Zentraveler on the Secret to Life!

Zentravelers Life Secret

Zentravelers Life Secret

 

A monk was making a presentation to his students and one student raised his hand and said I have been searching all of my life for the real secret to life and  it seems to elude me every-time I get close to the answer! I have studied six religions, climbed several mountains, studied underneath a Guru from India and I still feel like I don’t know the secret!  He ended with I guess I am not the only one in the Universe who has not found the secret!

The monk said in a calm voice: “If you really want The secret to life you simply need to accept whatever happens.”  That seems easy I hope I didn’t throw away thousands of dollars and years of study… plus therapy chasing the elusive dream.  He said: “you probably did not… what else would you be doing with your life?  It seems you found the secret to life when you least expected it!”

But master if I am at war and have my leg blown off, or I lose all of my money and a super typhoon destroys my house and family… my job is just to accept what happens.  That’s quite a task!  You didn’t ask for the EASY BUTTON you simply wanted to know the secret to life.   You have demonstrated a great desire to learn the secret now your only job is to learn acceptance.

In my travels I spent an entire day with a man in Costa Rica who had discovered his secret to life.  It was the Coconut Tree!  His smile told everything as he whispered to me: “Of course I am happy and you know mon I has the secret to life.”  He certainly got my attention as he drew his machete from his  weathered leather sheathe crisply cutting the top of the coconut and shook with delight as he  served me  one of natures best kept secret:  “The Coconut”  After drinking the coconut water, he cut a small scoop from the coconut and had me eat the white meat which was  excellent.

At this point he told me to take a look around his small but simple coconut ranch which  consisted of many large coconut trees, a small hut built from the coconut tree with a thatched roof and several small out buildings. Then he shaved several cups of coconut and vigorously clapped his hands while sitting on a homemade bench.  Seconds later chickens of all sizes and a few rather large ducks came running over and gobbled up the fresh coconut. He then walked over to a fenced in piggery and feed the pigs coconut.

Laughing out loud with a twinkle in his eye he said he didn’t use money as he traded  palm oil to the local hardware for a few western staples that he needed from time to time.  He pointed out his two crop farm which consisted of maize and sweet potatoes and showed me his taut line tied to two coconut trees where he catches his daily fish and huge crabs.  “Look at my view… best in the world I imagine.”  He placed a colorful Costa Rican flag extending over the aqua blue ocean mounted from a bent coconut tree hanging over the bright shimmering waters as a statement to the world.

He went on to say he cooks daily by burning dried coconut husks and serves up delicious chicken breasts, chicken soup with rice, fish head soup and grilled fresh fish.  My relatives landed here from Saint Vincent during a tropical storm where they were shipwrecked and miraculously washed ashore and they simply put several stakes in the ground to claim our paradise.  YOU MEAN NO LAND SURVEYS, LITIGATION REAL ESTATE ATTORNEYS WITH A THIRTY TWO PAGE LAND CONTRACT…No wonder you found the secret to life… you kept it simple and avoided life’s costly entanglements.

He then served the delicious native dish “Arroz con Pollo” and went on to say how much he loved the coconut and his life.  After spending nearly a full day with this wizened man, I myself began to slow down and felt as if this was a lesson from the gods. As I waved goodbye I saw him get into his hammock and swing in the breeze looking outward toward the sea.

So there you have it!  If you want to discover the secret to life… look no further than the words printed on this page.

QUOTE: “One of the secrets to life,  is to find your gifts and focus on those. Leave your liabilities in the dust of the road not taken. The world is an imperfect place. Everyone struggles. Successful people see trials as growth experiences, rather than stumbling blocks. You have everything you need for success. You’re a beautiful person, and you’re strong, and you have a clever mind. If you let anyone convince you otherwise, you steal from yourself.” -Lisa Windgate, Dandelion Summer

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Life’s Secret…have it tattooed on your body “I ACCEPT WHATEVER HAPPENS”

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: If you want the secret to life you must accept whatever happens…don’t feel bad grasshopper if you get a chocolate coating it may just be dress up or the real thing…accept

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under accept whatever happens, acceptance, life's secret, secret to life, Uncategorized

Zentraveler loves avocado the most perfect fruit

 

Avocado Perfect Fruit

Avocado Perfect Fruit

 

The first time I ate guacamole at a small mountain town in Mexico I was hooked.  From that time forward I try to eat as many avocados as I can since they taste good… and may just be nature’s most perfect food.

