July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: Jigsaw Puzzles

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 – Jigsaw Puzzles! Now, I realize this is a fun pastime for me, and a torture method for some of my friends. This fun month has lots of activities, but not all will be for you! 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.

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A puzzle challenges the player to get from a problem to a solution. – Ernest Adams

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness/flow Activity: Puzzles! Today is a KISS simple day, but you can turn a fun and simple childhood pastime such as puzzles 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 personally LOVE working on challenging puzzles as a meditative activity to help me process complex issues ‘in the background’ as I work, and I equally enjoy quickly completing simple colorful puzzles to get a rush of accomplishment.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Puzzles can be a simple fun activity, or a months-long project depending on what puzzle you select! There are three main considerations: Pieces, Picture, and Place.

Pieces

The main consideration for puzzle pieces is the number of pieces. I am a puzzle fiend, and will generally not even bother with a puzzle less than 1000 pieces. I usually get 1500-3000 piece puzzles.. I finish a 1000 piece puzzle in one day, and some challenging 2000+ piece puzzles have taken me months to complete. This ties in closely with your place selection.

In addition to number of pieces, you should consider the size of the pieces. There are many challenging styles of puzzles with oddly shaped pieces, rather than the classic jigsaw shape. I also enjoy 3D puzzles, which you put together in sections then build into a figurine.

Picture

The picture can add as much of a challenge as the number of pieces! I recommend beginners pick a scene with a lot of color variation, so you can group and build pieces in sections. Some of the most challenging puzzles I have completed are monochromatic designs, where nearly all pieces look the same. I also enjoy finding really cool pictures, and gluing the completed puzzle to use as framed wall decorations.

Place

The main consideration here is a clean, flat surface! If you are working on an average difficulty puzzle under 1000 pieces with a standard picture, you may be fine with a desk or kitchen table. However, some puzzles can take days or weeks to complete. I have used the felt rollers pads for harder puzzles that need to be stored and moved, but the rolling will cause your puzzle to fall apart. I prefer a large flat piece of plywood to build my puzzles on, which can be moved around as needed.

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow : Self-Care & Clean Beauty Day

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 also National Clean Beauty Day. This holiday is primarily in honor of natural beauty products, but today we will celebrate any self-care of your choice! Whether you indulge in a self-care treatment at a spa or salon or a practice at home, this is a great relaxing activity to fully enjoy with all five senses.

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When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. – Jean Shinoda Bolen

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness / flow Activity: Self-Care! Perhaps add a self-care practice to your morning such as yoga, or take a calming bath instead of a shower. Need more ideas?

Today is a simple Fun Practice. 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.

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow : Breaking Routines & Pandemonium Day

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 also Pandemonium Day. This holiday is primarily in honor of not only embracing chaos when it occurs (which ties in with both Aparigraha / Non-Attachment and Ishvara Pranidhana / Surrender practices). Now, of course nobody wants their life to be chaotic… but it’s a fact of life that bad things happen, and all we can truly control is our own reactions to negative situations. So, if anything chaotic happens today, try to go with the flow remembering today is Pandemonium Day.

However, today’s practice is about introducing a little fun chaos into our own lives, by examining and breaking our daily routines. Blindly following your daily routine without any room for spontaneity lends itself to mindlessness and numbness rather than immersing yourself in the present moment.

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Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth. – Tom Barrett

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness / flow Activity: Introducing some fun chaos to our day! Perhaps add a self-care practice to your morning such as yoga, or take a calming bath instead of a shower. Maybe take a different route to work, or finally pop into a restaurant or shop you’ve noticed and been intrigued by on your trip. Or maybe go all the way and take a personal day, be spontaneous, and do something you have always wanted to do. Whatever is a meaningful way for you to break free from your daily routine, and add some creative chaos to your day. If you need more ideas, check out this list.

Today is a simple Fun Practice. 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.

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: Geeking out & Embrace Your Geekiness Day

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 also Embrace Your Geekness Day. So, today’s fun activity will be geeking out! I would define geeking out as becoming extremely excited about a particular topic to the point of it becoming a pastime, hobby, or subject you research for pleasure. Geeking out is probably one of my favorite pastimes… there’s so much to geek out about, and so many ways to do it! Also, geeking out and mindfulness truly go hand-in-hand, since you often lose yourself in enjoying the subject of your geek love.

