Pursuing a different type of lifestyle can be difficult to master. Your zen life is all about the connection between body and mind whilst ensuring you have a total state of focus and calmness. Take a look at Zen monks who practice for years on years to reach a level of complete concentration. They live their lives with total simplicity, and carry out activities with such peacefulness. It is truly inspiring to see how they can achieve such a unique point in their lives. The most important part of pursuing a life of Zen is to focus on healthy living. Most importantly how you go about controlling a healthy lifestyle.
If you want to pursue a life of zen, having a healthy physical lifestyle will introduce you to more opportunities in life. There are some very simple ways to do this which don’t require going to the gym every day.
Doing yoga can improve your fitness by a substantial margin, if you contribute 30 minutes of your schedule to it every day. If you don’t know where to start, head online and search for videos that teach you the basics and you can start off there. And the benefits of this is, you can do it from home, whilst watching it on your laptop or your TV, without having to pay. It’s all free!
Meditating has been a practice since prehistoric origin. In fact, meditating was practiced as early as 1500 BC, from Hindu traditions. But what are the benefits of meditating. Well not only does it improve concentration but studies show it slows aging. Yes, that’s right. Meditating can change your brain physiology to slow how fast you age.
This will work well whilst you meditate and take the energy of your zazen, which is just sitting meditation. Taking long, deep breaths will help you concentrate and focus on the finer things in life. Monks have been doing this for years and has proven to really combat stress.
Get out more
Scrap the TV, grab your keys and just leave the house. Enjoy what the environment outside has to offer. It’s much better to be moving around than sitting on your comfy sofa. Breathe in the fresh air, take a moment and just be grateful for what you have and where you are in life.
An important factor of having a healthy lifestyle is your diet. Eating well and doing exercise go hand in hand, and is the best way to get into better physical shape. Whether you are a carnivore, vegetarian or vegan, we can all agree eating healthily is something we should take more seriously. The most crucial part is balancing portions and eating fruit and vegetables (which shouldn’t be a problem for vegetarians and vegans). Fruit and vegetables are incredible at cleansing your body from harmful toxins. You’ll probably be surprised that many of your favourite foods like apples and blueberries cleanse your body’s detoxification organs like your kidneys and liver to prevent the harmful toxic build up. These harmful toxins are generally caused by pollution, food additives and smoking. So there you go; natural medicine in the shape of food.
When it comes to healthy living, it’s not always about your physical health, but sometimes it’s more about your mental state. Keeping a level headed mentality, can prove to lead to a happier life. One way you can do that is by reading. Simple enough right? Open a book and read for 30 minutes to an hour a day. Whatever book interests you, but I can recommend some that go into depth on your zen life. Alan Watts’ ‘The way of Zen’ is definitely the book to read. Contains so much information that will really change the way you think. Reading any book for that matter will allow yourself to take your mind off any problems you have and help you delve deeper into reality.
Disconnect from the internet
There’s only one way you can be reading this blog, and that’s on the ‘interweb’. It’s where you get free information, where you can shop, and where you can communicate with friends and family. Occasionally however, it is a good thing to disconnect from it all. Just turn everything off, and live life naturally with no technology. Just experience a day without it and you will thank me later.
Establish a daily routine
Just like zen monks and Buddhists, they establish a routine of getting up early so they can carry out their tasks with no issues and interruptions. So why not try getting up really early, every morning for a week. And by really early I mean 4 or 5 in the morning. Why will that help with your zen? Well waking up early helps you to sustain a healthier diet, enhances your productivity and improves your quality of sleep. It will take time to adapt to waking up earlier than you are used to. So every morning, try waking up 10 minutes before you usually do. This will tell your brain to adapt more progressively.
To summarise, participate in yoga and meditation, do a few breathing exercises, get out and read more, eat healthily, disconnect from the internet occasionally and establish a daily routine.