‘To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wildflower.’ – William Blake
A friend of mine collects miniature bits and pieces – dollhouse furniture, thimbles, charms, teeny stickers, tiny teapots and wee spoons. I can understand the fascination of little things, for I like them too. There’s something comforting about being able to seize the world and place it in the palm of your hand.
Focusing on a single small object – a feather, a pebble, a rose petal or a tiny ant – leads naturally into reflection and a state of calm.
Making time to be still and just observe doesn’t come naturally to me. To really focus on something, I usually draw it. This gives my hands something to do and seems to trigger an automatic relaxation response.
Exercise: Journaling by drawing is an excellent activity for an overstimulated mind. Pick a single small object – a leaf, a slice of apple or a pencil – and create a little sketch. Don’t worry about getting it ‘right’ or making a Picasso-worthy piece of art. It helps to keep the eyes focused on the object, letting the hand move over the paper.