Mindfulness/Play: Going Small

In this exercise, I invite you to focus on a very small thing

– Small is key here, because the goal of this exercise is not to change your entire life or mindset, but to narrow your focus to one small thing

– Depression feels overwhelming

– Going small counteracts that storm

– Choose a small object in your immediate environment

– Spend at least 5 minutes trying to observe all that you can about the object in as much detail as possible, if you are able to, draw or paint what you are focusing on

– Use multiple senses

– After 5-10 minutes, check in with yourself about how you are feeling

– “Going small” can feel counterintuitive because we have real, big problems, going small can provide us some moments of relative ease

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