Today is a simple Fun Practice. 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.

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Being a geek is a great thing. I think we’re all geeks. Being a geek means you’re passionate about something and that defines your uniqueness. I would rather be passionate about something than be apathetic about everything. – Masi Oka

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness / flow Activity: Geeking out! You can geek out on your preferred subject matter if you have one, or perhaps today finally check out a new topic that has always interested you!

What To Geek Out About

Find any subject that inspires passion in you! I define geeking out as becoming extremely excited about a particular topic to the point of it becoming a pastime, hobby, or subject you research for pleasure. There is a huge range of geek-out inspiring topics including books, sports (especially statistics), comic books, video games, card games, movies (Star Wars, Marvel / DC, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Fast & Furious), TV (Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Stranger Things, anime), technology, gadgets, science, yoga, MBTI, astrology, astronomy, etc.

How to Geek Out

There’s so many ways! I actually enjoy research, and will do internet research on topics of interest for hours. If you have been overworked lately, perhaps plan a few hours today to watch or re-watch the geeky media of your choice. If you have a friend with a shared love of your geeky subject, give them a call or plan to meet and catch up on recent offerings or releases. Take your nerdiness up a level and plan to attend a convention.. maybe even a cosplay for a comic, anime, or movie convention! Or, find a new topic and immerse yourself in learning or experiencing your new hobby.. you do not have to be an expert to be a nerd, just passionate!

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: Glow-In-The-Dark / Night Lights & Camping

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. Today is the full moon and the brightest night of the lunar month. This is a Super Moon and the brightest full moon of the year! With tonight’s full moon, moonlight on a clear evening is often bright enough to walk around, and even cast a shadow, so it is a perfect day (or night) to talk about one of my favorite nighttime activities – glow-in-the-dark or light-up nighttime activities or take it a step further with Camping! Or perhaps revisit moonlight Stargazing, one of my favorite nighttime activities that we tried last week during a night with no visible moon, or earlier this week under the waxing gibbous!

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.

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Don’t worry if you’re making waves just by being yourself. The moon does it all the time. – Scott Stabile

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness/flow Activity: Light-up or Glow-in-the-dark Nighttime Fun or Camping! Today is a KISS simple day to enjoy the full moon, but you can turn a fun and simple outdoor activity 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.

Camping

Camping is by far the most complicated practice option for today! I personally find the key to enjoying camping is being very prepared, since you often will not have easy access to necessities. Even if camping in your backyard, you will want to plan a comfortable sleeping arrangement, possibly a tent, and consider bug protection and ground/water protection with a tarp. You cannot prepare enough, so if you are new I do strongly recommend doing backyard camping weekend in your or a friend’s yard first, and research camping for beginners!

Light-up Nighttime Fun

I have been fascinated with glowy things since a child, always gathering glow-sticks, staring at friends’ lava lamps, and sticking glow-in-the-dark stars wherever I could. As I have gotten older, I started also enjoying light-up patio and barbeque areas, to keep fun gatherings for friends comfortable into the night! I strongly suggest looking into new cheap solar powered hanging lights, light strips, and floating balls. Take adult fun up a notch even more with new galaxy lights that sync to music, glowing flow toys, or light-up clothing or accessories. For kids – consider non-toxic glow face painting, glow-in-the-dark chalk, or prepare ahead and hide glow-in-the dark toys during the day for a fun nighttime scavenger hunt!

Stargazing

You can do this activity any night of the year, but is best around the new moon when there less light from the moon, or for celestial events like meteor showers. Tonight is the full moon, so it is the best nightof the lunar month to observe the surface of the moon! If this is new for you, make sure to bundle up or bring a warm thermos if needed – even during the summer, it can get quite cold outside at night! I strongly recommend the Sky Guide App which can help you identify stars and other celestial objects (like satellites) in the sky using your camera, plus identify and learn more about constellations and their mythology. Learn more about mindful stargazing and constellations. If tonight is poor weather to be outside or stargaze, perhaps try a Celestial Visualization Guided Meditation.

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: Mindful Conversation

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 simple Fun Practice. 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 is also National Cheer Up The Lonely Day. So, for today’s practice we will focus on mindful conversation. I recommend reaching out to a friend or family member you have not spoken to in a while, or anyone you know going through a difficult or lonely period for today’s mindful conversation!

