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,


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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Athena says:

    Enjoyed the feel of your blog and what you shared. I will be back to check in again.



  2. goldenzen says:

    Thank you Athena. Great to see you here. Please feel free to share your thoughts.

  3. Arkay says:

    More wonderful stuff. Would love to see you do it with trees (I’m an earth, and nature/forests are kinda my thing spiritually). Pets to Ginger.

  4. goldenzen says:

    Ginger receives as much as is given. She has no barriers to receiving…so much to learn from her. Thanks for sharing your affections. I will certainly consider trees in the future.
    Why don’t you give me some names of trees you would like. I will read about them and wait for the right connections to words! Blessings Arkay.

  5. Liara Covert says:

    We can find so much beauty and depth in simplicity. Your approach encourages individuals to move awar from impulses to judge, and compare. Observing is different.

  6. goldenzen says:

    Observing is different Liara. It requires very little effort and produces no stress. It requires presence.
    Thank you for your comment. It is always valued.

  7. Secret Simon says:

    I am in harmony 🙂 with all of this! Something I’ve posted about in the past – and which I know Eckhart Tolle mentions in ‘A New Earth’ – is the idea of looking at things without labeling them. Sometimes our preconceptions – even the name we have given something – can get in the way of true awareness. Like looking at a tree without calling it ‘a tree’. We may experience a lot more than we knew was there.

  8. goldenzen says:

    Thank you Simon for stopping by again. Yes, it’s the labels that keep me thinking the same way about the same things. I was challenged about that the other day, thinking: “What if bills triggered in me the thought of freedom, or abundance or ????” What if I replaced the immediate thought of stress with a magical place. WHO SAYS an unpaid bill is “debtors prison?”

    PS…I am working with this one. If anyone has tips I am all ears!

  9. mergingpoint says:

    Yes, labelling indeed divides the mind and gets trapped into the confinement of concepts. so what is the use of replacing one label with another? may be it can give one a temporary momentary upliftment, but in Truth, it is only deceiving one’s own self.
    the solution is the eternal seeing as it is…..

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