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Have you tried origami for mindfulness?

Joyful Array talks about the power of paper

As you probably know, origami is the Japanese art of folding paper, traditionally used to transform a flat piece of paper into a sculpture. It's a process that can also be meditative and calming.

Joyful Array uses origami to create beautiful artworks, holding workshops and selling her masterpieces online. Here she explains her passion for origami and how it supports mindfulness.

How did you get into origami?

Origami has been a part of Asia and its culture for centuries. It’s a shared childhood memory for many Asian people, it is a common school hobby and a cultural norm. So being raised in Hong Kong I was exposed to the art of origami from a young age. Boys commonly made paper boats and planes, while girls would make flowers and hearts. As young as five I learned to make my very first paper crane. Since then I've watched my passion for paper grow as I continue my study in Arts and Crafts after I moved to the UK.

Origami is obviously an impressive skill but how do you find it supports mindfulness and well-being?

Origami can promote mindfulness and well-being in many ways. It is a hobby that teaches the value of patience, precision, and hand–eye coordination. The act of folding paper requires concentration and focus, which can help clear the mind and reduce stress. The art form offers a sudden burst of dopamine, improving your mood, and reducing cortisol on top of that. Additionally, the repetitive motions of folding can have a meditative effect, helping to bring a sense of calm and balance.

Why do you think it has that meditative effect?

In our fast-paced world it can be difficult to focus. Finding a way to enjoy the moment is important. The art of paper folding can help us relax, clear our minds and focus on the present. The process of making something with your own hands can be very satisfying, which can boost self-esteem and confidence. Furthermore, origami can also provide a sense of accomplishment when you take a piece of paper and transform it into an artistic final product, it can serve as a visual reminder of the present moment, the focus and patience required to create it, promoting mindfulness.

If someone wants to get origami, how do you recommend starting?

To learn the art of origami, I usually recommend searching for a free tutorial on YouTube! Additionally, plenty of beginner-friendly books or DIY kits are available on websites like Etsy. However, the best way to learn is definitely from in-person workshops.

What does well-being mean to you?

Well-being to me is a state of health, happiness, and peace. It encompasses physical, mental, and emotional health as well as a sense of purpose in life.

What are your well-being goals this year?

Prioritising regular exercise and physical activity, setting up a daily mindfulness practice, reading more books, and starting yoga are all things I’ve been wanting to do. I also plan to organise more origami workshops to help spread joy and dopamine too!

What's your favourite spa treatment?

Oh, I would say a long luxurious facial massage, in Asian culture, taking care of your skin is a way of life. Korean beauty involves a seven step skincare routine that focuses on hydration and nourishment. So a good professional facial using good quality natural and gentle ingredients is definitely my favourite.

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