Recently, you have probably heard the word ‘zen’ more times than you care to count, what with social media and of course the Internet on its own. However, only a handful of people seem to know exactly what it means; although there is not concrete definition to this trait, it simply means being at peace not only with yourself but also with the world outside. It is easier said than done however, as the 21st century seems to be bringing in more problems than ever. Having said that, it is worthwhile to note that if you do make a conscious effort, you can actually make your way there.
Be it meditation, a retreat, sitting at a park whatever, it is crucial that you have nothing to distract you. Having your phone next to you constantly is only going to hamper your focus neither should be you posting up selfies about it. Get rid of all distractions, and make sure you take some out of your day, even 20-30 minutes depending on you individual circumstances. It may not seem like a lot, but in the long run you will notice its benefits. You can also seek advice from professionals as these come with a series of tests and step-by-step techniques to help you.
Just as dancing and swimming have techniques for example which smoothens our performance, in the same way of a good meditation also has its different forms. One of the most basic techniques include focusing on your breath. A staggering amount of us are actually breathing all wrong which is affecting our body and mind both. Remember to focus on both inhaling and exhaling, and concentrate; do not do it thinking about what is for dinner, it is not going to work.
What sets us apart from animals is our greater thinking capacity, enabling speech and the ability to make decisions. However, this also works on the flipside as it means we are servants to our emotions and can be easily influenced by them. Regardless of what the emotion might be, if you are sitting down to meditate, try practicing this the next time. When one or many emotions seem to be flooding into your head, simply watch them go by. Do not react or harbour any feelings towards any of them. Do not judge yourself either. Once they come, simply acknowledge their presence and let them go. Once again, you will find that you can practice this better with mindfulness courses.
If you are new to this especially, you may not find anything happening for you at first. Do not let this take control over you; all good things take time, and this is no different. Once you have established a regular routine for yourself in this regard, you will find that it is not bad at all. Stick to it and make sure you set some time aside each day, even right before bed just to clear your mind and rest easy. Do not give up, stick to it. You will reap the benefits in the future.