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Q. If a person knows 30,000 words, does this mean that a clump of brain cells knows these words?

A. When a person has 30,000 words input in his computer, can we say that the memory chip of the computer knows these words? If a person knows 30,000 words, this means that he remembers 30,000 imaginary labels that are the symbols of promises amongst and within certain groups of people.

He can be said to have a great ability to accumulate and store the imaginary labels well in his clump of brain cells, which is a kind of storehouse for the labels, and to retrieve them whenever he wants. What matters here is what it is that stores, retrieves and uses the imaginary labels. That is what we Zen practitioners try to know.

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4 Simple Self-Care Rituals That Go A Long Way

For health and wellness you cannot ignore the importance of self-care. Especially those people who spend their live in caring for others or go through such busy schedule that do not get time for themselves, self-care is utmost important. Still there are many people who forget about self-care and spent their lives caring for others. They do not have time for themselves in their priority list.

If you consider self-care is not something that will take much of your time. It is a series of small activities that when followed on regular basis will do good for both your mental as well as physical health.

Have a solid skincare routine

You may not have followed it till date but with a solid skincare routine during morning as well as evening you will find changes in your skin as well as your confidence. The best part of it is that for this you will not require costly products for caring your skin. Follow simple regime of cleansing and then apply a good moisturizer. It will do magic. You may apply jojoba oil to your skin and see the changes. It will rejuvenate your skin and nourish it.

Remember to drink water

Self-care is not only about taking acre of your skin, its taking acre of yourself. Just remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. When you drink regularly your body stays hydrated and that does the magic for your body. If you want to drink cold water then keep an insulated bottle along with you. In case you do not like the taste of plain water you can add some juice to the water. The idea is do whatever you wish but make sure you keep your body hydrated.

Spend some time in nature

Nature has its own healing property and when you stay with nature you will surely feel fresh. If you are privileged enough to stay near a park, woods or some green place make it sure that you go for a walk every day. Even if walk for ten minutes amidst nature full of greenery your mind and body, both will feel fresh and energized. Make it a routine to walk in the woods or whatever green place you have in vicinity every day, if not possible for longer period then only for ten minutes but do it.

Allow yourself a good bedtime routine

Another way to practicing self-care is getting a good night sleep. Thus, when you head to your bed make sure that you have a good bedtime routine there. Your bedroom is the place where you relax, thus make sure you do that properly. In the morning after you wake up make your bed. It is not only a god habit but brings in positive vibes for the whole day. Similarly, before going to bed make sure you do not bring in work along with you. Keep all electronic gadgets away from your bed and enjoy your bed as the place to relax and not a  place to think about the world!

Self-care doesn’t mean you wills pent hours for yourself. It is spending some quality time for yourself that will keep you happy and make you feel fresh, every day.

 

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Jinfeng Holds Up a Pillow

One day Jinfeng held up a pillow and said, “People call this a pillow. I say it is not a pillow.”

A monastic said, “Master, what do you call it?”

Jinfeng held up the pillow.

The monastic said, “If so, I will practise accordingly.”

Jinfeng said, “What do you call it?”

The monastic said, “A pillow.”

Jinfeng said, “You have fallen into my pit.”

Student: “How would you have responded if you had been in the monastic’s shoes?”

Master: “I would have snatched the pillow from the master and hit him with it.”

Student: “Why did the master say that the monastic had fallen into his pit?”

Master: “Because you have fallen into his pit.”

Commentary:

He who is addicted to staying in a pit is prone to forget his situation.

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The Energy In Your Household

While absorbing things around you there are many things that will come across. Like, when you are living with your family, you can find that different energies are there and they affect your family too. Want to learn about them more then read on

Negative focused energy

Negative energies may be surrounding you in your house without even knowing about it. There is no fixed variety for it; you may encounter them in different forms. While for some it may be just severe for others it may be abusive. You do not know how you come across it. Sometimes you may have grown up in an environment where there were constant conflicts. It may have permeated into you!

The trick to avoid this situation is not letting the negative energy touch you. Its easy being said that done but you can do it if you focus on positive things around you, of course outside your home.

Ambivalent Focused Energy

Similar to the above energy this energy too can manifest in the family in different ways. As it is not actively negative it is good to raise children in this environment. It’s mainly because you should not do anything in any extreme condition. Having different emotional situations with your family, be it your spouse or children may not be that good, but compared to the negative energies it is much better. It is always best to do everything in a meaningful way so that you can give your children the environment they need to grow up.

It’s true that there is no particular good time where you can continue to live, but still having an environment that is benevolent will surely give you everything that you require for your growth.

Positive Focused Energy

Its positive and its good! Everything around you will be comfortable starting from food, shelter to benefits of hygiene. Whatever you are a child in the family or their parent you will love everything around that is so organized and positive. You will learn to stay healthy, enjoy your meals and the time the family members spend with each other.

This can be better understood with an example where the children get the perfect parent who cares for each other. This care is showered upon the children and other family members too. When everyone is healthy and share moments with each other, the energy flowing in the house becomes perfectly positive.

To end the note

Life has so much to teach and there is no end to learning. There can be numerous situations where these energies that play in any household is well explained. If there are negative ones try to change in and bring some changes. Whatever role the adults play in any household has huge impact on their children. They bear the same thing and if everything is not well taken care of then you will run into situations which are not good for your children. Its true energy of a household may not be positive but at least work hard so that negative energies are removed.

