We confuse initiative with risky behavior. We’re always in a hurry to get to “the next best thing.” Our desires drive our point of view.
Before we know it, our actions can often go awry, and we find ourselves stressed, confused and dealing with conflicts or issues resulting from our distorted state of thinking which led to misguided actions. It is within our power to manage our mindset, thoughts and action.
This power comes when we utilize the insight into our true nature to honestly frame our mind and our thoughts; guiding our decisions and actions. It is this very same power that is harnessed in the practice of Zen to stay calm, maintain attentiveness, remove selfish desires and rely on wisdom that is not distorted by illusions; thereby, getting to the “real” and operating without “noise” and “external influences.” So, we can start today by trying to bring our mind, body and true nature into a connected state of focus.
Attitude and mindset guide our hearts and drives the quality of the life we live. So, these “simple” but “eye-opening” messages are helpful tools for getting to a calm, mellow, insightful and introspective state of being.
If we meditate on them from time to time; they can work to free our mind of clutter ; and in turn, tune our heart with mind, so we get started on the road which leads to living peacefully. Feel free to share with us in the comment section below.
Since arriving in the U.S., Zen has had an unmistakable, albeit subtle, impact on the way many of us think and act. Zen has unintentionally become synonymous with words like “calm”, peace ”, and “balance”.
However, more than just learning to chill out, Zen wisdom has much to say on human efficiency, creativity, and realizing our potential as well. However, the wisdom of Zen isn’t something foreign to us, and it can be found in other ways than just sitting in meditation.
Years ago, Zen made me question the way that I was living and allowed me to not only adopt a healthier lifestyle with less stress and anxiety, but also helped me realize what it meant to live fully in each moment. When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.
Upon awakening, leave your bed behind you instantly as if you had cast away a pair of old shoes. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.
As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world. To accept some idea of truth without experiencing it is like a painting of a cake on paper which you cannot eat.
We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.
Though we could dive into the Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism and the value of intuition and meditation, the short answer is that zen means feeling peaceful and calm. And one way to bring more peace and calm into your life is to meditate on zen proverbs like the ones in this post.
“Truth makes you rise to new heights, no matter where you are.”- Kamal Radiant “Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities.”- D.T.
Now that you’ve read through the zen sayings above, how do you make them a regular part of your everyday thinking? Write a weekly favorite on a whiteboard you’ll see every day.
Create a zen scarf” with quotes written on a soft solid-color fabric. When you see it, inhale deeply, hold for a few seconds, then exhale the stress away.