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One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever. – Linda Lambert

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness / flow Activity: Mindful Conversation! Keep in mind that participating in conversation mindfully may be a bit different than you are used to. Check out this great article for mindfulness practices to bring to your conversation, or check out this article for a long list of topics to help prompt meaningful discussion.

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: Gardening & Floral Arrangements

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. Today we will cover both Gardening and Floral Arrangements.

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If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness/flow Activity: Gardening and Floral Arrangements! Either growing or gathering flowers for an arrangement is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. If you are new to gardening, I recommend starting with growing a favorite herb!

Today is a KISS simple day, but you can turn a fun passtime or what some consider a chore like gardening into a mindful practice and your own Zen activity. Also, Floral Arrangement is another Zen Art like the Tea Ceremony! 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 will admit that although I love enjoying parks and gardens, gardening has always been a challenge for me! I do enjoy arranging flowers when I receive them, but I personally will be practicing Tea Ceremony today – my recommended substitute practice for any suggested daily Fun Practice this month you do not want to try.

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: Picnic

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 National Picnic Month so today we will try a mindful picnic!

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.

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Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness/flow Activity: A mindful picnic! Today is a KISS simple day, but you can turn a fun and simple outdoor activity (or really, any meal) 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.

Picnics

A picnic is a simple activity. There are three main considerations: Location, Blanket, and Food.

Location

I personally prefer picnics in a grassy city park with lots of people watching. You can also have a picnic in your yard! Beach picnics are a favorite, but make sure to plan your foods around avoiding sand, or find a spot on a bench or boardwalk. Or, load up the car and check out a new spot! Check out 50 Best Picnic Destinations if you need ideas on where to go for your picnic.

I would also say under location to consider what to bring for activities. I recommend a kite for a windy beach, bubbles for a crowded park with lots of other visitors, card games or frisbee for a quiet park, or bring a book or e-reader anywhere!

Blanket

The biggest consideration here will be your location. You may not need a blanket for a bench or table, but I recommend bringing a fun table cloth for both cleanliness and classiness for enjoying a public on public seating. If you are going somewhere with wet grass, I recommend bringing either a waterproof blanket, or a tarp for under your blanket so your blanket (and you) do not get wet!

Food

This is where your mindful practice will come in from start to finish. I love going to a nearby bakery or deli and getting enough to make fresh sandwiches for the picnic. I also prefer fruit and snacks that do not require refrigeration or much clean-up. You can get favorites from a restaurant to-go and enjoy outside. Or, cook your own recipes! Check out this huge list of picnic recipes for ideas. PS it is also National Peach Month and National Blueberry Month, so perhaps celebrate all three in one day with your picnic!

Try to select, prepare, and enjoy your food mindfully. The picnic is not just about the meal, so make sure to find another activity to enjoy outside and fully immerse yourself.

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: Video Games

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. 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 is also National Video Game Day. I was a girl gamer for most of my life, though this hobby has dropped off a bit in recent years. This is a great fun activity we have not covered yet to pass the time, and is a great intro to considering mindfulness vs mindlessness. To simplify, I would say doing something mindlessly is without thought and you are running on auto-pilot, vs doing something mindfully is being fully immersed in the moment. Different types of video games lend themselves to different types of playing… strategy and first-person-shooting games are so fast-paced that they typically put you into a flow-like state easily, putting you into that world. My personal favorites are dance and rhythm games, or active wii games that have a more physical element. Other games are addicting mindless fun like candy crush, my most recent. Either way, video games (and many activities that induce flow-states) can be addicting, so make sure to set a timer before you start!

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Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation. – Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness/flow Activity: Video Games! Try to make sure you pick a game that lends itself to mindfulness rather than mindlessness. I am currently into my language learning game, Duolingo. Since I am no longer an active gamer, check out this list of video games for mindfulness.

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: Cooking & Baking

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. 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.

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Cooking

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness/flow Activity: Cooking or Baking! Today is a KISS simple day, so you can make today’s practice 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.

Cooking & Baking

It is usually easiest to experience a flow state during something both physically and mentally stimulating but not too difficult. Professional chefs experience this in a well-run kitchen.

