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.

  • Passion for Work

    Some people come across difficulties in finding passion for work. Let us start by defining what passion for work is so we can lay a foundation. The way I define the term passion is something in which I enjoy doing, something I can do all day long and continuously find joyfulness from it. Yet it is not the act of doing it that allows me to find joy in it because just thinking about it can produce feelings of joy. That would determine your passion (for work), but it's not as limited as you might think.

    Defining passion in this simplistic way opens up more than one passion for each person since individually everyone can name at least two things in which he or she enjoys doing to the extent of defining passion in this way. In other words, you have many career passions. It can be something as simple as reading stories, meditating, helping people, playing an instrument, art, etc… It does not matter what your career passion is, as long as you define it as joyful even when thinking about it.

    Now the way to narrow the options down is to understand that passion is a moment-to-moment thing. In any given moment, one passion will always feel stronger than any other passion. So let's narrow down what it means to have a career passion and how to go about it.

    For example, one of my passions is writing articles that I feel will help millions of people. Yet in some moments, I feel a stronger urge to go bowling, which is another passion of mine. Other moments watching an empowering movie is the most passionate thing to do, otherwise reading an inspiring article. Every moment is different and every moment I feel the push to pursue something in the moment that excites me more than any other joy, out of all the passions I can think of in any given moment. This is the true meaning of living in the moment and is important especially if you desire the universe (life or reality if you prefer) to support you in living your passion for work.

    The Universe Always Supports
    The first thing to understand about this infinite universe is that it always supports everybody in everything, no matter what and does so with unconditional support. What that means is the universe does not care if you make the conditions in your life hard on yourself or easy on yourself, since the universe is neutral and does not know the difference. The universe will always give you exactly what you want in any moment as that is the design it was given.

    The only reason we do not get what we think we are choosing is because of the definitions or conditions we put on things. Our bodies are set-up in such a biochemical way that we automatically move away from pain and towards pleasure. Now pain and pleasure is a very subjective point of view and certainly, the definitions (beliefs) you put on these things will determine your outcome. For example, if you are experiencing a lack of money you may feel that the universe, life, or reality is not supporting you but the way you define money is why you perceive yourself as not supported.

    Most people have limiting beliefs that say one or many of the following (or similar things) about money:

    * Money is the root of all evil.
    * If I have abundance of money then others will lose out.
    * You must work hard in order to earn good money.
    * I cannot do what I love.

    If you have even one of the limiting beliefs above then of course you are going to have a lack of abundance in your life. The universe is supporting you on your definition (belief) about money. If you change the definition (belief) about life then you change the outcome of your life. I wrote an article about how to change limited beliefs here, yet I will take each one of the above ideas about life and help to put an empowering definition to it in the case of doing what you love.

    * Money is the root of all evil.

    This is actually a quote that was misunderstood. The full quote went something to the effect of "The love of money is the root to all evil." In other words, when you LOVE money you will lose a sense of who you really are and make money your number one priority above all else.

    Money is designed in this life for survival. You actually need it in order to feed yourself, house yourself, clothe yourself, etc.. So if you love money above all else, then you will be geared to surviving as individual for yourself at the expense of others. Loving money is not the solution to achieving abundance. Loving abundance and acting in ways that produce and offer abundance is key. I would offer this as a solution to achieving abundance for ALL.

    * If I have abundance of money then others will lose out.

    Money beliefs of this nature derive from other limiting beliefs like, there is not enough to go around or believing one person to have more power or less power to create reality then others, making out victim situations. There are no victims in reality, there is only life unfolding the way it does to support life being what it is. However, it's not abundance of money we are looking for, as mentioned in the previous limited belief, if the focus is on money and the abundance of it then abundance can not be achieved. It is the resources of life that we want and having abundance to the resources we need to survive and the resources we want to be comfortable. We think that if we had an abundance of money then we would have an abundance because we would have access to the abundance of life through money. If we can rid of this limited thinking and not focus on money but on the abundance then solutions are found.

    If everyone in the world decided to be abundant without definitions that are limiting them and without conditions on receiving that abundance, then naturally by design everyone would be abundant. Nevertheless, some might think this is difficult to perceive because if everyone is abundant then nobody is abundant. However, if everyone has no condition where the abundance appears from, then the system of money will fail and a new system will be set into place where everyone has plenty.

    * You must work hard in order to earn good money.

    This one has more than one definition in it and I will cover both. First, how you define "hard work" will determine the outcome. Most people define hard work as hard labor or something close to that. Yet hard work to me is anything that challenges me.

    Every time I write an article, it is hard work because I challenge myself to reach out and help millions of people with my words alone. Every time I am bowling, I challenge myself to notice my technique and improve it through each game. Anything can be hard work if you challenge yourself.

    Second, the definition "good money" in this statement is implying that there is such thing as 'good and bad' when it comes to money. Money is neutral like the universe, the way you define money gives it meaning to you as an individual. If you are doing something to earn money that is not in alignment with who you really are then you might label the way you are earning that money as 'bad'. Yet why would you do anything you label as 'bad' money? More than likely it's because you believe you must in order to gain money. Yet, if access to abundance of resources is where your focus derives from, then money is no longer seen as something that is desired to be gained, abundance is. My suggestion is to do something which is in alignment with who you really are in your spare time and not worry so much as to where money is coming from. Do what you love consistently and the universe will provide what is wanted.

    Which brings us to the final limiting belief definition of money…

    * I cannot earn money doing what I love.

