Living Zen Style 101

Updated: Feb 22

Zen Style Living is Both a State of Mind and a Way of Life.



Taking the time to get to know oneself through meditation and observation enables a heightened awareness of our inner world; opening us up to healing and growth. Awareness also allows us the opportunity to choose new responses, thoughts, words, and feelings in the moment; shifting our mindset gently in a more positive direction. When we understand the subconscious mind and we realize the power it has over us it becomes obvious that this increased awareness frees us to choose new pathways and reset our thought processes. It is crucial for our health, happiness, and wellbeing to learn to live in a peaceful, flowing, joyful mindset.









When we wake up and witness our automatic thoughts: knowing the power our thoughts hold we are freed to transcend them. It is a slow committed process; slowing down to choose words, thoughts, and responses with wise deliberation. Otherwise known as being impeccable with your word, from the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.


"Be Impeccable with your word: speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love."

~The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz



 

Imagine

  • Feeling completely alive

  • Feeling energized and joyful

  • Seeing into one's own nature

  • A life of clarity and peace

  • Seeing beyond materialism

  • learning to value being

  • Fully enjoying each experience




Adopting the view of a newborn; exploring the world through fresh lenses that haven’t been tinted by language, emotions, or labels.


Witness your thoughts, feelings, and perceptions with awareness, not judgment.




Neuroscience research shows that practicing a Zen mindset calms the mind, offers more clarity, and allows us to act with more kindness and compassion.



When acting from a Zen mindset, you relax the negative thoughts and feelings by becoming keenly aware to them. Ultimately this sheds light on the experience, reducing your anxiety. Instead of being fearful of pain, you accept it as part of life. This then allows you to be more focused, relaxed, and attentive to yourself. This practice isn't about trying to get rid of anything; it's about accepting whatever is there forgiving it and transcending it.




In the Blog posts to come, we will dive farther into each aspect of a Zen Style Life to build upon the concepts.



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