A to Z Challenge 2016

‘Z’ is for Zen – Finding clarity in your life

April 29, 2016



The Urban Dictionary describes Zen as: ‘a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind.  Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts.’

Throughout the A-Z Guide to a Healthier, Happier Lifestyle, I have suggested that to be truly healthy and happy you need to focus on the physical, mental and spiritual parts of You.

The word ‘Zen’ to me conjures images of peace, harmony and feeling at one with yourself and the world.

Today, we need to put some Zen in our life in order to find clarity and bring some calm and order to our state of being.  Meditation is a great way to introduce Zen into your life.  Incorporating some form of meditation each day will bring inner peace and calmness to cope with the problems of the day.

I never thought I could clear my mind long enough to meditate but with practice you can achieve a meaningful meditation.

Here are 8 benefits to bringing some Zen in your life

  1. Provides clarity of mind
  2. Encourages us to have an open mind to life and what it offers
  3. Improves our concentration
  4. Improves our sleep
  5. Can provide a new perspective on problem solving
  6. Reduces anxiety and stress
  7. Helps you to recognize your feelings
  8. Brings mindfulness and self-reflection

Try this exercise for 5 minutes – you can spare 5 minutes for your health and well-being can’t you?

  • Find a quiet place where you can comfortably sit or lie down without distraction.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Take a moment to try to clear your mind – focus on something that makes you feel good
  • Take 10 deep slow breaths in and out
  • Think of a mantra for your day – think about what you want from your day which will bring happiness.

 If you are feeling stressed or anxious at any time during the day, take 5 and breathe deeply and slowly for 10 breaths.


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What a relaxing, peaceful way to end our A-Z Guide to a Healthier, Happier Lifestyle.


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  • Reply Jeffrey Scott April 30, 2016 at 00:39

    It’s been a great month. Thanks for the A-Z on well-being. I need to take 5-10 minutes, but I worry if I close my eyes I will fall asleep. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 30, 2016 at 17:19

      Thank you Jeffrey for being such a great supporter of my AtoZ Challenge I really appreciate you taking the time each day to comment. Have a fabulous weekend.

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill April 30, 2016 at 15:04

    I find praying does this for me – it takes the situation out of the “immediate” and gives me more clarity. Last day of the challenge Sue – I wonder what you have in store for May 🙂 xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 30, 2016 at 17:20

      Praying certainly does bring clarity and time to reflect. Yes last day of the challenge I am spent and have no idea what to write about in May 🙂
      xxx Thank you so much for commenting each day I really appreciate your friendship and support.

  • Reply Kala Ravi May 1, 2016 at 00:33

    A beautiful way to end this lovely series Sue! Zen way of life is the need of the hour, to slow down and appreciate life for all it offers! It was lovely connecting with you. Congrats on completing the challenge so beautifully!
    @KalaRavi16 from

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 2, 2016 at 15:42

      Thank you Kala it has been lovely connecting with you throughout the challenge and I hope to keep the connecting going. Have a lovely day.

  • Reply Prof. Narayana Rao May 1, 2016 at 03:48

    Good to visit your blog. Congratulations for the last post.
    My Post for Z Today Zeal Required in Blogging to Make it a Success
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    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 3, 2016 at 09:42

      Thanks for stopping by and Zeal is a great word!

  • Reply J.L. Campbell May 1, 2016 at 08:24

    That five-minute exercise sounds like an awesome start to the day.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 2, 2016 at 15:43

      Thanks Joy! Yes it just grounds you I think so that you set yourself up in an organised way to have a fabulous day.

  • Reply Deepti Agrawal May 1, 2016 at 16:15

    Bringing Zen to our life.. Beautiful .. such a calm and serene way to live Peacefully..

    Congratulations for completing the challenge.. will be returning back again and again for wonderful posts from you. Take care.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 2, 2016 at 15:48

      Thanks Deepti it certainly has been a big month but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting some lovely bloggers. Thank you for your support during the month and I’m so pleased we have connected.

  • Reply Scarlett Braden May 2, 2016 at 01:39

    Congratulations on completing the challenge!
    @ScarlettBraden from
    Frankly Scarlett

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 2, 2016 at 15:49

      Thanks Scarlett it was a great experience and I’ll be back next year for sure!

  • Reply gigi June 3, 2016 at 18:51

    Thank you so much for this series, Sue! Yes, ZEN is a perfect ending for this course!!! Thank you for each and every day!

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle February 5, 2019 at 17:14

    Thank you so much for linking up your Zen post with my inaugural #ZTT Link-Up Sue! I see you were doing the A-Z challenge back in 2016. You’re amazing! I’m not sure if I could do it? I love the 8 benefits of bringing zen into your life that you’ve listed here. These are many of the reasons why I decided to start the Zen Tip Tuesday posts in the first place. Society these days = far too many people stressed, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, detached, etc. There’s many reasons why I think this is the case, and it depends on individual circumstances, but I think a lot of it comes down to how constantly *switched on* we are these days. Our minds are always on the go, over stimulated. I’m hoping my #ZTT series will encourage people with a vast array of ideas on how to bring some Zen (peace, harmony, balance etc) back into their lives. Every one has a right to some peace in their lives! Thank you again for linking up! 🙂 xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:47

      Hi Min, I think #ZTT is a great idea and I’m sure your link up will grow as the word spreads. I agree we could all do with more Zen and less stress so it really will be filling a need by writing about it and getting others on board as well. Have a great week and it was lovely to see you yesterday. xx

  • Reply jodie filogomo February 6, 2019 at 00:04

    I thnk we could all use a little of this in our lives!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:54

      So true Jodie and some days I certainly need more than others LOL:) Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Johanna Castro February 6, 2019 at 12:53

    Feeling distinctly un-zen today and needing motivation. I think the mindful breathing exercise you mention is a good place to start to provide some clarity of mind and improve my concentration, which I feel has suffered due to the ravages of the internet and skim reading! Also my sleep patterns are atrocious at the moment. So thank you for the nudge today 🙂 #ZZT

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:08

      Hi Jo, you don’t sound your chirpy self but that happens to all of us. I know that when I don’t sleep well I feel quite low and it is difficult to get through the day. I hope your sleeping improves and you are feeling better but don’t overdo it and push yourself. Take care xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan February 8, 2019 at 13:16

    How we act and react can be so mood driven and by auto-response. I have always been an OVER-reactor and responder and now, as much as I can and remember try to add a “pause”. The space in between as it was coined by Victor Frankl (and I paraphrase here) “between an event and a response is a space”….it is using that space well to maintain your emotions and not affect those of others. I am very much in learner-mode.

    Joining you from Min’s first week of #ZTT.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 10, 2019 at 10:01

      I love that quote Denyse because it is true. It is the space between the event that determines our response. I love that! It has been lovely linking up to Min’s #ZTT and hope it goes well for her. xx

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