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 Stay Positive in Negative Situations

    The best way to deal with these negative situations is by accepting completely what they are, not to just us but the universe as well.The universe is our direct understanding to how thing really operate. Once you comprehend the universe, then you recognize yourself and the situation of life more clearly. The universe does not observe things in a ‘negative’ or ‘positive’ way. The universe is always unbiased and neutral.

    The Importance of Labeling & Setting Boundaries

    Of course, because of our emotions to a given situation we label and define our situations based on what we feel about it. If we feel disconnected from a situation in life and rather not be experiencing it, then we will most often label that situation as ‘negative’ for the reasoning of not accepting it as a part of who we choose to be. It is important to do this, for the reason of who we choose to be; is a whole part of why we have the experience in the first place. Each and everyone of us are infinite, this is our way of setting boundaries and borders so we can define ourselves as something in particular. If you are part of everything then you cannot define yourself as anything within the everything. As a result, we can begin to see and experience our infiniteness as parts. We will see more of our infiniteness as we add more and more parts by stretching our infinite consciousness past the boundaries that are filtered through the mind, also known as our ‘comfort zones’.

    Yes, the boundaries and borders are important for the purposes stated above, but most often we do not disconnect for the reason acknowledged. More times then not, an individual will disconnect from a situation and label it negative given that they do not see themselves in it or as one of their creations. Yet it is important to value these ‘negative’ situations as part of the infinite thus you can realize your infiniteness.

    The Game We Play
    How are these negative situations my creation or me? When this question enters your mind you must understand that you are playing a game with yourself, since you are infinite then there is not anything within the infinite that is not you and no knowledge is unknown to you. The question to pin point a better perceptive and perhaps spark the cord within you, is to ask questions like, “What about this am I judging negative?” or “For what reason did I create this into my life?” in this way you accept the responsibility of every part of your creation and hence you have the power to change it.

    Giving Your Negative Experiences a Reason
    Have you heard the saying or quote “everything happens for a reason”? Well the reason is for you as an individual to give it meaning, since you as an individual created it. It does not matter the reasoning you give it as long as you give it an empowering reason. If you give it an empowering reason, then you allow the universe to lead you exactly where you need to be and why that ‘negative’ situation was created. It might feel and sound like you are making up that reason and you are, just as you made up/ created the negative situation in the first place. The only difference is that people create the negative situations in their life on an unconscious or higher self-level. However it was created, it is a guarantee that it was to empower you. Therefore you might as well make it a reason that empowers you. You must have thought you needed it or you would have not created it. There is a point in life where you can decide not to experience negative situations and that can be established by living your joy as a career, which I wrote an article on how to do that here.

    Eliminating Negative Situations
    The whole reason for any experience, is to call forth a remembrance of who you really are as an infinite potential of All That Is and All That Is Not. Within this infinite potential of who you are, anything is possible and once you stop trying to control, move past, go beyond, cast out, go above or run from the possibilities of ‘negative’ experiences then there is no reason for them to happen anymore.

    In other words, the instant you realize and accept that everything is equal, then you recognize you cannot go beyond or move past negative situations. The negative situations are equal to you, since you are infinitely everything. Hence, you are accepting to let go and allow the idea that the possibility of ‘negative’ situations have the potential to happen at anytime and you are perfectly content with that idea, since you realize every ‘negative’ situation is created by you (for you to empower yourself). All it takes is that realization and negative situations will eliminate within your existence.

    The Reflection that You See
    Reality is a reflection of you and only you. What you see everywhere in your life and reality is a reflection of you. It is a lot of responsibility to see that you created it all, but if you do not take on that responsibility then you do not empower yourself to change it. If you are taking a victim approach on life, then you are seeing yourself as being the victim (not the creator). In a victim mode, you are disempowering yourself to see that you have the power to change it. You are saying, “I am the victim and in order to change this situation I must change the victimizer or the situation not myself”. We have all used this approach and we all realize it does not work, for the reason that the ‘victimizer’ never changes.

    Using the Reflection as a Tool

    Magicians often use mirrors to perform their illusions because mirrors reflect a clear image of life making the illusion seem very real when you are unaware of the mirror that the magician is using. When you are the magician then there is no illusion, you see the mirror and you use the mirror as a tool. If reality is a mirror, then you must change yourself in order to see the change in the mirror. If you desire for your hair to change then you must comb or brush the hair on your head in order to see the change in the mirror, you must use the mirror as a tool. More times then not, people will try to change what they see by changing the mirrored reflection. A famous quote says, “Be the change you want to see in the world” this is exactly what that quote means.

    In addition, there is a doctor named Dr. Joe Vitale who heals patients without ever seeing them in person. Dr. Joe Vitale heals them by healing the part of his Self that created them in the first place. He takes the responsibility of creating not only his life and everyone in it, including everything he sees, hears, tastes, touches, or in any way experiences. He realizes that there is no out there. In other words, he is being the magician and using the mirror of reality (and everyone in it) as a tool to heal himself and ‘them’. I use this approach myself as well and it works surprisingly perfect. When you take responsibility for all of reality, then you give yourself the power to change anything within reality.

    Adopt this perspective into your reality, by first looking around at everything you see and hear in your reality right now. Next, close your eyes. When you close your eyes in this moment, you are telling your mind to refresh your viewpoint. Now open your eyes and look around you again, except this time see everything as if you are looking into a mirror. Everything you are now seeing or hearing is a reflection of the mirror within you. Everything starts from within and it reflected outwardly. Everything in the outward observation is your inner Self, therefore use your eyes as a mirror. This will give a very accurate and proper position to everything in your life.

    The Solution
    Now the difficulty is keeping that reality into position while under ‘negative’ situations. Seeing life as the reflection of yourself and not giving into the illusion. The solution to always being the magician, is to remember it in every moment. There are many ways to do this, but the way I find the easiest is to speak it, breathe it, and live it. I do this through this website because after all, we speak about that which we wish to remember and at the same time I am taking responsibly for everything in creation, by reminding every part of myself about the infinite potential 'they' are (I do this through what I write). My whole life is in dedication to this process along with everything I think, say, and do. It is my joy of passion and even if in other moments I decide to pursue one of my other joys (like bowling), I end up remembering something of my infiniteness and always write about it. An example of that is this article.

    In conclusion, the easiest way to stay positive in negative situations, is to understand what negative situations are as a reflection of yourself, that are there to empower you as an infinite potential being in remembrance. The way to heal any negative situation, is to heal yourself by taking responsibility for it as part of you. If you truly take that responsibility within yourself, then it is your responsibility to help heal all your ‘other’ selves as well. One way to do that would be to spread this message to others, but only if it has helped you ;)