A good routine to develop is to reflect and be thankful at the end of each day. I like to call it a moment of zen.
I actually first heard this phrase on The Daily Show – they end each broadcast by showing a video clip about something awkward or funny that was aired on TV somewhere else. This is a way where finding humor in a situation helps turn a negative outlook into a more positive one.
“Zen” is a great word but what does zen mean? Zen originated from Buddhism and is commonly described as being focused on your body and mind at the same time. It is a way of being present in the moment, a state of mind. A perspective of what’s around you that can bring some clarity and wisdom. Praying is a moment of zen for many.
The right state of mind helps calm you – mentally and physically – and can support how you end the day by being more relaxed. It just takes a few minutes and is something I recommend everyone develop a tradition for…a simple goal of being present each day.
The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. – Thich Nhat Hanh
There is no one way (or right way) to experience this. One of the simplest approaches is to practice deep breathing such as the 4-7-8 method. Inhale for 4 seconds through your nostrils, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and then exhale for 8 seconds through your mouth. Repeat about 3 times. (Don’t look at a clock – you count in your head and focus on the breathing.)
My moment of zen will be different than yours. We have unique perspectives and interpret things differently. Nature is one of the best remedies for me…a walk in the woods or watching the sunset. What’s your moment of zen?