Before starting this challenge I must confess my notion of today’s subject was a bit different to what it actually is.
Zen, in my own interpretation would have been: a state of mind you achieve by loads of mediation. Kind of like a meditation high. Because let me tell you, one can defiantly go on a trip during meditation.
While my opinion may have been somewhat off the mark, I was not completely wrong. Zen is a way of thinking achieved by mindfulness meditation.
My Concise Oxford Dictionary states that Zen is:
“Form of Buddhism emphasizing value of meditation and intuition.”
I do not believe that mediation is only for Buddhists. In truth, I know very little about the Buddhist traditions. However, I’ve been meditating on and off for years.
Zen is defiantly an abstract concept. This is why I won’t go further into the things you can learn while sitting still. Honestly, to fully understand the value of it, you have to experience it for yourself.
I will instead end this challenge with a few Zen quotes.
“Zen is not an art, it’s not a religion. It’s a realization.”
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
For these and other Zen quotes check out: Zenbegin.net
I hope you have enjoyed my A to Z posts on the theme of wellness. And last but not least, this is one of my favorite “Zen Quotes” from the Star Wars franchise. I leave you with the very wise words of Yoda:
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering”
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