Mindfulness Jars are used to encourage those who take the time to stop, breathe, and reflect. They are an easy way to keep your reminders throughout the day that it is not just during meditation/quiet time that you need to be mindful.
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What is a mindfulness jar?
What is a mindfulness jar?
A mindfulness jar is a fun way to bring some calm and focus into your life. The idea was inspired by an ancient Japanese tradition of keeping stones on your desk to remind you to be mindful. If you’re feeling stressed or distracted, simply pick up a stone and give yourself a moment to breathe and focus.
The concept has been adapted for modern times through the use of glass jars with cute messages printed on them. You can fill these jars with stones, sand, marbles or anything else that reminds you to be present in the moment.
What can I do with my mindfulness jar?
There are many ways to use your mindfulness jar:
Use it at work as a reminder to take a deep breath before making an important decision or call.
Put it on your bedside table and use it when you wake up in the morning (or night!). It will help get your mind back into gear after a long sleep and start off your day feeling refreshed and ready for whatever comes next!
Keep it in the kitchen so you don’t forget about it when preparing dinner or doing chores around the house. Even if all it does is remind you to take a deep breath once every five minutes, that’s better than nothing!
How to Make A Mindfulness Jar
1. Half-fill the jar with water.
You will need the following items:
- a glass jar (we used a 4-cup mason jar and a 1-cup jelly jar)
- water, enough to fill the jar about half full
- essential oil (we used lavender)
- something to stir with (if you’re feeling fancy, use an orangewood or bamboo stirrer)
- small bowl (optional)
We recommend using this project as an opportunity to clean out your kitchen cupboards! Collect all of those little jars that have been sitting around for ages and reuse them for your mindfulness jar. You don’t need anything fancy—if you’re only making one jar, you can use any small drinking glass or cup from around the house!
2. Add the food coloring, glitter, and glue to the jar.
First, decide what you’d like your mindfulness jar to represent. Do you want to track how many bites of food you take in a day? Do you want to count the number of times you check your phone each day? Do you just want a general-purpose stress reliever and decoration? The options are endless! As long as there’s a way for people to see through the jar, this project can be adjusted easily.
The next step is finding a clear glue. You’ll have more freedom with what type of glitter and food coloring to use if it’s transparent, so I recommend looking into that first. When choosing glitter, keep in mind that bigger pieces will show up more than smaller pieces, so if you’re going for a specific look (like one big piece surrounded by lots of little ones), make sure it fits with your vision before buying any extra supplies! And when choosing food coloring, remember that when it’s stirred into hot water it will become transparent like the rest of the mixture—this may cause some fun surprises!
Then find yourself an appropriately sized glass jar or bottle from your kitchen or local dollar store (you could even reuse something cool from an old craft project…). Decorate it however suits your taste using paints or stickers and let everything dry before continuing on. Once dry, add the glue and mix with some water until smooth. Next, add glitter and stir again until smooth! It’s ready for use! You can put anything inside—a sprig of lavender or rosemary makes them smell nice too!
3. Screw on the lid and shake
You can really mess up your room if you don’t take the time to put everything in its proper place, so we’ve created a helpful jar that will help you stay organized! Here’s what you do:
- Find a big enough jar and wash it out thoroughly.
- Buy a piece of paper and write down all the stuff you think goes with mindfulness on it.
- Screw on the lid and shake the jar to mix the contents.
- Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in this jar, like an eraser or pencil sharpener or some boring old regular pencils or something like that (unless they’re super cool). Put these things in their proper place instead!
- Shake extra hard for no reason at all because it’s fun! But make sure you close the lid properly this time so that nothing spills out over your carpet (you do not want to have to deal with that kind of mess). If the lid does come off, just remember to breathe through it, clean up as best as you can, and refocus on using this jar for its intended purpose: staying mindful!
In all, it takes less than 10 minutes and makes a great tool for calming down some of the big emotions you might be dealing with.
How do you use a mindfulness jar?
A lot of adults like to use their adult time to watch TV, play video games, or do something else that will help them escape from their problems.
A lot of kids have a hard time calming themselves down after they get really angry.
If you have a kid that has a hard time calming themselves down and they don’t like to play video games or watch TV, one thing you could try is making a “mindfulness jar.” This also works really well for adults who also just need a second to breathe.
It’s a great way to kick off your mindfulness journey.