Monday, 30 January 2017

Colouring with Cats #15 ~ Getting Your OM on with Mandalas on Mondays! The Top Five Reasons To Colour!

Supurr Monday greetings beautiful furriends

We do hope mew've had a pawesome weekend and are feeling all calm and nicely chilled fur the next few days, but if not we know we can assist mew in getting your Zen Harmonies happening and that fuzzy feeling of zen-ness back.

 Let's begin with our little breathing exercise, we're sure mew know what to do but if mew've furgotten: purrlease take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Let all your frustrations go on effury exhale. Furget about all those little iggly piggly little niggles that pop up to test your calm, just throw them towards the sky like mew're throwing dandelion heads into the wind and watch them magically disappear.

Today Parsley is sharing a little bit of zen-ness with us, so purrlease read on...

Tabbies of Trout Towne, we suggest mew avert your eyes NOW and quickly scroll down to the next video purrlease

Parsley says, "There's nothing like getting out and about in woodland or nature to feel invigorated and rejuvenated, and if mew can't get to real woodland or nature there's always YouTube!" MOL

"That Robin was so close, yet so far... and I almost had him... but at least the P.A. didn't run screaming into the room like a wailing banshee telling me not to eat the burds like she does in the garden all summer - seriously anypurrdy would think I was doing something wrong!"

"And after taking some fresh air and patting a little burd or two in a nice and furriendly manner on the head, it's always nice to have a little massage, I purrsonally like to massage my blanky, mew can see just how zen I am!"

Many thanks to Parsley fur sharing his wunderpurr tips fur finding zen-ness.

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This week we thought we'd tell mew about why colouring is good fur mew and your mind, just in case mew didn't know.

We live in a terribly busy wurld, where effurything is NOW NOW NOW and GO GO GO.  It's an endless hamster wheel of activity fur our minds and one that's quite hard to get off, leaving us feeling that we have to do effurything instantly, immediately and it has to be purrfect - THIS IS A LIE.  

Sadly modern life has indoctrinated this mindset into us offur the last couple of decades, this NOW Culture where mew can't wait and savour things because effurything has to be instant is so bad fur our Zen Harmonies, it is a crushing, debilitating way of existing.  Notice we didn't say living, that is because most of us aren't living, we are just going through a set of protocols that we have been led to believe are correct.

They aren't correct, they are the harbingers of anxiety, stress, fear, panic and a multitude of other feelings that leave us feeling empty, unfulfilled, unworthy and meaningless.  We have become disconnected from effurything since the internet revolution began and each of us is searching fur some kind of fulfillment, whateffur that maybe.  We can tell mew this much though; fulfillment, joy and happiness doesn't come from what mew can buy or what mew have, it comes from a conscious choice to be fulfilled, joyous and happy.  Chose to be happy and mew will be.  Choose to be sad and that's what mew'll be.

Mew may think we are a bunch of flower-power hippy-kitties dancing around in our flares, peace sign t-shirts and wearing flower headdresses.  We're not, we're a Heathen Hoard of tech loving Commando Cats, but we've learned that to find balance in life mew must take time out from tech, TV's, the news [which is always bad news], newspapers [more bad news] and social media [streaming bad news].  We do not watch the news ever, we never buy a newspaper and we stay away from anything political and have found that since cutting out this propaganda offur a decade ago life is so much better and frees up time to do things that make us happier and brings us more joy. It is that simple.  

The P.A. says this: 

'Life is simple, people make it complicated'

This is why colouring is so good fur mew, because while mew're sat there with your coloured pens and filling a blank page your mind relaxes, it lowers your blood pressure, creates feeling of harmony and self love because mew're doing something just fur mew, taking the time fur yourself.  It makes mew a better thinker, and even the late, great  psychologist Carl Jung was an advocate of this 'colouring prescription' as a calming tool and as a means of relaxation. 

So if mew want to get off the hamster wheel and free your mind from an endless diatribe of internal dialogue, get your pens out and get your OM on.

The Top Five Reasons To Colour:

Helps Mew Purractice Patience

Proven To Reduce Stress, Anxiety & Boredom

It Increases Your Ability To Focus

It Awakens Your Creativity

And Brings Beauty Into Your Life

Who doesn't want a bucket load of that?

There are endless more reasons to colour, but we think those five are enough, don't mew?

And now it's time to share this weeks mandala, so let's get our OM on and those Zen Harmonies happening dudes, and dudettes of course! 

