Zen Living: An Introduction
Are you living the life you really want or deserve?
You know the one I’m talking about, the one that is the jump up in the morning, smile on your face, breathe in the day and venture forward type of life? I call that a Zen Lifestyle, a life that you love, just as it is. It is a life of ever flowing, awareness, sublimity, authenticity and compassion of being Zen. A Zen Life is where the pieces of your life fit together synergistically and holistically, where you experience a whole mixture of satisfying things like ease, balance, fulfillment, joy, purpose, passion, love, abundance, Now doesn’t that sound just right, just Zen?
3 Rules To A Better Lifestyle
Devote time to sitting: In the life of a Zen monk, sitting meditation (zazen) is one of the most important parts of his day. Each day, there is time designated just for sitting. This meditation is really practice for learning to be present. You can devote time for sitting meditation, or do what I do: I use running as a way to practice being in the moment. You could use any activity in the same way, as long as you do it regularly and practice being present.
Do one thing at a time: This rule (and some of the others that follow) will be familiar to long-time Zen Habits readers. It’s part of my philosophy, and it’s also a part of the life of a Zen monk: single-task, don’t multi-task. When you’re pouring water, just pour water. When you’re eating, just eat. When you’re bathing, just bathe. Don’t try to knock off a few tasks while eating or bathing. Zen proverb: “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”
Do less: A Zen monk doesn’t lead a lazy life: he wakes early and has a day filled with work. However, he doesn’t have an unending task list either — there are certain things he’s going to do today, an no more. If you do less, you can do those things more slowly, more completely and with more concentration. If you fill your day with tasks, you will be rushing from one thing to the next without stopping to think about what you do.