Jigsaw puzzles as meditation
There are so many opportunities in everyday life to practice meditation or mindfulness (or both).
One of my favourites is by doing a jigsaw puzzle.
When I was a teenager, before I was even aware of buddhism, or meditation, I used to find great benefit in doing jigsaw puzzles.
My mind would become incredibly still and clear.
Thoughts would slow, and I would become extremely present.
It’s only since learning more, that I’ve realised that I was actually practising a form of meditation in doing these jigsaw puzzles.
So today, give it a go.
Find a large space where you can do a jigsaw puzzle uninterrupted (coming back to it over days/weeks as required).
Allow your mind to become still as you pour over the pieces.
Breathe slowly and allow your eyes to take in the colours, shapes, patterns and sequences.
My favourite puzzle is trying to work out the parts myself, after all it is a solo effort.