"The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands."
-Robert M. Pirsig
Being All Zen focuses on the ways we as mothers can foster more peace in ourselves, with the knowledge that this will ripple out into our homes, families, communities and the world.
My name is Allison Roozen (All-Zen) and I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and 2 young children, with a new baby on the way. I have come to value my state of Being above all else and this platform is my way of spreading this awareness with others.
My intention with everything I share and create is to help women as they transcend into motherhood, by offering resources, wisdom and practical ways that we as mamas can care wholly for ourselves so that we may care wholly for our families.
As a new mom I struggled with postpartum mood disorders along with the isolation and stigma that comes with being a 21st century stay at home parent. As my first baby grew into a toddler and I added a second baby to our family, I felt trapped in the dysfunctional patterns of the ways I myself was raised, as well as completely overwhelmed by the chaos that comes with the strong and expressive emotions of small children.
As I began to work on myself, through meditation, hypnosis and other means of learning and unlearning the conditioned parts of myself, I experienced a shift in the way I experienced mothering. Cultivating inner peace allowed me to better navigate the tumultuous aspects of raising children and to accept the moments as they were without judgement or a desire to change them - much more regularly.
Being All Zen is a collection of all that I have learned along my spiritual path and my journey as a young mother.
While I lean upon the teachings of Zen Buddhism quite heavily, I also learn and borrow from a number of other spiritual traditions, practices and ideas both ancient and modern. For me and for the women I hope to help, spirituality is not about attaching to any dogma or rigid path towards awakening, but about finding a deeper connection to our true selves, by whatever means necessary.
Join me in making modern life more peaceful, compassionate, purposeful and enlightened.