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Moments of Zen

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Author: RealMomofNJ

I spend a considerable amount of my time multitasking. It is a continuous balancing act, as I go a million miles an hour in 10 different directions. There are days when I would give anything for 5 minutes -- just 5 minutes! -- of peace to collect my thoughts and catch my breath.

Well, I'm a homeowner, wife, mother, and I work full-time, so peaceful opportunities don't come along all that often. Thus, I have gotten good at finding those necessary 5 minutes of downtown somewhere in my crazy-busy days. I call them my "Moments of Zen."

For example, one of my favorite Moments of Zen comes when I'm washing dishes. Instead of considering it a chore, I savor the time it takes to wash the dishes because it provides me with the chance to get lost in thought without the distractions of my work, my husband, or my toddler. I bask in the single, repetitive action and I use the time to contemplate the rest of my day.

It works with other household tasks, too. Instead of rushing through folding laundry or cleaning the bathtub, I take my time, turn off my brain, and take advantage of the chance to think quietly. I have really come to value these little instances of pure concentration and complete focus. They truly help me get through my days.

Where do you find your moments of Zen?

photo: Lightsurgery

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samanthagraham
04/09/12
I love this post - this is exactly what i do too. I also subscribe to www.stillnessreminders.com and receive a daily text message at a random time each day, that reminds me to take a breath, pause - whatever i want to write to myself to remember the peace! Samantha.
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RealMomofNJ
04/29/11
Hedgewitch, I had a pet hedgehog when I was younger, so I can actually relate to your experience! My hedgehog was pretty shy, but when she did relax enough in the hands of a human, there was a great connection there. She made you earn her attention! :)
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leigh harris
04/24/11
Well said, Samantha. Five minutes is sometimes all we have, yet it changes the course of our day (or evening), and grounds us in an otherwise distracted environment. It feels like you've read my book, only it isn't quite published yet. I hope more people read your insightful comment into a normal day, and turn their chores into zen! Namaste, Leigh
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hedgewitch3
04/14/11
I've been involved in rescue for pet hedgehogs for the better part of 13 years. With rescue comes waves of joy and heartache...And we have a saying to help get us through the rough times: Time spent snuggling a hedgehog does not subtract from the rest of your life. Interacting with my little quilled companions is relaxing, calming, and up-lifting...And I always find time to still do the "necessary" household and work stuff. I love doing dishes late at night with lights down low. The entire apartment building is quiet, the hedgies are just coming out for their nightly routine and play, and I accomplish a needed task while also washing away the stresses of the busy day. Laundry is a whole other "zen" moment of sorts... I've got some of those folding dryer racks and use them to hang a good bit of laundry. The act of carefully laying items over the bars neatly, then later folding the freshly cleaned items, is both relaxing and connecting to the earth... natural fabrics will do that to a person!