“Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.”
- Shunryu Suzuki
It has been a while since we’ve seen a bit of Zen on this blog…
…even though it has been here all along.
Underlying every message, is Zen. Some messages are better than others at pointing back to their Source… but it all arises from (and eventually returns to) Zen.
Pouring all our focus into simple activities can often catapult us beyond those activities (as the earlier quote implies)… to the place where “I am” and “You are” become the same statement.
Simplicity is a fast pathway to Zen.
Occasionally, though, complexity also leads us back to Zen… sometimes when the thinking mind is forced to handle greater and greater complexity, it passes a critical point and simply shuts down…and often in that moment of mental shutdown, you receive a flash of insight… a bit of Zen.
And here’s a fun travel size Zen saying you can take with you…
Zen is not an empty art… But it is an art of emptiness.
When you recognize that the formless is all that ever could give birth to form… and you truly begin to accept the formlessness… then you begin to see with the eyes of Zen. And though the eyes of Zen see clearly that the perceptual world is nothing special… the eyes of Zen also see that everything shines with beauty.