Clear the Mind with a Beach Jar

When the mind is all stirred up with anxiety, fear, anger or another emotion, thinking clearly is impossible. A homemade beach jar works like a snow globe. Shake it to create a literal version of what a murky mind feels like. Watching the contents settle creates something to do while waiting for the mind to clear. You can shake it and watch it clear as many times as it takes before you are ready for intentional action.  

This video includes a quote from Lao Tzu, either a person or a collective of Chinese philosophers who lived in 6th century BCE: “Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles, and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?”

To make a bear jar, use a clear jar with a snug-fitting lid and fill it with:

  • Sand
  • Shells
  • Marbles or small stones
  • Glitter or homemade confetti, using a hole punch and folder layers of aluminum foil
  • Water