Holy Crap Balls! We Made It! Congrats to all the A-Zers who finished. To those who didn’t, I understand.
|Illustrated by Rob Z Tobor|
Z is for Zen
I’m not going to pretend to be a Zen Master. I’m not a master of any thing. Least of all enlightenment. Especially someone else’s.
Over the last ten years, I’ve learned that I enjoy reflecting in to my self and reflection of my self, and that means two different things to me.
I find Zen at the beach, doing yoga, practicing morning mediation, during my daily reader, and while writing. For me, Zen is a feeling of calm and peace. Eventually, I hope it will mean something deeper. I’m at the beginning of that journey. I’ll get back to you in another ten years or so.
I also find moments of Zen through reading other's words and reflecting upon them. I don’t mean to get all cheesy and philosophical on this last day of the Challenge but (yeah, there’s the “but”) I hope you’ll find enjoyment in these words too.
Like John Stewart but not nearly as funny, here are some of my moments of Zen:
The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear ~ Ts’ai Ken T’an
Talking about Zen all the time is like looking for fish tracks in a dry riverbed ~Wu-Tzu
Learning Zen is a phenomenon of gold and dung. Before you understand it, it's like gold; after you understand it, it's like dung ~ Zen Master
All things and I belong to one Whole ~ Zen Master
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought ~ Basho
Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening; small doubt, small awakening, no doubt, no awakening ~ Zen Master
For those of you not who haven’t had your cup of coffee (soda, tea) here’s your Moment of Zen from John Stewart:
You suck snow! So do you snow plow driver guy!
Do you have any moments of Zen you’d like to share? Any good Zen books you’d like to recommend?