If this is new to you, know that cooking allows more room for experimentation and error, and baking is more like chemistry and requires closely following a recipe. If you are new to cooking, I recommend a recipe with something simple but repetitive like lots of chopped vegetables. With baking, try a recipe that requires kneading.

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: Bubbles

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 KISS Day is extra fitting on International Kissing Day! 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.

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Bubble

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness/flow Activity: Bubbles! Today is a KISS simple day, but you can turn a fun and simple childhood pastime such as blowing bubbles 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.

Bubbles

Blowing bubbles is a simple activity. There are three main considerations: Solution, Wand, and Technique.

Bubble Solution

I found multi-packs of bubbles at grocery or dollar stores for very reasonable prices – under $5 for 4-6 bottles with wands included. Share the extras with friends or family! Most bubble solution is more than just dish soap. Additives often include corn syrup, glycerine, gelatin, or food coloring. I recommend getting the multi-packs of bubbles, and refilling with your own DIY solution if needed.

BUBBLE Wand

You may want to upgrade to a Bubble Wand or Bubble Guns if you find you or your family truly love bubbles. However, the wands included with the standard bubbles at the local store work fine for me! Do not fret if you have a simple wand.. I made my own DIY wand with a bobby pin and key ring that works well for blowing large round bubbles, or check out this huge list of DIY wands!

Technique

This is where your mindful practice will come in. Try to develop your own best technique for blowing bubbles! Test speed, try blowing into vs with the wind, blow some bubbles into the trees or grass. Get the kids or pets involved – this is a great fun back-to-basics activity for the family. Or, set up video or be quick and get pictures or your bubbles!

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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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: Work & Workaholics Day

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. 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. 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.

Today is National Workaholics Day. This day is not about overworking, but about adding more balance between work and life, one of our Brahmacharya / Middle-Path reflections and practices. However, we are in the middle of a series on flow state, and work is a great place to try to find flow! Some of us have jobs but not careers, and that’s okay! I actually found it much easier to find flow scanning items at the cash register of a grocery store, or rolling silverware as a bartender and waitress than when I was often interrupted in the middle of flowing through an accounting project. Today, I recommend either reviewing your daily tasks for some which you can target as a flow activity at work. Check out this article for tips for finding flow at work, or this article if you are struggling finding flow at work.

Or, if your work does not allow for this kind of state or you are not working, I strongly recommend doing some yard work or cleaning! I find these tasks to be perfect for flow state – your mind and hands will be busy, and you can really lose yourself in the moment. I find somewhat repetitive but not mindless tasks such as washing dishes, cleaning floors, or mowing a lawn to be the best personally, but please let me know if another activity helps trigger your ‘lost in the moment’ state!

cool garden with withered agave plant surrounded by small leafy shrubs and ferns - meditation flow finding your flow Quote: If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them. - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them. – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness / flow Activity: Finding Flow with either work or a productive activity! If today is your day off, perhaps just think through your daily tasks, and make a list of activities where you can practice mindfulness or otherwise find flow and lose track of the time. If you need ideas, try a mindful walk, hike, or exercise. Or, go back and try another personal Tea Ceremony today!

PS if you are a Workaholic, perhaps reflections on more balance in your life may be better!

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: 4th of July & Clean Beach Week

Good Morning Yogis! For those of you in the United States, it is Independence Day – Happy 4th of July! We are in the middle of a special Santosha and Mindfulness Summer Fun Month to align with July’s Anti-Boredom Month. I have heard if we focus on the past we will be depressed, if we focus on the future we will be anxious, and the key to joy is living in the present moment. A couple of the Yamas and Niyamas reflect this secret of happiness hidden in the “now”.

Mindfulness is central to a number of eastern religions and philosophies, and is becoming a common theme in western therapy, psychology, and self-help. We have also focused on mindfulness in some of our past daily practices, especially on past Santosha Days and with some focused meditation practices. Mindfulness and losing oneself in the current moment is my idea of “finding flow” that we most commonly experience during “getting in the zone” during particular athletic, work, and artistic activities. Zen Buddhism takes this concept further with Zen Arts such as Tea Ceremony, Archery, Painting, and Flower Arrangement. So, we will focus this month on trying different practices and activities to at minimum beat boredom for Anti-Boredom Month, and hopefully help you experience a flow state.

cool shot of green bursting firework with yellow shooting sparks - 4th of July Fireworks original work -https://unsplash.com/photos/PKJnzFlvR2w
Fireworks

I learned that plastic is not truly recyclable, and often ends up on our beaches. We are often doing better by throwing plastic in the trash than the recycle bin! Recycle IS last in “Reduce Reuse Recycle” so see if there are other ways you can reduce or reuse your plastics, since they often are not actually recycled.

