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Attract Happiness With Zen Tips

by Vidya Sury November 25, 2012 20 comments

Today, I have here with me, my dear friend, Betsy the Zen Mama. Besides being a beautiful person, Betsy is a wife, Zen Mama, school teacher and positive thinker.

I first visited her blog over two years ago and we’ve become fast friends since. Over a year ago, I wrote a post titled “My Happiness Project” – the Collecting Smiles project, inspired by a post I read over at Betsy‘s titled “Take Two Smiles and Call Me In the Morning”. Then, Betsy invited me over to her blog to talk about my Happiness Jar.

One of the things that thrills me is her definition of the Zen Mama:  “a devoted mother who has tried to stop worrying, who has let go of the attachment of an outcome and in doing so has become closer to her children.” Does that mean you stop worrying? No! Betsy says, “You just change how you worry. You change your attitude. You don’t worry about the small stuff. You don’t worry out loud.” 

Beautifully said, don’t you think? Betsy’s posts are always positive and look at the brighter side of things. So no prizes for guessing why I love her. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting Betsy’s family (Hail Skype!) and I am so happy to have her here today!
You probably know that Betsy has already authored two successful books:

How To Be A Zen Mama 13 Ways To Stop Worrying, Let Go And Get Closer To Your Kids

The Zen Mama’s Book of Quotes – A Collection of Thoughts And Wisdom Throughout the Ages.

Betsy has just released her latest book, Zen TipsDaily Meditations for Happiness and Fulfillment – and it is simply gorgeous! I had the privilege of reading it – and I know I am going to treasure it.  And I thought – what could be better than having her over today to talk about it? In this joyous holiday season, she’s here with us to share some wonderful Zen wisdom.

I asked her what inspired Zen Tips, her third book and she said, “My third book came together over the last year as I combined my love of quotes and photography.  I would post the inspirational poster on Facebook and call them ZEN TIPS. Each morning I’d post a ZEN TIP. The tips not only inspired me but appeared to appeal to many. These Tips inspired my new book, ZEN TIPS! It’s a paperback book filled with inspirational quotes, color photography, meditations and “I Am” affirmations.

How will this book benefit you?

In Betsy’s words, “I know that reading the book can make you happier.  Two weeks ago I lost everything on my hard drive.  It was quite depressing!  I was also working on editing the book at the time.  Every time I’d re-read and edit I would find myself feeling happier even though I felt so awful about the hard drive.  The book worked!

I suggest that you start your day with this book. Imagine a hope, dream or future you want and turn to a page that will answer that thought. Or just read from the beginning to end. Incorporate these meditations with your daily breathing, yoga or a cup of tea or coffee. Savor each page and let it set the tone for the day. A great book for everyone – parents, grandparents, graduates and students of life!”

She is absolutely right. And I kept this “interview” with Betsy purposely short because I can’t wait to take you on a tour inside the book.

Get ready to get inspired!

Please visit the Zen Mama Book Store to get the book!

You can also order it here at Amazon

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Betsy/Zen Mama November 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Dear Vidya,
Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog today. You are an amazing writer and an amazing friend! Please vote for Vidya at Steven Aitchison’s blog. I nominated her myself!! Going A-Musing is my favorite!

Vidya’s readers: If you do want to buy the book, I’m offering a discount at my bookstore at the Zen Mama’s blog.

Vidya Sury November 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I am so happy you’re here today, Betsy! You deserve to be up there with the Top 50 😀 I am grateful you thought of nominating me.

Zen Tips is such a beautiful book and I am thrilled to feature it here today!

Thank you for the discount for our readers here!


Terri Sonoda November 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Love Zen Mama’s blog and her beautiful outlook on life! Between Betsy and you, Vidya, my day is brightened considerably! Thank you both. I will indeed check out her new book! Hugsss!!

Heather Smith November 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm

What inspiring thoughts!

Pattu Raj November 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Great post Vidya!

My Inner Chick November 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm

–The little things are “BIG” things.

I LOooVE that.

And I love you more than 8 siamese cats sunbathing in spring.


Leovi November 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Wonderful tips, I hope to be happier.

Paige | Simple Mindfulness November 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I LOVE Betsy’s new book! It’s just what I need to start each day or when I need that “pick me up” during the day. The pictures are beautiful and I always seem to get just the right message when I open it.Vidya – Thanks so much for sharing Betsy’s gifts here!Big Hugs to both of you!

BLOGitse November 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I was walking with a buddy. We passed ‘salon de juegos’. I said: ‘I don’t like those places, waste of money.’
Buddy said: ‘Why you’re so negative?’
I said: ‘hm… maybe I should be quiet, keep in my thoughts when they are negative.’
But that’s my opinion even if it’s negative one.

I’d like to be positive and a good person but sometimes ‘things out there’ are not good for people. Should I shut up and keep negative opinions inside?
I’m curious to know what’s your opinion! 🙂

Tara R. November 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm

To be able to let go of worry, especially about our children, would be a wonderful thing. I should check out Zen Mama’s books.

Unknown Mami November 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Betsy always provides me with welcome reminders of how to choose happiness.

Keetha Broyles November 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I believe joy is a choice. “Today I WILL rejoice.”

I don’t need to know all the whys of the trials that come my way, I can CHOOSE to trust the Lord through them and lean on His strength.

That is how I choose joy.

Galen Pearl November 26, 2012 at 4:13 am

I LOVE Betsy’s Zen Mama blog, and her book too! Thanks for featuring her wisdom here. Two of my favorite bloggers in one place.

retired not tired November 26, 2012 at 5:19 am

Nice to meet Zen Mama!

Mayura De Silva November 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Hi Vidya,

Really nice… They are iNSPiRiNG and helps look at bright side of the life 🙂

Thanks for sharin’ snaps of the book 🙂


brenda November 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm

This was a perfect read for me today. I am lugging the world around on my shoulders, and it’s weighing me down. I don’t do it often (thankfully) but when I do it’s too much. This is a keeper, thanks kindly for visiting my site, and for sharing this amazing reminder.

Ken Wert November 27, 2012 at 3:35 am

Two amazing women doing amazing work. Thanks for featuring The Zen Mama’s work here, Vidya! I loved looking at the photos and reading the quotes. My favorite (I think) is “To bring peace to the Earth, strive to make your own life peaceful.”

The most important work we can ever do is to work on ourselves. When we improve, we improve those around us. Our lives radiate the person we are inside much more eloquently than the words we use.

Thanks Betsy and Vidya for the inspiring post. Always uplifting!

farouk November 27, 2012 at 8:41 am

looks like a nice book thanks for the review
i would like to know more about energy and to read more about it, happy i came across your post today vidya

Jodi @ Heal Now November 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Simply gorgeous! She is an inspiration!

Sandra /Always Well Within November 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Yes, these are beautiful! I can just imagine how uplifting it would be to read one a day. And, you are so sweet and generous to ask people to nominate the Zen Mama for a top blog nomination!


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