Explore mindfulness and ease stress with 52 weeks of daily journaling guided by Zen Buddhist priest and teacher Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei.
Each small bit of a thing also contains the whole. A dewdrop has the ocean and the moon within it. So do you. How can you appreciate and celebrate this?
To make time for meditation, hunt for the “small animals” of time, the small mouse of a minute hiding here and there. Being a great hunter, now sit down and breathe. Reflect.
Go spend three minutes in a safe spot outside in nature with your eyes lightly closed. Write down the sounds you heard, in the sequence you heard them (just do your best).
Reflect, meditate, and explore through a year of Zen journaling
Each day is a new empty space to bring to life―it can be loaded with stress or decorated with moments of calm and clarity. Embark on a wondrous journey through the self with this 52-week guided journal from Zen priest and teacher Bonnie Myotai Treace, sensei. Her wise, thought-provoking prompts will lead beginners and experienced practitioners alike through the seasons, filling the blank spaces with peaceful self-exploration and reflection every day.
Explore topics from the mundane to the holy with creative prompts like:
Walk the path of growth and build a mindful daily practice with this Zen Buddhism journal.
“This brightly polished gem of a journal is packed with illumination and inspiration, inviting us to become more intimate with our true voice and our true nature. Reading A Year of Zen, I felt like I was in a cozy fireside chat with a Zen master as Myotai whispered her wisdom in my ear.” ―Tania Casselle, Award-Winning Writer and Contemplative Writing Coach, Faculty at Sage Institute Meditation Leader Training
“What could be better than a year of peace, clarity, wisdom, and compassion? Is there anything the world needs more than this? Beautifully designed, filled with exercises to spur creativity, inspire, and bring us to greater mindfulness, A Year of Zen delivers exactly what it promises: a treasure house of tools to deepen our connection to everything that really matters in life, drawn from Zen teacher Bonnie Myotai Treace’s many years of intensive practice experience.” ―Sean Tetsudo Murphy, Sensei, Award-Winning Author of One Bird, One Stone: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories and Director of Sage Institute Meditation Leader Training Program
“A Year of Zen is a treasure trove of inspiration for journal writers and daily page enthusiasts looking to add a structured spiritual dimension to their contemplations and for Zen students interested in engaging with a formal writing practice. The daily prompts, which range from deeply provocative to delightfully playful, all skillfully point the reader toward a deeper understanding of self. Delving into the exercises will spark insight into the ways both conscious thoughts and submerged beliefs impact the ways we experience our life. This book invites an inquiry into and a celebration of the ordinary. It shines a glowing light on the sacredness within the most mundane moments.” ―Lisa Schaewe, Psychotherapist, Artist, and Meditation Instructor
BONNIE MYOTAI TREACE, SENSEI, is the founder of Hermitage Heart Zen, as well as the author of Wake Up: How to Practice Zen Buddhism, Zen Meditation for Beginners, and other books. She lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where she offers writing retreats and at-home meditation instruction.