For those that like to colour in books, I would like to give you a challenge. A challenge that I have already done, after doing the challenge myself.
I challenge you to colour with your non-dominant hand. So this means using your opposite hand from the one you usually use.
This challenge appeared in “The Mindfulness Companion – A Creative Journal To Bring Calm To Your Day,” by Dr Sarah Jane Arnold.
So, as I am right-handed, it meant I had to colour the picture below with my left hand.
Believe it, or not, I have never coloured with my left hand. So I surprised myself with this end result.
I did feel the concentration though, while completing this challenge and I did this over a few days.
The only time I have used my left hand, was when I had to write with my left hand some years ago for so a few months, while the right one was strapped up and not allowed to use it, after injury as a cleaner with it.
Before then, as a packer with an employer, I learnt to use a tape gun with my left hand, so that I could alternate hands using the tape gun, so I would not have any issues with my right hand, had I used that all the time instead. (Repetition causing injury I suffered, until I made this change.)
When you do the challenge, as the challenge in my book says, “… Notice how much patience and concentration it requires. It may feel new and unfamiliar. It may feel frustrating. Notice and name any emotions that arise, moment by moment, and allow them to be here with you as you try to guide your hand as it colours. See if you can experience this without making any judgements. Notice how present you are in this moment.”
If you decide to take on this challenge on your blog, do let me know.
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