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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 11/29/11


Yesterday I learned that my Ego strives to take over when dealing with stress.  When it is quieted, I am strong, I push forward and I get things done.  When it is triggered, I am stressed, I doubt myself, and I worry constantly about the future. It weakens me, destroys my spirit, and I look for easy ways out.  But when I am in the present moment and doing what I need to do, the Ego is quieted.


Yesterday I learned that heavy black boots in sunny 75 degree weather while I walk around the city is not okay.


Yesterday I learned that nature’s colors never bore me.  I walk my dog around the same area every single day, and always find new beauty in the things I’ve seen many times before.  Forget T.V., movies, always searching for something to do.  There is an adventure right outside your window, always changing, moving, shaping.


Yesterday I learned that I may, within the next few days, start receiving unemployment.  I do not know if it will be enough to sustain myself, and certainly do not know if I deserve it.  I am jobless because of my own poor and hasty decisions.  But this unemployment could allow me more time to gain paying writing projects and have more time to turn my bliss’s into something monetarily beneficial.  Who am I to judge whether or not I deserve it?  If I choose to accept it over continuing to look for work, then I will make it so that I deserve it.  Balance.


Yesterday I learned that people are not kind or mean or heartless or perfect.  People are just people, being influenced by other people, and spending their whole lives influencing others and themselves.

Zen Mornings 11/28/11

Yesterday I learned that insights come in waves, and I must take the time to allow all to sink in, to become me.  I feel the need to feed the beast of curiosity, to keep learning and searching and growing.  All of these things are wonderful but I must remember to simply be.  Creating that space for myself in silence and peace is necessary.  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…

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