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 Break Bad Habits

    In the dictionary a habit is defined as, a settled tendency behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance or an acquired mode of behavior that has become involuntary.

    A habit implies a doing unconsciously and often compulsively. If one devotes or surrenders (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively, the dictionary defines it as an addiction.

    Therefore, most would suggestion the solution would be to become conscious of your bad habits and consciously stop them from occurring. One way would be to write your bad habit down as in an affirmation. For example, if you have a bad habit of thinking negative then you write positive reinforcements down. As a result, you post intentions (by writing what you want to insert firmly in your reality on notes) everywhere you will notice them and by doing that your awareness is always set-up in remembrance of the intention until you do not have to be reminded of it anymore and it becomes a repetition of habit to think positive automatically. The affirmation vanishes when the necessity for a mind impression is not there any longer. For example, when you are driving down the road to your objective, you will see signs posted in the ground telling you are almost there, nevertheless affirmations are much like these signposts. You do not see these signposts when you are at your destination since the need vanishes. Affirmations and concepts are like stopping at a signpost or moving very slowly and thinking you are going to reach your destination in a timely method that serves you.

    Affirmation can be effective since they replace the negative habits with positive habits, using the art of focusing on what you desire to achieve. In other words replacing one thing (you do not want) with another thing (you do want) filling the void. One receives some kind of pleasure from bad habits or else there would be no reason to continue doing them and affirmations replace that bad pleasure with good pleasure. Yet the process is massively ineffective since there are many misunderstanding about affirmations, not to mention it takes extremely long to manifest the intention since it is a detour away from the problem.

    Changing a bad habit experience into a good habit experience using affirmations is comparable to trying to eliminate fear of horror movies by continuously telling yourself to eliminate fear of horror movies. As I explained in “How to Eliminate All Fears Forever” when focusing on eliminating fear, you attract more fear and keeping fear real by focusing on it. For example, science explains that in the deep core root of everything is energy. Thoughts are energy and fear is energy. If the thoughts are, “eliminate fear” then the energy of thoughts are producing more fear by thinking about it. Fear is the main subject. It does not matter to energy if the thought is of eliminate or accelerate when approaching fear. You give energy to that which you want to eliminate; you make it stronger by adding more energy to the fear. That is why affirmations are only effective on a positive note and fear is not positive in this approach.

    If you do successful change the habit using affirmations then you relay on the affirmation as a crutch. The affirmation or signpost becomes your identity and way of change. Through affirmations, you change your negative habit experience through using a positive habit experience in its place and this process seems logical unless you are aware what causes perceptions of experiences in the first place. The reason for the delayed process is that affirmations do not go straight to the source of the problem and fix it. Bad habits act in response on a personal identity to support their addiction. Every negative habit depends on the identity within the mind's feelings and emotions. Human negative emotions, directed by the intellect, seem so real, but they are an illusion, they are all figments of the ego's hold on the mind’s impression. Focusing on any problem is similar to using the sun (extreme power) and a magnify glass (directing the power). When positioned in the right angle with enough concentration you can burn through your problems quickly and effectively. Yet if the root of the problem is not in awareness then it does not matter how much you direct the power through your concentration, there will always be a delay. When changing an experience by replacing it with a new experience, it cause one to skip the main problem and the problem only changes in time since the real problem (the minds impression held by the ego) is in such a tight knit connection to experience. Hence, change the mind then you change your experience.

    That is why the definitions we give to things are tremendously important. In fact, they are so vastly significant that it is one of the top secrets of the universe! When you change your thoughts, beliefs, definitions, perspectives or your imagination/visualization, then you change your experience. I would even go as far as to say that even changing your perspective on dreams would influence your reality since everything is a reflection of everything else.

    .With that said let us look at what the most common thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives are on breaking bad habits.

    1. Bad habits are extremely difficult to break.

    2. It takes patience, practice, and persistence to break habits.

    3. Old bad habits always die-hard.

    4. Bad habits are powerful since they are unconscious reactions to conditioned and programmed behavior patterns.

    By the means of thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives in this nature, it is understandable that the common reality and experience of breaking bad habits are in effect of being extremely difficult to change. If you believe in any of the above statement or anything similar to them then your belief will be your experience for the reason that you are only allowing one suggestion of choice for your perspective to experience and give power to that choice. The only way around this experience is to change your disempowering limited choice of thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives to an empowering one.

