Gems of Zen

January 25, 2021
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Zen Tip Tuesday

In January 2019 I kicked off a little idea I had on the blog called Zen Tip Tuesday – a new guest post series that I too contributed a few posts to whenever an appropriate idea came to me. Contributed posts were affectionately labelled ‘Gems of Zen’. It was fabulously prolific to start with. I had posts lined up for every week for the initial 12 month timeline and beyond. Mid 2020 I decided to take a break from it as contributions had slowed right down. It was never closed but I didn’t actively pursue contributors or contribute myself.

It’s Back Baby!

After the past year the world has had, and is continuing to have, a series like this is more appropriate than ever. So, I’ve decided to kick start it again! Of course we already have thirty-four (34) Gems of Zen in the treasure chest to read if you haven’t already or to revisit if you’ve read before.

I’ve decided though to scrap the Zen Tip Tuesday label and rename it by it’s affectionate term of ‘Gems of Zen’.  So the hashtag #ZTT (Zen Tip Tuesday) is no longer and instead we have #WOTMGOZ (Write of the Middle Gem of Zen), and these posts can be published on any day (not just Tuesdays). I don’t expect the contributions will be as prolific as when this series first started (though I’d love them to be!) so this won’t be a weekly series. It will most likely be sporadic but if ever I have a good steady stream of contributors, I will not post them anymore frequently than weekly. If it turns out I don’t get any contributors (boo hoo), I will contribute a post now and then myself.

One other thing – we will take off where we left off – so the next Gem of Zen will be #35!

So what is Gems of Zen all about?

Life is wonderful but let’s face it – life can be tough. Some people are thrown more curve balls than others but ultimately none of us get through life without challenges. There’s all manner of things that we could be faced with during our lifetimes: stress, anxiety, grief, frustrations, worry, sadness, illness, pain, trauma, a COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

I think most of us would like to be able to handle these challenges that life throws at us better and most of us would like to feel more peaceful, relaxed and calm. Agree?  

Zen may mean different things to different people, but here for the purposes of this Gems of Zen series, it means to feel peaceful, relaxed, and calm. It means feeling a sense of balance of body, mind and spirit.

I wanted to throw open my blog to people from across the world in order to hear from a wide variety of people with various areas of expertise, experiences and perspectives on ways and means to achieve a sense of zen.

Read more About Gems of Zen here.

I would love you to be part of my Gems of Zen series. Here’s how!

Who wants to contribute the 35th Gem of Zen? 

It’s a simple matter of emailing me at min@writeofthemiddle.com with your post idea.  

Here’s where you can read more including tips to inspire a ‘Gem of Zen’ idea.

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Sadly, due to an influx of emails from disingenuous people, this note (below) has been necessary. A couple of these people slipped through the cracks in the past because my soft heart has allowed them to contribute to this series (you can pick them). It never felt right. This will not ever happen again. 

Please note that I will only accept genuine posts on appropriate topics from people who are opening their hearts and sharing from experience and/or expertise. I will not accept posts from people or organisations just wanting to plant a link on my blog to increase their domain authority ranking and/or to increase sales of their product or service.

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To Wrap Up

  • Zen Tip Tuesday is now exclusively renamed Gems of Zen
  • Gems of Zen is OPEN awaiting new gems baby!  
  • The new hashtag to use when sharing any of these Gems of Zen posts is #WOTMGOZ
  • The next Gem of Zen will be #35. Will it be you or you or you or me?
  • If you’ve been thinking about contributing in the past and still haven’t, maybe now is the time?
  • If you’ve contributed before but have another post idea, then I’d love to hear from you!
  • Don’t overthink it!  It’s basically just sharing anything that you do that helps you to feel peaceful or calm or relaxed or happy!
  • Read these links for more info and tips:

So hit me with your gems of zen!  I’d love to see the treasure chest overflowing with open hearted contributions to share amongst us all!

