Zen Habits

Today, I look for inspiration.  I spent hours this morning cleaning my sons’ closets, sorting through clothes that no longer fit them. I have a number of things to do, things to catch up on, things that need my attention.  To dos, that at best feel like meaningless distractions.

With the rain, I prefer experiences over chores.  I would rather watch an old classic film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with a hot cup of tea; I would rather take my German shepherd Jeb for a long walk through the wine country and search for multi-colored rainbows; I prefer to read a juicy book or write one.  But are these good habits, when there is so much to get done?  Then, I thought of these simple Zen habits:*

less TV, more reading
less shopping, more outdoors
less clutter, more space
less rush, more slowness
less consuming, more creating
less junk, more real food
less busy work, more impact
less driving, more walking
less focus on the future, more on the present
less work, more play
less worry, more smiles

With those Zen habits, I will return to my ‘things to do’ today.  I will get back to washing the laundry, taking out the trash and going through paperwork.  I found the inspiration to do and to be.  “Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” ~Shunryu Suzuki

As Thich Nhat Hanh reminds, “Smile, breathe and go slowly.”  


One thought on “Zen Habits”

  1. Reading your blog is zen for the soul. Is that redundant? New life sprouts as rain feeds the earth and the soul. The sun burns off the worry and the skies remind us of constant change.

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