Finding Your Zen

I wanted to write a blog about maintaining your zen during the holiday season but I got too busy…

I have come to really value and cherish moments of calm- imagined or real.

I have come to need moments of calm for my emotional and physical well being.

I try to carve out such moments whenever possible.  No matter where I am, no matter what I’m doing, I can stop, orient myself within my surroundings, imagine myself in the timespace and become present.  I’m trying to master the art of being mindful.

Have you ever tried it?  It takes a little diligence but its benefits will keep you coming back to the practice again and again.

Stop what you’re doing- it only takes a few seconds.  Where are you?  What are you doing? Why are you doing it?  What is the real purpose of it?  How does it make you feel?  Is the feeling contributing to your sense of well being?  These are enough questions to bring you into the present moment.  Don’t overthink it- let your mind and subconscious do the work.

In times of stress, this practice can often be enough to bring us back- help us re-group and regain focus.  In times of joy, being mindful can heighten the positive experience bathing us in gratitude.

The present moment is all we really have.  Make the most of it…


9 thoughts on “Finding Your Zen

  1. Good reminder, Susie! I practice mindfulness, too – well, at least, I try. It’s interesting that when I find myself the most stressed out, I also find that I am holding my breath. When I come back to the present moment and focus on my surroundings (like you say), I breathe again. Coincidence? I think not. 🙂 Best wishes for Happy New Year!

    1. I appreciate you sharing Stacey. We need to keep practicing so that it can become natural for us to be mindful.
      Best wishes to you too for a happy healthy 2018!

  2. Well said and a good reminder in the hectic holiday season. In my personal practice of mindfulness I have added a simple question in my quest for peace. In moments chaos, unpleasant thoughts or stress, I asked myself how I want to experience this moment. I know my options, either focus on problems and stress or, blessings and gratitude. The choice is always ours 😊 ✌🏻Wishing you a blessed New Year , love you xoxo

  3. Happy New Year! May 2018 be the beginning to a more mindful and zenful life ahead. May we all take the time and make every moment count!

  4. Susie, your posts are so beautiful to read. Your thoughts and words really make us look deep into our lives and the people we are connected to.
    I’m sitting here by my window reading your blog while my youngest daughter is playing in the snow . I have a big smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart, thanks to the both of you! ❤️❤️

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