Probability, Chance, Random
10 principles of zen
This first principle is about committing to “checking in” and maintaining conscious awareness of your internal experiences.
We are cultivating the ability to tune into sights, sounds, physical sensations, thoughts and emotions that are occurring in the present moment.
We are acknowledging the present reality without fighting
it or trying to change it.
The mindset we will cultivate during our breathing practice is that of curious interest and attentive observation rather than evaluation or judgment.
It is not always necessary to understand the origins of an experience or a reaction in order to come to peace with it.
We allow ourselves to experience the sensations, thereby cultivating tolerance for things that are uncomfortable.
This concept is initially quite foreign to people who have developed a habit of self-criticism, but it can be powerfully healing when one learns to breathe fully into an attitude of self-compassion.
Rather than chastising ourselves to let go and change, we gently invite openness to new possibilities. Forcefulness creates resistance, invitation engenders willingness.
Understanding the above concepts can be enlightening and inspiring. However, until these notions are put into practice, it’s merely an entertaining intellectual exercise.