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Color Where the Spirit Leads

Contemplative coloring inspired Sharon Seyfarth Garner ’89 to write Praying with Mandalas: A Colorful, Contemplative Practice and Mandalas, Candles, and Prayer: A Simply Centered Advent (Upper Room Books).

“Intentionally creating time for prayerful coloring, stillness, and silence is a tremendous investment,” says Garner, founder of Belly of the Whale Spiritual Direction & Retreat Ministries. “This gives us the clarity to be more centered and effective.”

Garner chose the circular mandala as her books’ devotional pattern since it represents the all-encompassing nature of God and is a reminder of the sacredness at the center of each of us.

“We also collect and distribute prayer cards through our prison ministry,” she says. “We’re always looking for new and meaningful ways to share the power of colorful prayers.”