Most lives are spent waiting. Waiting for dreams to manifest, for trouble to end, and for life to be happy. Golden Zen reflects on the brillance of the NOW and the winks we receive from our Source to remind us we possess it all. Golden Zen is practical and mystical, instructive and reflective. You are my invited guest.

Archive for April, 2008

The D,E,F and G of Golden Zen

The ABC’s of Golden Zen – (The first few sentences repeated for context.  To go directly to the DEF and G, scoll down slightly)

I believe I could take any structure: 1-10, the alphabet, types of cars, types of trees, or names of people and share the principles of Golden Zen thinking as an application to that form.  Golden Zen not a belief structure or set of rules or way to “think” really, it is about a way of “being,” which is always vital and alive.

I am writing nothing new.  I am no guru or spiritual leader.  My intention is simply to take the essence of the concepts I am constantly learning and communicate them with my sense of being or my “take on it,” so that others may find a better understanding of the universal truths for themselves.

I chose the alphabet mainly because we rarely use it as adults.  The idea is playful.

Over time, I will write more on most of these concepts, but for our purpose now, I present this overview of Golden Zen.

Today we continue with the DEF AND G of Golden Zen.

D – Deliberate: I thought of the word “determined”, but as I sat with it, determined is the ego I used to be; Ready to make it happen whenever necessary. Golden Zen is different, it is deliberate.  One could say intentional. To be deliberate implies a choice and a responsibility; an inward commitment that is not swayed by opinion, not even your own. 

E – Ego: We could debate this for decades.  What is an ego?  Is it obsession with good looks or the need to win every time?  Maybe.  More to my point it is what distracts me from who I really am, who I forgot I already had become.  Ego is all about the “form” of being human, or being matter. When Ego was looking for work, he/she applied to be your body guard, and life hasn’t been the same since .  Ego is busy protecting what isn’t real anyway, and prevents you from remembering all that is real.

F – Fascinating: Golden Zen gives you the opportunity to be fascinated.  According to a popular online Thesaurus, here is the definition of fascinate:  “To please greatly or irresistibly.”  Applicable synonyms: beguile, bewitch, captivate, enchant.  When you are aware, aware of the moment, you are often captivated.  You have permission to be bewitched by the smallest diversion.

G – Ginger: It had to be.  Ginger made my Zen, my meditation, my scared moments, my humble seeking, get real.  Ginger changed my world with her unconditional loveGinger demonstrates the moment-by-moment lifestyle.  I am forever grateful.

In the Grace of the Moment,

Harmony

 Photo Credit: www.selfimprovementsites.com

 

The ABC’s of Golden Zen

ABC\’s Of Golden Zen       Enjoy the 3 min audio version of the ABC’s.

I believe I could take any structure: 1-10, the alphabet, types of cars, types of trees, or names of people and share the principles of Golden Zen thinking as an application to that form.  Golden Zen not a belief structure or set of rules or way to “think” really, it is about a way of “being,” which is always vital and alive.

I am writing nothing new.  I am no guru or spiritual leader.  My intention is simply to take the essence of the concepts I am constantly learning and communicate them with my sense of being or my “take on it,” so that others may find a better understanding of the universal truths for themselves.

I chose the alphabet mainly because we rarely use it as adults.  The idea is playful.

Over time, I will write more on most of these concepts, but for our purpose now, I present this overview of Golden Zen.

 A- Awareness: This is not thinking about things.  Awareness is like when you see things you didn’t realize you saw with your peripheral vision.  The police investigator says, “What did he look like,” or “what did you see in the room?”  Unbeknownst to you, you saw a lot more than you thought you did – and it wasn’t with your thinking mind. 
Awareness is about the presence of you behind your thoughts, the sensation you have when you first awake and have no thought.  (Usually, that lasts no longer than a couple seconds)  Awareness is about the stillness you feel on that occasional moment in nature when you forget yourself and are surrounded by, and immersed in, the dense stillness around you.  Awareness is when you experience something for the very first time and you are left speechless, awestruck.  You can actually live moment by moment in awareness.

B- Breath: Our breath is a constant reminder of our Source.  We breathe without thinking about breathing.  Our breath brings a burst of oxygen to our hungry cells and transports our toxic residue outside the body.  Our breath connects us to others.  As we breathe in the air around us, we take in the presence around us, including people.  In fact, the air I breathe today in Vancouver may have been in Hawaii day before yesterday!  Golden Zen practice reminds us to become aware of our breath as often as possible throughout the day, and notice the grounding and centeredness that accompanies a conscious breath.

