Zen Girl

Centering into the journey.

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Zen Mornings 12/12/11

 

Yesterday I learned that The Buddha taught about four states of mind in which one should reside–the Four Divine Abodes from which a nirvanic person relates to the world: Loving Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity.  My biggest struggle is that of sympathetic joy.  The best example I can give for this, since the holidays are coming up, is celebrating in the joy of others as they celebrate Christmas. Read more…

Zen Mornings 11/26/11

Yesterday I learned that staying present begins to happen on its own with no effort from me to bring myself back.  Last night, at an event with dozens of amazing artists work, music, colorful people, and wide eyes and great energy, my mind was so alert, so there.  I felt calm, confident with absolutely nothing to fear. I thoroughly enjoyed being there, there was no reason not to because nothing pulled my mind away from exactly where I was.  I look forward to more of this.

Yesterday I learned that when thinking positively while living through a stressful situation, such as finding work and writing projects, there is nothing to fear.  I put my feet forward and applied to everything I was even remotely qualified for.  In the past, this financial situation I am in currently and the stress of finding a job would be just about do me in.  I would be a pile of stress, negativity, and teary eyes.  This time, I stayed present in the task of searching for work, stayed positive when the future did pop into my mind, and calmly allowed thoughts of the future to move along, like a passing cloud, not allowing myself to dwell.  This seems scary at first.  It seemed like by not worrying and stressing all day about the future, I wasn’t doing enough work!  Absurd. Read more…

Zen Mornings 11/25/11

I’m changing my blog a bit, to play around with a few different ideas.  This particular idea adds a bit more of my personal life to each blog, while I incorporate Zen living into my daily living.  I think this could suit anyone who views the tales of others journeys as lights for their own.  We never stop learning.  This journey has no destination, the destination is the journey.

I’m going to start posting every morning, to share what was learned the day before and allow it to be released from myself.   I’ve outlined my intentions in the “Release Zen Yesterdays” section.  I truly do love mornings, so I’m anxious to see where this goes.  I think it will be beneficial for the creation of a solid daily writing habit for myself.  I’d love to hear any feedback on the change, as well as anyone’s own Zen or personal journey stories. 🙂 Read more…

Simplicity

 

I was reading on the bed, about Bodhisattva, while lying on my back with my feet up, resting cross-legged on the wall.  My big dog curled into a ball next to me, and does well to heat me in this big, chilly house. Read more…

That pesky narrator.

I’m a of fan and student of Eastern traditions and Buddhist teachings.  Part of this includes understanding that personal, individual experience and who we think we are is an illusion, that our minds think as a constant and pointless reaffirmation of our living state, that knowing the true wisdom of life comes from loss of Ego, and that many benefits can be had from identifying and losing this Ego self.  As I continue learning, here is my initial understanding of the Ego.  Read more…

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