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Why I Practice Zen

by Derek Ayre Writer - Zen practitioner
Zen is a matter of focus. Through zazen (Zen meditation), anyone who follows the Way of Zen can spontaneously develop mindfulness. And through this mindfulness, one can see that there is only here a
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Zen is a matter of focus. Through zazen (Zen meditation), anyone who follows the Way of Zen can spontaneously develop mindfulness. And through this mindfulness, one can see that there is only here and now, and all else can be seen as a transient creation and experience of the 'higher self'. An enhanced state of awareness comes about when the 'here and now' is taken care of by focusing 100% on each experience. It is a very natural state of being.
Why Zen?
When I began the practice of Zen many decades ago as a practitioner every task I worked on not only with clients, but in daily life too, I got a realization that Life IS Zen. I came to accept that the future worked out the way it was meant to work out.
Whilst it is true that Zen can be the Way of religion, for instance Zen Buddhism, it can be applied to anything in life. I have a quite a few interests in life that Zen has enhanced by supporting relaxation and greater self-awareness, but I found it's most potent application was in my work as a therapist.
Just through the act of meditating, you spontaneously develop a mindfulness, and through this mindfulness, a recognition that there is only now, and to take care of the "now" by focusing 100% on each experience in life, the future will unfold as it it meant to unfold with little effort.
Zen is not easy, as is it experiential and its rewards are difficult to explain with words, because it is not a belief system or a philosophy. It is something experienced beyond the rational mind
If you find yourself attracted to Zen, I would invite you to visit my new blog and leave a comment in the form or a question, statement or just to interact
Thanks for reading.

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About Derek Ayre Committed     Writer - Zen practitioner

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Vigilant America Committed   Dope Social Entrepreneur Training
I've been using my own techniques to build my Chi energy...so far so good!
Jul 1st 2015 17:55   
Derek Ayre Committed   Writer - Zen practitioner
Thank you for your comment. Yes, I would say that we each have our own techniques and this way as Buddha advised, we are a light unto ourselves and not blindly believe in any particular technique.
Jul 2nd 2015 09:54   
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