    Let us first look at the obviousness within this statement. Where do you think the feeling of loving something comes from? I mean there must be a reason you have this desire, this feeling, this joy within you. I believe that every desire, no matter how big or small, it must be achievable. Otherwise, you would not have the desire in the first place. It would be like having a hunger that you could not fulfill. That is something I see as impossible. Do you really believe the feeling of being hungry would be in the body if there were no food to fulfill that feeling? The observable answer is no the hunger would not be there if there were no food. Therefore, what makes anybody think the rest of the universe is set-up any other way?

    Naturally Be Supported
    As I said, our bodies are set-up in such a biochemical way that we automatically move away from pain and towards pleasure. All of life is about this purpose. If people put trust into the universe (reality or life) then they would follow their pleasure (joy, passion, or excitement) in every moment without conditions. If anybody were to take each moment and decide out of all the choices, which one is the most pleasurable (joyful or excitable) then the universe will naturally support them.

    Examples of Abundant Living

    These examples of making money doing what they love are only made possible when no limited beliefs are in the way.  It's an individual means of success, not an individual means of success through money. The system of money only works because we all partake in it. If you no longer wish to partake in it and you would love to do what you love without the use of money then that would happen naturally.

    There was this man, who followed his joy in bringing out all kinds of emotion inside of people. His passion was to excite people, scare people, make people cry with great emotion of joy or any intense emotion that causes a rush of feeling in a person body. Through continuously following his joy moment to moment, he now has a career producing movies and makes abundant amounts of money for something he would love to do freely.

    There was a woman who had a passionate joy in reading stories to her children. Within her day, this is the part that she looked forward to the most since it was her pleasure. She would read these stories with such passion, excitement and enthusiasm that her children would invited their friends over to hear the stories. Those friends invited their friends and family, to the point where through a series of events she had the opportunity to pursue a career of abundance in reading stories to people.

    It does not matter what your passion is, if you follow it moment to moment, then it will lead you to all the support you can imagine having, without fail. Follow your joy as a statement of who you are as a person. Follow your pleasure with no exception of conditions to what will happen or how you want things to be processed and you will find what you need, plus so much more. In other words, if going on a walk in that moment is your highest joy out of all the choices you can choose from, then go walking rather or not you think you should be spending more time on things that are more productive. You never know who you might meet, what you might be inspired to think or where you might end up. Your pleasure in the moment will lead you exactly where you need to be, therefore do not put expectations on the opportunity within the moment. Just do what you enjoy no matter what the outcome or circumstance and the universe will put you exactly where you need to be.

    Is It Your Highest Joy Or Something Else?
    Now there might be a time when you think your highest joy in the moment is something that it is not. For example, if out of all the choices, you feel your highest joy is to have intercourse with someone else's wife or husband then you are misinterpreting the feeling of joy for a feeling of anxiety or fear. You are misreading the excitement for the definition (belief) you give things rather than pure complete happiness within the joy.

    The easiest way and a true test to know if you have found the path of your joy in the moment, is if you do not care who knows or finds out about it. When you choose to ride a moment of joy and it is the highest joy out of every choice, then it will be a choice that allows others the same opportunity. When others are not aware of all their choices to choose because of something you chose, then you take away the opportunity for them to choose their highest joy in each moment for them, which in turn lets you know that your choice is NOT the choice of the highest joy. In other words, if nobody is harmed or has the potential of being harmed then you are on the right track.

    Trusting the Universe through Surrendering
    When you trust the universe and live within each moment, always choosing your highest joy, then all plans go out the window. You invite a spontaneous life into existence, which is the way life was went to be lived.

    Now there is a way to have a spontaneous life and being responsible at the same time within the happy medium, but the more you lean to spontaneous choices, the more natural your choices will be, and the more you will be on key. What this means is to worry not about obligation, necessities, requirements or anything of the sort because if you trust the infinite universe then you will trust that these things will be taken care of by living your highest joy, as we mentioned: why would you have a hunger that you could not feed? The universe by design takes care of us, the more alignment we are with our highest joy in each moment, the easier, and more rapidly, the universe can do its job. When you think you have to push, bend, mold, and oblige things in place with force then you are missing the greatest opportunity of life.

    The ironic thing about this is that when you decide that it is okay for the worse possible result to come and pass, when you are comfortable with that thought then you allow and accept by letting go, by surrendering to the universe. Once you can honestly make that choice then the worse possible result will not occur, not even close.

    For example, before I decided to quit my job and start this website to live my passion in helping people, I asked myself, what is the worse possible outcome that could be? Which I determined was to lose everything I own, be a bum on the streets and die of starvation. I decided that was okay with me because if I am not living my passion then I am not living a life worth living.

    In addition, I found happiness within myself so no outside circumstance could rob me of my happiness. Yet I was aware that I could lose my inner happiness if I chose to, just as I chose to have it and I was even okay with that.

    This is what I do:
    1. Following my highest joy to the best of my ability.

    2. Surrendering to the moment without obligation, necessities, and requirements by letting go and allowing the infinite universe control.

    The amusing thing about this is that we all spend so much time trying to control our lives and having fear to be out-of-control. Yet the more we try to control a situation, the more unmanageable it gets. The reason is because everything is equal and when you try to control something, you are suggesting that you are above it or somehow not equal to it. If you are ever trying to move away from something, get past or rise above anything then you will be mistaken and the infinite universe will always remind you of that fact.

    If you want negative situations to discontinue then you must be okay with the fact that they will NEVER EVER STOP. Once you are okay with that obvious truth then there is no reason for the universe to remind you of it, but the universe loves you enough to remind you that all is equal or to remember by letting go and surrendering. Which one do you choose?
    Pursue Your Passion by Kirk Nugent