Mind Dancing – A Short Story

I’m on the subway home.  It’s the rush hour commute.  I close my eyes and the lights come up.  The music tonight is Stevie Wonder’s Superstition and all the seated passengers begin to sway in unison.  My feet slide gracefully down the middle of the subway car and my fingers form jazz hands as my shoulders and arms shimmy up to the sky.  Everyone is up out of their seats spinning in cannon and I burst into song!  My eyes gently open and twinkle as I notice a permanent smile pressed onto my face.

Until tomorrow,

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

Red Light… Green Light!

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Wait… wait… wait… GO! Wait… wait… wait… GO! GO!! If this sounds anything like familiar to you than either you’re an expert “Red Light Green Light” gamer or you have encountered the hurry up and wait challenges that life often brings.

Living in NYC, my level of patience tends to fluctuate between absolutely nothing, and when I am mindful, slightly more than very little. This of course doesn’t leave much for my 9 million fellow New Yorkers I share the space with. It certainly doesn’t leave much for my coworkers and colleagues, and at the end of the day, there’s almost nothing left for my loved ones, friends and family.

Since this is ultimately a post about life balance and community, I’d love your input on how you find your patient place. How do you snuggle up to the red lights when you already have all the adrenaline rushing through your veins from the green? Do tell! Wait… ok yeah, please share. 🙂

-TZB

TZB Project 365 (Day 72) – Let It Go, Let It Be.

If you’re anything like me (and for your sake I hope you’re not 🙂 ), trying to control my feelings and reactions as well as other people’s feelings and reactions can be a full time job!  I am in sales and nothing bothers me more than knowing someone doesn’t approve of me or like me or how I do things.  It bothers me so much sometimes that I’ll obsess about ways to fix it until that certain someone can like me again.  (Very unZen, I know). 

So I’ve concocted an exercise to help me let go:

I think about who I am and I say to myself, “I am a kind, helpful, decent and honest person and I always try my very best to be the best version of myself I can be.  This is the best I can do for myself and those around me, and others will choose to accept me or not, but that is not my concern”.

Let it go, let it be.

The Zenful Blogger

TZB Project 365 (Day 63) – Unleash the Good Stuff

Ever start talking to someone about something you’re incredibly passionate about and you find your mind/body/spirit/mouth just run on autopilot? You’re so excited and inspired that you’re entire body and energy become animated? Your cheeks flush and your smile takes over your face? Your spirit practically leaps out of your chest, mocking you as it dances in front of your body? Know what I’m saying? Yeah…passion. The good stuff. You feel like you’re floating on air. It’s where work isn’t work. Where thought becomes opportunity. It’s what makes us want to be better human beings.

Find it. Tap into it. Unleash it. Be a better human being.

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

TZB Project 365 (Day 62) – The Unconditional You

Can we, for even just a brief moment each day, set aside our judgements, complaints and differences, thoughts of who we think we are and who we think we’re not, and allow ourselves to see the beauty around us and in one another?

Love unconditionally, if even for a fleeting moment. It will fill your heart.

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger