If you're interested in conscious living, then likely you're just as equally interested in Zen but simply not knowingly interested.

Usually Zen is associated with Japanese culture and religious or Buddhism practice, but true Zen (or at least the way this site uses the term) is emphasizing the value of conscious living.

Zen and conscious living come together and go hand-in-hand. Hence, conscious living without Zen is a huge oversight and vice-versa because these are not two.

"Conscious Flex: Zen & Conscious Living" is designed to offer a partnership of how these seemingly two are actually one movement.

Zen is the foundational spaciousness or presence from which conscious living derives. In the same manner that an artist, inventor or intuitive actions come from the stillness in the silence of non-movement.

In other words, Zen is a resting in the powerful space of not thinking about thought, not doing anything about doing, not trying to be the solver or understander, the knower collector but simply allowing the intelligence of life to flow through you and as you.

What is described can be thought of as meditation or accessing our intuition, but it's actually just natural living.

Often you will see kids in a natural resting space or presence and we tell them "snap out of it" because we think they are in "lala land" or "fantasy land" and not paying attention but actually they are simply being completely present with what is. It's natural to just rest and be, that's the flow from which insight and wisdom arises from.

Hence, conscious living is also the natural flow of how life organically expands upon itself. Consequently, conscious living is Zen living, when it's pure and without conceptual overlays.

  • What is Life for? What is Life All About?

    No matter what the question is "What is life for?", "What is life all about?", "What is the purpose of life?", etc... you will never find a satisfying answer, but that's good news! Here's why: You are life living itself.

    Therefore every question about life is merely a symptom formed into a question, NOT the root question itself. No answer can satisfy since that is NOT what is being sought. We assume that once we find the answer to this main question then we will be satisfied, but no answer can solve that hunger.

    In other words, every question about life is a surface question linked to a deeper question. A deeper question formed from a confusion that has such a simplistic answer that the question doesn't even appear to arise once the answer is noticed.

    However, the answer doesn't really answer the deeper question. Instead, what is noticed, is why the questions form in the first place. It's really very simple and when it strikes you, you will wonder how you missed it.

    For example, in our society, having a job or career seems to be an extremely important goal to achieve. In fact, our human survival depends on having a job. Therefore, many questions arise about jobs, careers or even college related questions. Yet these are surface questions based on a deeper question. So let's break it down:

    Why do we want a job? Well, we don't really want a job, do we? I mean, why would we want to be somewhere we don't really want to be for 8-12 hours a day? Why would we want to do something that we don't really want to be doing? We don't! So why do we do it? Oh that's right, for income. We want money.

    Maybe that's why there are so many questions related to money: "How to work form home?", "How to win the lotto?", "How to get rich?", etc... Well, money does seem to be a deeper question, after-all if we had money then we wouldn't have to have a job.

    However, we don't really want money, do we? I mean, who wants to depend on money for survival? Sure, if you had more than enough to survive, what would you have to worry about about, right? Yet, there will always be a splinter in your mind of "What if...." scenarios: "What if someone steals my identity and robs my bank account?", "What if the economy collapses?", "What if someone sues me for everything I own?". Money is like a slave and we depend on it for survival, even if you're rich, you still depend on it. We don't really want to depend on money, therefore, we don't really want money. What we really want is what the money buys... resources.

    What do you think would happen if most people stopped focusing on surface questions like jobs, careers, college, money, etc... and started focusing on the main question of "How to automate the production of resources and services WITHOUT the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude?" I imagine we would be uniting for something similar to this.

    In the same regard, questions about life are surface questions and the deeper question needs to be noticed.

    When we ask questions about life, we assume we are somehow separate from life, separate from the question, or separate from the equation.We feel that if we answer the questions of life, then we will know how to go about life, we will know how to live, how to be, have a goal or direction.

    If we take the questions of life deeper, we see that we are life too. We can't ask a question about life, without asking it of ourselves. When we ask "What is life for?" we are really wanting to know "What is life for ME?", "What is MY purpose in life?"... for without YOU there would be nobody there to ask the question. Since you are not separate from the question and in fact the center of every question... "What is life for?" gets turned into "What am I for?" or in other words "Who am I?". The confusion is not about life or what is life for, the question springs from not knowing who and what we are.

    Authentically asking the question "Who or what am I?" is the secret that reveals everything else in life. For a life that knows itself, has no confusion about what life is, how to address situations of life, what direction to go, what to do next, etc... Once you know what you are, that wisdom guides you in every present moment of now.

    When we were children we questioned everything. As children, we questioned our parents, life, the world, and even ourselves... we had no knowledge but only questions. When we were children asking these questions, something very wise was taking place. We were not looking for knowledge and answers, we were playing in the mystery where wisdom speaks. Yet, when we were given answers to every question, we were conditioned to think that answering questions with knowledge was the thing to do. When you ask "Who or what am I?" don't look for an intellectual answer that can be spoken into words. You're not looking to answer the question, you're looking to notice who or what is asking.

    Who or what notices the question "Who or what am I?"..? It witnessed the question rise and as you stumble to answer it, that is also noticed and when the question fades into the next moment, it will be here noticing still. In fact, it has always been here. Even as everything changes, it notices all change. Your emotions change, your thoughts change, your body changes, and here it is noticing every change. That which notices every change must be the main core root of an unchanging source.

    I would love to break it down as simplistic as the jobs >>> money >>> resources example and leaving you with a logical root answer, like "resources", but the answer is even simpler than that. In fact, it's so simple that it can't be formed into words, it can only be directly noticed as your present experience.

    However, let's do some simple pointing. When you see a beautiful sunset and you are in awe with the extreme beauty of that moment, where is the question "What is life all about"?

    Or when you are dancing and so into the dance that you are moving without effort or even a care in the world, do the questions about life appear in the  glimpse of such moments?

    Every moment that ever mattered to you was when you lost yourself in the moment. Every answer that ever mattered to you was when you were struck by an awe or 'ahh ha' moment, where no words could capture the moment.

    Every moment that ever stuck with you as significant was the moments you were spontaneously in the moment of what you were doing, present to life here in the now, directly noticing your direct experience of life.

    These moments seem rare, yes? But they are not rare, they are happening right now in every moment, it's presently here, never moving, now is forever now... you're just not noticing it. The purpose of life is to notice, life is all about being presently here, life is here to notice itself.

    Not satisfying, huh? I told you it must be directly experienced, not answered in words, that's the only satisfaction. No amount of knowledge will sustain. Lose yourself in the now, where wisdom resides.