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.

  • The intuitive mindless nature of Zen

    Using the mind to look for reality is delusion; not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing oneself from words is the way to liberation.
    ~ The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

    The greatest gift that you can give to this world is to make the mind still.
    ~ Ajahn Chah

    Stop thinking, and end your problems.
    ~ Lao Tzu

    I never get lost, because I don't know where I am going (c'est vrai lol!).
    ~ Ikkyu

    Be still, and silent.
    Know the stillness of freedom
    Where there is no more striving.
    ~ Dhammapada

    Here it is – right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it.
    ~ Huang po

    When you are practicing Zen meditation do not try and stop your thinking. If something comes into your mind, let it come in and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try and stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. Leave your front door and your back door open. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Just don't serve them tea.
    ~ Shunryu Suzuki-roshi

    The essence of meditation practice is to let go of all your expectations about meditation.
    – Mingyur Rinpoche

    In awareness there is no becoming, there is no end to be gained. There is silent observation without condemnation, from which comes understanding.
    ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

    The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
    ~ Ram Dass

    You will always find an answer
    in the sound of water.
    ~ Chuang Tzu

    The instant you speak about a thing, you miss the mark.
    ~ Zen Proverb

    The more you talk and think about it,
    The further astray you wander from the truth.
    Stop talking and thinking,
    And there is nothing you will not be able to know.
    ~ Xinxin Ming

    Man is a thinking reed, but great works are done when we are not calculating and thinking. "Childlikeness" has to be restored with training in the art of self-forgetfulness. When this is attained we think, yet we do not think.
    ~ D.T.Suzuki

    Not thinking about anything is Zen.
    Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down;
    Everything you do is Zen.
    ~ Bodhi-Dharma

    An ancient master said, “The mountains, the rivers, the whole earth, the entire array of phenomena are all oneself.” If you can absorb the essence of this message, there are no activities outside of meditation: you dress in meditation and eat in meditation; you walk, sit, and lie down in meditation; you perceive and cognize in meditation; you experience joy, anger, sadness, and happiness in meditation.
    ~ Muso Soseki