For the last three years, I’ve been on a sort of journey. A journey to find peace within myself, and the ability to interact peacefully with the world around me. Even when the world is anything but peaceful. Even when all I want to do is scream and run and shout and cry. And it hasn’t been easy. But through it, I’m learning how to be stable and find peace within myself, no matter what’s happening in the world around me. It’s a process. And like I said, a journey.
A few months ago, I adopted a morning practice to help me get into a zen space. If you’re anything like me, you know that if you wake up in a bad mood and don’t do anything about it, you’re likely to have a bad day. And sometimes we wake up in bad moods; all of us. Sometimes it can’t be helped. But I hate bad days, so I started this three part practice that puts me in a zen space every morning.
What is it? Keep reading…
- I used to get up at 5 and immediately open my laptop and start working. Gotta get that word count in, right? That was my top priority. I love writing, but starting off putting all that pressure on myself first thing in the morning is not the best way to start the day. So now I start off with a gratitude practice that I picked up from the Rhonda Byrne book, The Magic. I write down ten things that I’m grateful for. Once I’m finished, I go back and read each one again, saying thank you three times after each. This probably sounds way too woo woo to you, but I love it! It puts me in a positive space…my zen space.
- After gratitude, I meditate. I have a channel on Pandora that I only play when I’m meditating. For me, meditation is a time when I focus on feeling the connection between myself and God. The meditation goes on for as long as it takes for me to feel that connection. Could be four minutes, could be 12 minutes. How do I know when I’ve made that connection? A feeling of peace and well-being comes over me. That, and joy. Even though we all always have that connection, for me, this makes me mindful of it. This is also the one time in my day when I’m not doing anything except focusing on my connection with God.
- Once I feel connected, I pray. I pray for guidance during the day, I pray for my friends and family, and I pray for peace, and the ability to show love with everyone I interact with. I’m still working on that last bit. Some people are easy to show love to, others are not. When I encounter someone who’s not, I say a quiet prayer for God to guide me and help me refocus on love instead of focusing on annoyance and/or the fact that the person in front of me has offended me.
I’m not perfect at it, but I’m working at it. Being back in corporate America has given me plenty of opportunities to practice. lol
Why do I do this? Because I want to be happy. It’s that simple. Staying positive and happy makes it easier for me to write about murder, and ghosts, and zombies, and demons! 😉
Happy Reading! 🤓