January 22 2016

A Guide To Creating Your Own “Zen Den” by Shelby Wildgust

So, you’ve got the “Man Cave”, but what’s the female version of that? After a quick search on Google, I found the answer: “She Sheds”, and they are quite literally sheds.

But what if you live in the city and don’t have a backyard? What if you’re a college student and live in a dorm? What if you simply don’t have the cash to buy the shed, itself? The list of “what ifs”could go on forever, so I’m here to offer you another solution, one that will make all you “Spirit Junkies” out there squeal with excitement…
Introducing….THE ZEN DEN!

In the effort of Full-Disclosure, I must admit, while the phrase has the word “den” in it, my own personal Zen Den is just a corner of my room. One day, it’ll be an entire room, but I’m ballin’ on a budget, so for now, my little corner will have to do.

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So, you may be wondering to yourself: but Shelby, what makes your little corner Zen Den so special? Well…let me tell you! This is a designated area of my room where I allow myself to be creative, to meditate, to color (Adult Coloring Books are the bees knees), to journal, and to read. As a matter of fact, I’m in my Zen Den as we speak!

Having a designated area for your passions allows you to really get into the “zone”. This is so important, because often times, when we have zero organization as to where we do what, we will find ourselves easily distracted, and therefore, wayyyy less productive than we intended to be.

So, how do you create your own Zen Den?
Step One: Designate a space in your dorm room, apartment, house, etc. and declutter this space. It is incredibly important to remove any items that will not serve you while you are “zenning” out. For example: I put my cellphone on the opposite side of my room while I am in my zen den.
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Step Two: Decorate your space with items and artwork that resonate with who are you and who are you becoming. Keep it simple, but also get creative! For example: I have the next 5 books I am planning to read in my zen den, as a constant reminder to stay focused while I am in my space.

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Step Three: Set an intention every time you enter your zen den. This will help you stay on task while you are “zenning” out. For example: My intention for today is to finish writing this article!

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Step Four: Zen Out, Baby! Make it a goal to spend at least 10 minutes a day in your zen den, doing things that make YOU better as a person. This is YOUR space, no one else’s. Be careful not to invite negative energy into this space by arguing over the phone with your boyfriend, fighting with your roommates, or even checking exam grades. Make it your own, make it your place where you are free to be you.

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Welp! There you go. There are really only 4 steps to creating your amazing and tranquil Zen Den. Just remember, you DON’T need a lot of space to make your own “space”. Enjoy Zenning Out!

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