Pondering Egg II | $16 | Kickstarter
There are various methods to go about doing nothing. As an illustration, you possibly can doomscroll the day away on Twitter, log too many hours enjoying your online game of alternative whereas neglecting your weekly chores, or, as has been more and more the case for me previously yr, you possibly can aimlessly stare at your display, hoping for inspiration to lastly present itself as soon as extra. For some time, I checked out doing nothing as a detractor from my work, creating extra obstacles in my path as I additional dodged ticking issues off my to-do record. That’s modified just lately, as I’ve stored the Orijin Pondering Egg II in my pocket, a tiny little egg the corporate says is supposed to function a reminder to take it sluggish and soak within the second.
The Pondering Egg, obtainable now for $16 with new supplies obtainable for backing on Kickstarter, is touted as a device for serving to hold you grounded by serving as your anchor for meditation, or simply to calm stress and anxiousness. That’s an interesting pitch after a yr of blankly staring on the display as my work eludes me and I’ve struggled to stay grounded.
However trying on the Pondering Egg, that premise isn’t instantly apparent. The egg-shaped trinket is concerning the dimension of 1 / 4, and weighty sufficient to be satisfying to carry with out packing an excessive amount of heft. It’s obtainable in a wide range of supplies, comparable to brass, howlite stone, and bamboo (with different variants, comparable to Damascus metal, tiger’s eye, and jade procurable on Kickstarter), so there’s loads of choices to suit no matter texture you discover probably the most soothing.
I examined the Damascus metal mannequin, which lends a type of fingerprint-like texture to the shell of the egg, whereas shooing away any precise fingerprints that would cowl up its shine. It feels good to carry, and it’s weighted to remain balanced in your hand as you fiddle round with it. That may seem to be a foolish calculation to deal with, however its calibration makes holding the Pondering Egg really feel extra intentional than, say, a rock you discovered in your afternoon stroll. For one thing useless set on making you extra targeted, that intent issues, and it’s a part of what makes it such a great anchor for staying grounded when fogginess and aimlessness begin to set in.
Mind fog is one in every of my extra extreme ADHD struggles, typically placing me at odds with deadlines and different obligations like responding to messages, as I attempt to grasp onto any conclusive thought earlier than my flighty thoughts whisks it away. It’s a irritating battle that, if left unchecked, can depart me in a pile of unfinished work and a dearth of time to complete all of it in. Over time, I’ve give you a spread of options, comparable to meditating when my mind can’t appear to decelerate, or journaling after I can’t put my finger on the sensation that’s weighing me down. The issue is that these actions take up time I’d in any other case be spending on truly Doing the Factor, which may result in a self-induced guilt journey if my injury management nonetheless results in missed deadlines or forgotten obligations.
A $16 egg-shaped piece of metallic can’t repair that for me, nor will it alleviate the woes of an ADHD-riddled thoughts, nevertheless it does act as a type of baton which, when handed to you, grants you entry to a free area the place your thoughts can roam till it is aware of the place to go. The thought is that everytime you decide up your little egg, you’re giving your thoughts permission to wander and trip spurts of distraction or stress like waves, preserving you firm till you attain your subsequent vacation spot.
After twiddling with the Pondering Egg for about two weeks now, it lives as much as that promise. Certain, perhaps it’s benefitting from a little bit of the placebo impact, however the outcome’s nonetheless the identical: At any time when I decide up the egg, my thoughts is aware of it’s protected to roam, freed from any pending guilt journeys or slipped obligations. After I’m struggling to seek out my subsequent concept, or can’t pinpoint precisely what I’m attempting to say, that permission goes a great distance in the direction of inching me ahead in my pursuits by giving me the area to flesh out my ideas with out the hardships and woes of on a regular basis life seeping in.
For those who’re much less vulnerable to distractions and mind fog, that premise could fall flat, and the notion of spending $16 on a elaborate token may really feel foolish. That’s completely effective, however there’s nonetheless some utility to be present in a tiny baton that grants you entry to a land free from upsetting headlines and the stresses of your work life. That may all weigh you down, and something that permits you the area to breathe when issues really feel like an excessive amount of is definitely worth the funding.
Perhaps that’s the Pondering Egg, or perhaps it’s a weekend street journey to get away from all of it, however in any case, there’s a whole lot of energy in making a marker in your thoughts that tells you it’s okay to step out for a second, assured issues shall be proper the place you left them while you come again with a transparent thoughts and a contemporary perspective.