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Jen

The Art Of Ancient Wisdom

Zen Buddhism - Oneness With The Universe

http://www.theartofancientwisdom.com/zen-buddhism/

Understanding Zen

"What is Zen?

Zen simply means understanding and knowing oneself. In the world today, people are very busy looking for happiness outside not knowing that the true and lasting happiness comes from the inside by knowing who you really are, what you want and what you are capable of giving.

Normally, we say these words – I want this, I want that, I am like this and I am like that. However, when someone ask you, where did you come from and where will you go when you die? The usual reply would be, I don’t know. This is where Zen comes in. Meditation in Zen simply means keeping the “don’t know” mind when chanting, sitting and bowing Zen – the formal Zen practice.

Eventually, your “don’t know” mind becomes clearer. You can see that the sky is blue and the trees are green. Your mind is as clear as the mirror where red reflects as red and white reflects as white. When you experience such clarity and tranquility you will no longer desire for the goodness of yourself alone but your desire will be for all beings. When that happens, your mind is already enlightened. You have already discovered within yourself the greatest love and compassion.

How to relax by means of Zen?

Zen is a way of life that teaches you how to relax. It is an intuitive understanding of the ultimate truth of living. Zen living means “self-awakening” that will liberate you from the chains of the past memories and potential worries of the future thus; you will naturally know how to relax. Here are some ways on how to relax by means of Zen.

• Don’t make your life a problem and there will be no problem.
• Don’t look backward nor forward. Just focus on the present.
• Don’t let your mind be always in control because when you persist in doing things your own way and rely only in your knowledge, you will bring excessive stress in our life.
• Accomplish things without exerting too much effort.
• Focus on the process of doing things and never feel anxious of the result. Just do it the best way you can.
• Accept and embrace life including the bad experiences. Never think that you can avoid bad experiences because it is inevitable. If you do that, stress will build up along the way.

Zen teaches us the right way to relax and to appreciate the wonderful gift of life and living in the present. Developing a child-like mentality is a way of Zen because children don’t dwell on the past experiences nor worry for the future. They are just happy living in the now and appreciate what they have. Be a child again, that’s how exactly you should relax."
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"These are but a few of the ideas, concepts and thoughts that comprise Buddhism. It is complex and yet simple, traditional and yet new, strict and yet open-minded. Like the Science of Yoga, Buddhism is an enlightened method to improve one’s mind and actions in our confusing world. It is  path to awakening and enlightenment, yes, but it is also a peaceful port in the raging storm we live in. A chance to help all sentient beings upon this earth. Namaste’ "

Jen

I often think to myself, Who am I? What am I? Why am I here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oocunV4JX4w

Who Am I? (7:46)

The School of Life

What is it that makes us most distinctively ourselves? Our bodies, our memories, our values...? Take a tour through the philosophy of personal identity.

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Taoist quotes:

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” 
― Lao Tzu

“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.” 
― Lao Tzu

Jen

“Before you judge others or claim any absolute truth, consider that…

… you can see less that 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum.

As you read this, you are traveling at 220 kilometers per second across the galaxy.

90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you”.

The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star.

Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato.

The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist.

So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it.

This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colours you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.”

Source is: lunarscience nasa gov articles - we originated in the belly of a star

Jen

Getting old, health problems, wondering about death, thinking oh well, I'm just another drop in the ocean, but then there is a slightly different perspective...

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”
― Rumi

Basically we all come from the same ocean and we are all GIHF so for all those Gurinder haters how to deal with 'Oneness' ... ??

Spence Tepper

Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.
― Lao Tzu

There is an art to this.

Jen

Nice one Spence, now I have to learn how to practice this art and stop being busy doing nothing...

Of course, as I usually do, looked for some inspiration...

Overcoming Fear... by Embracing Nothingness

https://wakeup-world.com/2017/10/25/overcoming-fear-by-embracing-nothingness/

"The two ‘flows of consciousness’ conflict because of fear — we fear to lose ourselves in unity consciousness, to lose our uniqueness, that which defines us. This is the underlying cause: the ‘source pain’, of our fear of death. It is the reason so many are not able to meditate deeply — to hit that point where we blend effortlessly into the vastness of the universe.

