meditation http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11642/all en-US 4 Zen Concepts That'll Improve Your Finances http://www.wisebread.com/4-zen-concepts-thatll-improve-your-finances <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-zen-concepts-thatll-improve-your-finances" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_praying_zen_000043216640.jpg" alt="Woman using zen concepts to improve finances" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Zen and personal finance &mdash; sounds a little &quot;woo woo,&quot; right? Except that there are actually several Zen concepts that can help you gain a different perspective on your money and improve your finances. Give it a try! Here are four ways that going Zen can help you handle your money better.</p> <h2>1. Fight Craving With Self-Awareness</h2> <p>Central to Zen is the idea that craving things causes us to experience bitterness, pain, and unease, and that the remedy for this lies in self-awareness. Basically, we see things (or people, or vacations, etc.) that we want. If we don't have them, we are unhappy. To get rid of this unhappiness, we need to understand our cravings better, rather than give into them without analysis.</p> <p>This can be as simple as asking, &quot;Why do I want this right now?&quot; Make sure to always weigh a &quot;want&quot; versus a &quot;need.&quot; Sometimes, we crave something so badly that we feel like we need it &mdash; but in reality, we don't.</p> <h2>2. Understand That Fear Gets Us Into Trouble</h2> <p>Zen says that a lot of people find fear or uneasiness at the bottom of their wants. They crave things because they feel like having them will resolve some anxiety. For instance, one person might want a larger retirement fund, and find at the bottom of that craving is the fear of being poor and elderly.</p> <p>Finding this fear allows us to make conscious, intentional choices about how to address it. Maybe we do need to save more, not to provide ourselves with full security, but because it's a smart thing to do. In that case, we can slow down, make a plan, and stick to it, rather than blindly throwing money at our anxieties. Discovering our fears also allows us to address them in other ways, be that talking about them to a friend or finding a therapist</p> <h2>3. Stay Present in the Present</h2> <p>When it comes to money, the very best place to focus is on the present, which is central to Zen philosophy. If, for instance, the market drops suddenly, staying present might help you decide to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-investors-should-know-about-the-october-effect">hold an investment</a> and ride out the swings, rather than sell too low and frantically buy whatever seems like it might be doing well. If you lose your job, staying present can help you deal with the stressful feelings in a healthy, productive way, rather than drowning in depression, trying to fill the void by buying things, or making hasty decisions about future employment.</p> <h2>4. Tell the Truth About Your Money</h2> <p><em>Shizen</em> is a Japanese Zen concept of presenting yourself to the world as your true self, without pretense or lies. This means ignoring the desire to try and live wealthier than your means, and only buying things you can actually afford. It requires us to be honest with ourselves about how much money we really have. This is a truth we must face in order to live well.</p> <p>Making a budget can be the first step to finding the truth of your finances. Many of us don't even know how much money we have or where it's going. When you write down your income and outflow, you'll have a much better picture of your situation. This will allow you to make realistic, honest decisions about how you spend.</p> <p><em>Do you practice any Zen concepts that influence your finances? How does that work for you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-zen-concepts-thatll-improve-your-finances">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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You become more outgoing than usual, meet people from all around the world, and form tight bonds with fellow travelers. You can also pick up a new language, try out new foods, and generally push your own boundaries. It&rsquo;s all very exciting and energizing.</p> <p>Still, sometimes you just need a little down time, something that can be in short supply when you&rsquo;re living out of a suitcase and sharing space in communal settings, like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-happy-hostels-to-hit-in-california-and-nicaragua-reviews">hostels</a>. Hostels offer some of the best places to meet other travelers, gather information, and make plans for future treks. They aren&rsquo;t the best places, however, for getting a little quiet time in. Sure, you can rent a private room for a few bucks more and get a little solitude there &mdash; if you have the money in your budget for it. Or you can rent a hotel room for a little more. But what do you do if you can&rsquo;t find or get space alone and you need a little quietude?</p> <h2>Ear Plugs and iPods</h2> <p>Ear plugs are the bomb! Pop them in and create a bubble of serenity around you, giving you the perfect space for a nap or the solitude you seek &mdash; right then and there. They&rsquo;re portable. They&rsquo;re cheap. And they&rsquo;re available all over the place. The trick is to find a spot, maybe in your bunk bed or in another room, and sack out. Even just throwing in some ear plugs and shutting your eyes for a few moments can give you a bit of respite from the chaos of travel. iPods do the same, letting you envelope yourself in a world of music wherever you are &mdash; as long as you aren&rsquo;t flashing them around too much in less affluent areas, where pickpockets and other thieves lurk.</p> <h2>The Bathroom</h2> <p>An oasis of quiet at different times of the day, the bathroom can give you the alone time you need for a 20 minute break. You can make your ablutions into a form of moving meditation, cleansing your mind of any turmoil, and making space for all the great new things coming your way. Best done, of course, when running water is available and when there isn&rsquo;t a line of people waiting for you to be done already.</p> <h2>The Woods</h2> <p>Another super space for finding some tranquility is the woods. Any woods. Wherever they are. And they usually are nearby somewhere. You just have to find them. The ones on the edge of town or out of town are the best since they are less populated than parks in urban areas and often attract other people who want a moment of calm or at least a brief connection with nature.</p> <h2>Religious Structures</h2> <p>An absolutely perfect place to sit in silence is a church. Or a cathedral. Or a temple. All of which are easily found and used in different locales around the world. In Central America, most towns host a cathedral right in the center. If you need to get away for a quick break, you can roll on into one of them and sit uninterrupted for however long you&rsquo;d like during the day. You can do the same thing in Hindi temples in Bali, Buddhist temples in Korea and China, and even random churches across the U.S. If you can find a yoga or meditation center where you are, even better.