Avocados could be considered nature’s miracle food because they are packed with nutrients.  Avocados contain oleic acid, which helps lower cholesterol and supercharges your brain. In one study, participants who included avocados in their diet for a week showed an improvement in their cholesterol levels. A myth about avocados is that they are high in fat. There is good fat and bad fat. Unsaturated fat, or bad fat, can cause health concerns and weight gain. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat which is the fat that is good for your body.
Avocados help with the fight against heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure because they are high in potassium. Folic acid is also present in avocados and can help the body fight against heart disease. Studies have shown that older women, whose diet consists of avocados, can lower their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Avocados can also assist in helping the body absorb nutrients from other foods. There are studies that support avocados ability to help fight certain types of cancer. Avocados are a good source of vitamins K and C.

There is a story of a man who eats two avocados each day is eighty years old an has a normal prostate…this is really a big deal. If you are a male over forty most males have enlarged prostates and some have prostate cancer. About one in seven males will have some version of prostate cancer throughout their lives. So instead of PSA exams, biopsies, and radical prostatectomy… why not try one of natures best foods and see if you can beat the odds.

So there you have it! Eating avocados more often can have many health benefits, including a healthier heart, better skin, helping you lose weight and treating or avoiding serious health problems such as diabetes and arthritis. Eat more avocados for a healthy you.

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: “The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.”—David Fairchild

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:What would guacamole be without avocados? On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans eat about 8 million pounds of guacamole. For Cinco de Mayo, the tally is closer to 14 million.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Avocado Trees

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Eat your way to good health by adding Avocados to your family meals.  If you eat too many you might turn green or worse turn into a grasshopper.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

Leave a comment

Filed under avocado, folic acid, natures most perfect food, oleic acid, Uncategorized

Zentraveler buses to Panang Island, Malaysia

Luxury Bus

Luxury Bus

At the main bus station next to Ancasa Hotel in Kuala Lumpur we purchased our one way tickets  (approximately five hours) on a luxury  bus-line to the Butterworth bus terminal. You can also take the train, however during the busy holidays you need to get your ticket well in advance. The train ticket-master told us everything was booked for a month in advance. We thought it would be neat to take the train..maybe next time.

From Butterworth we took The Panang Ferry approx 30 minutes and arrived in historic Georgetown… named after Britain’s King George III. Georgetown is the capital of the island and state of Penang, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A fascinating fusion of the East and West, Penang embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm. These are reflected in its harmonious multiracial populace and well-preserved heritage buildings. Georgetown is regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang also entices visitors with its beautiful coasts and scrumptious cuisines.

Hotel Lounge

Hotel Lounge

We booked budget accommodations at the Red Inn Cabana hotel which was centrally located among historical sights and restaurants. Next to our hotel is a beer garden with live music and good food plus The Chocolate Boutique which has handmade chocolates and a free walk-thru museum describing  the origins and manufacturing of coffee and chocolate. A great place to purchase some local chocolates and souvenirs and how about the exotic chili chocolate to excite the taste buds.

 

Rickshaw Tour

Rickshaw Tour

We took the recommended city tour by rickshaw and is an excellent way to become accustomed to the cities historical sites and landmarks. As you meander around historic Georgetown your rickshaw driver will stop at several museums with great photo opportunities  and point out many of the historical building and architecture unique to Georgetown.

Malaysia 121

Georgetown Museum

 

The following day we took a local bus to the Panang Botanical Gardens also known as the waterfall gardens.  It comprises a 30 hectare park with excellent jogging treks and hiking trails… which makes an excellent day outing among the lush vegetation and ancient trees. One of the highlights was watching a group of monkeys go up to the water tap on the lawn turn on the facet and get a drink of water and not one monkey took a selfie or texted on their cellphones.. After returning to Georgetown,we ate dinner at a fine Japanese sushi Restaurant Sakana and toured many of the historical sites which have been registered as one best historical regions in all of Asia.

Panang Botanical Gardens

Panang Botanical Gardens

The following day we toured the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion that belonged to a wealthy industrialist. It has been painstakingly restored displaying 18th and 19th century Chinese antiquities and architecture with a tour guide explaining some of the interesting history of the mansion and region. The Chinese museum has fine collections of antique pottery and great examples of handcrafted wood-works and dress of the area. History buffs and tourists of all nations will certainly appreciate the Mansion tour.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

After walking most of the day and choosing many eateries to satisfy our hungers we discovered a sign pointing upstairs off one of the main streets offering foot massages from the blind therapists.  The foot massage was so good we returned the following night and applauded the energy and good will of these hardworking blind massage therapists.

Sakana Sushi Restaurant

Sakana Sushi Restaurant

So there you have it. If you like to explore history, eat some of the best food in the world, prepared by a mixing pot of ethnic groups and tour the local beaches and nature parks…Georgetown could just be your cup of tea.

