Wednesday, October 22, 2014

wednesday well-being: tranquility zone

En route to see Garth Brooks {omg!} in Jacksonville, Florida last weekend {whole other blog post coming on that!}, I passed this sign outside the hotel elevators. Tranquility Zone.

I leapt in front of this pretty purple declaration for the above photo, basking in an unexpected moment of synchronicity.

The idea of a Tranquility Zone reminds me of the "in silence" button one wears while on retreat to let fellow participants know they're not talking. Thus, talking to them is fruitless. {Insert sigh of relief}.

As an introvert who craves, and needs, lots of quiet, the "in silence" button offers a pass at small talk and an opportunity to go deeper into the experience at hand.

My professional life has been built around the term "tranquility." As you may have heard, we teach what we most need to learn, so stumbling upon a Tranquility Zone was just what I needed to receive this gentle reminder.

Despite life's ongoing encouragement to go faster and do more, we have the choice to step off the treadmill from time to time {ideally daily} and into the Tranquility Zone.

What is your Tranquility Zone? For moi, it's soaks in the tub, sitting fireside, doing yoga, and reading in bed, to name a few.

Declare a special nook, time of day, cafe table, or activity your Tranquility Zone and hold onto it like you would a lover. It's sacred and being with it is a non-negotiable. Bisous. x

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

things i love

1. it's all about the presentation

2. how i long to spend downtime

3. clever oatmeal treats to-go

4. fringe party decor

created by le beau
5. tranquil space's 15-year infographic

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Monday, October 20, 2014

mindful monday

Bonjour Mindful Monday.

While basking in Sunday's 2.5-hour Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, there were a few gems I penned into my pink notebook with intentions of sharing with you today.

Here is the list of the takeaways:

* Note your intention for speaking.
* Recognize that you're not stuck in traffic, you ARE the traffic.
* Most of challenges in communication are what we bring to it.
* Anything you resist is exhausting. In resisting is where suffering happens.
* Denying the experience you're having is a form of self-violence.
* We get in trouble when we drag stuff from the past into the present moment.
* Button pushers are your best teachers.
* Stop allowing others to be responsible for your life experience.
* Pema Chodron encourages us to speak in the present moment and first tense.
* People misbehave or act out because they don't feel that they are being seen.

All of these nuggets could be a blog post or even a book. Do any of them resonate with you? I'm fond of the reminder about traffic and button pushers. Ah, beautiful reminders. Again and again.

Wishing you a tranquil and mindful week ahead. Bisous. x

To learn more, tune into the Mindfulness: Tranquility Within DIY E-course.

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