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.

  • Your Brain Does NOT Know the Difference!

    Instead of boring you with scientific experiments and data facts on brain studies, I would like to invite you to a little experiment exercise of my own that you can do to prove to yourself that your brain does not know the difference between imagining or visualizing versus what you perceive as reality.

    The Exercise

    1. Stand up, position your feet shoulder width apart, bend over as far as you can without any strain or force to your body and try to touch the floor while keeping your knees straight. If this is quite easy for you to achieve then stand on something to raise yourself taller, for example stand on a couple of solid books stacked on top of each other. Anything you can do to make it difficult to touch the floor without bending your knees. Notice how close or far away your fingers are to the floor and stand up again.

    2. Close your eyes and imagine/visualize bending over as far as you can again. In other words, do not actually physically bend over again, but use your mental eye to vividly image yourself bending over, except this time imagine yourself bending over and getting closer to the floor. Next, imagine yourself coming back up to an upright position.

    3. Keep your eyes closed and imagine bending over as far as you can again. Visualize it so clear that it feels as if it is actually happening physically, but this time imagine your fingers touching to the point where your palms are almost flat on the floor. Again, visualize yourself standing straight up.

    4. One more time with your eyes still closed imagine bending so far over, that your palms lay flat on the floor with painless effort, flexible ease, and enjoyment. Now visualize coming back to the vertical position.

    5. Open your eyes and bend over as far as you can physically (without over extending or hurting yourself) while keeping your knees straight and notice how much closer you are to the floor now compared to the first time you tried!

    This works on everyone who can follow the instructions above. It does not matter if you feel your visualization skills are not up to the part or if you think your imagination is weak. Everyone has his or her unique way of visualizing and imagining so you cannot fail or get it wrong, except by not trying it at all.

    Why Did This Work?
    Some people might say this is a misinterpretation of its actual nature and the only reason it works, is that the first time you did it you stretched your muscles so the second time around you could go farther. If you have done this exercise and compared the difference between the first time and second time, you would automatically know that was not the case because the measurable distance is too significant. In fact, if you did the whole exercise again you would be able to bend even more.

    This worked because the brain cannot recognize the difference between your imagination/visualization (memory, dreams, and fantasizing all fall under the same category) and your perceiving reality.

    Yet what does that mean?

    It means that if you visually imagine something, vividly, many times, your brain will produce that result!

    Why does that matter?

    It matters for the reason that you produce any result on every level of your life that you can imagine!

    You can literally reach infinite potential through this process!