Author(s): Richard Chambers
The Art of Mindful Origami extends the concept of mindful, art-therapy coloring using 15 origami projects, ranging in difficulty from basic to complex, as tools to develop mindfulness. In recent years, interest in mindfulness has exploded and it is now a part of popular culture. Increasingly, creative pursuits such as coloring are being used as a way for people to focus and enter a mindful state. Each project starts with a brief description and background to the model. Subsequent pages give instructions for folding the particular model. For difficult exercises, the book details ways of staying focused and calm and using mindfulness to deal with frustration or distraction. This is an important part of mindfulness and leads to a range of benefits for wellbeing and performance. Once each model is folded, the book then outlines various related exercises that can help to further develop mindfulness. For example, after folding the paper boat, readers are encouraged to lie down and place the boat on their belly and watch it rock up and down on the "waves" as they breathe. This helps them develop mindful breathing, which is a powerful tool for relaxation and focus. High-quality patterned origami paper and coloring sheets, which can easily be torn from the book, are included to make this the ultimate gift for anyone wanting a calmer, more stress-free life.
"I found that Dr Richard Chambers combined the art of origami and mindfulness in such a masterful way ... I highly recommend this book for all that need support setting time aside to engage fully in the moment, or to use as some great fun activities to do as a family around the table." Unity Words "Written by clinical psychologist Dr Richard Chambers, this book features 15 origami projects with simple step-by-step instructions, as well as some mindfulness exercises for you to practice. It is a great way to unwind ..." In The Good Books "origami is the new tool in developing mental awareness, calming the mind and encouraging greater connection to our surroundings" Mindfood Magazine "extends the concept of art therapy colouring to the Japanese art of paper folding, promoting peace-of-mind and well-being" House and Garden "Add a little handmade love to your Christmas gifts with this DIY origami gift box. It'll impress your family and friends, and you'll find the art of origami therapeutic for your soul ..." Franki Hobson "origami is an excellent way to practise mindfulness. Setting time aside to engage fully with the simple act of paper folding means that we start to cultivate presence, focus, curiosity and patience. We can enjoy the texture of the paper, the feeling of making delicate creases and the visual feast of the different colours and shapes." The Art of Mindful Origami
Dr. Richard Chambers is a clinical psychologist and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. He is the author of Mindful Learning and Mindful Relationships, and numerous journal articles. He is also one of the developers of Smiling Mind, a free mindfulness app with over 1 million downloads.
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