20. Dec, 2018

Reduce stress even further ...

Nice japanese ZEN garden https://pixabay.com/en/garden-japanese-dry-landscape-zen-665013/ 

"Creating zen gardens is a great way to reduce stress, improve your focus, and develop a sense of well-being." see https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/japanese-zen-gardens.htm for more details. "Carefully raked sand or gravel with precisely placed rocks are the main parts of a zen garden." Sounds like a great concept, possibly not as preparation for Christmas, due to the weather conditions outside. But with global warming and no "white Christmas" for years, it could be getting better. We expect 10+ degrees celsius on the 24th.

I see the hectic and stress every day, when I use the public transport system on my way to work and back home. The system is definitely not perfect and it is always interesting to read the official excuses on the information board, when a train is not coming on time or at all in the morning. During the rush-hour period the trains are supposed to be coming every 10 minutes. If 2 or 3 trains are canceled and then the next train has only 50% of the standard capacity --> chaos, complaints and frustration is increasing like crazy.

Everybody will understand, BUT why get upset about things that you cannot influence anyway? This is the moment when I switch to the "ZEN mode" and all other people are getting stressed out. An anti cyclical behavior - cooling down when other people get hectic - like buying stocks when everybody else sells it, is really helpful here. It makes the morning travel much easier, I can tell you. Hopefully not too many people will be following my example, because this would mean in the end that the whole train is relaxed and I am the only one in panic mode 🙂.

The ZEN mode will also help a lot in the coming days, when the pre Christmas grocery shopping will peak again (Saturday and next week Monday). People seem to believe that you cannot buy anything anymore after Christmas and it is really tough to survive two days (25th and 26th) without shopping at all? Will be fun to watch 😉. If it is too hard to stand, I will just go out and rake some gravel 👍.

Some alternative concepts:

"Awareness is the greatest agent for change." -- Eckhart Tolle,  https://www.eckharttolle.com/ , https://buddhaimonia.com/blog/101-zen-sayings-and-proverbs