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Crafty and Calm: How to Make a Meditation Glitter Jar in 3 Steps

Crafty and Calm: How to Make a Meditation Glitter Jar in 3 Steps

In my mindfulness research, I recently happened upon a site on how to teach meditation to children. The idea of a glitter jar is you shake up the jar of glitter and tell the kids how the water in the jar is their mind and the glitter represents their thoughts and feelings.

When we shake up the jar all you see is swirling glitter. You can’t see the clear water anymore. It’s chaotic and confusing when we can’t see clearly. Like when we have a tantrum of some sort. It gets messy in that mind of ours. So, what to do? Pause. Set the jar down and breathe. Watch (for about 3 minutes) as the glitter slowly settles down. After it settles we can see the clear water, our mind is clear, we can now make better decisions.

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    Whenever I see something made for kids I have a tendency to say, hey, that would work for me too! I like glitter. I like making stuff. Why should kids have all the fun? So, I went ahead and made my own glitter jar for my own grown up self.

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    Here’s how you can make one for your own grown up self too.

    1. Get a jar. I chose a fancy one that once held a delicious bottle of sake.
    2. Get glitter glue. I found mine on Amazon.
    3. Warm up some water and then fill up the jar, leaving some room at the top. Pour glitter into the jar. Eyeball how much you want to put in. But be careful, if you put too much, the glitter won’t settle, defeating the purpose. I had to empty mine after my first attempt. I got carried away with the glitter. It happens.

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      Voilà! You just made your own grown-up glitter meditation jar!

      Here’s a video I made for you of a 3 minute meditation using the jar.

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      Happy meditating!

      Featured photo credit: Mind in a Jar via amazenu.com

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      Last Updated on May 15, 2019

      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

      As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

      “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

      When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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      Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

      We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

      But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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      So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

      It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

      1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

      Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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      2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

      This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

      You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

      3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

      This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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      4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

      How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

      So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

      If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

      And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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