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If mew have missed any of the previous mandala's and feel the need to colour, here's the links:

All the mandala's featured are designed and made by us, unless otherwise stated.

So without further adieu here's this weeks Mandala:

Just right click the image to save and print it...

Here's the P.A.'s finished colouring, she was really feeling the neon vibe this week, we think that it has something to do the days being so dull and grey and she wanted a total colour immersion! MOL

Coloured using metallic and glitter gel pens.

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If mew'd like to share your peeps pawesome artwurk feel free to post it on our Facebook page at:

as we'd really, really love to see your interpretation of today's mandala.

So on that note we'll say bye fur now and see mew on Wednesday when Amber is here sharing this weeks top book pick!

Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Bestest chilled and most soothing purrs

Basil & Co xox


da tabbies o trout towne said...

dood !!! we pazzed rite on over de burd moovvee; total lee rood if ya ask uz, knot a thanx frum a one oh em for de seeed ~~~~~~~ faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

984 pawz up on biscuit makin N 984 pawz up on de PA'z mandala thiz week; de center ree mindz uz oh stained glass !!!!! total lee kewl !! ☺☺☺♥♥♥

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Your birds are cuter than ours, we are jealous. Nice coloring page.

Three Chatty Cats said...

"Life is simple, people make it complicated" - I love this.

Deb Barnes said...

Hi Basil! I just wanted to stop by to thank you for your kind words over at da Tabbies blog and for ordering my book, Makin' Biscuits. Thank you also for the burd warning for da Tabbies, too! Purrs from Jazmine!

Summer said...

That was some good Bird TV! Almost as good as live!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Parsley's got the zen thing mastered ... heck, just watching him be his cute self was enough to relax me. People do make life more complicated ... thank you for the reminder to slow down and savor life. It's sad that I need to be reminded!

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

Oh my goodness. I haven't been able to blog hop but I'm still alive. When did Mandala Mondays become a thing? I coined the term at my other blog back in 2008. Glad you're getting you're Zen on like Merlin used to every Monday but it's all about Clyde now. Do stop by xox

Anonymous said...

OMC you have the loviest birds I have ever seen. I wish mine came so near...I mean the only one in our garden...MOL :D Your P.A. is very wise! It's all in the simplicity :) Pawkisses for a Happy Day :) <3

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

Is that a zinnia? It's pretty. PURRS.

Bionic Basil said...

Tabbies, we is so purrleased that mew saw the secret message just fur your eyes only, we don't think anypurrrdy else saw it so our new secret writing app is wurking great! It does indeed look like stained glass... who knew??!!! MOL XOX

Bionic Basil said...

Hey guys, our burds are really cute and sound so purretty too, and some of them taste really good... apparently... we of course don't know that from purrsonal experience! MOL MOL XOX

Bionic Basil said...

Hi Chatty Cats, thanks!!! XOX

Bionic Basil said...

Hi Jazmine, Amber just took delivery of your book today and she'll be reading it in the next week or so and then featuring it on the blog! XOX

Bionic Basil said...

Hi Summer, oh that burd tv is great, mew should get your hooman to put it fur mew! XOX

Bionic Basil said...

Hi Momma Kat & Bear, oh Parsley is so zen it scares us! MOL Yep, slow down, smell the catnip and chill!! XOX

Bionic Basil said...

Hey guys, oh wow, did mew really have mandalas on Mondays all that time ago, that's amazing? Mew'll have to send us a link so we can see your pawesome wurk!!! XOX

Bionic Basil said...

Hi Binky, thank mew they are rather cute aren't they! Binky I'm sure mew and your hooman know to keep it simple already!!! MOL MOL XOX

Bionic Basil said...

Hey Seville, I think mew could be right, it does look like a zinnia!! XOX

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

We loved seeing the burds!! Titmice, robins, and some type of British nuthatch!

Our newest sighting here is winter wrens. Never had them at our feeders in the past.

Parsley has that kneading technique purrfected...Minko does that too on the doggy bed which is soft and cushy like that hot pink one Parsley is using.

That sure is a bright and cheerful Mandala!

Bionic Basil said...

Hi Pipo & Minko, oh we love the burds so much. Oh wrens are so cute and tiny, not much of a mouthful... oops I didn't really say that aloud! MOL Parsley has purrfected that making biscuits move offur the last few months, glad mew like today's mandala! XOX

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