How to Live a Zen Life
Have you ever wondered, “How to Live a Zen Life?”
This has become a much desired question to be answered in the health and wellness space, as we have all become much too stressed in our daily lives.
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Believe me, I am no Zen-Master or even a Zen Buddhist. However, I have always been a very observant person, who has been fond of doing thought experiments.
Later in this article, I would like to share the 10 principles I have personally uncovered that have boded well in my Zen-like living experiments.
No matter your religious beliefs or what socio-economic conditions you were raised in, these 10 principles can be pragmatic to any life.
However, first I would like to share a recent experience……..
After deep-thinking about an incident that happened with one of my players in the game last night to his reaction when I gave him a coach (advice), I later wrote this message to my pool team.
Soon I realized this lesson can be applied the same for us internet marketers. Learning how to live a Zen life is as essential as the air we breathe.
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Control Your Emotions
Internet marketing success is as much an emotional game as it is a precision and tactical game. It is imperative that we see that critical, "take control of the game" play, or a game-winning maneuver in a timely manner to set us up for future success.
Others may see the most direct path to success in a given endeavor, but which we do not see. Conversely, you may not see what I see, but I will see it.
As a mentor with proven success and your good-intentions in mind, if I see that most direct path to help you succeed and win the game then you should place your trust me.
Occasionally we may both will see the same path, but this will usually not be the case. Since we both are not mind-readers, it makes no sense taking a chance by assuming knowledge and remaining silent.
Therefore there is no such thing as asking for guidance too early in the process.
Never let your ego get in your way.
Somedays the "early play" you implement from the advice of others, particularly your mentor or team will make a vast difference between winning and losing.
Such moves will ultimately determine the difference between your ultimate success and failure.
Control your emotions in the process and you will significantly raise your chances of winning the game.
Learn To Let It Go
Please don't get frustrated if a mentor or your team gives you advice which you do not agree with. Frustrating yourself over it is a waste of energy and is more detrimental then any advice.
Either way, everyone will have their own point of view. So there is really no sense getting worked up over it. Don’t argue with your mentor or your Team over disagreements, and if so don’t let those disagreements get in your head.
Learn to let it go.
Take a deep breath, learn how to mentally refocus, and rethink your strategy.
Getting frustrated and being argumentative with others you do not agree with, whether it be your mentors or colleagues is not only counter-productive but it also makes the Team look bad.
Doing so gives fodder for the opposition to take cheap shots and make exaggerated claims against you and the Team. Avoid that.
How to Live a Zen Life: Find Your Zen Space
We must all learn to find that "Zen" space where nothing will ever affect us. In other words, nothing distracts us, nothing phases us, and nothing gets under our skin.
When we are in a calm state where we let nothing affect us, we are in the most effective winning state.
Ask any successful marketer, athlete, or money-player. It has been proven that when marketers and athletes learned how to live a Zen life, they all greatly increased their success rate toward achieving optimal performance.
Breathing is super important. So is taking extra time to breathe upon every move. Think about your next move. Then find the void.
Develop a systematic daily “pre-work” mental routine. This can be any simple mind-relaxing activity such as sitting in total silence, watching TV, or daily meditation.
Personally, I have found the benefits of meditation, deep breathing, and qigong to be a mental cleansing.
Meditation twice daily (morning and before bedtime) and in between those “next moves” is a great way to optimize your focus toward achieving optimal performance.
Believe me, it works. If you believe this is not true, you are only fooling yourself. This has been proven time and again in various case studies over a wide range of activities under the most stringent conditions.
10 Principles: How to Live a Zen Life
Although I will never be a Zen monk, I continue to find profound inspiration in the concentration and mindfulness they place in every activity. They are able to achieve an inner calm and peace every day.
Zen Monks for hundreds of years have devoted their lives to serving others. This is something I can certainly relate, as serving others by offering my help is something I always have done.
We all can greatly benefit by learning how to live a Zen life.
Simply follow these 10 Principles:
We all can use better concentration, tranquility, and mindfulness in our lives. Because Zen monks for hundreds of years have devoted their lives to being present in everything they do, here is what makes them ideal examples of living the Zen life.
1. Focus Only on One Task at a Time: This is all part of the life of a Zen monk. Always single-task, never multi-task. When you’re writing a blog post, only write a blog post. Don’t try to complete several other tasks while writing. Follow this a famous Zen proverb: “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”
2. Move Slowly and Deliberately: Never rush any task. Move slowly by taking your time. Perform your actions actions deliberately, not rushed and randomly. And continue to practice this, as practice makes perfect.
3. Always Finish What You Start: Perform the task completely. Don’t move on to the next task until you’re finished. If, for any reason this does not present a choice, at least put away the unfinished task and clean up after yourself. When preparing a meal, don’t start eating it until you’ve put away the stuff you used to prepare it, wiped down the counter, and washed the dishes used for preparation. Then you’re done with that task, and can focus more completely on the next task.
4. Less Is More: Living like a Zen Monk is not a lazy existence. A Zen Monk’s day is filled with work. But his task is not unending either. He limits himself to certain tasks to do today, but no more. By doing less, he can do things more deliberately, more completely and with greater concentration
5. Space Things Out: Manage your schedule so you always have time to complete a task. Leave room between things on your schedule so you can perform those tasks more effectively.
6. Build Rituals into your Day: Rituals place importance on things. It’s not necessary to perform Zen monk rituals. Simply create your own. This can be for writing, for research, for exercising, for eating, etc. Anything that you perform on a regular basis. Don’t restrict yourself here.
7. Designate Time for Recreation: Designate time for personal recreational activities you truly enjoy, whether it be writing, reading, billiards, or simply quiet contemplation. If it’s important enough of a recreation you enjoy, designate time to do it regularly.
8. Devote Time for Sitting: Sitting meditation (zazen) is one of the most important parts in a Zen Monk’s day. It is a type of meditation for learning to be present. Practice it, and you will get better. You can devote time for sitting meditation, or anything else to practice “being in the moment”. You could employ any activity in the same way, as long as you do it regularly and practice being present.
9. Smile While Serving Others: Smiling and being kind to others is a great way to improve the lives of those around you. It is also a way of making yourself feel good. It teaches us humility, and ensures that we are not self-serving but devoted to the welfare of others. Serving others through charity work is an example of a wonderful way of finding how to live a Zen life. Personally I am a caregiver to others, and I draw great satisfaction from this activity. Zen monks devote a portion of everyday to serve others. This could be in serving other monks in the monastery or outside visitors.
10. Lead a Simpler Life: Rid your life of many unnecessary and unessential things by only making room only for the essential. If something isn’t necessary, you can probably can live without it. What is “essential” will be different to each person. You should consider what is most important to your life, and make room for that by eliminating less important things in your life.
How to Live a Zen Life: Above All Breathe!
So learn to "let it go", and if you aren't completely comfortable about your next move or are distracted even for a split second, get up and restart your pre-work mental routine.
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Let all the "noise in your head" fade away, don’t let anything distract you from refocusing on that next move.
Above all, breathe!
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I hope you will discover how to live a Zen life.