What is zen?Zen is the Japanese pronunciation of a Chinese word, ch'an, which comes from a Sanskrit root meaning "thought," "absorption," or "meditation." And meditation is at the heart of Zen, along with an emphasis on self-control and insight.
One of the many things I've learned in decades of investigating ghostly phenomena is that the very mileu of a home, the mental and emotional, as well as physical states of the occupants of a building can either attract or repel the negative.
When you create a positive vibe in your home, you're not only discouraging bad energies, but you are actually re-imprinting the space with good vibes. People enter and they feel it. You and your family come home and feel they are well and truly home - a refuge, a retreat, a regenerating station.
Some of these things may seem new age to folks, but there's a reason why those "hippies" are so mellow and it ain't all indica.
Everyone has their own personal place/feeling they refer to as zen.
As an oil painting artist, painting is perhaps one of my best zen places. I am channeling from the beauty of the universe, as I do not utilize the logic skills that rule my days and I possess no training how to paint, so I am a conduit for beauty without judgment. That is zen!
Zen could be that feeling when you turn your face up to the sun and see a bright orange behind your eyelids, the sun's rays warming your skin. Your zen may be amplified by sand between your toes, the swoosh of the sea, the scent of kelp and heat mixing in the mist...
The regular practice of meditation, spiritual practices, helping others, creating art or music, cooking, gardening, hiking, exercise, riding a horse, reading a great book -
Honestly, the best way to tell your zen is when you do it, you feel like your day is complete and whatever you do the rest of the hours is justified because the most important thing was completed.
Falling into sleep and coming out of sleep we often experience zen in that alpha state where brain waves are beginning to transform dreams into a sleeping reality and the real world is just background noise.
Reminders of zen can make home life more regenerative. Try adding candles, pleasant music, incense, or diffusers to give the body the zen response.
Some of the most amazing zen scents -
a fantastic mix of green tea/bamboo/bergamot/citrus/musk/amber
Did you know that moving water/waterfalls/sea creates negative ions? They are actually a positive boon. The reason we love being near rushing streams and the ocean is because of those negative ions. They give a feeling of euphoria. Wind, rain, and himalayan salt lamps all give off negative ions.
wear them when you're not having to do something that involves reading or driving. Just get some therapy each day.
My other methods to zen -
YOU CAN'T HAVE ZEN WITH ANXIETY. THEY ARE INCOMPATIBLE. START WITH BODY RELAXATION AND MIND QUIETING AND FIND YOUR ZEN ZONE. SOMETIMES THIS CAN BE DONE WITH MUSIC, BINAURAL BEATS, SCENT, A WEIGHTED BLANKET, SITTING IN WATER....