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.

  • Let go of grasping

    If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.
    ~ Dogen

    The bird of paradise lands only on the hand that does not grasp.
    ~ Zen proverb

    When you get free from certain fixed concepts of the way the world is, you find it is far more miraculous than you ever thought it was.
    ~ Alan Watts

    Do everything with a mind that lets go. Don’t accept praise or gain or anything else. If you let go a little you will have a little peace; if you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely you will have complete peace.
    ~ Ajahn Chah

    If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
    ~ Zen Proverb

    Once at Cold Mountain, troubles cease -
    No more tangled, hung up mind.
    Idly scribbling poems on the rock cliff,
    I take whatever comes, like a drifting boat.
    ~ Hanshan

    My daily activities are not unusual,
    I'm just naturally in harmony with them.
    Grasping nothing, discarding nothing...
    My supernatural power and marvelous activity -
    Drawing water and carrying firewood.
    ~ Layman P'ang

    It is happening right now. You are hearing. You are seeing. The functioning is going on as pure experience right now. The trouble arises because you are looking for something to grasp with the mind and say: 'This is it'! You are looking for an experience in the mind to say: Ah, that's it.' And all you do is tuck that away in your memory, and you go along on your merry way looking for something else
    - Sailor Bob Adamson

    The essence of generosity is letting go. Pain is always a sign that we are holding on to something - usually ourselves. When we feel unhappy, when we feel inadequate, we get stingy; we hold on tight. Generosity is an activity that loosens us up. By offering whatever we can - a dollar, a flower, a word of encouragement - we are training in letting go.
    ~ Pema Chodron

    Do everything with a mind that lets go. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end.
    ~ Ajahn Chah

    To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
    ~ Alan Watts