Subway-work-sleep. Well, it's almost all said. You run the week chaining office hours, presence at work, striving to reach this long-awaited weekend, Friday evening or Saturday which will bring you a temporary respite. Your life is so hectic that sometimes you feel like you've lost track of what you're doing. You even toy with the idea of getting out, leaving, traveling, changing your life, and you may think that's the solution. The bad news is that you'll take the very source of the problem with you wherever you go. All your leaks are therefore more or less doomed to failure. The good news is that it is possible for you not to change your life, but to change the way you live it. To live your life in an awake and joyful way. That makes all the difference. This difference is the practice of mindfulness in Zen, and this is what I would like to share with you.
Zen is universal
Zen… We talk about it a lot, but very few really understand what it is. To be absolutely clear: even though it developed in Asia, it is not an exotic exclusive. Zen is universal. Its reality goes beyond the geographical framework. Its essential practice, common to all schools, is bare, stripped sitting, sitting Zen, often so named in its Japanese way, zazen.
Zen proposes to encounter reality, to joyfully experience its deployment and to participate in it.
Zen proposes to live one's life freely, to encounter reality, to live its deployment joyfully and to participate in it. And there is no need to shave your head and make long stays in monasteries or long retreats. You can start where you are, with what you are, whatever you are. In fact, we are going to use this reality which is yours as a way and a path. Because that's all you have, and that's more than enough. You will have to trust yourself a little, open your mind and your body to the possibility of living this follow-up that you dread so much. Tame your life, recognize your path in your life