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.

  • Why Do Human Beings Reach Rock Bottom? How to Rise Above the Tragedies

    What I speak of here, goes beyond negative experiences alone. These are the experiences that force you to question life through a new perspective, given your new experiences. Not only do these experiences change your perspective, they also change your expectations and beliefs.

    There are several factors that are involved to cause such change. Let us explore in depth: what they are, why they occur, and how to rise above them.

    The Factor of Filters

     As I mentioned in "Why is There Difficulty in Knowing, Feeling & Experiencing Infinite Potential?", you have filters that are made up of: your perspective on life, your beliefs about life, your expectations to life and your experience of life. When one of these filters change, all of them change.

    Every human being experiences life through these filters, in fact it is the only way life can be experienced. Infinite Potential is everywhere, all the time. Infinite potential can not reveal itself as anything certain/ specific unless or until it is observed through the filters. In other words, everything that could ever happen is happening all at once in every single moment (which in the essence of everything existing, nothing really exists until perceived). Your filters narrow infinite potential down into something certain, that certain something is based on your filters.. This is what makes infinite potential possible. In other words, if you desire to make something possible for you, you must change one of your filters. Once one is changed, the rest of the filters align to match the change.

    Everything that determines your experience of life, relys in these filters. Therefore, when one or more of these filters change, gradually or rapidly (depending on your consciousness or unconscious influence) everything you know and have known life to be: changes. This can be quite challenging (especially if many are changing at one time). Consequently, this can result in major pain, to say the least. You may even feel like you are going crazy, being punished, and/or do not belong.

    The Factor of Negative Leads to Negative
    These challenging experiences will likely cause you to feel some negative side-effects. Feeing these negative impulses, leaves an impression that something negative is happening. Hence the beginning of negative thoughts. These negative thoughts produce themselves into habit, through focus. In other words, thinking negative will cause you to become negative and your focus processes itself within that negative mind-set. A negative mind-set can produce/visualize nothing else except for negative, hence more negative experiences emerge or the perspective that negative experiences are occurring. This is also known as victim-mode.

    The Factor of the Process of Life
    What is actually happening "behind the scenes" is that you ran into an invisible border/ boundary that you set into place by your mind, to feel comfortable about any given situation. In other words, your comfort zone. Comfort zones are put into place by the filters (your perspective on life, your beliefs about life, your expectations to life and your experience of life), if one of these filters are crossed, then you will have stepped outside your comfort zone. When many of these filters have been crossed, then you feel like you are reaching rock bottom. It is not that the experiences themselves are negative, it is that you no longer feel comfortable, therefore you are judging the experiences to be negative. You have every right to judge these experiences as being negative, yet they are really just the opposite.

    This is what the process of life is about, finding comfort zones (also known as limited beliefs) and moving past them. The experience of moving past comfort zones, are deigned to help us grow and develop. Once you pass a comfort zone, you now have a different view of yourself, others, and the world around you. You see yourself as much more than you originally thought, you see more within others (due to the fact that you see more in yourself), and you have the ability to broaden the horizon of your filters to see more clearly what this life/world is all about, given your new found experiences.

    This process happens automatically and you do not need to take action in order for this to unfold. It is part of a perfect universe and perfect design that all human beings grow through this process. That is why no matter how conscious (in manifesting your reality) you realize yourself to be, there will always be challenges/opportunities (until there is not).

    How to Rise Above
    • In these moments of tragedy, be aware of why this process is happening (to help us grow and develop through experience.
    • Be aware of how a negative mind-set can influence your experience into more tragedy and consciously decide to stay away from that factor of victim-mode.
    • Look for these warning signs: body immune system weakening, feeling "not like yourself", synchronicity (the experience of two or more events which occur in a meaningful manner, but which are causally unrelated) in events, be conscious of events leading you to use intuition (these events are telling you to go within).
    • Give yourself a break from everything: in order to put things back together, reach a new comfort zone, and expand your consciousness.
    • You may find during these times, that your relationships with people will change. To make this process more smoothly, it would help to know what relationships are and how to dissolve problems within them.