Mindful Ways To Becoming A Little More Zen
Mindfulness allows us to choose the foods or nutriments that will be a contribution to our body and elevate our health and wellbeing.
Here’s some mindful ways to becoming a little more Zen:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to feel energised, healthy and nourished. Stay away from junk foods, they only make you tired, moody and you may feel guilty. And drink plenty of water.
- Clear your mental space. Your physical, outer world can reflect your inner world, so organising it so it’s clear of clutter, shifts the energy and brings strength and clarity. Clear your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and pantry, living and dining rooms, your office, the garage and your car. Being surrounded by ‘stuff’ you don’t love or no longer use only clogs your mind as well as your home and life in general.
- Spend time in nature. Walk along the beach, sit by a river, walk barefoot on the grass, listen to beautiful music, watch an uplifting movie. Turn off violent or bad movies and TV shows and negative news reports.
- Connect with your inner voice and deepest desires and getting clear on your purpose will motivate you and bring you joy. Stop worrying about how many likes or followers you have on social media, being more successful or making more money than your co-worker or friend, getting a new sports car. It’s pointless if you’re not happy.
- Consciously choose what and who you surround yourself with to find more space and joy. Be compassionate with yourself and others. If you’re surrounded by people who are judgemental or angry, or you’re living in a noisy neighbourhood…. find a caring community, friends that support who you are and what you do, move to a happy neighbourhood.
Morning practices to create your day with ‘A Little More Zen’…
- Hara Breathing – breathing into the Hara, located below your navel, is a powerful relaxation practice that helps calm your mind and relax your body, and brings us back to our gut and intuition in a very practical and grounded way.
- Mindful Meditation – Meditating even for 10 minutes each day can calm your mind and bring greater clarity and focus. Learning Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation is suitable for beginners and more experienced meditators.
- Shift Your Mindset – focussing on positive things and helping others helps you stay happy.
- Take a few moments before you act – take a few minutes, doing some breathing before you react or think about a problem rather than acting straight away can give you more insight and a better solution.
- Work less to be more productive – cut back your work hours, organise your schedule to increase your productivity.
- Finding meaning – do the things you love, that connect you to your passions and joy.
- Conscious Connections – find those who support you and what you do. Spending time with people who practice mindfulness will help you maintain a zen attitude.
- Gratitude – every day focus on the things you are grateful for in your life
- Schedule self-care and breaks – block out these times in your calendar first and then fit business into the times that are left. Overwhelm comes from not having a plan.