Hey Zen Teachers,

Knowing that teachers are about to encounter one of the bumpiest and most unpredictable school years of their careers, I spent my summer building an online course that I am super excited to share with all of you here and now.

And I think it just might help us get through whatever we’re about to face in the coming months.

INSTANT ZEN: 5 SIMPLE STEPS TO RECLAIMING YOUR FOCUS, ENERGY, AND PEACE is a mini-course designed to help you shake off the anxiety, stress, and tension of day-to-day life and learn to navigate your existence with a greater sense of simplicity and tranquility using the magic of The 5 S’s.

So. . .What are The 5 S’s?

Good question.

They are:

  • Stillness
  • Silence
  • Space
  • Subtraction
  • Slowing Down

I first talked about The 5 S’s in my book Sanctuaries: Self-Care Secrets for Stressed Out Teachers. And I have incorporated them into my own life with great success. The interesting part, though, is that our society doesn’t value ANY of The 5 S’s, right? So it’s up to us to make a PERSONAL choice to practice them and reap the benefits, and I want to show you how. These 5 simple steps can help you thrive both in the classroom, during remote learning, and in your personal life. And you can start right away!

In this course you will learn how to:

Practice stillness so you’re not always on the go and rushing around to meet someone ELSE’S expectations.

Embrace silence so you can eliminate the chaos and white noise from your day so you have some quiet time to renew and rejuvenate yourself.

Create space by decluttering your life physically, mentally, and philosophically, so that The Universe has more room to bring you the good stuff that you need and want.

Use subtraction to remove those things you no longer want to do, so you have room for what serves you.

Learn to slow down so you can ease your pace and allow your activities to take the time they take, instead of being a slave to the anxiety that there is another responsibility right around the corner.

So what is in the INSTANT ZEN course exactly?

The course consists of:

  • 1 Welcome and course introduction video
  • 5 video lessons, one on each of The 5 S’s
  • 5 audio lessons that go deeper into each of the 5 S’s
  • A bonus video called “The Habit Equation” that shows you a simple equation on how you can develop these skills into a workable habit you can use for the rest of your life.
  • And a gorgeous, 18-page workbook to help you plan your Instant Zen practice

The beauty part is that The 5 S’s are ALWAYS free and they are ALWAYS available. You can use them whenever your life permits!

So if this sounds like something you might be interested in, check out INSTANT ZEN. And if decide to take the leap, teachers will always get a special discount. Just enter the coupon code TEACHER when prompted for payment and receive $10 off.

When I first started doing workshops across the country and showed teachers how to reduce their stress and improve their self-care, their very first question was often, “What’s the first step I can take to start to lower my stress and take care of me RIGHT NOW?”

And I always went back to The 5 S’s because I knew that they had helped ME immediately renew, recharge, and rejuvenate.

Now it’s your turn.

If you feel constantly burnt out, if exhaustion is your default position, if you’re not sure when you’ll get to take your next breath, and if, like me, you’re worried and anxious about what the next school year will look like, maybe you could use some INSTANT ZEN.

But whatever you decide, make sure you have some stress reduction and self-care tools and strategies under your belt before you start this new school year.

Because unless I miss my guess, we’re all going to need them*. TZT


*And as always, if I can ever help, please do not hesitate to reach out. I’m here to help because we need you! Thanks for all you do for your students and education in general.




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3 years ago

I loved your article it really taught me a few things I can’t wait to read your next articles that help us create a Zen life and full of demotions. Buddha is a great guide that leads us to a healthier and more loving life.