There’s a lot of talk about Zen, but until you topple the tower of babble, it isn’t Zen.
Zen isn’t a habit. It is the absence of all habits and conditioning. There are no habits in Zen, because everything, everywhere, everytime is altogether new.
Zen isn’t simplifying your life. Zen is simply life. When we don’t fuss with it, life simplifies itself.
Zen isn’t waking up so you can get out of bed. Zen is getting out of bed so you can wake up.
Zen isn’t eating less, spending less, talking less or working less. It’s wanting less, fearing less, worrying less and striving less. The latter takes care of the former.
Zen isn’t about making a change in your life. It is about living the change you already are.
Zen isn’t a moment of Zen. It is eternal. It is now. Zen never ends.
Now, how do you come to see and believe this for yourself? Certainly not by reading about it, although one or two good books every now and then won’t hurt. You know by what you practice, or it isn’t Zen.
~Karen Maezen Miller
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 design 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.
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