My daughter had her birthday recently and one of the gifts I gave her was something called a Buddha Board. We saw it on display while we were out shopping together and thought it was a really cool and unique thing. The philosophy of it according to the description on their website says “The Buddha Board is based on the Zen concept of living in the moment. You simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clear slate and a clear mind – ready to create a whole new masterpiece.”
What I have found in “playing around” with it myself is that it’s a very helpful and therapeutic activity to do when I’m feeling worried, anxious, or having other things troubling me. There is something very freeing in painting certain words or pictures that portray/describe my troubled thoughts and feelings and then watching them evaporate and disappear into nothing. It just gives a wonderful sense of letting them all go.
Many years ago my sister gave me a ridiculous looking pink plastic brain shaped container that had gumballs in it. It was during a time in my life when my mind was feeling especially overloaded with thoughts and worries, many of which were things that were completely out of my control. She said that after I finished all the gumballs that I should use that pink brain container as a sort of “second brain” to use when mine got too full. To write down all of those thoughts and worries that I couldn’t do anything about and place them inside my “second brain” as a way of clearing my head. And that when afterward if those thoughts tried to creep back in I could simply look at my pink brain and say “Nope, I have already let those go, they are my pink brain’s problem now.” I know it might sound a bit silly, but it really did work. For me it was a type of “Let go, and let God” mindset in addition to carrying out a deliberate, physical act, as well as adding my prayers of surrender. I’ve long since stopped using it, but after all these years I still have that ridiculous looking pink brain, it’s sitting on my desk stilled filled with all of those little slips of paper inside. One day perhaps I shall open it and read them. It might be interesting to look back at all of those things that troubled me so much that are no longer an issue in my life. You know, we worry about so many things all the time and it never changes anything or does us one bit of good. “And who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” “…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
So anyway this Buddha Board is the same sort of idea as my pink brain, only in addition it also provides the added benefit of a wonderful, creative, artistic way of doing it. And it isn’t only good for that purpose, it’s just really enjoyable in general. Even the bamboo paintbrush feels good to hold in your hand. I’m probably going to end up buying one of my own so I don’t have to keep using/borrowing the one I gave my daughter for her birthday.
The motions I use are much more fluid and I paint my words in a calligraphy style, but this video gives you the basic gist of how it works. I like the lyrics to the music they put with it.
Several nights ago I was looking around on YouTube for some relaxation music to listen to and I came across a lovely little gem. It’s so peaceful. And I find it not only very soothing, but also somehow hopeful and even cheerful at the same time. I absolutely love it and I feel so good listening to it. I’ve went to sleep with it playing nearly every night since. Music combined with sounds of nature… it doesn’t get much better than that for me. Music truly is such a beautiful, wonderful thing and I’m so thankful for the ears to hear. The original version I found doesn’t allow for embedding so you have to click this link if you’d like to listen to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YCAcXiHEdk
But I did find a portion of that same selection on this one
Silly looking isn’t it? Hey, whatever works, right?