What we're about
We found this club to introduce twisty puzzles to people living in Hong Kong and show them how to use twisty puzzles to achieve the state of mindfulness. Our club wants to gather people who pursue the mindfulness lifestyle but also want to learn something new and to find fun and entertainment along the way.
By exploring different kinds of twisty puzzles together as a group, we hope participants can confront their own fears, kick away frustrations, and to relax together as a group seeking to find solutions to their problems.
With a collection of over 60 kinds of different twisty puzzles, from beginner’s level puzzles such as the 2x2x2 rubik’s cube and the pyraminx, to expert’s level puzzles such as the “Bugua cube” and the teraminx, we will be demonstrating and explaining some of these puzzles in our collection, and use them as teaching tools to help participants achieving mindfulness.
Our meetup sessions will be held as workshop in which we will go through the puzzles together as a group. Individuals will have time on their own to work on their own puzzles while we will act as your coach and mentor for solving the puzzles as well as guiding you how to be “mindfulness” while solving the puzzles. We welcome absolute beginners in twisty puzzles and mindfulness practice, to experts in both fields.
We want to popularize the Rubik’s cube and Twisty puzzles in Hong Kong as a way to achieve mindfulness in life. By using the Rubik’s cube or any twisty puzzle as a tool, we can exercise our minds to train our attention, self-control, memories, and fingers-eyes coordinations. Unlike other games or toys, twisty puzzles can be a great tool for us to practice mindfulness lifestyle as we believe playing with twisty puzzles can help us find clarity in our minds and train our abilities to focus on the present.
Mindfulness is an increasingly popular practice for people who live in the modern world in which we are constantly overwhelmed and distracted by overflowing of information. Mindfulness is a lifestyle which helps us focus on what’s important in our lives. By practicing mindfulness, we can achieve peace of mind and find happiness and motivation in our daily life.
Twisty puzzles are kinds of puzzles known as “sequential move puzzles” which can be manipulated into different combinations by a group of operations, also known as the “combination puzzles”.
Puzzles collectors and mathematicians usually refer combination puzzles as “twisty puzzles”.A classical example of a twisty puzzle is the “Rubik’s Cube”, invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik.
Since the Rubik’s cube has been invented, its popularity has grown over the past few decades. More than 350 million Rubik’s cubes have been sold since 1980, making the Rubik’s cube the most popular toy of all time.
There are over 43 quintillion possible combinations for the Rubik’s cube; the cube was so difficult to solve that its own inventor couldn’t solve it. The Rubik’s cube initially was not intended as a toy, but a design prototype for Professor Erno Rubik to explain the possible ways to join objects together.
The Rubik’s cube was considered impossible to solve for a regular person in the 1980s; 1 out of 20 people in this world have attempted to solve the Rubik’s cube at least once in their lifetime, but only few in percentage managed to solve it.
As information age bloom, overflowing of information and knowledge flooded the world. The ways to solve the Rubik’s cube is becoming easier to understand as more and more people who have successfully solved the cube came out to write and explain their solutions. Solving the Rubik’s cube has a paradigm shift. People of the information age seek to solve the cube with efficiency and want to race with time.
The current world record for solving a Rubik’s cube is about 5 seconds. The average “Speed cuber” can solve the cube under 20 seconds. There are major Speed-cubing competition being held monthly around the world as more and more people try to beat the time of being the fastest person to solve the Rubik’s cube. As for this group, our main focus is on exploring and solving different twisty puzzles, not on the speed/efficiency of solving the so-called speed cubes.
Twisty puzzles as a tool for mindfulness lifestyle
Many consider twisty puzzles difficult and intimidating. Many of us reluctant to pick up one and learn it as the puzzles have too many possible combinations and it’s impossible to solve one without paying attentions to the moves and understanding the puzzles. Moreover, most of us have too much to “worry about”, and there are infinite many more other choices of activities, so why the twisty puzzles?
Twisty puzzles are not only toys, they are tools to train our minds and can help us with mindfulness practices. We can learn many life lessons via solving a twisty puzzle as these puzzles metaphorically have many similarities to our daily lives. Unlike other kinds of puzzles, working on a twisty puzzle randomly may seems like it will miraclly solve itself, however, without understanding what you are doing and the puzzle you are working with, there is no chance one can solve it. On the other hand, twisting a puzzle without a direction can never get us the solution, likewise, living a life without purposes can never lead to full enjoyment of life.
Many of us work hard on a daily basis while we may not know our purposes of life and the values of our work. Some may also doubt about our ways of life. Playing with twisty puzzle strains us to pay attention to the outcomes/values of our actions while maintaining focus on our goals, in a way, it aligns with values of mindfulness practice in which it teaches us to pay attention to the present and use our current resources to fulfil our lives.