Zenity

The zen of sanity & serenity.

Sanity - the soundness, rationality and healthiness of the human mind.

Serenity - a disposition free from stress or emotion.

Zenity - Zen in action, through the awareness, acknowledgment, and elimination of thoughts and things that impede sanity and serenity in Life.

Today’s Quote

"The heights by great men reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside of the frame.

~ Author Unknown

In Life, it is crucial to have a person other than yourself helping keep an eye on you. That is the very meaning of friendship.

Very often, more so than you may realize, you are much too close to your own problems to see them clearly, allowing your emotions and / or ego to control you, or perhaps you’re just too much in denial to face them. Having a friend, especially one who has overcome a multitude of similar and vastly different problems within themselves, can be one of the greatest things to ever happen to you.

This other person (or, better yet, persons) must be someone you trust, implicitly. Someone who will never lie to you, treat you hypocritically, never sugar-coat what they say and do for fear of ‘hurting your feelings’ (which they absolutely cannot do, anyway), who will tell you exactly what to do, and be willing to hold you accountable towards yourself and the better goal.

If you have such a friend as this, count yourself truly blessed and loved. If you don’t have such a friend as this, keep moving along your path to find one, or perhaps even become one. 

happywithless:

In a society where people text rather than talk and eat out more than cook, community has been lost and necessities replaced by wants, says a group of Michigan State University students who recently released a documentary of their month-long experiment in living with less.” - MSU Today

The Zenity of Not Lying

Not only will not being a liar allow your mind to have more sanity and serenity, not lying will also improve your overall physical health.

Living Without Lies Might Make You Healthier - HealthDay

"I think lying can cause a lot of stress for people, contributing to anxiety and even depression," said Dr. Bryan Bruno, acting chairman of the department of psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Lying less is not only good for your relationships, but for yourself as an individual. People might recognize the more devastating impact lying can have on relationships, but probably don’t recognize the extent to which it can cause a lot of internal stress."

Today’s Quote

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life. - Dalai Lama

One of my favorite explanations for shoshin comes from Master Yoda, when he says to young Skywalker, “You must unlearn what you have learned.” If you are unwilling to accept a beginner’s state of mind, then how could you possibly ever learn anything? This doesn’t only mean learning some new physical action, it also, and more importantly, applies to learning about yourself, your true self.
Intelligence, knowledge, wisdom, expertise, all those things can be just as much a hindrance to you as they can be a benefit, especially if you think and feel that you are dependent on them as a person. You do not have to be. Adopt the state of mind that you had before you had any of those learned things, and you can better understand the person you really are, and in turn, be the person you really want to be.

One of my favorite explanations for shoshin comes from Master Yoda, when he says to young Skywalker, “You must unlearn what you have learned.” If you are unwilling to accept a beginner’s state of mind, then how could you possibly ever learn anything? This doesn’t only mean learning some new physical action, it also, and more importantly, applies to learning about yourself, your true self.

Intelligence, knowledge, wisdom, expertise, all those things can be just as much a hindrance to you as they can be a benefit, especially if you think and feel that you are dependent on them as a person. You do not have to be. Adopt the state of mind that you had before you had any of those learned things, and you can better understand the person you really are, and in turn, be the person you really want to be.