 

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Rinzai 80

There are people who select one single phrase which is half hidden, and half revealed, and from that doubt is born. So, they search heaven and earth, run around asking others and keep themselves busily occupied. But the man who has nothing further to seek does not pass his days arguing about ruler and robber, this and that, is and is not, form and essence, and other vain propositions.

Commentary:

‘One single phrase which is half hidden, and half revealed’ means a koan, Zen question, which is often explained as being half hidden and half revealed, since we cannot grasp what it means by accepting it just as it superficially seems and sounds, that is, by interpreting it literally. That is why those who try to understand the one single phrase by following words and forms cannot do so, even though they ‘search heaven and earth, run around asking others and keep themselves busily occupied’. They should grasp that which is beyond what their eyes and ears meet. ‘The man who has nothing further to seek’ implies the true-Self that we are looking for. We should remember that the true-Self we are anxious to see is always with us and at leisure all the time, even when we are busy searching heaven and earth, running around asking others.

Student: “Who is the man who has nothing further to seek?”

Master: “He is with you now but not asking me.”

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6 Meditation Lessons For A Peaceful Life

Life should be peaceful and sometimes it may seem tough to stay at peace. Its then you need different approaches that will help you regain your peaceful mind and need not to mention that meditation is one of them.

Take a holistic approach

In order to achieve true peace you need to respect the act of discipline, both during meditation and while at non-meditative state. It is necessary to refrain yourself from intoxicants or even try to kill a tiny insect. These practices may seem simple but they help you stay mindful. These small things will bring in changes that are worth mentioning in the long run.

It’s your choice, whether to control or peace

If you want to control everything you must be aware of the stress and anxiety that you go through. By doing meditation you can get peace at its best, your mind will be at rest and your soul controlled. Still it is necessary to understand that you should not try to control meditation, you will lose your peaceful mind.

It’s best that you take responsibility of what you can control without trying to control everything. If your mind is agitated it will not able to cope with things as your peaceful mind will.

It’s all about equilibrium

Two important thing in meditation is Sati that is awareness and Sabai that is physical and mental relaxation. It’s your task to maintain balance between the two as too much sati will make you eager and too much sabai you let you fall asleep. In life too, it is important to maintain a perfect balance between everything and stay peaceful.

You have the right to reset

You may be entangled with distracting thoughts and spending time on resisting them. Instead try to reset them and start afresh. You may be thinking that this way you will be starting from scratch but it will give you peace of mind. There may be some wrong decisions in life. Instead of living with them start new and leave them behind, life will be peaceful.

Keep an open mindand be innocent

Every experience is different be it of life or meditation. It’s true that you can prepare or practice something but you are not sure of the outcome. Thus, it is necessary that you maintain your innocent mind that will accept things openly.

What hurts most in life is the difference between your expectations and the behaviour from other people. If you can develop an innocent mind you will find that you can find life as it is and not the way you want it to be.

Practice beats theory on any given day

Just like anything else, in meditation too you will require constant practice. Maintaining act of discipline is good start but it is a start. In order to achieve peace and mindfulness you have to practice hard, really hard. Any expert be they from the field of politics, acting or athletes will let you know the endless hours they have spent for practicing.

 

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I have a bitter feeling, resentment against my parents.

Your resentment against your parents is not towards them but towards yourself. It results from the idea that your current unsatisfactory situation is due to your parents. You are blaming your parents for what you are. If you attribute what you are to your parents, why don’t you think instead that your current situation is less poor, or less disadvantageous than it could otherwise have been thanks to your parents?

Buddhist teaching is that everything is neutral and that whether it is advantageous or disadvantageous depends on how you see it. In other words, what is more important than whatever situation you are in now, is how you accept it. It is up to you whether you will keep detesting them or not.

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Deep Focus Music: Alpha Waves For Easy Study, Concentration, and Focus


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Can deep focus music help you study, concentrate, and focus? Some people need complete silence to be “in the zone” of focus, others can’t focus without some type of heavy metal music playing. Maybe you are somewhere in between buy having a light background of white or brown noise. Others will need deep focus music […]

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Yangshan Chanting the Sutras

One day when Yangshan was a novice, he was reciting a Sutra. Shaozhou said, “Yangshan, your chanting sounds like weeping.” Yangshan replied, “This is how I do it, Master. I wonder how you would do it.” Shaozhou just looked around. Yangshan said, “If you chant like that, how is it different from weeping?” Shaozhou was silenced and walked away.

Student: “Why did Shaozhou just look around when he was asked how he would chant the Sutra?”

Master: “He showed how to chant the Sutra.”

Commentary:

Reciting what is not written in the Sutra is true chanting.

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Rinzai 79

The master addressed his monks, “What students of the Way need is to have self-reliance. Do not search for anything outside, for all is idle dust, and you cannot discern the false from the true. Even if there are patriarchs and Buddhas, these are only the traces in the Teachings.”

Commentary:

Students of the way, practitioners who seek enlightenment should have firm belief that enlightenment is within, not without their minds. If we try to find it outside, we come to follow forms and sounds, which are all illusions because we cannot distinguish the false, illusions from the true, the true-Self. We should not be attached even to patriarchs and Buddhas, which is also to be deluded by illusions because they are no better than kinds of expedient in the Buddhist Teachings. That is why ancient masters would warn their students, “Even if hundreds of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas appear, you should never be tempted to follow them.”

Student: “If hundreds of Buddhas are not the true-Self, what is the true-Self?”

Master: “The Buddha.”

Student: “What do you mean? You said that the Buddha is not the true-Self.”

Master: “I mean that not the Buddha, but the Buddha is the true-Self.”

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