C- Compassion: Emotional response is not necessarily compassion, sometimes it is just drama.  Pity and “feeling sorry” for someone is a thought and a feeling that may or may not accomplish much.  Compassion as I describe it for Golden Zen is a space around a person/s that allows for the moment to be as it is, the grief or challenge to exist, and yet to remain present with support, no judgments, kindness and room for the next moment to bring fresh “manna.”  (Manna meaning daily bread or provision of what you need when you need it.)  The moment one moves into “this shouldn’t be this way” with the accompanying anger or ignited reaction, we move into resistance and create more suffering.  Compassion is a force to be reckoned with no doubt, but comes from a place of peace and abundance, not drama.

You have your own stories to tell around awareness, breath, and compassion.  We grow from sharing and listening, so feel free to do either.

 In The Grace Of The Moment,

Harmony

Photo Thanks to www.Freephoto.com

What Is Golden Zen?

What is Golden Zen ?

There are no hidden truths, no near death experiences, no hierarchy.
Golden Zen is the name I have offered my spiritual journey and understanding.
It is inspired by a lifetime of “seeking” and the occasional “find”.
It is ignited by the presence of a Golden Retriever named Ginger, who in her unassuming way, is teaching me how to be in the moment.

Golden Zen is a way of approaching life and its events

What can Golden Zen do for you?

Honestly, I am not sure.  I wish I could say it will change your life. 
It has completely altered mine.
What can happen I suppose, is up to you.  I will make no grandiose claims, but I would be interested to hear from you about your experience with the concepts.

Why am I sharing what seems to be an individual experience?

There are many reasons I guess.  I love to write and produce so blogging and producing audio and videos make me happy.  But that is the secondary reason.

The primary reason is because of the Two Birds.

Two Birds is the name I have given to a painting that was given to me over 20 years ago.
A young man named Grant painted it while still in high school.  When he gave it to me, I had no idea that it would be such a lasting presence in my life.  I have never gone without that picture in hanging on the wall in my dressing room.  For some reason, the love he put into his art, is a love I want to enjoy daily.  I have moved several times, and Two Birds has always moved with me.

Grant shared something of himself, and it has made a difference in my world.

I have a telephone in my home.  A. G. Bell gifted me with that, from his own imaginings. My laptop is powered by the ingenuity of Edison, whose curiosity helped to harness electricity.  I wear the efforts of people who work in factories and “sweat” to bring home food for their families.

I propose that who we are and what we give, whatever that is, has inherent meaning and once shared, takes on a whole new life…for someone.

Maybe you might be that someone for Golden Zen.

In the Grace of the Moment,
Harmony

 Photo by http://www.wunderground.com/wximage/viewsingleimage.html?mode=singleimage&handle=4mygirls&number=13  Caption Reads:

This minus 10 degree day is TOO cold for a picnic at this roadside park today but it’s so beautiful I may just sit there in a snowsuit!!

When The Student Is Ready The Teacher Appears

How do we get ready for the solutions we need in our lives?  
 When you find yourself needing a breakthrough of some kind ~ in your love life, finances, state of mind, career or sport, how have you found the lesson or teacher you needed?

www.discoveryeducation.comI have tried several strategies:

1.  My default method is to PLOW ON despite the odds (who needs a teacher anyway?). I think of myself as a survivor, so I will buck up, work hard and try to make someone proud of me. Of course, that rarely produces anything but more stress and suffering.  And in the end, I am not even proud of me.

2. I have taken scores of courses.  I love to learn, and I was quite convinced if I could learn more, I could be the teacher. 

Then I met George. I was 31 and he was 78. I was teaching a course on Leadership.  (God help us all!)

At the break, I went to George and introduced myself.  I wanted to meet this elderly gentleman who appeared so interested in what I had to say.  After some trivial chatter, I broached the subject.  “George, I am curious.  Why in the world would someone like you be in a class on leadership taught by someone less than half your age and basically as green as tree moss about how to lead in tough times?”

He didn’t hesitate.  He took my arm and looked into my baby blues with deep sincerity.  “My dear, when you get to be my age you learn just how much you don’t know.”

I have never forgotten his words.  The teacher was there alright, and just in time.

