The world right now is too overwhelming for me. Everything is just too much! When life, for me, gets like this, the best thing I can do for myself is to take a step back and breathe. I decided to get back to my original self and start doing my yoga and meditation sessions. I’ve been doing yoga since 1975. I’m still a beginner but I’ve narrowed down my stances to a few that serve my body and my mind very well. For the past few years I’ve neglected my yoga self. Now? It’s time to get back in to it. Which I have.
After my first session, when I sat down at my computer afterwards, I immediately noticed my posture was better. I wasn’t slumping over. So, I knew I was on the right track to getting my Zen Place back in to my life. Dating back to the early 1980’s, I’ve been using only this one book, Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan by Richard Hittleman as my one and only guide. If you follow Hittleman’s easy 28 day plan, you WILL notice a difference in both your appearance and your manner. I did a search on Amazon and the book is still available!! Here’s the link here and I get no compensation for this recommendation. It’s just been so great to be back in ‘the zone’, yoga stretching at night, doing my deep breathing exercises and meditating very early in the morning every day. I very rarely now pay attention to the outside world.
I realized that I need to take a break. Immediately. I need to get back in to nature. I need to be silent. I need to enjoy life again. I need some quality time for me. These last few months have been horrific to say the least. I just need to turn off all the ‘noise’ and get back to my Zen Place. I usually find peace and quiet in Maine, so that’s where I will be for a few days. On the beach, at a small seaside town, away from the tourists and the crowds and just simply doing my yoga, breathing in all that great fresh air, indulging in some really great seafood, relaxing around the campfire and just being.
To find your own Zen Place, perhaps these 9 points from this article (click here) may help you:
1. Admit How You Feel
Denial never helps. Pretending things are okay when they aren’t will only exacerbate your inner strife.
2. Take a Deep Breath
It seems so simple, but it is unbelievable how powerful just one single deep breath can be on resetting your course. Breathing deeply brings good energy in, and it also discharges stress and negativity.
3. Ask for Help
Asking for help is a crucial part of finding calm amidst the chaos of your schedule. Just asking for help with any task sets into motion a new trajectory for the course of your experience.
4. Unplug from Your Gadgets and Avoid Numbing Out
There is nothing wrong with unwinding at the end of your day, but get real with yourself when you are using technology, food, alcohol, and drugs to numb yourself so as not to face your uncomfortable emotions.
5. Do Something that Nourishes You
Set aside an hour to take a yoga class, get a massage, or even just take a bath. The aim is to calm your nervous system through some form of meditation and help you to see things more clearly. When your body is in a more relaxed state (not the same as zoning out from watching TV), your perspective shifts to reveal clarity that was not there before.
6. Embrace a Slight Shift Toward Positivity
Finding your Zen doesn’t have to mean that everything is suddenly peachy-keen. It means embracing the slightest turn toward optimism as a positive step toward improved life circumstances.
7. Ask Yourself What Bravery and Positive Action Would Look Like in This Situation
“What would bravery look like in this situation?” Choose something on that list, and go for it.
8. Utilize Your Character Strengths to Reduce Your Stress
Your number one strength is creativity, so you call upon that part of yourself as you ask what bravery would look like in this situation. You can start to feel a bit of relief now because you have a plan and can focus your energy into positive action.
9. Create Healthy Boundaries for Yourself Going Forward
Once you pull yourself out of the thick of it, it’s a good idea to question yourself and ask how you can protect your energy going forward.
- What triggers you and sends you into a downward spiral?
- Is there anything you can do to prevent those hard things from happening?
- Are there certain situations, places, or people you can avoid?
Finding your Zen when you are at your breaking point does not mean putting on your blinders and earplugs and hiding under your covers. It means taking the steps toward feeling an inner peace expand at your heart space. Are you willing to live a more fulfilling, healthy, and productive life that can serve the world rather than be paralyzed by it? Remember one step at a time is all it takes to let the breaking point strengthen your resilience and launch you into enlightenment.