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Thought For Today: Jigsaws

May 30, 2020

Who would have thought that hundreds, if not thousands of small irregular shaped pieces of cardboard sitting in a box, held so much potential, give so much pleasure and have so many benefits.

If you haven’t guessed I’m thinking about pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. I’m something of an addict and such puzzles have played a big part of my lockdown in the past months. 

I am told there are many benefits. Doing a jigsaw puzzle can sharpen your brain and uses both of its sides – the logical left side and the creative right side as they work together to provide a vigorous mental brain work out that helps improve problem solving skills, hand and eye co-ordination, enhances self-evaluation, gives a sense of achievement and even helps to lower blood pressure!

It’s also a perfect path to mindfulness. You are “fully in the moment” – or at least I am. My attention is laser focused on one thing – where does this piece fit- where is the bit with the red stripe? Any worries just melt away. My perception of time along with my ability to think of anything else but the immediate task in hand is completely lost providing me with a well-earned break. I’m living in the moment and no external factor can distract me.

 

I liken it to gazing at a painting in a museum, or even a view. Looking at this beautiful image. I find myself relaxing and becoming part of the scene.

 

During past weeks I have visited such images as Mevagissey Harbour, with its colourful fishing boats, Tobermory on the island of Mull, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cadgwith, Wells Cathedral, a cider farm, a farm shop, even a jumble sale and engaged with 1960’s grocery products.

Jigsaws can be a focus for more than one- for a family gathering or a shared project. Rec