There are many ways to be mindful and meditate. Going for a walk is a nice way, sitting in the yard or a park listening to the singing birds for some people, even listening to children play and laugh. Journaling your thoughts and gratitude is wonderful for the mind as well! I recommend that my clients journal their gratitude morning and night to keep a healthy perspective on life.
Arts and crafts can be another way to practice mindfulness. I go through phases; sometimes I like to draw and doodle mindlessly, wire wrap jewelry, paint, even crochet.
I am by no means an expert in any of those things, but it’s not about being perfect—it’s about enjoying yourself and relaxing, getting your mind off the daily grind. It is fun to put on some old clothes, grab a bunch of paints, and just wing it! If you have the space, lay out a large drop cloth, water down the paint slightly and just dip a brush and swing away, letting the paint fall where it may. You are moving energy physically as well as mentally. Let your creativity blossom. If you haven’t let yourself—be creative. Don’t be discouraged if it takes some time. It’s like using a muscle you haven’t exercised in a long time—needs some stretching and small work outs to start. Remember to be kind to yourself; most of us are too hard on ourselves. It isn’t about impressing anyone; it’s about relaxing and enjoying the moment.
Some of my art just gets covered over eventually, and some of my pieces have gotten a fair price. One of my favorite paintings is a rainbow flower piece that I have kept for myself. I decided to share this piece and a few others. They can be found in the shop here.
So, grab some crayons, colored pencils, paints, or whatever you desire, and go have some relaxing fun.