I was just over visiting the http://dowhatyouloveforlife.com website and found Beth Kempton’s download titled Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love. I was immediately drawn to the title and immediately signed up and downloaded the PDF.

I love it!

It is a 27 page pdf and has photography, inspiring quotes, words for thought and journal prompts. Beth wrote the PDF while she was in Japan on a 6 month sabbatical. She says, “Zen and the art of doing what you love’ is a simple 10-step guide to help you be more present, get quiet and focus. It will help you see more beauty. It will let you travel lighter. And it will get you on the road to doing what you love, for life.”

Just the kind of inspiration I would like for my life. As “Focus” is my word for the year, when I read “more present, get quiet and focus”, I felt an instant connection.

So this is what I’m going to do. I’ll take each step and use it to create a blog post about my experience. I’ll use the journal prompts from the PDF. I’ll also think about my art and what image will go with the post and add it.

Buddha Peace painting by Lindy Gaskill

Step 1:  SLOW DOWN AND BREATH

Journal prompt: What do you hear when you welcome in the silence?

Breathe in. Hold it. Breathe out. I am a practitioner of slowing down and being still.

Being still helps me gather my energy so I can go back into the world and be fully present, fully creative. For me, silence is holy. The cliché, silence is golden, comes to mind.

I am an introvert at heart and although I’m perfectly capable of being “on”, being lively, being a conversationalist, being out going, it’s not my natural state and takes a lot of energy. I feel most myself when I am quiet. I welcome in silence.

And what is it that I hear when I bring on silence? I know that this is where I am supposed to be at this very moment. I let go of worry, bringing myself to the present. I hear myself begin to relax as I listen to my breath and hear it’s rhythm. I feel my heart slow down and my muscles relax.

I know it’s all good. That everything that is in my life experience is what has led me to where I am right now. That things always work out. That all we really ever have is “right now.” That I am on the right path. That I love life and all that it offers, the ups, the downs, the curve balls and the enlightening lessons to be learned after the fact.

What do you hear when you welcome in the silence?

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More about the author of Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love. To quote the PDF, “At heart Beth Kempton is a wanderer, adventurer, and a seeker of knowledge and beauty. She is also an award-winning entrepreneur with a Master’s degree in Japanese. She wrote Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love during a six month sabbatical in Kyoto, Japan. Beth founded Do What You Love to give women all over the world tools and inspiration to carve their own paths and design their own futures. Her online courses have been described as ‘life-changing’ and ‘revolutionary’. She shares her many adventures on her popular blog at dowhatyouloveforlife.com.”