Yesterday I talked about “hygge” — the Danish cure for winter blues and today I want to take our discussion a step further.
I am often asked, especially by people who I meet for the first time:
“Okay, so what’s the deal with Zen?”.
I smile and I answer:”The thing with Zen is actually very simple. It’s about feeling good about yourself and celebrating life for what it is.”
You see, for me Zen is a universal concept of well-being, which has less to do with subscribing to a certain religion or bowing to a specific deity.
I want to be happy with everything I feel, everything I am and everything I have right now in my life.
In other words, Zen means presence, acknowledgement, acceptance, gratitude, faith and inner balance. It also means fascination with life and a constant search for beauty, happiness and peace of mind.
This way of being, blended with my lifestyle, allowed me to make peace with myself, and with others, for that matter. It also allowed me to move forward, step by step, each day and to accept my decisions, my mistakes and my flaws, without getting stuck in a time bubble, a bad romance, a constraining job or a toxic entourage.
Yes, Zen is seeing the glass half-full, but it’s also accepting that the glass might be half-empty on certain days. And that’s okay. The good & the bad, the light & the dark, they are all part of the game and both sides of the coin are recognised and accepted.
That’s my take on Zen and all that jazz. I hope that after reading this, you will consider Zen as a possibility & way of being for you as well.
Wishing you a Zen day ahead,
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