To help create a calming and mindful space in his days, designer Yuki Kawae built a coffee-table size zen garden. Within it, he composes line patterns by dragging different small rakes across the sand.
“I was quite overwhelmed with day-to-day tasks and what are the ‘expected’ next steps in life… One day, I realized all of those thoughts were completely gone when I was gardening, pruning, watering, and re-potting the soil. That process let me be clear-minded somehow, and it was very calming and refreshing.”
Knowing how most things in life are impermanent, whereas relationships with family and friends are forever. This practice helped me gain a few moments of complete clear-mindedness where I am not thinking about anything else. And the biggest positive of all is being able to share the work and be a little help to others, even just for a few minutes. If I could help someone out there who is overthinking, and if this video could stop that train of thought, I’ll be happy.
Watch these calming videos and videos about sand:
• Le bain de Calvin, a calming first bath for a newborn baby
• How to deal with anxiety from change and how to be at peace with the unknown
• Making a traditional Japanese wooden Kokeshi Doll
• Speed up geologic time with this DIY squeeze box
• Observing the angle of repose with DIY physics devices
• Liquid Sand Hot Tub: Making a giant fluidized bed of sand
Bonus: More mindfulness on TKSST.
This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.
Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.