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.

  • How to Recognize & Change Limited Beliefs

    We have the beliefs we do because of a series of experiences. Through these experiences or events (sometimes it is not our own experience), we adopted a pattern that made sense to us in those moments. Not ever realizing that beliefs are a choice we make and we can choose to change them in any moment. This knowing feeling tells me that if people had no limiting beliefs, then they would experience infinite potential.

    The first step is noticing if the belief we are carrying is limiting us or empowering us. Here are some questions to ask yourself, in order to determine if the belief is limiting or not:

    • Does your belief keep you in fear?
    • Does it keep you from taking the action you would like?
    • Does your belief stop you from gaining success or pleasure in your life?
    • Does your belief make you feel powerful?
    • Does your belief help you? Does it serve your cause?
    • Does your belief lead you to expressing yourself?
    • Does your belief lead you to happiness?

    The easiest way to find out if your belief is empowering or limiting is by asking one simple question: Does your belief say, “I can’t” or “Not possible”? If your answer is yes, then it is a limiting belief. Now, if your answer is no, then that means one of two things: it is neutral (meaning it does not add to your life, but it also does not take any value away), or it is an empowering belief (meaning it gives you power to take the direction in life your willing to take).

    After the first step (which is to identify if the belief in question is helping or not), the next step is changing it (if it does not serve you). In order to change it, you must know you can change it. Know that you hold the power, not the belief. Know that you decided to have that belief in the first place. Know that the belief is weak compared to you, you can cast it out of your consciousness exactly the way you invited it in. You are the one that gives it power, notice it and release it.

    There is a pattern in life that set forth a series of experiences. It is set forth by noticing a limiting belief and you feeling that you cannot change it. You will go through a long series of experiences that will show you the truth about this limited belief and through these experiences, you will ultimately conclude that you have to get rid of it to proceed. However, by this time you would have already made that choice, so it would seem as if the belief disappeared through the series of experiences. Yet through these series of experiences, it could take days, months, years, decades and even a lifetime to come to this realization. The subconscious mind is leading you to the opportunities, but it is up to the conscious mind (the part of you that perceives, apprehending, or noticing with a degree of controlled thought or observation). Therefore, you might as well change the limited thought with conscious effort right now.

    Once you consciously change your belief, then you have a concept about yourself, but to fully empower yourself and take you to the direction you want to go (the direction that the limited belief was stopping you from taking). The way to enforce this, is to replace that old limited belief with a new empowering belief. The best way to do this in most cases, is to adopt the belief that is directly opposite from the old limited belief. For example, all limiting beliefs can be broken down to saying, “I can’t” or “Not possible”, therefore the belief you would want that empowers you says, “I can” or “It is possible”. This is usually the opposite of the limited belief, but the more precise you are about the opposite, the more empowering it will be for you because purpose/ intent are the driving forces behind beliefs.

    Also, be aware that the limited belief is not a bad thing. It was there to help you. There is always a positive approach to everything we do. Our beliefs were set in place to help us, by causing us less pain. So recognize the limited beliefs are doing their job in helping you. When you realize it is not helping you anymore, then you can move away from it quite easily. You can see through the illusion that the limited belief set-up for you and it no longer serves its purpose. As a result, have gratitude for your limited belief that it has helped you thus far, then invite it to understand that you can gain more happiness, enjoyment, and pleasure compared to the illusion that it had for you. Let it understand there is no threat by leaving, you are not in any danger, and you do not need protecting anymore.