(I know, super corny title, but it was either “In the here and now” or “Painting mindfully”, which actually felt even cornier…)
Today I went with my brother on my suggestion – believe it or not – to Emporia, the largest and, in my opinion, by far the best mall in Malmö; in all of Sweden in my, admittedly slightly limited, experience.
It was, doubtlessly, one of my worst ideas to date.
I probably say this a lot (due to being severally cognizantly challenged – my memory is really that bad), but it felt as I’ve never seen such a copious amount of people gathered in one place, while not being at a convention (I imagine).
Anyway. The reason we went there (and continued on, even after having seen the insane amount of cars in the parking lot), was because I’ve been struggling to keep my mind at ease; I need something to preoccupy it [my mind] to keep it from wandering off into “the forbidden
forest zone, where the unwelcome thoughts pray on the unguarded”, and I was entertaining the thought of re-covering the top plateau of my cats’ jungle gym, since it’s been through a lot of wear and tear, and with my limited knowledge I would need a guide.
Off to the Akademibokhandeln we went.
Normally, my brother is not the quickest to pick up on the thinning of the layer of my outer comfort zone, but this time it was practically tangible, and he, who has no problem being in the midst of large crowds himself, saw that it was affecting me, so after a quick visit to aforementioned bookstore, we were set to be on our way.
I didn’t find a suitable DIY-book, but did happen across one of the currently top trending types of books; mindful coloring books, containing pre-drawn pictures you can color in yourself.
This is a popular “tool” to keep your mind in the moment (aka to be mindful), as you have to focus on the coloring. The book I found myself instantly drawn to is one called Dagdrömmar – Daydreams – illustrated by Hanna Karlzon.
As I’m trying to stay on a budget, I didn’t feel I could afford it, which is when my brother offered to buy it for me ❤
Can’t wait to try it out! 🐰😍