The lazy days of summer are upon us, and I have just returned from a well-earned vacation. On my return, and to my surprise, the slow pace of timelessness, which I experienced on vacation, was quickly departing like a rainbow fading into the mist after a soft rain. As a result, I found myself saying, “I must reconnect with my inner non-doer while still accomplishing all the goals that I want to make happen.”

This state of non-duality has often been referred to as the “Zen Mind.” From this Zen state of mind a peaceful, happy and an open presence greets all that crosses my path. Hurrying and stressing are the opposite of this. After all, the goal of my vacation was to come back home to myself and to rekindle my magical inner child. Being able to laugh at the little challenges that life brings helps me to stay in the present moment and find peaceful and clear solutions to situations that arise.

For instance my car radiator broke on my first drive after getting off the plane. I could not believe it! Yet, this is what life does. Little detours will come along to give us the opportunity to strengthen that inner peace. After a brief minute of accessing the situation and feeling frustrated that I could not drive my car, I was able to shift my attitude and focus towards finding a mobile mechanic. I resumed my connection to the inner peaceful grid, and all worked out well.

Although my car was not finished being repaired until 10 pm that night, I regained my Zen mind enough to find gratitude in an unexpected situation and to remember that life is not just for survival, it is for living joyfully.