The Sanity of Zen

We humans are on this planet I choose to name Mother Earth. We humans on Mother are suffering. Most of the life on Earth experiences suffering at times, some more than others. So what’s up with that? Are we born to suffer and eventually just die? Upon investigation from many sources within philosophy, science, religion, phycology, lived experiences, etc. suffering is not necessarily on option. So how do we survive that feeling of vulnerability based on our natural fear based thinking and feeling? We go Zen of course! Zen! What is that? For me Zen is a sane and sober thing to do when I am suffering and in fear. Zen to me is detachment. Detachment is not an easy skill to do when every fiber in your being is to cut and run or stay and fight the fear. But it must be a skill to be mastered if I am to stay sane. As a recovered alcoholic/drug addict I must be especially vigilant when feelings of fear, anger and resentment pop up. The Zen in me comes from a Power greater than myself that puts my ego, my self-centeredness, my darkness into its proper place where it can be investigated and where it cannot harm me. I turn to the Power greater than myself daily and ask for sanity, courage, faith and the ability to be of service to help anyone or anything that suffers. I am grateful for the gift of wisdom to be able to turn to a Great Mystery for help when I am off balance. And so do all we humans living our lives doing the best we can with what we have seeking light and love. May peace and love find us all. Zen rocks!

The Magic of Common Sense

It is not easy to walk a Spiritual path. When I was a kid my TsaLaGi influenced grandmother sat me in a circle in the woods on a mushroom hunt and told me to sit there until she came back. It was springtime, light, warm and comfortable. I sat and sat and as a 5 year old got bored and restless. I wanted to jump up and find my grandmother. I knew she was close by but could not see her but she was observing me to see if I would sit in that circle. It was probably 20 minutes or so of me struggling to obey a person I loved or having my own way, an urge very strong coming from a dark place of rebellion that later I learned was ego based thinking. This selfishness and self centeredness fought the common sense of just sitting and enjoying the trees, smell of the woods, the little sounds of life around me rustling under leaves and twigs. My grandmother wanted me to find my true spiritual self in the magic of nature and to lose that dark ego based thinking that she knew would rob me of a good balanced kind and loving life. I sat and obeyed and the reward was wonderful. She was so proud of me and gave me a smile as she reached out for my hand and drew me from that first testing circle of Spirit. I am glad I had this memory of that first test. The ones to come were Shadows and I did not always pass the common sense of simple acceptance. Those test of the soul fought with the Light of being as I continued to Negotiate Shadows for years to come.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.