Doesn’t it seem like mindfulness and meditation are the hottest new buzzwords? Wanting to get to a clearer state of mind has never been trendier, and there’s wrong with that. Meditation and mindfulness apps and books are big, but what about some tech? Yes, you can engage in mindfulness with tech. You’ve seen the adult coloring book craze, and watched the popularity of other mind-clearing products, but you probably haven’t seen The Original Buddha Board, an amazing way of painting Japanese-style.
The Original Buddha Board lets you water paint with ease, and is inspired by Zen ideas of “living in the moment.” You use the Buddha board by painting on its surface with water, and then the strokes or design appears. Because this is water painting, however, the water and your design will slowly evaporate. You watch as the design disappears and clears, and your mind is clear as well. What you’re left with is an empty slate so you can begin again. The board is made of a high-grade durable material without chemicals or ink or even paint. Promised not to bubble or peel, the board should last and last according to the manufacturers.
With the board, a wooden stand and a water brush, you’re ready to start painting for a Zen experience. It’s easy enough that children up 5 and up can do it, and will probably want to. Remember the old peel-and-life “magic boards” we had as kids? This is a new better twist on that technology and uses the Japanese style of water painting for Zen peace. Aesthetically, its gorgeous and clean design will be pleasing to anyone who likes minimalism. When you order the Buddha Board, here’s what it comes with:
- Buddha Board “canvas” (12″ high x 9″ wide x 1/4″ thick)
- Sturdy waterproof stand, complete with a roomy reservoir for water & separate grooves for holding both the board & brush
- Premium bamboo paintbrush with thick, ultra-soft bristles
It’s a big step up from the Zen rock and sand gardens that people keep on their desks, and more fun too, because it lets you be creative along with getting some stress relief. If you want to enhance your Buddha Board, you can purchase a set of Zen river rocks to add more textures to the setup. The makers also sell a mini-version and a portable version for mindfulness on the go.
Some of us have a problem with learning to “let go,” and experts like Tim Ferris have recommended the Buddha Board as a tool for doing so. Some reviews on Amazon mention other uses for the board: writing down worries and watching them dissipate, chronicling gratitude each day, and letting elderly painters practice their brush strokes. It seems that’s there’s no wrong way to use it. With a drying time of 3 to 10 minutes depending on the severity of your strokes, you have time to reflect, notice, and then watch it fade away.