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.

  • The Great Dictator

    Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator

    I’m sorry
    But I don't want to be an Emperor
    That's not my business
    I don't want to rule or conquer anyone
    I should like to help everyone if possible
    Jew, Gentile
    Black man, White
    We all want to help one another
    Human beings are like that

    We want to live by each other's happiness
    Not by each other's misery
    We don't want to hate and despise one another
    In this world there’s room for everyone and the good earth is rich
    And can provide for everyone

    The way of life can be free and beautiful

    But we have lost the way

    Greed has poisoned men's souls
    Has barricaded the world with hate
    Has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed
    We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in
    Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want
    Our knowledge has made us cynical
    Our cleverness hard and unkind
    We think too much, and feel too little
    More than machinery, we need humanity
    More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness
    Without these qualities life will be violent
    And all will be lost

    The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together
    The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men
    Cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all
    Even now, my voice is reaching millions throughout the world
    Millions of despairing men, women, and little children
    Victims of a system that makes men torture
    And imprison innocent people
    To those who can hear me I say
    “Do not despair”

    The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed
    The bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress
    The hate of men will pass
    And dictators die
    And the power they took from the people
    Will return to the people
    And so long as men die
    Liberty will never perish

    Soldiers, don't give yourselves to brutes
    Men who despise you, enslave you
    Who regiment your lives
    Tell you what to do, what to think, and what to feel
    Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder

    Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men
    Machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts
    You are not machines
    You are not cattle
    You are men
    You have the love of humanity in your hearts
    You don't hate
    Only the unloved hate
    The unloved and the unnatural
    Soldiers, don't fight for slavery
    Fight for liberty

    In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written
    “The kingdom of God is within man”
    Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men
    In you, you the people

    You the people have the power
    The power to create machines
    The power to create happiness
    You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful
    To make this life a wonderful adventure
    Then in the name of democracy
    Let us use that power
    Let us all unite
    Let us fight for a new world, a decent world
    That will give men a chance to work
    That will give youth a future
    And old age a security

    By the promise of these things brutes have risen to power
    But they lie, they do not fulfill their promise
    They never will
    Dictators free themselves
    But they enslave the people
    Now let us fight to fulfill that promise
    Let us fight to free the world
    To do away with national barriers
    Do away with greed
    With hate and intolerance
    Let us fight for a world of reason
    A world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness

    Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!

    Look up! Look up!
    The clouds are lifting, the sun is breaking through
    We are coming out of the darkness into the light
    We are coming into a new world
    A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality
    The soul of man has been given wings, and at last, he is beginning to fly
    He is flying into the rainbow, into the light of hope, into the future
    That glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us
    Look up. Look up.