In the modern world it appears that worrying has become the standard. With the financial crisis the world has faced and several people out of jobs, people will naturally begin to worry about their future. This will result in stress and anxiety. Thoughts about the stress tend to lead to more thoughts about something which might or might not happen.
Mental distractions tend to eliminate what is happening at the moment. The great majority of people in the Western world have heads that wonder elsewhere instead of being at the present. I doubt they even live in the present. One’s physical being may be there, but their minds are not.
The practice of Zen Meditation as done by the monks in Buddhism has shown to be effective in managing a distracted mind. Even recent studies, such as the one done by Ulrick Kirk and his colleagues at Baylor Medical College in Houston, have shown to increase rational thinking. Rational thinking and living in the present moment, go hand-in-hand.
Zen meditation allows one to have the ability to focus their thoughts. When you’re ready to concentrate your mind becomes focused, much like a magnifying glass which concentrates sunlight into a very small beam that can burn through a sheet of paper. Master practitioners of Zen meditation have that kind of concentration.
It is also an awakening. Once you realize that living and being aware of each moment, you will truly be awake. My friend Jerry McGowan described his endeavor and discovery to Zen Meditation this way. Rather than focusing on something, you become it. He used an orange in that manner. He became the orange. That is like what Buddha discovered. He became one with the Universe.
Zen meditation is a means to enlightenment. Zen isn’t about the intellect; instead, it focuses on the simplicity of lifestyle. It is more about the experiences we’ve rather than the knowledge we possess. It’s not about judgment, only staying in the present moment.
Here are some pointers in Zen Meditation which Can Help You wipe away worries when put into action:
· Become the thing you are concentrating on. It’ll enable you to stay focused. Bring all your awareness to it. Jerry McGowan stated he became a seed within the orange. And he guessed what it would be like to be inside the orange.
· deep breathing is fundamental to all meditation. Imagine that you lungs are like an accordion as you take in each breath. If you don’t already breathe deeply, then it will take some focus at the start. You will when you breathe and your belly will grow rather than your shoulders. Most people breathe shallowly. That is due to stress and anxiety. Babies do natural or deep breathing. It is only when we start experiencing distress and anxiety, including stressing, do we stop breathing properly. Eventually it’ll become our norm. Eventually it will become natural to you.
· Learn How to let go of the past and the future. Only concentrate on what exists and that’s the present. As each moment passes, it becomes part of the past and does not exist anymore. The future is undetermined. We can create it through planning and goals and that’s it. However, we will know what will truly happen.
· You start with the interior and will go to the outside. That is the way to enlightenment in Zen.
These are a number of ways that should help. Find a Zen master to assist you further in your quest to a worry-free life. Though, it shouldn’t be a quest. Rather, just living in the present moment.
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