We all need a little peace in our life.
You’ve read all the columns in magazines about how we should remove technology from our bedroom and make it a place for relaxing and connecting with whoever belongs in there with you. What you may not read is that it’s the 21st century and scrolling Instagram immediately before bed and when you wake up can be a form of relaxation in itself. So how do you keep technology in your life and still have a sense of ‘Zen’ floating around. Firstly, what even is Zen ?
The word ‘Zen‘ is the Japanese attempt at pronouncing the Chinese word ‘Chan’, which in turn is the Chinese attempt at pronouncing the Sanskrit word ‘Dhyana’, which translates as ‘meditation’. Zen emphasises rigorous self-control, meditation-practice, insight into Buddha-nature, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others.
So now that we know the roots of the word that has become so ‘Fad’ it’s almost lost it’s meaning – How do we incorporate this into our life? Don’t stress, we don’t want you to research – we’ve done all the hard work. Stressing isn’t for you babe, Zen is.
1. CREATE A SPACE THAT YOU CAN BREATHE IN
Whether you live in a share-house or a home of your own with family you need to ensure you have a place where you can escape to and just take a breath. Research has proven that just 10 minutes a day can help reduce pain, stress, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, insomnia and more. If you are a visual person try to keep things clean and clutter free. An oversized cushion with a few indoor plants in a nook of the home should do the trick. We recommend some Aloe Vera or Lavender – both of which promote the flow of oxygen through the room – giving you more fresh air to breathe in when you take 10 to meditate.
2. DE-CLUTTER YOUR WARDROBE
You know that dress you bought last summer on sale just because it was $10 and you would ‘wear it one day’. Well that one day hasn’t come and it’s accumulating almost 2 summers of dust. We are all guilty of sale shopping or even full priced splurging for no apparent need. When was the last time you cleaned out your closet and reduced it to the items that you wear and the items that you need (which should be the same thing, really). Put some time aside this weekend to commence the de-clutter and you might be surprised at just how relieved you feel once you clear it out. You can donate your belongings to charity or the nearest women’s shelter to start bringing in the Zen of ‘Benefiting others’.
3. EAT JUST 7 TYPES OF FOOD WITHIN THE ONE DAY
Zen is all about simplicity and taking things back to basics minus the gluttonous indulgences. So why not work on something that we are all guilty of indulging in ‘Just Because’. Food is nutrition for our body and fuel for our life – this is something we so often forget. It’s easy to eat things because we want to or because they taste good or even just because it’s there. When was the last time you ate because you needed it and your body felt energised wholly from it ? Here is how you can do 7 foods in one day.
Breakfast | Scrambled eggs, Spinach + Feta
Lunch | Spinach, Boiled Egg, Tomatoes on Rye Bread
Dinner | Chicken stuffed with Spinach + Feta with Tomatoes and Beans
4. BUY QUALITY, ESSENTIAL ITEMS THAT WILL LAST
By investing in quality purchases you are essentially consuming less and spending less in the long run. Fast fashion is taking a considerable toll on our environment and lives. Churning through low quality items for short term use only creates unnecessary clutter and cost. When buying everyday items, like handbags, you want to look for a timeless design that will transcend seasons and quality construction with use of high grade materials .
Sometimes making the constants in your life that little more simple can bring you time and energy to focus on the more complicated things in life. Remember – not everyone is perfect – so finding a way to bring Zen into your life will be different to me bringing it into mine.