30 Zen Quotes to Blow Your Mind and Open Your Heart

Zen sprouted up in China in the 6th Century AD and took root in Japan some time later. It is thought that the early teachings of Taosim, around 800 years earlier, and teachings from the Mahayana Buddhist tradition from India, laid the foundations for the teachings of Zen to originate.

The word ‘Zen’ is a Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word ‘Chan’ which was derived from the Sanskrit word of dhyana. Dhyana means “a meditative state.” japanese-zen-buddhism

The unique thing about Zen is that the teachings de-emphasizes the practice of studying and memorizing scripture and instead prefer the simple practices of zazen, or sitting meditation, and contemplation. The teachings and practices of Zen allowed for common people, and not just monks, to be able to reach stages of enlightenment. It was understood that enlightenment was available to all people, at any moment, one just needed the veils of illusion to be removed.

A large part of Zen practices focused on koans, sayings and Zen master’s teachings. Many of the quotes seem paradoxical or illogical. This is the purpose of such tales as the comments are designed to break down mental conditioning so the truth of enlightenment can be revealed.

Here is a list of 30 unique zen quotes to help you come out of the mind and into your heart…

 

If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won’t see the Buddha.

~ Bodhidharma

 

A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.

~ Bodhidharma

 

Buddhas don’t practice nonsense.

~ Bodhidharma

 

It is better to practice a little than talk a lot.

~ Muso Kokushi

 

If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?

~ Dogen Zenji

 

Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.

~ Dogen Zenji

 

A flower falls even though we love it and a weed grows even though we do not love it.

~ Dogen Zenji

 

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 Zenji

 

To escape the world means that one’s mind is not concerned with the opinions of the world.

~ Dogen Zenji

 

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.

~ Lao Tzu

 

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

~ Lao Tzu

 

Let it be still and it will gradually become clear.

~ Lao Tzu

 

Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.

~ Lao Tzu

 

To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.

~ Lao Tzu

 

He who talks more is sooner exhausted.

~ Lao Tzu

 

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

~ Chuang Tzu

 

A path is made by walking on it.

~ Chuang Tzu

 

The purpose of a fish trap is to catch fish, and when then fish are caught, the trap is forgotten. The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.

~ Chuang Tzu

 

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.

~ Zen saying

 

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.

~ Buddhist saying

 

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

~ Buddha

 

You only lose what you cling to.

~ Buddha

 

Enjoy your problems.

~ Shunryu Suzuki

 

You should rather be grateful for the weeds you have in your mind, because eventually they will enrich your practice.

~ Shunryu Suzuki

 

When you can do nothing, what can you do?

~ Zen Koan

 

Here it is – right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it.

~ Huang Po

 

Since it is all too clear, it takes time to grasp it.

~ Wumen Hukai

 

Let go or be dragged.

~ Zen saying

 

Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom.

~ Zen Proverb

 

Better to sit all night than to go to bed with a dragon.

~ Zen proverb

 

Don’t seek the truth, just drop your opinions.

~ Zen saying

 

Want more? All of these quotes and more are available in one of my quote books “Simply Zen Quotes” which can be found in the Barnes & Nobles online bookstore. Click here to check it out.

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4 Myths About Intuition

1. Intuition is About Having Psychic Powers

I have noticed that a lot of books and articles that talk about intuition as having psychic abilities which involve seeing into the future.

To me, this is simply not true and not what intuition is about. Psychic abilities are something related to intuition but are not the intuition itself.

Intuition is not about seeing into the future or the past (which don’t really exist) it’s about being fully present and honouring the feelings and messages you get in the present.

 

>>> You don’t need to be psychic, you just need to be present. <<<

 

 

2. You Have to Visualize Lights and All Sorts of Things in Your Mind

Intuition comes from cleaning out all the imaginations, fantasies and clutter in the mind – not adding more to it.

While having wondrous and beautiful images in the mind sounds pleasant and may be pleasant to those people doing it for a few minutes, it just adds more content to the mind to chew on.

A better way to go about it, is to simply let all that stuff go, don’t “try” and do anything, don’t “try” and be intuitive or receive messages, just be open and allow it to happen without the “efforting.”

 

>>> Allow there to be space inside so that you can hear the messages clearly. Don’t clutter! <<<

 

Ram Dass Quote

 

3. Intuition Requires You to Focus Intensely on the Third Eye (Between the Eyebrows)

If intuition had a physical location then between the eyebrows would be it. But this does not mean you have to focus there to receive intuitive messages.

The very process of getting your mind and body in a receptive state is enough for the third eye to be automatically active of its own accord.

You don’t have to do anything special or undertake some mystical technique for the third eye to become active. Therefore, don’t worry about it or get caught up with the third eye teachings.

 

>>> It is more important to practice de-cluttering your mind so that space and the receptivity of body sensations is developed. <<<

 

 

4. Having Intuition Means that Your Life will Become Easy and No More Hard Work Will be Required

Having the ability to be intuitive can easily be over-glorified in the way that many people think that life will then become easy.

Insight comes when it comes, but for insight to be fully realized there may be many years of applied action ahead. It’s easy to have a vision of something grand and life-changing but it’s another thing to make it real.

Focus, wise action and perseverance will still be required to establish any real and lasting change.

 

>>> Sitting around talking about an intuitive insight or an idea for years without acting upon it is not true insight. <<<

 

 

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New Book Released: 5 Essential Keys To Inspired Living

I am so pleased to announce that my latest book has just been published on Amazon kindle. A hardcopy version will be available very soon.