</p> <p>So take a few moments to gather some silence around you. And enjoy your travels all the more for it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sasha-a-rae">Sasha A. Rae</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-search-of-silence">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-take-five-minutes-for-yourself">25 Ways to Take Five Minutes for Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-clear-your-mind">8 Simple Ways to Clear Your Mind</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-this-one-thing-a-day-to-defeat-awkwardness">Do This One Thing a Day to Defeat Awkwardness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hotel-room-booking-tools-every-frugal-traveler-should-know">5 Hotel Room Booking Tools Every Frugal Traveler Should Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Travel meditation quiet silence Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:00:05 +0000 Sasha A. Rae 46099 at http://www.wisebread.com Time to Get Down With Your Inner Zen http://www.wisebread.com/time-to-get-down-with-your-inner-zen <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/time-to-get-down-with-your-inner-zen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/yoga-peace.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="236" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world is awash in a sea of chaos, a sea that can carry you far off your path if you let it. But you don&rsquo;t have to. You have more control over yourself and your life than you may think. Certainly outside circumstances can be harsh and scary sometimes, economic and personal challenges can pop up all around you, and you can lose a small measure of our confidence as it seems life is swirling out of your control. That&rsquo;s where the pursuit of peace comes in. Inner peace, the kind that comes from inside and shines out of you no matter what&rsquo;s happening. And there are some really great, easy and not-too-expensive ways to relax and rejuvenate without breaking your wallet. <br /> <strong><br /> Tune into the Yoga Scene</strong></p> <p>Adopting a regular yoga practice can calm your monkey mind and cultivate a great sense of peace in you. It can also lower your blood pressure and increase your flexibility. A bonus point is that yoga comes in dozens of flavors, so you can pick the one that suits you best. If you&rsquo;re looking for a gentler and quieter form, check out Hatha yoga, which fosters a deep sense of relaxation and release. Or you can check out Raja yoga, which takes you deeper into self-realization and opens up channels to your inner spirit. For the more active among you, Kundalini yoga is your ticket. With deep and fast movements, this one will rev you up and send you off in the right direction. Then there&rsquo;s Hot Yoga at temperatures above 100&deg; Fahrenheit to warm you up and limber you out. </p> <p>While some traditional yoga classes can get pretty pricey, DVDs can offer the same great workout without the cost. Gather a group of friends together for a once-a-week yoga session. You can support each other and reduce your stress at the same time. Or check out your local YMCA. Memberships are inexpensive and usually include free access to yoga classes. </p> <p><strong>Boost Your Body with Qigong</strong></p> <p>Raise your energy with some daily qigong. This ancient Chinese practice works on increasing the amount of chi, or energy, in your system and directing it toward what you want. Most of the practice focuses on healing the body, but the energy boost you get from qigong pops up everywhere. You find yourself happier for no real reason, relaxed in the midst of a chaotic environment, even Zen-like in the face of a confrontation. That&rsquo;s if you do it regularly and consistently.</p> <p>Slow, smooth movements dominate the practice, so this is only for the most patient among us. The Eight Piece of Brocade is among the simplest series of movements to learn and do, while something like the Hand of the 18 Luo Han can require more practice to master. No matter which one you choose, though, doing them every day will boost your health. Your blood pressure will go down, your circulation will increase and your immune system will improve. Perfect for cold-ridden winter months. </p> <p>As with yoga, a lot of gyms offer qigong classes or you can check out DVDs. A quick call to a local qigong school or a glance through their website can tell you more about the different kinds of qigong. Taking an introductory course to get your started and then doing the practice on your own also works well. </p> <p><strong>Master the Art of Meditation</strong></p> <p>When your mind is racing with a cacophony of houghts and your life is swirling with responsibilities and obligations, it can seem like a luxury to take a few minutes to &hellip; do nothing. Think nothing. To just be. But getting a quiet moment or two in a day can mean all the difference between living on the edge and biting off a loved one&rsquo;s head or responding calmly to things that come up. Because something always comes up. </p> <p>To get started, you can merely sit quietly in a place where you won&rsquo;t be disturbed and watch what your mind does. You can also try one of the many kinds of meditation out there. For instance, insight meditation engages the mind by giving it a specific thought to chew on while you sit. Others, such as Siddha yoga, involve chanting from spiritual texts. The Guru Gita is a famous Hindi manuscript that followers have used for hundreds of years and there are dozens of great places across the U.S. where you can find a meditation group to chant with. One of my favorites is the <a href="http://www.symcseattle.org/">Siddha Yoga Meditation Center of Seattle</a>. Aim for 30 minutes of meditation a day for the best benefits, but start with 10 if your mind operates in overdrive most of the time. Plus, there&rsquo;s no right or wrong way to meditate. The biggest challenge is to find a time and a spot to sit in silence and let your thoughts wash over you.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for group support or a good meditation instructor, check out the local Buddhist temples. You can also search for meditation groups on the Internet. Or check out your local Unitarian Universalist Church, which often hosts a free weekly meditation group. Be creative and try out several until you find one that works for you. </p> <p>Let&rsquo;s get started. There&rsquo;s no time like the present.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sasha-a-rae">Sasha A. Rae</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/time-to-get-down-with-your-inner-zen">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes">Where to Find Free or Cheap Yoga Classes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-yoga-can-teach-you-about-money">5 Things Yoga Can Teach You About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks">9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-and-keep-amazing-posture-by-doing-these-10-stretches-today">Get — and Keep — Amazing Posture by Doing These 10 Stretches Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Art and Leisure meditation qigong stress relief yoga Fri, 01 Jan 2010 18:00:13 +0000 Sasha A. Rae 4290 at http://www.wisebread.com