For my next attempt at coloring, I turn to Basford, the undisputed fairy queen of adult coloring books. Four years after Secret Garden, she's released two more books and sold close to 20 million copies. If they've worked for so many others nervous wrecks, I figure, maybe they'll work me.
I sit down with Secret Garden, this time with no distractions and a better idea of what I'm doing. After 10 minutes or so of adding oranges and pinks to a flowery mandala, I enter a zone, focusing on the act of coloring more than the objects themselves.
"It reminds me of yoga," my wife says later after trying a page in Basford's book. "You're too focused to think about anything else." That was briefly true for me. But the instant I think,"“Oh, I'm not thinking about anything else," I start thinking about something else. And that's when my mind begins to wander to anything else. Like food. Ever notice how much a mandala looks like a cinnamon roll? Speaking of breakfast, am I out of cereal? Do they make cinnamon roll-flavored cereal? Google, do they? Of course they do.