumatologist's office. My appointment went fine once I got back to the waiting room. My vitamin D is still not where the doctor wants it and the heat is aggravating the lymphedema in my legs. I am borderline between osteopenia and osteoperosis so he did a scan of my forearm to add in to the information from the one showing the problems in my hips and spine. He mentioned that I have significant arthritis in my spine which isn't terribly surprising. My shoulder is also an issue with arthritis. Sometimes it seems like I aged 30 years in the 3 years since my melanoma diagnosis but I try to remember how lucky I am not to have active cancer at this point. And when I need to calm down, I can always color.