How To Find Your Inner Zen
By Simonne Lee
We believe that finding and achieving your inner zen and peace should be made easy and accessible to all. In other words, finding your inner zen is like have ready access to those sensations of happiness without having to look too hard for them.
Zen is just another word for experiencing ‘bliss, your sweet spot or being in the moment’. For many of us, we look for those moments in life to give us this feeling and they are usually associated with a surge of adrenalin, meaning we experience an external zen. What if you were actually able to easily access that same feeling internally? Doing so would make achieving your inner zen less about external factors and more about what you are boosting internally.
Finding that inner zen is a simple practice of connecting in with yourself daily, regardless of whether it’s five, fifteen or even sixty minutes. What matters is the frequency of checking in with yourself daily. Recent studies have shown that you can feel instant positive psychological and even physiological effects after just an hour of meditation. From the very first time you meditate, you’re releasing stress and anxiety from your mind and body.
So what effects do stepping into our zen do for us – even if it’s only for five minutes?
- Helps reduce negative thinking
- Brings clarity
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases energy levels
- Increases motivation and drive
- Increases feelings of happiness
- Strengthens immune system
Here are a few simple meditation methods that you can do to experience your own internal zen.
There are plenty of guided mediations easily accessible from the internet. Choose one that you like, get into a comfortable position and press play. For beginners and busy people, I have selected two meditations, a 10min and a 16min which you can purchase and download straight away.
- Get into a comfortable position, you can sit in a chair, cushion or even lie down.
- Shift your attention to your breathing and find your own natural breath rhythm.
- Follow your breath all the way to where it stops in your body and gently hold.
- Then notice your breath as it leaves your body.
Do Part A for three to five minutes initially and whenever you’re ready, you can add Part B into your practice.
- Now bring your attention to a part of your body that’s really relaxed.
- Breathe into that area, gently hold and softly exhale.
- Find another spot on your body that is more relaxed than before and breathe in. As you breathe in you’re expanding this relaxing feeling in your body.
- Keep repeating steps 1 and 2 until your body begins to unwind deeper and deeper.
Do Part 2 for five to ten minutes
- Search the internet for some music e.g. a gong or a mantra being repeated at a rhythmic pace.
- Get yourself into a comfortable position sitting in a chair or on a cushion.
- Place your hands on your knees (palms up or down is fine).
- Follow your breath in and out until you feel your body settle into position and relax.
- Let the sound of the gong shift your brainwaves into theta which is a deeper state of relaxation where you may feel yourself drifting in and out.
- Just relax and follow the rhythm of the gong beat.
- A repeated phrase or word that you say out loud or silently e.g. Ah.
- The word or phrase vibrates from within your chest as you repeat it.
You can do either sound meditation for five to forty-five minutes.
Life is about those sweet moments and how often we allow ourselves to stop and enjoy them. Instead of running around chasing these moments, stop and take a minute to pause. Create the habit to go within and slide into your sweet bliss even if it’s only for a moment, every day!