Saturday, March 07, 2009

Are you here to numb your pain or getting high? friend, so you thought Zen and meditation would enable you to numb your pain or get high and may be you can forget all your worries for sometime at least? You thought it could get you either super normal powers where you can manifest you every desire or raise you above your feelings so all you will feel is pleasure. I know it cuts through heart and it never goes many things you wanted, you did get a lot of them and still what you don't have overpowers all your achievements and happiness. Somehow, the time that you spend pondering over what you don't have or did not get, comes out to be always more than the time that you spend on being thankful for what you have. So, you thought let me try this thing called Zen and may be it will help.

The good news is that it will! The bad news is that it is not going to numb you or make you high. Zen creates warriors and not zombies! and trust me, it is not easy. It will make you come face to face with yourself so closely that you will have goosebumps. You will look into reality of who you are and it will be a path of struggle. It is not easy to face ourselves, most of the time we are running away from ourselves and the question of why. We would rather act upon instincts without analyzing. Acting out of impulse is far easier than paying attention and being mindful.

Zen creates warriors..who are mindful..who are looking into life squarely..who are not running away from it or drowning themselves in sensual pleasures..this is what makes the path difficult. As a result of investigation, peace and contentment emerges..every time the want arises..dissatisfaction arises..the warrior is trained to question..look deeper..figure it out. The warrior has to be willing to train himself with every ounce of energy in his body, with every fibre of his being..only his quest of finding the reality enables him to tread the path and become one with it.

Are you a warrior or zombie?

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At March 07, 2009, Blogger Jordan said...

Sometimes a warrior sometimes a zombie. Sometimes hypersensitive sometimes numb. On an occasion there may be a balance. I sway to the left, sway to the right, again and again, rest somewhere in between. That is where zen starts... I think.

At March 08, 2009, Blogger MyoChi said...

Well said Jordan! I came across a few posts and talks where the idea was that people have this misconception that meditation will somehow transform them into some super natural state where they will not feel any pain and hence compelled to write this post.

At May 11, 2009, Blogger Placid said...

I liked the last paragraph. Makes me think about the "higher Jihad" notion in Islam (I'm not muslim).

I used to resist and combat meaningless desires and fears. Now, I just see them without interfering, fully accepting them without judging them as good or bad.

Desires and fears happen to the "body-mind" complex. Not to me !

At May 11, 2009, Blogger Placid said...

The last paragraph also makes me think about Warrior of the Light written by Paulo Coelho


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