Z is for…

I’ve taken on the challenge of an A-Z during April – one post each day on a chosen theme. My theme? Books and writing, of course…

Z is for Zen

If there was an opposite to zen it would be me. In fact, in the dictionary of opposites, beside zen, it would say Jo Tracey.

I’m on a quest to be more zen-like, less attached, less concerned about the opinions of others, less worried about things I can’t control, less likely to take on other people’s problems. I’d love to be serene and detached…but caring at the same time. I’d like to be that person who can shrug off a bad work day without needing wine. I want to sleep at night without a million what if’s running through my head.

The whole meditation thing was supposed to help with that, but I’ve fallen off the meditation wagon over the last couple of months. It’s also one of the reasons I know I need to do something about yoga.

In the meantime, I’ve started to read The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck. How’s that going for me? Well, it’s a good read. I’ve heard other people say it’s changed their life. I’ll let you know.

11 Replies to “Z is for…”

  1. Hi Jo, I hope you are enjoying your holiday in France. I wrote about Zen for my 2016 AtoZ Challenge so great minds. Let me tell you it isn’t easy to achieve but I try each day. I doing Mindful May where I have guided meditations daily so hopefully I will feel more Zen by the end of the month. Enjoy France and I’m loving your photos.

  2. I have been so slack about my daily meditation for the last few months. I “know” I need to do it but have become bored with the program. I do need to shake that up a bit.

    I am enjoying your pics from the holiday.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh Jo – I think we are peas in a pod. I am always trying to be more Zen – even included that word in the tagline for my blog! I was getting good at being more zen but my good practices have lapsed, so – like Sue above, I too am doing Mindful in May (I didn’t know Sue was doing it till I read her comment above!) and hope to regain more zen like qualities by the end of May! Loving your France piccies. I’m sure you’re having a blast over there! BTW – vicarious travel is not as good as the real thing but it’s better than no travel I guess! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

  4. Jo, I think I found my Zen. The combo of physical and cerebral activities during the day, and meditation with deep breathing before bed, help me sleep like a baby. I used to have sleep troubles so I know what it’s like. Congrats on completing your A to Z Challenge while holidaying in France!

  5. Haha Jo! I’m sure you’re not as bad at ‘Zen’ as you make out! But you made me giggle. I’m not very good at Zen either – in fact I’m so scattered that I’m in the minute, out of the minute and all over the place in the space of a nanosecond. I hope you find more Zen moments and well done for blogging every day for the A to Z challenge. Doesn’t that count as Zenful?

  6. Me too Jo. I want to be that cool-headed, unflappable person who appears to not give a F! Maybe I should read this book too. I’m sure all your worries are worlds away during your wonderful holiday in France. Keep making the most of it – it looks fab.

  7. I’ve been AWOL. As you know.

    I’m glad you got the Mark Manson book. I’m yet to get back to it since my trip but should. (You know how I struggle with non-fiction which is why I attempted the whole audio-book thing!)

    And yes, I’m the opposite to zen as well. Except when I’m not. (If that makes sense…. cos sometimes I can be / seem very laid back!)

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