Wednesday, July 25, 2018
A Zen Mind
Holistic living means you have a healthy body, mind, and soul. Holistic wellness begins with the mind first, because the mind is the most powerful body organ that controls everything that the body does. A toxic mind often produces a toxic body that leads to a toxic soul. We are living in a toxic environment that may easily contaminate the mind with toxic thoughts, leading to toxic actions, resulting in toxic emotions and memories.
The human mind is most powerful in that it controls everything that the body does, and therefore determines the kind of life we are going to lead. According to Descartes, one of the great philosophers of all time, we become what we think; as evidenced by his famous statement: “I think, therefore I am.” Our thoughts shape us into who we are and transform us into what we have now become. In other words, our thoughts become our “realities.” The pivotal role of our thinking in holistic living cannot be overstated.
Be that as it may, our thoughts don’t tell us the whole truth about who and what we we think we are. That is, our minds may weave many self-deceptions that tell us everything but the truths, and they become our “realities.” The result is that we may self-doubt when we try to excel; we may feel confused and distracted when we try to concentrate; we may dwell on the past or the future when we try to focus on the present. In reality, many of us may have developed a compulsive mind that is constantly obsessed with past thoughts, which are often projected into the future as desires and expectations. A compulsive mind will not let us have holistic living because only a quiet mind will let us see the truths about what and who we are. A quiet mind is Zen mind..
What exactly is a Zen mind? A Zen mind focuses on quietude and spontaneity, which are attributes of internal peace and harmony of the body, the mind, and the soul. When the mind is quiet—in absence of the fear of the sound of silence—the mind can experience clarity of thinking, that may enable the understanding of spontaneity. Spontaneity is the wisdom of letting things follow their respective courses or their natural cycles, such as the four seasons, or life is always followed by death. Everything in life has its own natural cycle.
It must be mentioned that Zen is not a religion, although subsequently it became the source of Zen Buddhism. Zen is just a way of life, with its origin from the wisdom of Tao, which is based on the profound wisdom of the ancient sage Lao Tzu from China, who was the author of the immortal ancient classic “Tao Te Ching.”
A Zen mind is a mental condition in which the mind becomes totally relaxed, without regrets of the past and worries about the future. It is relaxed because it focuses on the present moment. Focusing on the present quiets down your compulsive mind so that you may objectively look at your own thinking mind to see if your thoughts are telling you the absolute truths. With clarity of mind, you may then be able to live to get the holistic wellness of your body, mind, and soul.
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