Zen is a complicated idea. It is very simple It is hard to understand. It is an easy concept to understand. Zen is nothing. Zen is everything.
During my teens, and into my college days, my life was full of anxiety and fear. My stomach was always in knots and life was very uncomfortable. All I did was worry and fret. After my first marriage ended and I was on my own, a bit of enlightenment came to me. Worry had not helped change the outcome of my feared problem(s) and nothing was ever as bad as I worried it would be. It was then I decided that if the subject of my worry could be changed then I would work toward that change. If it was out of my control and couldn't be changed, I would work to stop the fretting.
It took practice and patience, but fretting about life has abated, albeit not completely. Life is a process, eh? Although I am not as Zen as I’d like to be, Zen is part of my daily life. Zen has helped me find balance, simplicity and peace.
Creation with ones hands is much like the process of life. Step by step we learn a craft, study it, do it and perhaps become a master of the technique. We can also go through life the same way. The goal is to live without the sway of emotional attachments, without wishing for the end, but instead, enjoying every step of the process. We are who we are and life is not an easy road. We must accept that this is so and take life as it come, enjoy it ALL, as without the darkness you cannot know light.
The Japanese lantern in my Zen Garden, is a daily reminder to walk the path of non-attachment and to enjoy the journey of creating a life. The garden is beautiful in all seasons. Its beauty is everything. It's beauty is nothing.
The ABC-Along was such a fun part of blogging this year. Anne, thank you for this wonderful idea. We were able to learn things about friends and other bloggers that may not have come to light. So much creativity went into many of the posts.
If you have participated, and published all 26 letters of the alphabet, you have until December 31st, to put up your last letter (or catch up if need be). Deb has a fun post that shows all the members of her family catching Zzzzs and Cathy has a post on the best Zoo ever. Anne and I will pick our favorite post, and will also pick a person at random, for a prize. If you haven’t already, please leave a comment, and we’ll put you in the hat for some Xocolate (and maybe an extra surprise, too.)