QUOTE:”Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” -Anne Frank  a quote from Street Art

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Take a stroll down Penang’s Armenian Street on any given weekend or public holiday and it is impossible to dodge the long queues of Malaysian and international tourists. They line up patiently, waiting to get a photo with a realist painting of two kids laughing and riding a bicycle, which is painted on a public wall. This iconic piece of street art was created in 2012 by 27-year-old Lithuanian Ernest Zacharevic, who was inspired by the Old World charm of George Town. The artist produced a series of six murals, all of them commissioned by Mirrors, an art project that was part of the 2012 George Town Festival, which celebrates Penang’s World Heritage induction every August with a full month of cultural and art events. As locals and tourists swarmed to the locations of the paintings, things soon went viral on social media and Zacharevic’s bicycle mural went on to be selected by the Guardian as one of the world’s best pieces of street art of 2013.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Historical Landmarks…once destroyed they are like extinction in the animal world… gone forever.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Travel Malaysia now before some arse of a blogger shoots off their big mouth about what a great place this is. There’s always the rugged mountain trail of Outer Mongolia for the more adventurous traveler. Get packing grasshopper what are you waiting for.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

Leave a comment

Filed under Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Georgetown, Historic Georgetown, Penang Botanic Gardens, Penang Ferry, Penang Island, Red Inn Cabana, rickshaw tour, Sakana Sushi Restaurant, The Chocolate Boutique, Uncategorized

Zentraveler on Zen Mind Control!

 

Zen Mind Control

Zen Mind Control

Zen Mind Control sounds like a steady input of brainwashing or a Nazi Training Camp.  Is this something I want to incorporate into my life and  how would I do this even if I wanted to.  Has anyone every told you …you are really in the zone and without even trying everything positive is happening… as if descending from the heavens.

This is partially true as this is cosmic energy that you can easily develop and put you and your life on Zen automatic pilot.  Every day just like deleting your messages from a cell phone or clearing your computer you need to practice clearing your mind of unwanted and unnecessary stuff.

This is a bit harder than it appears since we are constantly being exposed to the media, intense human relations, and day to day living pressures.  The secret is to start with a ten minute mind clear each morning and each night before you go to bed. This mind clearing and deleting stuff will allow the cosmos to give you direct energy and zen mind control with no effort and your life becomes a mirror image of the cosmos where everything is possible without any limitations.

QUOTE: While you are continuing to clear your mind, week after week, year after year, your experience will become deeper and deeper, and your experience will cover everything you do in your everyday life. The most important thing is to forget all gains and ideas. In other words, just practice clearing your mind and do not think about anything without expecting anything. Then eventually you will resume your own true nature. That is to say, your own true nature resumes itself. Zen Teachings

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: “When you start to wander about in some delusion which is something apart from you yourself, then your surroundings are not real anymore, and your mind is not real anymore. If you yourself are deluded, then your surroundings are also a misty, foggy delusion. Once you are in the midst of delusion, there is no end to delusion. You will be involved in deluded ideas one after another. Most people live in delusion, involved in their problem, trying to solve their problem. But just to live is actually to live in problems. And to solve the problem is to be a part of it, to be one with it.” -Shunryu Suzuki

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Not much! Can’t take it with you and clutters your mind.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Clear your mind daily for easy to achieve zen mind control.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

1 Comment

Filed under clear your mind, Uncategorized, zen mind control

Zentraveler on your health!

 

To your good health

To your good health

Volumes have been written about health, however a simple change like eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away might be just what your body needs to maintain good health.  Notice there is no saying that says drink five cokes a day plus eat a chocolate cake to get that sugar rush to invest in your health! It should say WARNING you want diabetes, clogged arteries, and tracking toward a good heart attack… then be my guest and eat fructose sugars and make the hospitals and doctors happy to treat your self inflicted diseases and line their pockets.

What is the definition of health? Health is the level of functional or metabolic  efficiency of a living organism. In humans,  it is the general condition of a persons’ mind and body, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain. (as in “good health” or “healthy“)

There are many choices when it comes to health in our modern world.Most westerners simply go to the doctor as if its a car repair clinic which it definitely is not come out with a bag full of prescriptions and hope for the best.  Many others are using some of the old Chinese methods and practices of India to utilize a more natural approach to healing.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems. In the United States, people use TCM primarily as a complementary health approach. This outline provides a general overview of TCM .

Are these methods safe?

  • Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced practitioner using sterile needles. Improperly performed acupuncture can cause potentially serious side effects.
  • Tai chi and qi gong, two mind and body practices used in TCM, are generally safe.
  • Most Chinese herbal products are safe however like anything else there have been reports of Chinese herbal products being contaminated with drugs, toxins, or heavy metals or not containing the listed ingredients. Is best to check with your herbal doctor.

TCM encompasses many different practices, including acupuncture, moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points), Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese therapeuticmassage), dietary therapy, and tai chi and qi gong (practices that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus). TCM is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 2,500 years. Traditional systems of medicine also exist in other East and South Asian countries, including Japan (where the traditional herbal medicine is called Kampo) and Korea. Some of these systems have been influenced by TCM and are similar to it in some ways, but each has developed distinctive features of its own.

 

So there you have it! If you are feeling sick, use a saltwater gargle three times a day, eat steaming bowls of homemade chicken soup, drink tonic of lemon juice and honey and get plenty of rest or go to the doctors and pharmacy and pop plenty of antibiotics (which your system is immune to anyway) and see what happens.  As a final note you could also seek out a naturalist who may just have the natural herb to cure what ails you!

 

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE:The best six doctors anywhere… And no one can deny it: Are sunshine, water, rest, and air Exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend If only you are willing…Your mind they’ll ease. Your will they’ll mend…And charge you not a shilling. ~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:This will really make your skin crawl: Every square inch of skin on the human body has about 32 million bacteria on it, but fortunately, the vast majority of them are harmless.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your health not your wealth!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:  You are  what you eat and you are what they eat…choose wisely grasshopper and we can all have a long healthy life.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

Leave a comment

Filed under good health, Uncategorized

Zentraveler romps through Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Zentraveler in Batu Caves

Zentraveler in Batu Caves

Our first trip into Malaysia we were pleasantly surprised by the energy and diversity of a multicultural city. We arrived from Cebu direct flight to Kuala Lumpur approximately three and one half hours on Tiger Airlines with a cost for two of 14000 pesos US $320.00 round trip. The international airport is approximately one hour by taxi to the city. We booked online using Booking.Com at  the V Garden Hotel on the outskirts of KL with close proximity to the MRT mass rapid transit and within easy walking distance to  local Chinese restaurants. The hotel rooms are small but the staff is friendly and helpful and the rooms extremely clean.  For the budget price of $35.00 per night V Garden is an OK headquarters.

After an excellent Chinese fish dinner we examined our rough draft itinerary and decided on the first day to explore the Central Market and China town where we had a great dinner at Central Market, did some shopping… OMG they have everything the human brain can conceive of including supermarkets that have an unlimited variety of exotic fruits and vegetables and enough sushi to sink a battleship.

Hindu Shrine

Hindu Shrine

The following day we took the MRT system direct to Batu Caves where we experienced the 272 step climb, waved to the monkeys who are real  bandits looking for any kind of handout anyone will give. Be very careful as these monkeys are not shy and can deliver a nasty bite.  The cave itself is almost surreal as it is so dramatic to see these cathedral looking ceilings made from millions of years of crystal formations. Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines.  In the back of the cavern there is a  Hindu temple where you can witness their priests performing their religious services. There are many photo opportunities. This should be very high on any tourist list as things to do.

Artsy Petronas Twin Towers

Artsy Petronas Twin Towers

Our third day we went to the Petronas Twin Towers, not to be missed by anyone visiting the city.  The architecture is amazing almost impossible to get a picture postcard photo unless you are really good a taking photos and can lay on your back with the latest high tech telephoto lens… or you could turn the camera vertical but that’s to easy. The first three floors are high end shopping with many of the Malaysians walking with their shopping bags full to the top.  Their economy is booming and you will be surprised at their infrastructure… plus all of the new condos springing up everywhere.

KL Aquarium

KL Aquarium

From Petronas Twin Towers you walk five minutes underground walkway and arrive at one of the best Aquariums in the world.  They have large manta rays, with sharks circling overhead and tunnels of fish as if caught in a fishbowl whirlwind…plus every other type of creepy crawly creature you can imagine. This venue is family oriented, but don’t bring more than four cameras or you will miss something…like a fish devouring another or the birth of NEMU.  Is best to choose a weekday since their are less people and you can capture that award winning dangerous shark teeth photo…fooling your friends or not! Definitely worth a visit highly recommended.

Bird Park

Bird Park

Our fourth day we took the MRT and headed to Bird Park.  We got off near the train station and walked among historical government buildings, a historic Mosque, and tree shaded sidewalks. We ate at The Hornbill Restaurant and Cafe in Bird Park which was a pleasant surprise.  From there we walked through the park..one of the largest aviaries in the world where we witnessed everything from exotic birds along nature trails to highly entertaining bird shows plus a museum. We then headed to Butterworth by bus going to Penang Island and Langkawi Island and our return trip to KL we stayed at Ancasa Hotel and Spa centrally located adjacent to bus station, China Town and close to MRT station. For the next three days we feasted like starving tigers at a number of excellent restaurants and local food stalls. The food was so good my partner Perla gained eight pounds and me about five pounds.

