Meditative Activity: Puzzles

One of my favorite things to do is to put together a jigsaw puzzle. If I had a big enough room with a smooth floor, no carpet, I would totally put together a 42,000 piece puzzle.  The largest one I’ve put together so far was 2,000 or 3,000 pieces. While I definitely would put one together, take it apart, and reassemble it later, I still love new puzzles. I had shelves full at one point, but only kept my absolute favorite ones once we down-sized to a smaller home.

My latest one is a 1,000-piece jigsaw of cacti. That size takes me a day or two at the most  to put together. My eyes can quickly scan all pieces and immediately hone in on that one piece I’m looking for. lol I started on this one today and have the outline and a few cacti pots together. I’m sure it’ll be done before the day is over tomorrow.

Guruji (Paramahansa Yogananda) always encouraged devotees to take time to play and have good, wholesome fun. I’ve heard so many stories of he and his disciples packing a lunch and having a picnic out in nature, or playing tennis,  or racing one another. Not only do I find puzzles fun, but they have a meditative element to it. I know some people find them frustrating or stressful; they are the complete opposite for me! If I’m bogged down with stress or procrastination, assembling a puzzle gets me going again.

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