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Samovar on 5 Ways to Find Your Zen

On September 18, 2010, Samovar hosted “Tea With…Zen and the Art of Life Management,” bringing together life balance experts Leo Babauta, author of the blog Zen Habits, Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, and Susan O’Connell, VP of the San Francisco Zen Center. featured some highlights from Samovar’s event Zen and the Art of Life Management:


5 Ways To Find Your Zen


Friday, October 1, 2010

To survive in the digital world, there’s no such thing as a 4-hour work week. Sorry, Tim Ferriss. But there isn’t. I don’t think there ever was. But it was a nice idea. The web is live 24-hours a day with a captive audience at all times. We’re accessing it at home, at the office as well as on the road through our iPads, and smartphones, whether it’s the iPhone, Android, or Blackberry. Maybe, all three.  Two of the three in my case.

So, if we’re always connected with the world, when are we taking time to connect with ourselves? Ummm…never? Ok, maybe when we go to the gym!  But, Susan O’Connell, VP of the San Francisco Zen Center, says our bodies and our minds need a lot more! She believes that not taking time to re-connect with yourself daily is not a healthy and fulfilling way to live.

O’Connell was part of a panel discussion this week in front of a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs at Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco, along with Samovar’s owner, Jesse Jacobs, and Tim Ferriss, author of ‘The 4-Hour Workweek.”

Here are five simple tips for finding Zen from the panel discussion this week:

1) Think about the larger purpose of living your life more mindfully. Is it about more than you?

2) “Motivation” is a better strategy than “discipline” for developing new, more wholesome habits.

3) Remember that happiness and excitement are not the same thing – happiness and peace are the same thing.

4) Begin your day by sitting down – and doing nothing.  Zen is the practice of “radical not doing.”

5) Ask yourself “Am I happy?”

Please share some suggestions on “Finding Your Zen” and “Finding Your Chi” in the comment box below. It would help a lot of folks that have trouble disconnecting from the world for even just five minutes in their day.

Click here to view the video recording of “Tea With…Zen and the Art of Life Management”.

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