How to get into the Zen Zone

So how do you get into the Zen Zone?

There are many practical ways to find your Zen, get some balance back in your life, breathing easier and feeling more in touch with the now.

Lets start with the feeling of zen, and how you felt when you had been absolutely pampered?  Some might feel a touch of zen after a day at the spa, for others it's sitting beside a stream, or playing a musical instrument or painting.  You may not feel any time passing as life is so pleasant, and you feel in-tune with both your body and surroundings.

Zen literally means 'concentration' or 'sitting meditation', it is based on deliberate breathing and being in the present moment. You are zen when you feel completely alive, this can also be achieved by slowing down and doing something silly and childlike, by laughing, or getting some valuable 'you time'.

Some practical ways to find your Zen:

  • Be single minded and concentrate on doing one thing well.
  • Whatever you do, be deliberate and slow it down.
  • Always, finish what you start.
  • Realize that less really is more.
  • Don't overcrowd your diary - leave some space for you.
  • Develop good rituals - like getting up earlier to meditate or just think.
  • Have a routine, not a structure.
  • Do (or use) your favorite things.
  • Be in nature, or just sit and contemplate life.

So when we talk about stress, there is the good stress and the bad.  You need to know how this applies to you, as it is a very personal thing and then you can manage your reactions.

Some stress is harmful and can cause physical, mental, and emotional problems. Your body and mind will manage these situations depending on your current state. If you are not in a good place, it can manifest in your physical health and this can  include; digestive problems, weight fluctuation, heart disease and depression.

To regain some balance in your life, you can identify the triggers to your stress and how to deal with them.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Exercise - yes, your body wants and deserves to be active.
  • Practice some stillness every day.
  • Eat good food - this also means as many vegetables as you can.
  • Sleep, anyone who suffers from deprivation knows this can affect everything in your life.
  • Get out of town, or at least out of the office as often as you are able.
  • Be grateful and kind, to quote Plato - for everyone is fighting a hard battle.
  • Carve time out every day ending in y.
  • Smile, because it actually changes your brain chemistry to release feel-good neurotransmitters.
  • Anticipate the positive.
  • Don't procrastinate - be proactive.
  • When you do anything, operate only in the present.

We mostly think about the minutiae of life, but it's really the blue sky view we should be concentrating on, the big ticket items that really change the color of our vision and the way we see ourselves in the world.