What sets this adult coloring book apart, from other adult coloring books, is simply the quality of the 61 images. While the meditative aspects of adult coloring books may not necessarily be affected by the beauty of the images, there is something extremely gratifying about finishing an elegant tiger or an intricate Hindu mandala, set against a clean white background. Each adult coloring illustration is a carefully curated work of art and design. This adult coloring book contains 61 meditative patterns, including elegant sea creatures, beautiful beasts, and intricate mandalas to tease the imagination and soothe the soul. The designs range in complexity from beginner to expert-level. But unlike most adult coloring books, this book contains mostly advanced patterns. All you need to enjoy hours and hours of meditative stress relief, is this book, and a box of colored pencils or fine point markers. The science: In recent years coloring books for grown ups have become all the rage. But psychologists have been using intricate coloring books with mandala patterns for adults to relax and ease stress since the early 20th century. Recently, adult coloring books have been shown, clinically, to relieve stress and alter brain chemistry. They have also been shown to effect heart rate and blood pressure. So in many ways this seemingly silly book and accompanying activity can double as an elegant alternative to xanax. Why adult coloring has almost magical stress relieving properties is a mystery. But it is thought that the rhythmic pattern detection involved in adult coloring triggers some sort of physiological response. In a recent study, participants were given Hindu mandalas taken from the pages of an adult coloring book. The control participants in the study were given blank paper and colored pencils. Remarkably, the participants coloring the mandalas showed marked reductions in physiological stress, while the group who spent their time drawing instead of coloring showed no physiological change. Whatever the mechanism causing the stress relief ultimately is, one thing is certain, adult coloring as therapy seems to work wonders. Take your time, relax, and let your imagination slip into a world of intricate curving patterns and geometric designs. Each of the 61 animal or mandala patterns in this book contain hundreds of geometric shapes for you to color. This meditative process allows for hundreds of hours of soothing relaxation. Enjoy! All you need to enjoy hours and hours of meditative stress relief is this book, and a box of colored pencils or fine point markers.