Raise Your Hand If You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

Jen Ayres explores personal preparedness actions we can all take – November 2020

If you had to sum up this year in one word, what would that word be?

For me, based on what I keep bumping into regularly, that word would be ‘overwhelmed’. While the press often refer to the impact of these times as the worst in ‘peacetime’, these are not peaceful times. If you look at life through the prism of PESTLE factors (political, economic, social, technological, legal, environmental), we are being attacked on all fronts. When one or two areas of our life blow up, we can often brush ourselves off and soldier on. But right now, with so much disruption and chaos in so many areas, we are being tested like never before.

In lots of different ways, 2020 has been a wake-up call. While governments are being questioned about their lack of foresight and preparedness, we should be asking ourselves the same questions. We may have personal tools, practices or external support we utilize when in crisis to enable us to breathe and move forward calmly, but what about preventative action?

For those of you who already have a regular Zen practice, the above paragraph is largely redundant, so really I’m talking to anyone (like me) who lets Zazen slide when life gets too busy, or to those of you who have wanted to take part in a Zen program but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Zen Leader provides us with all the tools to be mentally prepared, we just have to make sure we use them.

The first step is Zazen, the keystone of Zen practice. If you’re like me and could do with some external accountability to sit regularly (strange, but true that some of us need some extra help to sit still every day 😊 ), there are morning zazen sessions taking place online for both US and European times*. I have to admit, as a night owl, it’s been a struggle to get up in time for a 6am sit but I really need that extra time in the morning to get myself into the best possible shape for the busy day ahead. Stress breeds on mental clutter that we can’t let go of and to stop being distracted by those thoughts takes practice, daily meditation practice.

So, who’s with me and going to commit to sit together in the morning and get prepared for whatever the day ahead will bring?

*Editor’s note: For information about virtual Zazen US time, check out Chosei Zen’s Virtual Dojo US for more information. Information on the Europe time-friendly sitting can be found at: Chosei Zen Virtual Dojo Europe.


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