Pick up your pens and pencils and begin your journey … This beautiful colouring book has been created to help you to be mindful – to slow down and breathe and to give you the inspiration to live more fully in the present. Each illustration has been inspired by an accompanying quote to aid your contemplation of its message while you colour. Divided into three parts, Mindfulness, Insight and Inspiration, this is a colouring journey. Each of the three parts contains quotes and simple, inspirational designs and ends with a meditation and a section with questions aimed at helping you reflect both on your handiwork and your inner journey. Dip in or work from beginning to end. Colouring for Contemplation is your calming companion.
‘The man who moves a mountain
begins by carrying away small stones.’
‘Rivers know this: there is no hurry.
We shall get there some day.’
A A MILNE
ENGLISH AUTHOR AND POET
‘What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.’
DAME JANE GOODALL
ENGLISH PRIMATOLOGIST AND ETHOLOGIST
About the authors: Alex Ogg is a freelance illustrator, a musician, and a childminder. He studied Illustration at Southampton Institute. He discovered the joy of creating colouring pictures whilst working in the children’s department at Waterstones in 2008, where he secretly used to leave hand-drawn colouring pictures on the activity table. He discovered mindfulness not long after and he now meditates daily. He also loves to cook.
Amber Hatch is a writer, teacher and childminder. She studied for an English Literature degree in Southampton and holds an MA in Creative Writing. In 2015 she published a parenting book Nappy Free Baby, which was also illustrated by Alex. She has been practising Buddhist meditation for six years, and regularly goes on retreat. She helps to organise family retreats for the Samatha Centre in Wales.
Alex and Amber both grew up in Oxfordshire, where they met as teenagers. They are married and live in Oxford with their two children.