“Mindful LEGO” is one of the rising trends in the ever-burgeoning niche of mindfulness. One event in Birmingham UK proves just why we cannot get enough of mindfully putting LEGO blocks together.
Take a look around this site and you will find literally hundreds of different mindfulness activities to try. One thing I didn’t see coming, however, was the rise of LEGO Mindfulness, which even has a book [LEGO: Build Yourself Happy: The Joy Of Play, available on AMAZON].
Well, come it did, and now LEGO mindfulness is a thing. Yes, the once Buddhist practice of mindfulness (which is being aware of the present moment without judgement) has come together with LEGO, those lovable little building bricks, to create a new form of mindfulness activity. And there are even adult groups for it.
One such group takes place in Birmingham, UK, and attracts hundreds of attendees. It takes place at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. It’s designed to promote better mental health. Which seems an odd thing for LEGO to get involved with but, such is the wellness trend these days that everyone has a say in it, even Barbie [READ: Best Mindfulness Toys For Kids].
I was intrigued to discover whether there is any research into the benefits of playing with LEGO. I couldn’t find any scientific research. But I do believe there can be benefits of LEGO for adults. The whole point is that it is… well… pointless. There aren’t many times in an adults life when we aren’t under pressure. Even hobbies put pressure on us. Fitness is about goals. Sports are about winning. Even video games are competitive these days. There’s always pressure to do well. But not in LEGO. It’s just fun. And because it is just pointless fun, it is immensely relaxing. It’s escapist. It’s something we adults can do just to chill. And that is a rarity in this day and age.
Like Michelle Thompson [Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Birmingham] told The Express And Star, For many adults, stressed out parents especially, they don’t often get the chance to regress and act like kids. The stresses and strains of modern-day life is tough, and after a day in front of a laptop, looking after the children or stuck in meetings, it can be hard to switch the brain off and truly relax and think differently about life.”
Enter LEGO, our childhood friend. Those simple little building blocks are a way to escape our stress. ““We have been running these adult events for the past 12 months and truly for some they have been life changing,” says Thompson. “People really are able to build themselves happy, see new opportunities in life and also meet a whole new pool of people, so it’s great to see and be a part of.”
The event crew ran a survey of attendees to see how mindful LEGO building benefited them. 78% said they feel stress in everyday life, and 93% said the LEGO event helps them to relax.
I think the ramifications of this go far beyond LEGO. For me, this and similar events are a rebellion against a world that is constantly high-pressure. We need to remember that adults need fun. And not the sort of fun we normally get. Not the, “I have a hobby and want to be the best in it” sort of fun. No. The utterly pointless “I’m doing something dappy because it’s stupid and I love it” kinda fun. After all, adults are kids too.
You can learn more about Lego Land’s events on their website.