Good Morning Yogis! We are in the middle of a special Santosha and Mindfulness Summer Fun Month to align with July’s Anti-Boredom Month.
Today is a KISS (Keep it Super Simple) Day with a simple Fun Practice. This month is World Watercolor Month so today we will try either Watercolor Painting or Calligraphy!
Check out this month’s Introduction for more on mindfulness, flow, and Tea Ceremony – my recommended substitute practice for any suggested daily Fun Practice this month you do not want to try. We will have 31 different practices and activities to at minimum beat boredom for Anti-Boredom Month, and hopefully help you experience a flow state.
Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness/flow Activity: Watercolor Painting or Calligraphy! Today is a KISS simple day, but you can turn a fun and simple pastime such as painting into a mindful practice and your own Zen activity. You can make this as simple or as complex as you want, and taking a step back and observing your approach can be a way to learn more about yourself. I enjoy Watercolor Painting, but I have to admit I do NOT enjoy Calligraphy! I studied Japanese, and I can read and write in two of the three writing systems – Hiragana and Katakana “letter” characters, but I can only read (or type) but cannot write the more complex logographic characters Kanji! You have to make choices for where to focus your energy – I decided the few points I would lose for not writing Kanji in Japanese class were worth keeping my focus on classes for my accounting major! Now, I realize this activity is not for everyone, so here is another reminder about Tea Ceremony – my recommended substitute practice for any suggested daily Fun Practice this month you do not want to try.
Watercolor Painting & Calligraphy
You can use the same supplies for both Watercolor Painting or Calligraphy IF you are a beginner! For Watercolor Painting, it is important to use the right paper – Watercolor Paint will not absorb properly on the wrong medium! For Calligraphy, it is most important to use a the proper brush or utensil. I recommend Brush Pens for Modern Calligraphy (cursive or other modified modern lettering in your language) or a Size 12 Quill Brush for Traditional Eastern Calligraphy.
Try to calmly take notice when your thoughts drift back to the past or forward to the future. Try to bring yourself back to and fully immerse yourself in the present moment by focusing on the sight, sounds, smells, taste, or feel of your surroundings.
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Please comment and share your experience with today’s practice. Were you able to find flow or contentment in the now? Always remember, be kind!