Zen wisdom exists beyond mountaintops and temple retreats. Here are 6 sayings to gently shift the balance of your mind in everyday life.
The quieter you
become, the more you hear.
You can build hours of Zen peace in your day by gently removing or limiting external distractions (texts, emails, etc.).
Be master of mind
rather than mastered by mind.
Your life is yours to lead. Set goals and move with focus and patience; if you wait for the perfect moment to do something, that moment may never come.
Although gold dust is
precious, when it gets in your eyes it obstructs your vision.
Without balance in other parts of our lives (relationships, personal time, health), external or professional goals may blind us to the things that really matter.
The only Zen you can
find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
Nothing you lack at this moment will make you happier or more successful. Develop your mind, nurture your physical self, and make time for personal reflection (instead of seeking enlightenment in far-off places).
When you get to the
top of the tree, climb higher.
Our daily deadlines, once completed, can lead to anxiety about what comes next. However if we adopt Zen attitude, we will always be seeking the next task, never focusing too much on what has happened behind us, good or bad.
To know and not to do
is not yet to know.
How easy it is, to speak about life and wisdom without actually experiencing it. Sayings and quotes are great for gaining new perspective, but ultimately we have to put the book down, get outdoors and live life.
Zen wisdom relies heavily on minimalism, and eliminating the unnecessary. These simple messages (which almost sound like small poems) show us that in all aspects of life, a single useful thought can be more helpful than an entire book of wisdom (an overload of information!)