Beyond the Keyboard: Where Do We Find Our Zen?

"Zen Meeting Room, Japan" by stefanx80 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

In my previous post, I surprisingly delved into the world of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) – a world where data analysis and cleanup can be a source of both joy and creativity. But as I found myself wrapped up in the digital realm, it's important to remember: our lives extend far beyond the keyboard. So, where do you find your zen, your place of genuine peace and fulfilment?

For me, the answer might (or might not) surprise you. Yes, I find a certain satisfaction in the logic and problem-solving aspects of data analysis. But true zen comes from stepping away from the screen and connecting with the real tangible world.

Whether it's spending time in nature, losing myself in the world of LEGO, or simply enjoying quality time with loved ones, these moments of unplugged presence are what truly recharge me. And also this is possibly why I am transitioning away from a being a full-time IT consultant and moving towards a blended approach of Executive Coaching, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation and Knowledge Management

The beauty of this question is that there's no single "right" answer. Your place of zen is wherever you find it. It could be:
  • The calming rhythm of the ocean waves.
  • The quiet focus of meditation or mindfulness practice.
  • The creative flow of painting, writing, or playing music.
  • The simple joy of spending time with loved ones.
  • The challenge and satisfaction of physical activity.
  • The act of learning a new skill or exploring a new place.

The key is to find what sparks your joy, what allows you to truly disconnect and be present in the moment. In a world that often demands our constant attention, these moments of zen are essential for our well-being and creativity.

As Marie Kondo's philosophy reminds us, joy isn't confined to a single space or activity. It's a way of approaching life that extends far beyond the realm of physical decluttering.

Borrowing from Marie Kondo's core principle of "sparking joy", let's expand our decluttering lens beyond physical possessions. We can apply the same question, "Does this spark joy?" to all aspects of our lives, including our daily routines and activities. Similar to the KonMari Method's process of holding each item and asking if it sparks joy, we can mindfully evaluate our experiences and identify what truly brings us fulfilment.

So, I encourage you to take a moment and reflect. What sparks joy in your life? What is your place of zen? What brings you a sense of peace, fulfilment, and joy?

Let's celebrate the diverse ways we find inner balance in an ever-connected world.

If you are interested in learning more about how to find your own place of zen and how I can help you, please drop me a message on LinkedIn, or get in touch to find out more.


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