I love jigsaw puzzles and have since I was a small child. My great-grandmother started it with a 500-piece beauty. I got so good at them, that I figured out she had three all from the same jig. I put them together one on top of the other, matching the pieces. These days I can do a 300 piece in an hour. Not bragging, just my enjoyment of the challenge.
Puzzles are a great brain stimulator. They are also good for relaxation and to help you focus. I use them as therapy when I’m stressed.
Jigsaw puzzles and their cousins, crossword and sudoku are great tools for stress or boredom. I think boredom is just stress turned outward. Both involve some mental obsession with an overlay of rapidly random thoughts. Your mind keeps churning over and over, but you can’t find a solution. A puzzle of some sort helps you to focus your thoughts on each individual item. You are searching for a particular piece, be it shape or color, and your mind begins to zero in on that which you seek. If you allow those random stressful or bored thoughts to just whirl around in your head, they will begin to form shapes not unlike the puzzle pieces. Soon they will formulate into clues to your issue.
By giving your monkey brain something to do, you turn your subconscious or Higher Self over to the Universe to receive solutions. Not to mention, how quickly you can put that puzzle together.
4 thoughts on “Puzzled”
It’s a funny thing. I posted a couple of blogs posts about puzzles, and now I’m seeing all sorts of other puzzle posts. I decided to try doing a puzzle for the meditative aspects. There were a few hiccups along the way. But the experience provided some great perspectives for blogging about!
This was my first puzzle piece. https://walkthegoats.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/lessons-in-a-puzzle/
And after the puzzle experience went awry, I got to try again: https://walkthegoats.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/a-different-puzzle/
Thanks for reminding me of the benefits I originally sought. I’ll give it another try. Nice post!
I like your post “A Different Puzzle”. Yeah, that’s owning it! Sometimes I want to do that same thing when I get a difficult puzzle. Never sure if it is just the puzzle, or me not wanting deal with the issue. I might try your way. 🙂 Thank you for commenting.
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My puzzle came from a thrift store. Used. I tried to put it together properly, but my confidence in the puzzle-piece count was shaken. That’s my story. Sticking to it. Next puzzle 🧩 will be new!
Absolutely! We deserve a piece-full puzzle just as much as we deserve a peaceful life. Be sure to get a good one. 🙂
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