Zenful Living with a busy life can be challenging. After we put together a schedule for the whole family including carpools, after school activities, child care, and school shopping; finding time for us can be difficult. It is important for ourselves, and those around us, that we take the time and practice zenful living. Finding those little moments throughout the day where we can step back, breathe and re-center our energy.


Here are a few zenful living ideas that we find helpful:

  • Smile at those you meet – By being friendly, compassionate, and thoughtful you are able to give and receive positive energy
  • Stuck at a stop light, in an elevator, standing in the grocery line, waiting for a meeting to start or that darn computer program to work – stand/sit comfortably, relax and take a couple deep breathes, you’ll be surprised at how much calmer and better you feel
  • Aromatherapy – light one of your favourite scented candles, use a nebulizer, spritz the air with lavender or another comforting scent
  • Music – play or listen to a favourite song from your past, one that you can’t help but sing along
  • Take a break – have a tea moment, enjoy a special treat (éclairs, Nanaimo bars, lemon squares), read or write a poem, look out the window as far as you can see, what do you see? Colours, shapes, sounds?

When we practice zenful living we are more calm and relaxed. We have a beautiful energy vibration that lifts the spirit of those around us.


What ‘Zenful Living’ ideas work for you?

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Comments (16)

  1. Reply

    Ah, zen. I had it in spades when my 16 year old pug, Pompidou, was alive. Just hearing him snoring (and boy do pugs snore!) gave me audio zen. He’s been gone a month and a new pug puppy is joining our family this Sunday, but as they don’t grow a brain until about age 3, I’m going to need tips like these to get some of those ahhhh moments back into my days. Thanks for the tips!

    Another one: if you work from home and have a window, hang a bird feeder immediately in front of it, or plant a sacrificial garden for deer below. Animal and bird movements are very peaceful and can take you right out of work mode in a blink.

  2. Elizabeth


    I love listening to music. I have it on all the time. Upbeat when I need to get things done and some soft tunes when I want to unwind.

  3. Vesper Meikle


    I just lie down on the sofa and listen to music which I can sing to, not that I sing in tune but that isn’t important

  4. Amanda Alvarado


    My Zen is reading a good book by myself with a nice warm cup of tea or coffee. I can transport myself into the story!

  5. Dee schwark


    My Zen moments are either listening to guided meditation or breathing deeply and relaxing my body. Also having my tea while reading is another that I do daily 🙂

  6. Sarah


    My Zen is definitely when I cuddle my puppy or smile at strangers. There is nothing better than smiling at another driver while stopped at a red light and exchanging inner peace. Namaste

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