- Learn These Zen Meditation Techniques For Beginners And Get Into 'The
is a form of meditation that originates from Japan. At the core, Zen
meditation is about entering a state of no-mind where you get to see
the world consists of everything and nothing.
For thousands of years monks have been practicing
meditation in monasteries in order to tap into a state of non-ordinary
reality. Their practice would often consist of sitting in either a
half-lotus or full-lotus meditation posture and focusing their
awareness on either their breath or the energy center which is located
just below the naval.
- see that the world consists of 'everything' and 'nothing'
long periods of meditating in this way, the Zen monk would either
suddenly enter into a state of enlightenment or the realization of
enlightenment would gradually be made.
this state of enlightenment was reached, the next stage for the Zen
monk was to remain in this sate whilst living in the ordinary world of
day-to-day tasks. This is where the real work of the Zen monk started
to become apparent.
I have entered into and out of this state of enlightenment many times
throughout my life.
- enter into 'The Zone' with the sense meditation
first happened whilst alone on a beach on the South Coast of New South
Wales in Australia. I don't know exactly why it happened but I had been
alone for around 3 weeks and fully immersed within nature. I had been
reading a lot of spiritual texts at the time and was close to getting
into what I call 'the zone'.
one morning I was walking along the beach and felt the urge to bend
down and pick up some grains of sand. I was mesmerized with the grains
of sand on the end of my finger. Each was a different shape, a
different colour, a different size and each had a different texture.
as I looked up at the beach a 'strange' thing happened. I got to see
that the whole beach was made up of these individual grains of sand,
yet it was these individual grains that was the whole beach.
is when my consciousness started to expand. It was as though I was
everything all at the same time. For example I remember feeling what it
was like to be a lizard sunning itself below a bush in the forest to my
left. At the same time it was as though I was an eagle soaring above
and at the same time could feel what it was like to be a fish in the
ocean with water flowing through its gills.
state of oneness lasted for around three weeks. It was as though I was
everything and nothing all at the same time. I call entering this
meditative and Zen state as entering 'The Zone'.
what I have found there are a number of practices that help you to
enter 'The Zone'. The first is to slow down and get out of your mind.
example, when we are in the ordinary problem solving mind then our
brain is operating in the relatively fast 'beta' brain wave pattern.
However it is possible to actively slow our brain wave patterns down
into the alpha, theta and delta brain wave patterns.
first way to do this is to enter into a state the Zen buddhists call
no-mind. This is a state where your mind shuts off.
way to do this is to become aware that we all have a little voice
within our heads. For example right now it might be saying 'Little
voice? What little voice? I don't have a little voice!'
that is the little voice.
if you treat it like a little child and say to it 'Thank you for
sharing', you will probably become aware of a little gap within your
thinking. Like there is a little pause within your thoughts. Instead of
putting your awareness and attention on the thoughts within your mind,
you can instead place your attention and awareness on the gap within
your mind and on the space of no-mind.
second step to entering into 'The Zone' is to then place your attention
and awareness on your senses. When you heighten your five senses then
it allows the space for the spiritual dimension to open up to you. This
is similar to the sixth sense.
when you realize and meditate on that everything external to you also
has five senses and the sixth sense then the nature of reality starts
to shift. This is when you start to enter into a state of onenesswith
all things and enter into a state of entering what I call 'The Zone'.
talk more about entering 'the zone' in my book 'The Heart Walk' however
this is the state that Zen monks often enter whilst meditating within
monasteries. This is the state when you get to see that everything and
nothing bothexist at the same time.
this state of deep zen meditation speaks to you then I encourage you to
find out more by reading the pages within this website or to pick up
your copy of 'The Heart Walk'.
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