Origami originated in China but mainly developed in Japan. It is a full-fledged oriental art with a symbolic and lucky message. If this activity helps us to feel more zen and more relaxed, it also allows us to sharpen our concentration and our memory, and teaches us to better coordinate our eyes and our hands. “One of the greatest virtues of origami is that it can allow us to reach mindfulness, a strong spiritual awakening that allows us to focus on the present moment (taught in Buddhism) but that is mostly used in the West as a therapy to help fight stress and depression, “says Australian psychologist Darryl Cross in an interview for the magazine Body & Soul.
In the same style as the famous Origami, Quilling or paperolle is the art of making drawings from strips of paper that are rolled up and glued on the edge to create patterns. In fashion for a few years, it is more and more practiced by DIY enthusiasts (Do It Yourself). Here too great patience is necessary but we can end up with superb creations.
Yulia Brodskaya is a Russian artist known worldwide for her perfect mastery of Quilling. She was lucky enough to make the official poster for the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 2015.
What you have to remember is that by carrying out these Zen activities to do at home, you improve your inner well-being. By applying and creating on a daily basis, we promote the internal mechanisms that will act positively on the body and the mind.
Laurence Luyé Tanet, psychotherapist and personal development coach
Dr Darryl Cross, coach
Writing About Past Failures Attenuates Cortisol Responses and Sustained Attention Deficits Following Psychosocial Stress, Brynne DiMenichi University of Rutgers, United States
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