Mindfulness Coloring Pages

Enjoy coloring original line drawings developed for my Mindful Leadership and Mindful Growth Coaching Manual!

I have recently started writing the manual and putting together materials for the Human Systems Mindful Leadership and Mindful Growth Coaching Certification Program. I am also an artist (see my Animal Spirit Discovery Cards for Kids + and my Instagram), so I decided to incorporate original line drawings into the Coaching Manual. Each drawing goes with a different section of the manual, illustrating a key concept. I thought it would be fun to make the drawings available for download so you can get a sneak peak of the manual and enjoy some mindful coloring. See below for PDF downloads of the images, and be sure to check back again because I will be uploading more as I finish them!

Chapter 1, Section A: Composition, Context, & Mindfulness

This is the end of the High Line Garden in New York City. The High Line, a park with gardens and spaces for art, live performances, and food, was built on a historic elevated rail line. This manual section is about the importance of looking at both the context and the history of a system of ideas before making a decision about whether and what to adopt. Download the High Line coloring page.

Chapter 1, Section B: A Note About MLM & MGM Change and Adaptability

I created this image, The Scientist Guinea Pig, to illustrate the point that we are both the guinea pig and the scientist, meaning that we are subject to constantly changing conditions, and we are in control of how we experience the changes. In this manual section, I talk about how the Mindful Leadership and Mindful Growth Models are not static concepts, but will grow and evolve as people use them. Download the Scientist Guinea Pig coloring page.

Chapter 1, Section C: The Challenges & the Context

This image illustrates my personalized version of the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea, which I have renamed The Angry Princess & the Offensive Pea. In my version of the story, when I (the princess) realize that there is something under my mattresses that is making it impossible for me to sleep, I disassemble all of the mattresses until I find the offending pea. I tell the story to illustrate my nature, which is both very sensitive and very driven; the context that describes how the Mindful Leadership and Mindful Growth Models were developed. Download the Angry Princess & the Offensive Pea coloring page.

Chapter 1, Section D: The Journey and the Content

The oyster and pearl illustration demonstrates the classic metaphor of how we can create beautiful things out of difficult experiences. In this section of the manual, I describe the challenging and painful experiences I have had and how I used knowledge from those experiences to create the HS Mindful Leadership/Mindful Growth models. Download the Oyster & Pearl coloring page.

Chapter 2, Section A: Guidance on When to Use the MLM & MGM

This chapter describes the differences between the Mindful Leadership Model and the Mindful Growth Model, and encourages learners to work with the their clients to decide which model and tools (or what combination of the models) would be the best fit. I drew Messenger Hummingbird to illustrate Mindfulness Principle #2: Faith in a benevolent force that is more powerful than we are creates order out of chaos (from Chapter 2, Section C).  Download the Messenger Hummingbird coloring page.

Chapter 2, Section B: Operating Principles

Each of these five images illustrates a Human Systems Operating Principle. which are all discussed in terms of Mindful Leadership and Mindful Growth applications in this section of the manual. Special thanks to Christine Lebert of Soul Coach for the concept and language. Download the HS Operating Principles coloring page.

Chapter 2, Section C: Individual Mindfulness Principles

In this section of the manual, I describe each of the HS Mindfulness Principles in detail; these principles are used in the Mindful Growth Model. I created the Stepping Stones drawing to illustrate how, when I find myself in the swamp, I use the Mindfulness Principles as stepping stones to get back onto my path.  Download the Stepping Stones coloring page.

Chapter 2, Section D: Working with Individual Clients

In this section, I describe the Human Systems approach to working with clients. I drew The Littlest Russian Doll to illustrate the “perfect self” perspective that I encourage coaches to have. We are all born with a perfect, true self that we cover with defense mechanisms. The tiniest doll represents our true self.  Download The Littlest Russian Doll coloring page.

Chapter 2, Section E: Working with Client Groups

In this section of the manual, I describe the Human Systems approach to working with client groups. The different kinds of chairs in the Working with Client Groups illustration show that we honor individual autonomy while focusing on the good of the group. Download the Working with Client Groups coloring page.

Chapter 3, Section A: Introduction to Emotional Competence

In this section, I introduce the concept I developed, emotional competence, based on my research in social work leadership.   I describe how my acceptance of my sensitive emotional self became the inspiration for emotional competence, the ability to use our emotions to make positive changes in ourselves and our environment. Cubist Colby & Child illustrates artistically how I was attempting to create a self that is not subject to emotion. I compare my emotionless self to art from the Cubist movement popularized by Picasso: hard lines, flattened perspective and, in my opinion, some very disturbing images. Download the Cubist Colby & Child coloring page.

Chapter 3, Section B: How We Make Emotions

In this section, I describe how experiences, feelings (our physical responses to an experience) and thoughts interact and how we can use that information to select an emotion word that fits that information. I drew Shame Spiral into the Pit of Despair to illustrate how our ego can drive us in circles around our experience and our thoughts and feelings support a downward spiral, as in when we enter a “shame spiral”. Download The Shame Spiral into the Pit of Despair coloring page. Don’t worry, I will not leave you in the pit of despair – I show you how to climb out in the next chapter. 🙂

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