WHAT IS ZEN?
“There are no intellectual locks on Zen. “
I have found that it is praticing breathing in with full awareness. Tasting that breath, appreciating it fully, and breathing out with equal appreciation.
Give all of your stress, anger, anxiety away while breathing, and hold onto nothing. Breathe in with gratitude; breathe out with love.
Receiving and offering, is what we do each time we inhale and exhale. We do so with conscious awareness, on a regular basis.
I’m not a Buddhist, and to practice Zen does not make it a religion. It is a normal way of life that we all have experienced. Some count to ten, others scream out into the universe, and some panic. I have learned that none of these work for me.
Some call it Zen but to me it is meditation. When things in life seem to fall apart, I breathe. Simply breathe in and out and remember I am just a small particle in something much larger, and I am not alone.
This is my go to when I realize I am fretting my diet. I have to accept that there are going to be days when I can’t or simply do not want to stick strictly with my diet.
I will allow myself that piece of cake at the birthday party. I will allow that piece of lasagna at a family dinner, or the piece of pizza when I am out with my friends. I can have wine and beer when we’re partying, or enjoy the carbonara when away for a weekend with my husband.
I allow myself forgiveness and continue with the diet on the next day.
What is Zen? Zen is forgiveness for your own transgressions. Zen is forgiveness for the transgressions of others. Zen is peace within oneself, and the acceptance that although I am not perfect, I try to create peace in the world through my own actions.
I’m trying to be Zen with my diet.
Join my journey and let me know I’m not alone.