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness/flow Activity: get outside and enjoy some time by the water, and do some beach cleanup to honor Clean Beach Week or another form of outdoor clean-up. You can consider this a practice of selfless Saucha. Many of us will be heading to a beach, or another outdoor location for the holiday or to enjoy this summer weekend. Make sure to pack in and pack out all your trash and belongings, and pick up any trash you see along the way for Clean Beach Week! I also find the beach is a perfect place to relax and let everything else slip away, so perhaps you can find your Zen state today by the water!

Environmentalism and Mindfulness

I find the water is a great place to help my thoughts quiet. 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.

Make sure to practice mindfulness and try to enjoy each day’s practice with all five senses.

  • If you are one of the many people heading to the beach this weekend, make sure to pick up after yourself!
  • Maybe bring gloves and trash bags and do some extra clean-up in honor of Clean Beach Week since you’re already there.
  • If you are not near any beaches or have other plans, keep an eye out for litter while you are out and do a little clean up when the opportunity presents itself.
  • If you do not have holiday plans, perhaps find and participate in an organized clean-up.. these events are usually great for maintaining social distancing!
  • Perhaps plant a tree.
  • Or, keep your holiday plans and support beach and ocean cleanup efforts by purchasing a 4Ocean sea plastic bracelet.
  • Or, if none of these suggestions resonate with you, find another way to practice some environmentalism!

We started this month with a deep dive of the Zen Tea Ceremony, but today is a more simple activity. Tea and other beverage recommendations from our intro had enough varieties to suit nearly everyone, but some of our practices this month will not be a good fit for you.. that’s okay! If today’s practice is not for you, try to get outside near another body of water of your choice, or go back and try another personal Tea Ceremony today!

waves crashing on the beach with clear blue skies
Pacific Ocean, California

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July Anti-Boredom Month – Mindfulness & Flow: International Drop a Rock Day

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. I have heard if we focus on the past we will be depressed, if we focus on the future we will be anxious, and the key to joy is living in the present moment. A couple of the Yamas and Niyamas reflect this secret of happiness hidden in the “now”.

Mindfulness is central to a number of eastern religions and philosophies, and is becoming a common theme in western therapy, psychology, and self-help. We have also focused on mindfulness in some of our past daily practices, especially on past Santosha Days and with some focused meditation practices. Mindfulness and losing oneself in the current moment is my idea of “finding flow” that we most commonly experience during “getting in the zone” during particular athletic, work, and artistic activities. Zen Buddhism takes this concept further with Zen Arts such as Tea Ceremony, Archery, Painting, and Flower Arrangement. So, we will focus this month on trying different practices and activities to at minimum beat boredom for Anti-Boredom Month, and hopefully help you experience a flow state.

cool shot of painted rock white with rainbow and imagine hidden in large tree knot with leafy shade - Painted Rock original work - https://unsplash.com/photos/HOgkWa7ajw0
Painted Rock

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness/flow Activity: Making and Dropping a Painted Rock for International Drop a Rock Day! Make sure to practice mindfulness and try to enjoy each day’s practice with all five senses. Learn ideas, techniques, and best products for painted rocks here! Make sure to use smooth rocks, and wash with soap and water and allow to dry fully before painting. You will likely want newspaper to keep your area clean, as well as acrylic paint and paint brushes. Make sure to use sealant after painting and before dropping out in the world for others to enjoy! Today’s practice may be more fun than flow, but it is a good opportunity to practice Aparigraha or Non-Attachment as we leave our creations in the world, or shrug off any mistakes.

We started this month with a deep dive of the Zen Tea Ceremony, but today is a more simple activity. Tea and other beverage recommendations from our intro had enough varieties to suit nearly everyone, but some of our practices this month will not be a good fit for you.. that’s okay! If today’s practice is not for you, try a craft of your choice, or go back and try another personal Tea Ceremony today!

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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