“A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.” Louis-and-ChampagneHave you ever felt frozen by too many decisions? As if the roads in front of you are all so incredibly full of challenge, adventure, exploration…fun but you have to choose just ONE. Or, choose one for now?? Sometimes I find myself sitting in front of paintings, my computer, and my to-do list like I am stuck in quicksand…decisions, decisions, and more decisions. I find it entertaining that, in order to fight “decision fatigue” and let the creativity flow it is recommended to develop routines, habits that you don’t have to think about. In turning something into a habit, you lose the energy it takes to make a decision. You just do it as part of your day.
But… what if you really don’t LOVE routine…
Conundrum, yes?!Or maybe I/we just enjoy fighting against routine. The idea of the same place and work each day sounds so…pastel (yes I see life in color too) whereas the unknown path is fully colored. Yet somehow in the midst of this bland routine, I also see something quiet, peaceful, and fairly Zen sinking in from the sidelines. So today I will work on the Zen things. 10 Zen Things for us to try:
- Do one thing at a time
- Do it slowly and deliberately
- Do it completely
- Do less
- Put space between things
- Develop rituals
- Designate time for certain things
- Devote time to sitting
- Smile and serve others
- Make cleaning and cooking become mediation
- Think about what is necessary
- Live simply
Zen things by ellenfisher.comDo you have any "Zen Things" you can add to the list? Please share your ways of staying Zen in the comments below.