So how do we consolidate these two apparently opposing flows so that they work together in our lives, so that fear arises less and less? Well, I’m afraid there’s no method I can suggest. The answer lies in the opposite of method — surrender… total and utter surrender."

Thanks Spence, I will be reminding myself about surrender ... letting go :)

Jen

Hi Spence, my mind rebels and will not stop thinking and seeking, so here I am again, back to busy doing nothing (and everything) LOL

My thought for the day.

We are multidimensional beings...

"Shake the torment
Drop the loss
Invoke aspiration
in the thick of the moss
Control your creation
Admire the journey
Miraculous glory

Guide your ambition

Train your mental station
To the point of no return
Infinite dedication
Watch the auto-pilot burn
The end of blank conformity
Psychologically contorted reality
Devastation Done
WAKE UP!
Your dreams have just begun"

S. J. Mitchell
Multidimensional Poetry

Zen Presence

Zen Presence

How to Develop "Zen Presence"

https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/brainsnacks/201708/how-develop-zen-presence

Students of Western positive psychology are increasingly drawn these days to the concept of mindfulness. It's an intriguing proposition, with the promise of making us more peaceful, more enlightened, and more mentally healthy. However, the prospect of actually applying it in a practical way to life situations still seems rather elusive to many.

What does one actually do when one is being "mindful?" What's going on in the mind of a mindful person? Definitions of mindfulness abound. My favorite is:

Mindfulness is paying close attention to the experience of the present moment,
with calm acceptance of whatever is happening.

Some people, especially illustrators and graphic artists, it seems, tend to confuse mindfulness with meditation, but it's a separate and unique experience in its own way. 

Certainly, the practice of meditation tends to improve one's capacity for waking mindfulness, but in fact meditation involves a unique mental state that Eastern devotees like to call mindlessness. The purpose of most meditative practices is to suspend the normal process of paying attention, and achieve a state of deep reverie in which one is not thinking about anything in particular.

Mindfulness, by contrast, is the direct and intense experience of the here and now. It's not tuning out but exactly the opposite. It's tuning in. It's present, attentive, focused, and ready for action.

When you're in a mindful state, you're aware — simultaneously — of the situation you're in and your inner experience of it. Whether the situation involves intense activity, or interaction with other people, or just some quiet activity on your own, your psychological "radar antenna" is picking up the signals of the situation and enabling you to deal with it consciously and effectively.”

Let's Call It "Zen Presence"

The aim of mindfulness practice is to be present to the experience of the immediate moment, more and more often, as part of your participation in the adventure of life.

Meet Your Observer

Practitioners of Eastern wisdom traditions sometimes speak of the "observing self" — a part of you, so to speak, that hovers quietly in the background of your consciousness. Some of them refer to this entity as the Witness. Your Observer, or your Witness — whichever you prefer to call it — monitors your thoughts, your reactions, your impulses, and your behavior in "real time."

Jen

How to deal with boundaries and confrontation...

Zen Thinking Quotes...

You - Pure Presence - are everywhere,

and yet, you are nowhere,

for you are nothing.

You are nothing that can be named,

for you are not a thing at all;

you are the blissful emptiness,

that allows all things to Be.

You, Consciousness, pervade all that Is.

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Be quiet within and no longer react to your mind and the world it falsely interprets.

Abide in the silence of undistracted awareness, no longer be concerned with the mind's ridiculous theories of 'me'.

Just rest within yourself, as the Self.

777

About bounderies

Don't go to
https://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/2019/02/another-rssb-defender-attacks-the-messenger-me.html

gollem is not a messenger but a poisoner of mssgs

Don't go

it might kill You


777

Ruby

Wow Spence,
Interesting, This is where you left off....maybe it's a great place to start up again. Even if there are no posted comments for a while. I think I would enjoy reading some more uplifting messages from yourself, Jen, 777, and others. Even though we don't always agree with everything said, we can at least try to hear each other with compassion. Peace to you my brother Tepper.
Ruby

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