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.

  • Achieving Happiness

    Zen Student: "Master? Why don't you ever talk about the problem of achieving Happiness?"

    Zen Master: "Happiness is a problem?"

    Zen Student: "No. The problem of how to achieve Happiness. How to hold on to it. How to make it last."

    Zen Master: "Oh... First you must weep."

    Zen Student: "What?"

    Zen Master: "Oh yes. You must weep.

    Then you must become angry. Very very angry.

    And then you must feel very very sad.

    Then you must feel enraged!

    And Lost.
    And Frightened.
    And Guilty, Jealous, and Ashamed...

    Then you must feel Hopeless.
    Like you are emptied out of ALL of your willfulness.
    Like you cannot go on living like this for one more day.

    Then... Your ego must drop!
    That is most important...
    Your ego must drop.

    Then, when ALL that you have been holding back - when ALL that poison is finally gone from your mental soup - you will see: THERE is HAPPINESS!

    Happiness is right there. In the emptiness. In the absence of Ego...
    It was there this WHOLE time. Waiting to be discovered.
    But that is the thing!
    We can only Dis-cover something if it is Already There!

    Happiness is already there.
    So why talk about it?
    It is only covered up and obscured by your Ego.

    So... You are right. I don't talk about Happiness.
    I talk about Meditation and the obstacles to becoming empty...
    I talk about Zen.

    That is to say: I don't talk.
    I listen to what YOU say. And I try to find the Truth beneath it.
    I listen.
    I answer questions.
    But there is nothing to teach that creates Happiness.

    I merely teach you how to relax and feel and listen...and breathe, maintain posture; do not fall asleep.
    I talk about Meditation.

    Happiness takes care of itself.

    As we say in Zen: 'There is Nothing to teach.'

    So all Zen Masters have a lot to say about Nothing."
    ~ Pahka Dave