We all quit
The reasons we quit are varied and not limited to these:
- Sometimes we quit out of frustration when we compare ourselves to others
- Sometimes we quit because we lose interest
- Sometimes we quit because we’re bored
Whatever the reason, quitting doesn’t mean failure. It merely means we stopped doing something.
I’ve quit my Zen-Journal many times
Yes, that’s right. Even the creator of Zen-Journal has stopped using this fantastic tool from time to time. One reason is that I become bored pretty quickly. I become complacent or, for some other reason, fall out of the habit of documenting my Zen-Journal.
If you were once fired up about your Zen-Journal, but lost interest and allowed your practice to fade, you’re not alone. I’ve quit using my Zen-Journal many times.
ZenJo the Zen-Journal monk says that’s OK
Meet ZenJi, a little Zen-Journal monk that often appears over my shoulder and gently reminds me that my powerful tool for organizing everything in my life is still just as powerful as it always was and that it’s waiting for me to return.
In fact, ZenJi agreed to guide the blog starting in 2020. I think you’ll like what he has planned for the blog. ZenJo reminded me the other day of a quote I especially identify with…
Shunyru Suzuki once said,
You’re perfect already and you need a little improvement.”
To me, that quote is especially compelling in terms of the practices we allow to fade.
We might begin a meditation practice, an exercise practice, or a Zen-Journal practice. And then, for whatever reasons seemed appropriate, one day, we stopped. We were aware that we made this choice and with each day that passed, we felt more and more comfortable with not practicing.
But it’s never too late to begin…again
When I’ve found myself in this situation, I go out and buy a new hardback LEUCHTTURM1917 notebook and create a new volume. I follow the set-up guide’s instructions and get my new Zen-Journal operational and inviting.
WITH 2020 AROUND THE CORNER, NOW IS THE TIME TO GET STARTED AGAIN
Will you join me in restarting your Zen-Journal for January 2020? There’s no better time than right now to decide that 2020 will become the year you commit and follow through on your practice.
Extend some self-compassion and grace
To make the return to our practice(s) altogether easier and less self-incriminating, I’ve found it helpful to extend toward myself some grace and compassion. To do this, I close my eyes and visualize the toddler that I used to be (many, many years ago) and picture myself as vulnerable, maybe a bit scared, and in need of help. When I do this, I can’t help but extend compassion and grace toward my inner toddler.
We are all. on occasion, that same timid, scared toddler, in a sense. We each carry around our inner child, that portion of ourselves that never ages. That inner child is always worthy of our compassion and grace.
When I buy a new notebook today (because I think we should all choose our own), I will once again recommit to my Zen-Journal practice and extend compassion and grace toward my inner toddler as I do so.
Won’t you join me and start 2020 with renewed dedication?
Happy New Year and Happy Holidays, one and all.
ZenJi and I will see you in 2020 (with our new Zen-Journals)!