I was moved to write this book after many months of reading and researching to see if it was really possible for people to live a life that was wealthy, healthy, socially vibrant and happy all at the same time. It’s easy to go off and focus on one area of our lives at the sacrifice of other areas. However, after researching and writing this book, I believe that with a little tweaking, it is possible to be abundant in all of these areas and all at the same time.

Inspiration Get Established on the path of Clarity, Energy and Heightened Intelligence

This book will show you how to align with an infinitely powerful and benevolent force that will bring you out of struggle, and into a world of clarity, creativity and abundance.

The aim of this book is to provide you the necessary ingredients for living an inspired life. How this book differs to many of the other books written about similar subjects is that this book does not focus on another set of psychological strategies and frameworks, but rather is aimed more directly at working with and acknowledging the human energy field and how it influences our thinking and behavior. The aim is to become more familiar and more sensitive to the energy field itself, and learn how to listen to it and even shift it to help support us to live in a more inspired way.

In this book you will learn about:
– The human energy field and how it influences our thoughts and actions
– How to align with wholesome actions for sustainable living
– How to activate dormant, potential energy
– How to plug into your body’s innate intelligence
– The art of focus and concentration
– A new approach to education and learning
– Getting out of the rat race for good
– Harnessing greater forces to work with you
– How to work and live smarter, not harder
– And more…

Available Now at Amazon.com.

 

Super Reading 30 Day Challenge

I’m going to read at least 10 books and watch 20 TED talks in 30 days. I’m going to do a series of tests before and after to see what areas of my life have improved and what area’s haven’t.

I am testing the question:
Can reading lots of non-fiction books, in a variety of fields, automatically improve ones daily life, health, wealth, confidence & happiness?

2nd Week in Review

1st Week in Review

The Beginning

Start Date: Saturday 30/5/2015
Finish Date: Monday 29/6/2015

Results at the Beginning of the Challenge

Emotional Wellness Test (7cupsoftea.com)
1/21 depression (normal), 3/21 Anxiety (normal), 5/21 Stress (mild)

Stress test (Stress.org.uk)
5 – 25. Average to normal level of stress

General Knowledge Test with Timer (http://www.quizfactor.com)
8/20  2min 20sec (not great)

General Knowledge Test (Queendom.com)
73/100 (Fairly good)

IQ Test (free-iqtest.net)
121

IQ Test (brainmetrix.com)
75 (lots of math’s questions, ouch!)

Emotional Intelligence Test for Business (http://www.maetrix.com.au/)
self awareness 7/10, self management 7/10, social awareness 6/10, relationship management 6/10

Entrepreneur Aptitude Test (Psychologytoday.com)
64/100 (You generally have your eyes on the prize and you want to win the race. You aim fairly high and let little stand in your way.)

Happiness Test (psychologytoday.com)
38/100 (According to your responses, you are generally the type of person who believes in the goodness of humankind.)

Fitness IQ (psychologytoday.com)
50/100 (You’re standing just outside the ranks of “Fitness Guru”, so don’t stop now.)

Left Brain Right Brain Test (Queendom.com)
54/100 (slightly right brain) but balanced

Financial IQ test (http://www.moolanomy.com/)
10/92 (poor)

Health
Weight – 86kg
Heart Rate at Rest – 63 beats per minute
Blood pressure – ?
Comfortably Run 3.5km in 30mins

 

Supplements for Super (Writing) Powers

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This post is an excert from one of my latest books “Super Guide to Self Publishing: Amazon Kindle, Createspace, Smashwords

 A few months ago I went through an intense period where I was researching and experimenting (and still am to a lesser extent) with “neuro stacks” to help me produce a more focused and productive writing flow. Neuro stacks are a new term to describe the utilization of cutting-edge nutritional supplements to enhance brain function. It’s an incredibly interesting area to look into, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for ways to enhance their physical and mental performance.

What I have found that gives me great focus and a buzzing energy that helps me to write for hours on end is taking a combination of amino acid supplements, protein, and omega 3’s. I take L-tyrosine soon after waking, again around lunch, and again in the late afternoon. Tyrosine helps support kidney function, increases dopamine levels, and keeps my energy up and humming all day long. I also take a good dose of omega 3’s, and on some days I will also take one gram of Acetyl L-Carnetine to gain a clearer head, and I have also found that if I take it before a yoga class or before any exercise, it gives me razor-sharp focus. I obtain my supplements from Iherb.com because they have a range of good-quality products, good prices, and they are quick to deliver in most countries around the world.

Having a mega protein shake at some point during the day with blueberries (good for eyes), bananas, whey protein powder, and anything else I have around nourishes my body and gets me back into the zone quickly. Of course, coffee also helps to kick things into gear, but it can be easy to have too much and become scattered and lose your ability to focus – so go easy on the coffee. When you take amino acids like tyrosine, a lot of people lose the attraction to coffee because they find themselves humming along with a good amount of energy as it is, and therefore coffee can lose its appeal.

Other amino acids and supplements worth trying to enhance your writing include:

– L-Theanine (induces a relaxed yet calm and alert state)

– Gingko biloba

– CoQ10 for a good supply of energy all day long

When I know I’ve got a lot of words that I want to pump out, I make sure my day is not busy with any appointments or arrangements. Soon after I wake I begin taking my supplements, do some gentle yoga stretching to awaken my body and then I get stuck into the writing. I get up every two hours or so to make food, have a protein shake, take more supplements, go to a yoga class, or go for a walk to help relax my body and calm my mind.

I wish to share these ideas and discoveries as much as possible because I can see how we would all benefit from becoming more self-dependent in our working lives and I see publishing books to be a very key part of that process.  To learn more about writing and how to self publish effectively on a budget, check out my book.

Self Publishing