Zen Moments

This is my twenty-sixth (and final!) post in a series, where each Monday (if possible) I have tried to post a point of reflection or insight that I used to reflect and meditate on during the week. In order to make it a bit more focused and interesting, I attempted to do this with topics beginning with letters from A to Z. I have found that having a specific topic to reflect and/or meditate on during the week really lent itself to interesting insights and growth, because I not only had several days to reflect and meditate on the topic, but I also had several days to put any lessons and insights that I discovered to work in my every day life. For those that follow me on Twitter (@JasonLivingNow) I tried to write updates as the weekly topics came up during meditations, moments of reflection, or just during everyday life. To view the previous entries in this series, please visit the: Reflections and Insights A Through Z section.

My son Jason and I enjoying an OKC Thunder game!

My son Jason and I enjoying an OKC Thunder game!

Z= Zen Moments: Zen moments are moments, often unexpected, of mental and/or spiritual clarity and insight. Zen moments are the times in our life where clarity and insight breaks through the mental and spiritual clouds that can build up during every day life. These moments can happen at any time, but some of my most profound insights and experiences have occurred somewhat out of the blue after I have been ruminating on a seemingly endless topic for quite some time, or when I just take a random moment out of my day to relax, meditate, or reflect.

I have also experienced several of these moments out of the blue with my wife or son, where their laughter, a smile, or a simple hug blissfully places me smack-dab in the here and now, where I cannot help but relish in the beautiful simplicity of the moment. During these moments, the mental clutter and buzz of normal life fades away, and living in the now, is truly blissful.

Some may see moments such as these as a distraction, or even a possible anchor for attachment; because after all, bliss-hunting or bliss-seeking can easily lead one to fall into a never-ending trap of attachment, seeking, depression, and even addiction. However, these moments of clarity, insight, and general bliss, really help to keep me going on my spiritual path. Life isn’t about asceticism, where the one who gives up the most wins the most, the Buddha tried that method and failed miserably. Life should be embraced and enjoyed. Life should be blissful, peaceful, and serene.

Our dog Willie, enjoying some down-time (as usual) ;)

Our dog Willie, enjoying some down-time (as usual) 😉

The simple joy and clarity that these moments bring, point the way to how we should live our life, which is simple, uncluttered, uncomplicated, and full of joy and happiness.

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimal of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Practical Tip: Embrace the moments of “Zen” when they arise, and use them as an anchor to reinforce whatever behavior, actions, or thought processes brought them forth to begin with. Also, if you find a certain aspect of your life is “plugging up your spiritual spigot”, then work to remove that negative aspect.

I would like to thank everyone who has enjoyed and followed this series, and as always, I would love to hear about what you have done, or plan to do, in order to inculcate or meditate on this topic, or any of the previous topics.

Thanks for reading! As always, if you enjoyed what you read, please share on social network sites, subscribe, and share this blog with others! Also, please check out my book, “The Path: Using the Religions of the World as a Guide to Personal and Spiritual Development.” (Click the Book Cover to view on Amazon.com)

  1. bc
    April 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Thank you for your thoughtful and persistent dedication. It has been a pleasure to read your thoughts. By the way, my particular moment of zen was randomly finding this website when you started it. Best wishes in all your future endeavors!

    • May 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Thank you so much! I’m glad that you enjoyed this series, and that you enjoy my writing. Take care, you made my day!

  2. Ben Wallace
    April 9, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Brother. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and look forward to the next.

    • May 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Thank you brother! I am finishing up some projects, so I’ll keep this blog going, but it may be awhile before I can dedicate myself to another series. As always, thanks for your support!

  3. Robbie Dalziel
    May 21, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Your suggested ‘Zen’ factor has a great deal of potential… I have experienced such many times and now, thanks to you, I have an ideal means of expressing the very essence of such experiences.

    Peace and universal harmony…

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