Posted 13 hours ago
I am studying to be a graphic designer, and I love the it to bits. But, it's a lifestyle that is entirely based on aesthetic and surface qualities. Is it possible to maintain a zen nature with a life focused on the aesthetic?
gamma-radio asked

I personally don’t find anything wrong about living a life as a graphic designer. That doesn’t hinder one from maintaining what is meant by having “Zen Nature”. If you are present with what is happening now, then that is having a Zen Nature. The story of what is happening now is less relevant than actually allowing and being with what’s happening right now. What that means is letting go of needing the moment to be one way or another. Is the mind creating the experience of selfing by nerding out on that badass vector you just made? Great! Allow and be with that experience. Are you walking home and falling into a state of no-self? Equally as great! You don’t need to be a monk or live in the mountains to be in the moment. I invite you to let go of the story that your life has to look a certain way in order to have Zen Nature. The only thing I recommend is having some sort of meditation practice; on the cushion and off. 

~TheUniverseWorks

Posted 13 hours ago

Dan Harris: Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode with Meditation

"I think we’re looking at meditation as the next big public health revolution. In the 1940s if you told people that you went running they would say, who’s chasing you. Right now if you tell people you meditate – and I have a lot of experience with telling people this, they’re going to look at you like you’re a little weird most of the time. That’s going to change. Meditation is going to join the pantheon of no brainers like exercise, brushing your teeth and taking the meds that your doctor prescribes to you. These are all things that if you don’t do you feel guilty about. And that is where I think we’re heading with meditation because the science is so strongly suggestive that meditation can do really, really great things for your brain and for your body."
~ Dan Harris

Posted 1 day ago
Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh (via thecalminside)
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No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering wind must cease.
Dogen (via lazylucid)
Posted 2 days ago

givemesomesoma:

eye of the soul by jayanta

(Source: itinsightus)

Posted 3 days ago

The single nature of mind

resonantfrequencies:

The following is the introduction to the means of experiencing this single nature of mind through the application of three considerations:

First, recognize that past thoughts are traceless, clear, and empty,
Second, recognize that future thoughts are unproduced and fresh,
And third, recognize that the present moment abides naturally and unconstructed.

When this ordinary, momentary consciousness is examined nakedly and directly by oneself,
Upon examination, it is a radiant awareness,
Which is free from the presence of an observer,
Manifestly stark and clear,
Completely empty and uncreated in all respects,
Lucid, without duality of radiance and emptiness,
Not permanent, for it is lacking inherent existence in all respects,
Not a mere nothingness, for it is radiant and clear,
Not a single entity, for it is clearly perceptible as a multiplicity,
Yet not existing inherently as a multiplicity, for it is indivisible and of a single savor.
This intrinsic awareness, which is not extraneously derived,
Is itself the genuine introduction to the abiding nature of all things.

Posted 3 days ago
Growing is all about leaps into the seeming unknown. Before you can find your way home, you must linger in the place of not knowing. Stay here until the next step organically arises. Sit until the questions that need to be lived show themselves. By surrendering to the unknown, you create the space for a deeper knowing to emerge. Befriend your confusion. Don’t be fooled by its chaotic appearance—this is good confusion. It’s a sign that your soul is in transition. Welcome it as a friend that has come from far away to bring you home. Be open to it. Keep it close.
Jeff Brown
Posted 3 days ago