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Zen in Ten: A Simple Practice

zen in tenDecember is a beautiful month.  Starlit nights, the warmth of home; it is a month of joy, anticipation and sharing.  The days of December can also be a bit crowded and sometimes overwhelming.  So to keep things simple and in perspective, we are taking on a more mindful approach to the month with a new practice: Zen In Ten.  We want to preserve the simplicity – the hot cocoa, the crafting of homemade decorations, the cookies, the music.  So how will we execute our Zen In Ten?

The Practice

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Dedicate 10 minutes everyday for 30 days to doing something that creates a simpler life.  Eliminate distractions, set a timer if you need to and focus on your activity for 10 minutes.  If you skip a day it’s okay, life happens.  Try to jump back in the next day.  Be present.  Be mindful.

What this practice does not include:

  • mindlessly surfing Facebook and/or Pinterest
  • watching television

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • read an entertaining novel
  • journal
  • go for a walk
  • make a favorite drink and enjoy it
  • write a note to a friend

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We want you to participate.  Take this opportunity to be truly present in your activity.  We want you to find your zen during a typically busier month.  We will be sharing a few prompts throughout the 30 days as well as sharing our Zen in Tenhere and on Instagram.  Follow along using the hashtag #zeninten.

We look forward to seeing and hearing everyone’s progress!

xo, Carolyn & Lauren

2 Replies

  1. Wonderful idea! Making our life simple should be a daily thing, and December is a great moment to get started.

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