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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.

Enjoy!
  • What is, is. (Eckhart Tolle quotes)

    "Change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness."
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them - while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just Being.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “I don't want it to end, and so, as every therapist knows, the ego does not want an end to its “problems” because they are part of its identity. If no one will listen to my sad story, I can tell it to myself in my head, over and over, and feel sorry for myself, and so have an identity as someone who is being treated unfairly by life or other people, fate or God. It gives definition to my self-image, makes me into someone, and that is all that matters to the ego.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “Don't look for peace. Don't look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

    “The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind. The mind always seeks to deny the Now and to escape from it. In other words, the more you are identified with your mind, the more you suffer. Or you may put it like this: the more you are able to honor and accept the Now, the more ore you are free of pain, of suffering - and free of the egoic mind. Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now? Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening. Time and mind are in fact inseparable.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

    “Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “In surrender, you no longer need ego defenses and false masks. You become very simple, very real. “That’s dangerous,” says the ego. “You’ll get hurt. You’ll become vulnerable.” What the ego doesn’t know, of course, is that only through the letting go of resistance, through becoming “vulnerable,” can you discover your true and essential invulnerability.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

    “The ego says, ‘I shouldn’t have to suffer,’ and that thought makes you suffer so much more. It is a distortion of the truth, which is always paradoxical. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “Acceptance of the unacceptable is the greatest source of grace in this world.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “Suffering needs time. It cannot survive in the now.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “Whatever you accept completely, you go beyond...If you fight it, you're stuck with it.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle, Realizing the Power of Now

    “Resistance is weakness and fear masquerading as strength. What the ego sees as weakness is your Being in its purity, innocence, and power. What it sees as strength is weakness.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

    “Nonresistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

    “When you want to arrive at your goal more than you want to be doing what you are doing, you become stressed.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

    “So give up waiting as a state of mind. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting . . . snap out of it. Come into the present moment. Just be, and enjoy being. If you are present, there is never any need for you to wait for anything. So next time somebody says, “Sorry to have kept you waiting,” you can reply, “That’s all right, I wasn’t waiting. I was just standing”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “Pain can only feed on pain. Pain cannot feed on joy. It finds it quite indigestible.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “the moment that judgment stops through acceptance of what is, you are free of the mind.”
    ~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment