You might say, “It is too hard to think about every single choice I have in a day. I’m too busy to be Zen.” You are attentively engaged in work or a pastime. You are like millions of Americans who wrap your idea of self into how many tasks you can accomplish before you eat, rest, shower, and repeat another day of endless tasks. Zen does not ask you to stop your cycle. Zen asks you to consider.
Do you make the best possible decisions you can with the knowledge you have? Do you choose to research the source of the food you eat, the impact of the car you drive, the purpose of the television programs you watch, or how you can improve your health? How often do you find yourself speeding through the day, taking no time to reflect upon how your decisions and actions affect your family, yourself, or your community?
Make an investment of your time into discovering yourself. Ask questions and pay attention to the internal answers. Start simple by picking one easy, mindless, tedious task you do every day. You can choose any action. Analyze it and pay attention to the way you feel when you do it. Do you notice a way you can improve how it affects your health, safety, or well-being? If you do not notice anything, expand your attention to how it affects your family, how it affects your community, and how it affects our world. Each level of consideration offers a new perspective and connection.
Everyone can lead their own version of a Zen life. Look within for answers to how you feel about your current habits. Challenge yourself to improve the experience of simple daily tasks. You realize your true self as you become consciously aware of your actions and their affects. You will find your everyday Zen when your actions align with truth and positive benefits for all.
- Seleka Behrs