3. Then I have my practice (Golden Zen).  I expect that if I sense I need something, the teacher is already present.  Usually, I don’t recognize him/her or it right off the bat.  You see, I prefer a sophisticated, rather classy and impressive type instructor, and rarely see that appear in my life.  My teachers are late-night empty gas tanks, windshield wipers that don’t work in pouring rain, incessant loud noises from neighboring condos, cheques lost in the mail, bill collectors, 10 pounds that LOVE my derriere, and men who forget to be affectionate and affirming.  Did I mention my relatives?

My lessons are always present, my teachers are in attendance, if my heart is willing to open enough to see them.

I invite your stories.  Perhaps even now, if you pause, there is a teacher in your life and lessons you’ve learned that would benefit someone else. 

Your students are ready.

In the Grace of the Moment,

Harmony

PS. 

Much to my surprise, I found an eBook that took the practice of ZEN and combined it with the basics of blogging.  Being new to the scene of blogging, and committed to a practice of Golden Zen, it seemed to me to be the perfect find.

“When the student is ready, the teacher will come”. (Who said that first anyway?)

It’s cheeky, imaginative, and informative; a quick read. You can download it at (http://hunternuttall.com/blog/2008/02/free-ebook-the-zen-of-blogging).
Hunter Nuttall’s blog is worth watching.  He is relatively new to the scene also, and offers some good conversation and thought stimulation.

Image generously shared by www.discoveryeducation.com

THE MOON IS TWO FACED!

Nothing is as it seems.

I thought the man in the moon was the moon. 

I have been taught that from childhood.  The moon was always looking at our world and observing, bathing us in shimmering silver and lighting our path in the darkest night.

Now, I learn the moon is two-faced.  The side I don’t see is quite different from my rehearsed image.  Hiding behind, on the side of the moon I can’t see from earth, is a moon without the “deep seas” now filled with lava.

You can learn more about it at: http://www.americanscientist.org/template/AssetDetail/assetid/57068#57065

Does it make the moon any less my lunar friend?  Discovering that I don’t know everything, that I can’t label it as “got the t-shirt,” and realizing the picture is bigger than my natural mind can conceive, is delightful to the Golden Zen mind.

Uncertainty is in fact my friend.  It resides throughout my world of form and inspires me beyond my daily limitations.  There is so much more possible in this moment than I could ever imagine in my limited thinking. 

What seems solid, for sure, absolute, is only an illusion of my mind.  In reality, everything is moving, vibrating, evolving and making my world limitless.

Besides, I have never known a true friend who didn’t have a face most people don’t see. 

Connecting In the Blogosphere

Wow!

The more I wander around the Big “B,” the more facinating it becomes.  There are a lot of great BLOGS out there, and I am “seeing” my thoughts in many other voices.

Years ago, it would have upset me to think someone else said what I wanted to say, and said it better than I could.  Now, (maybe it’s the age thing!) I enjoy knowing that I am thinking the cosmic thought of those living in awareness.  We may say it differently, but we are coming from the same source.

Speaking of source, I found a great spot to learn about different blogs that enhance a spiritual journey.  You may want to check it out: besides he writes some great content! 

I have not checked out the whole list yet, but I have found some great sites from his list and I’m sure I will refer to them in the future.

Lastly, I am aware that at the moment, I may not be writing to anyone in particular but myself.  Yet, I know I am writing to you.  Thank you for searching out my early blogs and know you are always at home.

In the Grace of the Moment,

Harmony

Here is the link:

http://secretoflife.typepad.com/the_secret_of_life/links-spirituality-selfde.html

 

 

Learning To Blog (Zen Style)

I have discovered that blogging, although they say it’s as “easy” as apple pie, is a bit more like a perfect souffle.  (They take years of practice!)

In fact, to have a successful blog is an art, takes dedication, some techie tricks, and time to read and write around the blogosphere. My challenge over the next few months is to write from the present moment and in the moment, all the while knowing that I am probably not tagging right, not pinging properly and not capturing the interest of the search engines. 

I am simply writing.  It’s a choice of waiting to be perfect, Or not waiting at all.   I have decided to experience the learning in front of my readers (if I am so lucky as to have one or two) and stay vulnerable and open to the processs. 

It doesn’t mean I won’t try my best.  No doubt there will be changes made, almost daily for several months, while I am learning.  I look forward to learning from my peers all over the blogosphere and the comments I receive from readers. 

In the Grace of the Moment,

Harmony

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