Confessions of a Professional Mom

Confessions of a Professional Mom

Professional mom seeking clarity, balance and a well deserved glass of wine.

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Get Your Zen On

September 13, 2011 , , , , , ,

What is zen anyway?

Zen is a school of Mahāyāna Buddhism. The word Zen is from the Japanese (but also Cantonese) pronunciation of the Chinese word Chán (禪), which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which can be approximately translated as “meditation” or “meditative state”. Zen emphasizes experiential wisdom in the attainment of enlightenment.

I don’t know about you, but I need all the “enlightenment” I can get. Some days are so depleting I feel like Sponge Bob stuck in Sandy’s bio dome (and no Partrick there to fetch me a bucket of water). I’m finding that I have to feed my soul daily or the depletion becomes way too overwhelming and then I consider alternative story endings that involve bathtubs or fire.

I’ve discovered several ways to get my zen on. You know, that wonderful state of being when you feel on top of the world. Your inner mean girl is gagged and tied up. You feel thin and pretty (for longer than 10 minutes). Your kids are getting along. Work is awesome. The house is clean (again, I stress for longer than 10 minutes). Laundry is caught up (yeah, this never really happens). Your car is clean and has a full tank of gas. There’s food in the fridge. You’re smiling for no particular reason. Yeah, those times. I want more of those times. I am craving more zen time. I believe it’s possible. I believe it’s absolutely positively necessary for our survival.

Consider trying something new! You know those days when you feel like you wake up and it’s Groundhog Day again. You grab that same energy bar and eat it while running out the door to get the kids to school on time. You don’t find the time to work out, again. You didn’t have a moment all day to have an actual thought or creative idea. You fix the same crap for dinner. Blah! I’m over days like that. I’ve got to break out of that routine. I’ve put together a list of ideas to get your zen on. Please feel free to add to it. I know you’ve got some groovy ideas in that gorgeous noggin of yours.

1. Eat something different and healthy for breakfast. (dark chocolate does not count)

2. Wake up earlier and spend 15 minutes meditating and writing in a journal.

3. Decide there’s no yelling before school, only whispering. (evil smile here; the kids thought I was nuts)

4. Make something different for dinner tonight. Actually follow a recipe and have fun.

5. If you don’t live near the beach, buy some kind of fountain. The sound of water is amazing.

6. Buy a new kind of wine, just because you love the label.

7. Get a tattoo. (seriously, one of the most empowering things I’ve ever done)

8. Write yourself a letter every day for 30 days. (as if you were writing to your child)

9. Go out and buy new underwear and bra’s. Throw all the old ones away.

10. Get your hair dyed a different color (or colors plural). Again, one of the best things I’ve ever done.

I will stop at 10 and see what you come up with. Of course, I have many more. I’ve got to string this out and keep you interested. The point is don’t forget to make the time to get your zen on. It can be 5 minutes or 5 hours. (5 months would be perfect, but we’ll start small) Feed yourself. Feed your soul. Find that inner peace. It is very powerful and will transform you. I promise.

Stay sane, my friends!



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