Happy Friday! Since there was no school on Veteran’s Day this past Wednesday, K and I headed to the Japanese Garden to meet up with some friends.
It was so beautiful and serene. I almost felt like I should whisper and suppress my coughs.
The autumnal leaves boldly accented the lush green landscape. Red, gold, persimmon (there were actual persimmons too).
The koi fish gathered under the small bridges. Many were autumnal in color too, but the one that caught my eye was indigo, of course.
A stately heron camouflaged itself into the foliage and scenery.
This calming, meditative and meticulously manicured bit of nature was just what I needed (we found two women hand-plucking moss off of a small tree; they smiled and explained to us how the moss hinders the beauty of the branches). It reminded me of these coloring books. I’ve always had a weakness for coloring books, and right now there’s an explosion of them on the market. These were meant to be research — I wanted to know what “anti-stress art therapy” looked like. I’m all about anti-stress, as you know. It looks lovely, it turns out, with simple line drawings ranging from geometrics to nature-inspired scenes. I find, however, that I’m not inclined to color in other people’s drawings (I keep wanting to create my own) and it seems a shame to let these sit around without de-stressing anyone.
I’m not sure if anyone would be interested in these but I’ll throw ‘em out there to see if there are takers. Even if you’re not into coloring, I think these would make sweet gifts. I’ll select two winners, one for each book, and to enter the giveaway, I’d love to know: what do you do to cultivate mindfulness or a sense of calm? Do you meditate? Take walks? Drink a special tea?
I’ll leave the giveaway open until next Friday, November 20th and will contact the winner on the following Monday. International entries are always welcome. Good luck!
Mindfulness is good
But monkey mind is my norm
How about for you?
Have a superb weekend, all!