Becoming You, Becoming Zen

 In Consciousness, Freedom, Happiness, Meditation, Zen

The idea of Zen is to avoid attaching to any particular belief or idea while fully embracing ‘what is’. By not attaching we remain open and present in the experience, versus an intellectual idea of what we believe something to be.

Becoming you…

As we become what we are, we shed the old beliefs and insecurities. We awaken something great within our self which deepens our presence and connection to everything around us. I liken it to fully embracing our authentic self as we unify our heart and mind.

When you become you, Zen becomes Zen. When you are you, you see things as they are, and you become one with your surroundings.
~Shunryu Suzuki

Fully experiencing the now…

Through reading and discussions we learn how to practice and through practice we experience the vastness of ‘what is’. Without practice it remains idle theory. If we wish to have an experience we must be willing to do the work. Take the necessary time to quiet your mind and listen to the stillness in everything, see what you uncover within yourself.

As we do this, its equally important to remain open and aware so that we avoid attaching to any particular belief or idea. Once we attach we drop back into the level of mind, and when we are in the mind we again become limited in ourselves and in our experiences.

It is in the fluidity of openness that allows for us to drop into the depths of our being. The further we go within the greater we awaken and experience that which we are. The beauty of this experience is that it’s infinite, never ending. We become empty and full at the same time.

You become you once again. The secret is to look within versus without.

Until next time,
James-Simon

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