Ciao for now,

This post is linked up with Denyse Whelan Blogs for #LifeThisWeek

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20 Comments

  • Reply Deborah Cook January 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Oh Min I like the name Gems of Zen. I’d love to participate, but just need to find some zen myself and then can share it with others!!!

    • Reply Min January 25, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Deb – you don’t need to wait till you feel what you think is perfect ‘Zen’. It’s about things you do to help you on the way to it. Things that make you feel good. xo

  • Reply Vanessa January 25, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    If I ever feel zen again, I’ll write about it for you. Haven’t been feeling it much in a while so…

    • Reply Min January 25, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      All the more reason to hear from people on things they do to help them regain some calm or peace etc. I hope we get some posts that might help you find some ways to feel those things again. Fingers crossed!

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 25, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Min – lovely to see you revitalizing your Zen guest posts. I don’t really have anything to contribute atm but will keep it in mind. I think it’s a great idea and I hope you find lots of guests to join the fun – I’m finding that people seem less keen on writing guest posts these days – hopefully that will change in the not too distant future because they’re always so interesting to read and bring a bit of variety to our blogs.

    • Reply Min January 25, 2021 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Leanne, thank you. I’m not expecting I’ll be inundated with contributions because I have noticed a general winding down in the blogging world generally, let alone guest post contributions. I think people are drained and tired … too much trauma and worry and anxiety in the world for an extended period of time. Nevertheless, this is a series I want to keep open so I wanted to let people know it was open to guest posts and if I get none … then I will write some myself now and then. xo

  • Reply Debbie Harris January 25, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Great to see you are bringing this back in a new format, love the name! Looking forward to what you have ins tore and if I have any brainwaves I’ll get back to you!

    • Reply Min January 26, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Thanks Deb! 🙂

  • Reply Natalie January 25, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Min, I’m glad to see Gems of Zen is back. I’ll review your guest post guidelines first to see how/ whether I can contribute. #lifethisweek

    • Reply Min January 26, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Thanks Natalie! 🙂

  • Reply Denyse Whelan January 27, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Oh Min, good for you. Right now, I am not in a place to share…I am writing 3 blog posts a week…and that is good but I will have some ideas maybe later this year.

    Thank you for linking up this week for #lifethisweek. Great to see you and your blog here! Next week it’s about #sharingoursnaps and that’s an optional prompt. Join in each week for a friendly connection in a great community on-line. I am very grateful to you all. Denyse.

    • Reply Min January 28, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      Hi Denyse, I completely understand. Wow – 3 blog posts a week! I’m lucky if I can do 1 per week these days! I’m more organised to join in with #lifethisweek now but not really able to blog according to the prompts but thats ok hopefully. xo

  • Reply Sanch @ Sanch Writes January 27, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Gems of Zen had a lovely ring to it!

    • Reply Min January 28, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks, I think so too! 😉

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan January 28, 2021 at 6:45 am

    It seems, in reading through the comments, we are all in desperate need of some zen in our lives. Maybe the brave soul whose post goes first will inspire the rest of us to think of things we can share. Love this theme and idea.

    • Reply Min January 28, 2021 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you Leslie! The brave soul is going to be me! LOL I’ve written #35 for next week. I’d love to hear your little gem of zen so keep your thinking cap on. I agree BTW that with the world as it has been lately, we all need a few little tips on how to find a bit of zen in our days!

  • Reply Laurie January 28, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Love your Gems of Zen idea, Min. At some point, I would love to contribute. For now, I will be content to read the Gems of Zen when they are published. This is definitely the time we need some zen.

    • Reply Min January 28, 2021 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you Laurie! I’d love to have your contribution at some point. I’m sure there are lots of gems you could share. We certainly do needs to find some zen in our days more than ever these days!

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit February 4, 2021 at 6:32 am

    Gems of Zen. Great title! I love it 🙂

    • Reply Min February 4, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you!

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