A zen scene from Wednesday evening...
From the outside looking in, it would never have appeared to have been a “spectacular” week. It’s not that anything super-bad occurred. Sometimes it’s just the little stuff that can frustrate, yes? And...this week...that was the case: a meeting that ran later than I’d have liked, an unforeseen ice “storm” that detoured a planned evening artist’s date, dealing with an unexpected workplace situation bright and early Monday morning, and a few other assorted--um--occurrences.
Even so... I look back at this week somewhat fondly; realizing what I call “zen measures” served to combat a bit of this week's angst. “Zen,” BTW, is defined (by Urban Dictionary) as a “state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind.” Yup, without realizing it, initially, that’s indeed what I did (smile).
This week’s zen measures included:
- Rose early and meditated for about 8 minutes each day, Monday through Friday. Oh yes, I did! Missed my podcast on meditation? Check out this past post.
- Attended two yoga classes (Monday and Wednesday evenings). The Wednesday evening class was actually entitled “Yoga and Meditation;" so, I gifted myself with the “double whammy.”
- Wrote three pages in my journal every evening this week. I’m currently doing a reread of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. My life doesn’t currently afford me the luxury of writing the author’s prescribed morning pages each day. As a result, I’ve modified and made them daily evening pages.
- Affirmed every day this week. Plus, now I’ve included a targeted creativity affirmation—thanks to my reread of Ms. Cameron’s fabulous book!
Those were the biggies! Truly, I believe these sweets helped make my week a bit more peaceful, mindful, and balanced--despite an assortment of challenging "externals."
What zen measures did you undertake this week? I would adore hearing about them!
Joy & peace, T.