7 Days to Life: Zen

 

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In this “7 Days to Life” Series, we will be adding little practices into our every day lives that will help us grow to our best heights yet. By incorporating an action into each day of our week, we will become more aware of the true presence of each week’s theme in our lives.

This Series is here to help teach us how we can change our lives by focusing on doing just one thing a day. Don’t worry about carrying one day’s activity to the next. Eventually, we will naturally begin to add these practices into the rest of our lives (the “Life” part in “7 Days to Life”).

The goal here is to concentrate on the phrase “Just for today…” Staying in the mindset that we only have to focus on the present day will help us learn that the only day we truly have to change our lives is today.

This week we have seven activities to help us become more zen, in turn helping us to detach from situations and outcomes and allowing what will be to be and what will come to come.

Day 1: Just for today, declutter your life (home, relationships, work environment, etc.). Release things, situations, or people that no longer make you feel the best that you possibly can. When we remove something that’s only taking up space, we make room for something that can truly help us.

Day 2: Just for today, give yourself some extra time cleansing your energy near water. Sit by a creek, drink more water than you normally do, take a bath, or even just spend a few extra minutes in the shower. Water cleanses the energies attached to us from the day, so adding more water into our day will help us to detach, relax, and return to balance. Bonus: Add some Kosher Salt (must be Kosher!) to your bath or shower. You can find it in the spice aisle in the grocery store. Kosher Salt is the most energetically cleansing salt, so adding this with water will be a double-whammy to detach from the energies of the day!

Day 3: Just for today, donate something: old clothes, money, time, etc. Learn that all of life comes and goes. Realize that what we once loved and cherished has served us well, and we can now part with it in order to allow it to serve others well.

Day 4: Just for today, release ALL expectations! My husband loves to say, “No expectations, no disappointments!” and he couldn’t be more correct. When we are attached to outcomes, we are sending our energy to it instead of letting the Universe give it its energy and send it to us in divine and perfect timing and ways. Detaching from outcomes will not only let you observe from a higher perspective, but it will also allow you to receive that which you are meant to receive.

Day 5: Just for today, clean a room of your house (or the whole home) – but instead of making it a chore, try to see its therapeutic attributes. Help yourself feel good about your environment and realize the control you have in that enjoyment. When you clean, you are washing away the old and putting new energies in the home. Knowing this can help us see the cycles of our lives which helps to remove any attachments, allowing us to see the bigger picture. An excellent practice to use at home is regularly (and safely) burning or diffusing sage, cedarwood, or any other energetically cleansing herbs or oils. Not only will you be cleaning your air from bacteria and other microscopic energies, but you’ll also be cleansing the environment from any lingering energies from past arguments, traumatic events, etc. This will help the energies in your physical body feel more balanced and back to “you”.

Day 6: Just for today, shift your perspective in one situation. If you’re stressed, angry, anxious, whatever – detach from it and look at the situation from the outside. Ask yourself “If someone I loved dearly was in this situation, what honest advice would I give them?” When you see things through this perspective, you’re able to detach from your emotions and everything else you have invested in the situation and give true assistance to yourself.

Day 7: Just for today, meditate. You don’t have to light incense and candles, hold crystals in both hands, and chant mantras – although those things help, too! Find your own way of settling down and entering a state of zen (non-attachment). This could mean lying in bed for a few extra minutes in the morning, or it could mean taking the time to do a hobby such as painting or playing music. Whatever allows you to center yourself and detach from the thoughts in your mind. Realize that you are now becoming not what you think, but the observer of what you think. Allow yourself this time to observe. If thoughts pop up, greet them and feel them. Process the information you are thinking from a detached and higher perspective and, ultimately, find your way to an enlightened end of the thoughts. This will help you tremendously to detach from situations and outcomes and let life unfold as it may.

“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”
– Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs

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