Have you ever witnessed the look of solemn concentration on a child’s face when they’re engrossed with playing with their toys? This state of complete absorption with a task in hand is the same in effect to meditative practices, such as yoga and immersive walks in nature.
The mind has become acutely focused, with no peripheral thoughts or any real awareness of anything else. It is a fully conscious state of being, however through total immersion in certain activities we can tap into our subconscious minds.
Knowing as we do the power of channelling our minds in this way, we are opening up to the many diverse ways that this can be achieved. These methods are sometimes simple and modern, and not necessarily ancient practices where access to ‘Nirvana’ is subject to certain rites of passage.
Everyone has a right to play, although society is only just coming around to the idea that it’s not weird for adults to engage with the same playthings as children. Naturally Lego are at the forefront of this movement, seeing the recent rise in adults purchasing toys and the potential to harness a new market.
Just recently, another Instagram ad cropped up on people’s feeds, depicting a trendy young woman struggling at yoga, who then appears to find a sense of inner calm and clarity through her endeavours with a Lego model. The video is captioned: “Need an escape? Building with Lego bricks reduces stress and improves your wellbeing. It’s zen in the shape of a brick.”
This marks a new kind of mindfulness, picking up from where the sudden craze for adult colouring books left off; marketed to women and the wellness world as therapeutic, meditative tools that effectively reduce stress and anxiety.
Maybe we need to ask Santa for a new Lego set this Christmas?