DOING IT THE ZEN WAY
By Sarah Bhagat(27/08/2020 00:30IST)
As I was in the process of writing this article, my mind was flooded with questions about the ZEN MODE OF LIFE which seemed to have no answers in this world of stress but only one thought overpowered these questions, the thought of perfecting the task before me with utmost concentration and dedication. Like most teenagers, my mind wandered places even when I was trying to pin it down to one place and even though I still can’t master this skill, there is a sense of assurance that I’m on the right path and this is comforting enough.
But the question remains. Why is it too difficult for us to focus? Why can’t we live in the moment? This is when the ZEN MODE OF LIFE kicks in. Zen is full of practical wisdom. What is Zen? In all honestly, I don’t know. It is not a religion nor a belief but what I know for sure is that it is not just about finding the right meditation technique but also, it is about living the moment. Thích Nhất Hạnh, a Vietnamese Zen Monk, says it all: “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” We are all a part of the rat race but in that process of achieving anything and everything, we fail to find ourselves and that is unrealistic. You need to enjoy those little things in life no matter how insignificant they may seem but they sure can be mood lifters. Keep in mind, all your achievements don’t have to be groundbreaking.
Zen masters in the olden times used to say ‘ZEN IS ZEN’ and at first, I was baffled but then, I came to terms with this definition. Zen is being true to oneself. It is about being aware and mindful of who you truly are. Zen is the air that becomes your breath.