How to get your Zen on, and keep it on!

It’s nice to get your Zen on every now and again – but how the hell do you keep it on?

You’ve no-doubt experienced glimpses of your Zen-state.  Those moments when you feel blissful, at ease, enjoy the sun on your face, the ocean view or the grass under your bare feet.  Perhaps having your nails done, a massage, a weekend away without wifi!  We need these experiences to help us unwind and reconnect with ourselves, but what if you could make this your natural state?

Personally, I’m the more anxious type and I’ve had to consciously work at not letting that be my ‘normal’ state by learning to let go, surrender and be more compassionate with myself.  It’s taken a combination of practices and lifestyle changes to achieve a Zen-state my general reality.  With 6 kids, and a business and a husband that works in the film industry (long and unpredictable hours) I know what it’s like for things to get overwhelming or feel out-of-control-busy – but what I can assure you of, there is another reality that you can live in while remaining productive and creating an amazing life for you and your family – the mostly-Zen reality.

This doesn’t mean that I never get stressed, frazzled or overwhelmed.  It means that I am mostly in my Zen place.  It means I have learnt how to quickly return to calm and happy – our true natural state – despite disturbances in my life. It means I recognise the early signs of my change of state, instead of the late ones.  It means I see anxiousness or feeling uncentered as a sign that I need to check in with something, rather than judging it good or bad or not even noticing until I’m in a peak state of anxiety (This will look different to different people.  Perhaps a panic attack, Bell’s Palsy, inability to sleep, complete loss of appetite etc).

Firstly, remember, you’ve probably spent a few years getting into this state, so be a little kind and patient with yourself as you work your way out of it and into you mostly-Zen place.  This process is about creating new habits.  You need to recognise the habits that are feeding your non-Zen state and replace them with habits that feed your mostly-Zen state.

There are three steps to the process.

  1.  You need to unwind your thoughts, emotions and your body!
  2. You need to untangle and simplify your life.  Get back to essential basics in order create space to think and make changes
  3. You need to create a new vision and create new habits that support your vision!

 

Here’s four ways to get started:

  1.  Yin Yoga that will gently unwind your body and your mind, allow you to easily let go of emotions and bring a sense of calm and self-nurture to your whole being
  2. Yoga Nidra is a guided relaxation that has a subtle yet effective healing quality to it.  This is a non-confrontational way to begin a gentle healing process and is particularly powerful with trauma (PTSD).
  3. Active Meditation to help observe your self-critic with compassion.  A slow quiet walk, gardening, guided visualisation or hand work (hand sewing, knitting, weaving).  If you feel emotional – simply stop, take a deep breath in and a slow breath out.
  4. Energy Healing to clear stuck emotions, trauma and what I like to call ‘space junk’!  Women report feeling lighter, clearer and ‘more themselves’ again.

So what are you waiting for?  Get started!

 

 

 

 

 

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