A Buddha Board, Pink Brains, and Chinese Flutes: Hey, Whatever Works Right?

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.

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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

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I also took a picture of my pink brain…DSCF0081a

Silly looking isn’t it?  Hey, whatever works, right?

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13 responses to “A Buddha Board, Pink Brains, and Chinese Flutes: Hey, Whatever Works Right?

  1. Jewels, that pink brain gives whole new meaning to “Two heads are better than one.” Think I need both a pink brain and Buddha Board. 😉

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    • They say that we only use 10% of our brains, but I find that really hard to believe because mine is often quite overloaded and blows fuses left and right. So in my case two heads really are better than one ~ even if one of them is only made of plastic. 😉

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  2. I am so sorry that you are hurting right now. 😦
    The second brain is so neat! Your sister seems like a cool person. And the Buddha Board! I want one. I bet it is a good way to release things you like to “wash away”
    Most of all, I hope happiness finds you again. (((hugs)))

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    • Thanks. ♥ Yeah, my sister is pretty cool, I have really learned so much from her. I have no idea where she came up with that pink brain idea, but it really was quite ingenious at the time. She’s so smart! I really love this Buddha Board idea too, it’s such a great concept, and I can’t say enough how truly freeing it is to watch the words and pictures that represent my worries and troubles evaporate and disappear. The key though is to really fully release and let them go. Sometimes for me it takes repeated efforts. Ah such is life ey? Thanks so much for the (((hugs))) they are truly appreciated, and coming right back atcha.x

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  3. Reblogged this on Ky Grabowski and commented:
    Great post from the lovely Jewels about dealing with stress! Check her out, she’s a fantastic person!

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  4. Very interest post and I enjoyed both videos and like many others I will be getting one for me. I am 天使. (Angel)

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  5. This was an awesome post. Very helpful and entertaining at once. I have been looking for ways to relieve my anxiety and your ideas are the best I have found. Would love to get a pink brain and a Buddha board. Going to listen to the song because I also love nature sounds mixed with music. What a find you are!

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    • Thank you, I’m so glad you liked it! 🙂 I really do highly recommend the Buddha board, it’s such a wonderful, creative way to release. Hope enjoyed the music too, when you went to listen to it, I just find it very relaxing and uplifting. Thank you for saying “What find you are” I sincerely appreciate hearing that! Thanks too for stopping by, I’ll think I’ll head over to your place for a little visit…

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      • The music was all I expected it would be. Glad you sincerely appreciated what I said about you because I sincerely meant it! I called my son and told him all about the article immediately! 🙂

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  6. I remember seeing those Buddha boards and wanting one! It’s a very cool concept. And I love the pink brain!

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    • I really like my Buddha Board, it’s wonderfully therapeutic! That pink brain was a silly thing, but it seriously worked for me at the time. Heck who couldn’t use a second brain?! 😉

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  7. I love the Buddha Board Julie!! Thank you for sharing your pink brain too!
    Great tools for an overactive and creative mind 🙂

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