For this letter I chose the word zen. I'm going with the urban dictionary explanation of the word - "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."
A central part of zen is practicing meditation. Being aware of the mind, breathing, and meditating. It also ties into self control and "insight into Buddha-nature". We are not Buddhist, but we believe in the main ideas they follow of leading a moral life, being mindful and aware of one's thoughts and actions, and developing wisdom and understanding. Isn't it pretty neat how religions tie together in so many ways?
Okay, I'm starting to stray a bit. I feel like the term zen can help us consider how we are doing each day in relation to taking care of ourselves, knowing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and caring for others. Zen invokes calming and relaxing feelings and thoughts in my mind, reminders of health, and gives me a mental cue to make sure I'm on a path that pleases me and God.
Practicing prayer, meditation, mindfulness, gentle reminders to think of other's feelings and thoughts, good study habits, and more are all things that fit with this word. No matter how you do these things, it can help you feel calm and ready to take on the rest of the day. And I often need that.
Zen is also how I feel after finishing this blogging series! I'm still deciding how I want to proceed with a new blogging series or weekly post, so stay tuned! And be sure to read what my friends posted at the link-up below.