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.