Central Market Food Court

Central Market Food Court

So there you have it!  If you want to experience a multicultural city full of diversity and energy, excellent transport on the MRT, many tourist destinations, and enough good food restaurants and stalls to fit every budget… then what are waiting for ?  I know an invitation!  Zentraveler hereby gives anyone who wants to learn about another culture and experience some of the best food on this earth.  There’s your invitation!Get packing grasshopper.

Shopping Everywhere

Shopping Everywhere

QUOTE: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” -Susan Sontag

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Kuala Lumpur has a vibrant mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian ethnicities; a dynamic interplay of religions, including Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism; and a universal appreciation for the good life. Even though this city of 1.8 million is the largest in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur—referred to as KL by locals, or KL-ites—still retains a certain small-town sensibility within its ethnic neighborhoods. Its Chinatown, Malay kampongs, and Little India neighborhoods are packed with restaurants and stalls serving specialties unique to each culture, as well as dishes that combine the influences of all three into a uniquely Malaysian fusion. In other words, Kuala Lumpur is an easy place to love.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Local culture…Extinction is forever

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Don’t be a couch potato…travel to the ends of the earth and then some.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

Leave a comment

Filed under Batu Caves, Central Market, KL, Kuala Lumpur, MRT, Uncategorized

Zentraveler on the Essence of Zen!

 

Essence of Zen

Essence of Zen

This is not a cookbook recipe or a perfume advertisement.  This is a simple treatise on how to get the most out of your life. This simplistic quote sums it up beautifully.

     The essence of life is to live and let others live;to smile and to make others smile; to fulfill ones duty and to cherish the dreams to be realized in this life. —–Malabika Sen  Hello I though this treatise was on the essence of Zen not the essence of life. Just checking grasshopper on who is paying attention and wouldn’t it be a great benefit if you added zen to your life!
     Lets take a look at what the essence of zen really is! Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.—Shunryu SuzukiZen Buddhism is a meditative practice which is designed to increase self-awareness and compassion. It is not a religion as such, with a set of beliefs and dogmas to be accepted, but rather a way of approaching life and a way of experiencing life, together with a set of practices to help the individual achieve an enlightened (nirvana) state.
     A Zen meditation is a mind-body encounter, in the sense that there is an emphasis on ritual physical movements (bowing, chanting, sitting, walking, etc.), but the primary purpose of such activities is the quietening effect they have on the mind. The Zen experience is one of ‘sitting loose’ to life, and it is therefore in sharp contrast to the somewhat ‘driven’ left-brain orientation of the West, with its emphasis on rationality, logic and control. Using a phrase from Zazen your job is really simple!  JUST BE!
     So there you have it….if you want to get off the merry-go-round and slow things down why not take some time and learn to just be. Not as easy as it sounds grasshopper.  But I promise you… you can take this skill and apply it to human relationships, stuck in traffic, long lines, airports and the dental chair. Whats not to like…being wired tight to the max.
Take time to be still and be in the moment. A Zen master stated if you really want to know the secret to happiness all you have to do is accept WHATEVER HAPPENS in your life.

QUOTE: I believe life (which zen can be a part of) encompasses never ending experiences. Searching and questioning through past and present lives, the answers to which, each of us will find in our own timescale.  Ultimately bringing us an understanding of the “bigger” picture and our place within it.—Shad

Dennis Waitley said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The essence of Bodhidharma’s teachings is that one does not need to study sacred texts, worship deities, or do elaborate religious rituals to achieve enlightenment. Rather, one needs to break through the boundaries of conventional thought using meditation and experience the world as it truly is in the moment.

Zen maintains that this was the way the Buddha himself attained enlightenment. Zen teaches that all humans have the capacity to attain enlightenment because we all have an inherent Buddha-nature; indeed, we are all already enlightened beings, but our true potential has been clouded by ignorance. According to some Zen traditions, this ignorance is overcome through a sudden breakthrough — called satori — during meditation in which the true nature of reality, and our experience of it, is revealed. 

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your bad temper…it has no practical use and is a waste of energy and emotions.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Just Be!  Just Bee! Just B  no jumping around Grasshopper and u2 can capture the essence of zen.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

Leave a comment

Filed under essesence of zen, get off the merry-go-round, just be, slow down, Uncategorized