1. Chinese, Ch’an. Buddhism . a Mahayana movement, introduced into China in the 6th century a.d. and into Japan in the 12th century, that emphasizes enlightenment for the student by the most direct possible means, accepting formal studies and observances only when they form part of such means. Compare koan, mondo.
2. the discipline and practice of this sect.
Zen is also:
The practice of finding complete peace and tranquility within one’s self. I have a friend with whom I talk to about peace, zen and tranquility. We have our own views of zen. But, that is the beauty of Zen. It is where ever you find peace.
Your zen is unique. Maybe your zen is sitting at a coffee shop surrounded by people, or maybe it is sitting on a giant rock in the middle of nowhere surrounded by trees.
Whichever your zen, try to find it at least once a week. Go to your zen spot (if you can do up your bedroom in a zen-like state, even better) and breath in through your nose, exhale through your mouth and let your mind settle.
This is the last in line for A-Z posts! I had a lot of fun with this project. I came upon a lot of cool blogs and had a lot of cool new commenters (and you old heads rock too!).
My theme for the A-Z Challenge was mostly about SELF. Things that breed happiness, peace and confidence.
Energy. We need it to live, to travel and to communicate. There is another kind of energy we use each day that we most likely never think about.
Internal energy. Yes!
That energy that comes from taking care of our bodies and not filling it with crap is the best kind of energy. Energy that comes from getting some exercise each day, laying off the cakes and cookies, and taking a 20 minute power nap once in a while is a long-lasting energy.
Coffee, soda, 5 Hour Energy Drink and drugs give us temporary boosts that get us going for a while. But in the long run, we sustain better energy when we take care of our bodies and know when it is time to rest!
Take notice the next time you are full of energy. Did you eat light? Did you leave your worries behind? Is your day going well? Is your writing taking off? And if you have no energy, go get some! (the legal kind of course!) 😉