A Few Most Effective Mindfulness Techniques
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha
There are many mindfulness techniques. You can not compare what exercise is the best and which ones are not that effective. It all depends on each individual. What may be right for me may not work for you. I started with adult colouring books. Initially, I found it excellent, but slowly it became a bit boring, and soon I lost interest.
It was okay, but I wanted something more exciting and creative. Then I began to sketch my art and boom! It clicked for me, and I loved the whole exercise. Turn on any soothing music and start your sketch with slow and steady pencil strokes. After sometimes, your pencil strokes start positively resonating with music.
And never hurry up to complete your sketch fast. Instead, do it slow and complete it in 2-3 sittings. Music selection plays a significant part in your mindfulness meditation (Yes, I call this process of sketching for mindfulness as meditation).
However, It again depends on your liking and disliking. There are certain types of music which improves the coherence of your brain. Raga Malhar works best for me. In Indian Vedic music, various Ragas are suitable for a particular time of the day, e.g. if Raga Bhairvi is supposed to be sung or listened in the morning during sunrise, it will lose its effectiveness in the evening. That is why I have selected Raga Malhar, which is effective throughout the day. These Ragas not only help your act of sketching resonate with the energy of music, but they uplift the overall positive energy of the environment.
The artwork below is my first effort to do mindfulness exercise. This sketch shows a very famous street in Wellington known as Tinakori Street. And believe me guys, I am not an artist by profession. If I can do it, anybody can do it.