    The best way to do this 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 is one that says“, I can,” or “It is possible”. You change your mind then your experience matches the change in your mind for the reason that you open up another route for the mind to take as I explained thoroughly in “The Power of Suggestion through Choice” article. Hence the saying “believing is seeing” and if you believe that “seeing is believing” then you are asking yourself to see proof first which is an illusion to direct understanding your belief and once the awareness presents itself then you will be aware that you making the rules. Once you understand that you make the rules then you give yourself the power to make rules that empower you to make the change you desire.

    There are only two ways or reasons to make lasting change on a conscious level and that is out of inspiration or desperation. Inspiration means you are inspired to change because you see potential of a desire played out and desperation means you are acting out of pain to a given experience. Either way, more times than not a person will make conscious change based on what they desire to change. Their focus will be on that one and only change until it is accomplished then move on to the next change they wish to consciously make. However, there is a much more effective manner or route to take in making every change you could possibility desire to change and in a much more conscious way. As I mention in "How to Find Your Passion & Make It Your Career" the universe will support you in any goal, plan, or desire that could ever be a possibility of arriving within you. In other words, the universe of life will lead you to the fulfillment of your biggest goals, plans, or desires without any strategy except for the approach of living in the moment. In short living in the moment means to take each moment and decide out of all the choices, which one is the most pleasure-able (joyful or excitable) then the universe will naturally support you in everything even bad habits. I explained in this article how this worked for me and as long as I have been following my joy (passion, excitement, or pleasure) this has been the case without exception.

    If you follow each of my articles then you will no doubt notice the repetition in them. Repetition creates results automatically without any effort required. For example, the advertising business spends billions of dollars to repeat the same commercial repeatedly and through that repetition the subconscious takes over and through the power of suggestion, you are guided exactly where they want you. Of course, my purpose is to guide you in fulfilling your life exactly the way you desire. After all, who would not desire to make their passion a career and be supported 100% doing that? My purpose in this repetition is for the highest good of all to be fulfilled doing exactly what they desire. In this way, we will all align ourselves with the harmony of the universal plan to experience infinite potential. Which I explained this infinite potential on Two Worlds: Part 6, Two Worlds: Part 7 and Perfect Universe Verse Taking Action. Once you remember the infinite potential plan then you realize life is set-up exactly to live it in sequence to your passion and life will be much happier since an acceptance of the whole progression of life triggers within you. Also through repetition, the remembrance of the universal knowledge within the infinite potential progression of life memory arises. As a result, what you put in is what you get out. In other words, just by reading empowering articles the power of your subconscious will lead you exactly where you desire to be without consciously trying to change. Therefore, if the inspiration in my articles is not enough to make a change or fear is the over powering force in your way of making a conscious choice happen, then keep reading the empowering articles. You will empower your subconscious gradually through a series of events to put you in exactly the position of power and make the choice consciously.

    In conclusion, as I mentioned bad habits act in response on a personal identity to support their addiction. Every negative habit depends on the identity within the mind's feelings and emotions. Human negative emotions, directed by the intellect, seem so real, but they are an illusion, they are all figments of the ego's hold on the mind’s impression. Yet by the hold on these emotions by the mind, the mind builds a memory bank that has invested its time observing and programming in order to receive what the mind believes to be pleasurable. Your worry, anxiety, and anger towards these bad habit programs will trigger an emotional response created by the mind out of these memory banks at worse will cause harmful chemicals to release from the cells by the emotions into your body causing an immune system break down. Therefore, do not think of bad habits as truly bad but only an opportunity to change and see your infinite potential within that change. As I explained in “Perfect Universe Verse Taking Action” underneath the process, the main reason anybody really does anything is that it is exactly precise to what the universal plan has designed. In other words, just let things be when you are feeling aggravation, annoyance, irritation, disappointment or anger ECT.… because everything is working out perfectly in this perfection of a universe, it is working that way quite by design. If you are not taking action it is perfect by design that you do not, if you are taking action then the design is working perfectly as well.