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Develop a Calm, Peaceful Mind

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Being calm and centered is a reward that comes from practice. It can be learned from a consistent practice of Zen meditation. Reduced to its essence, Zen meditation is the practice of inner peace. And for most people, it must be practiced and learned. Zen is largely the practice of calming and quieting the mind.

Simple Rule: You can train yourself to stay calm and centered by practicing meditation. You learn it by doing it. That rule is consistent and mostly inflexible. And it can be exasperating for some people. The way to get started is to just get started. Do it today.

The inner pathway leads to other life-changing discoveries. One of the first and most important rewards of inner development is the discovery of your self-nature, which is who you are and what you are at the deepest level of your being, all without the masks and delusions created by your conscious thinking mind. Other discoveries along that path include learning your purpose in life, and receiving enlightening experiences.

This wisdom comes from an old monk called Bodhidharma who lived back in the 6th century B.C.E. Through the millennia, his discoveries about about a person’s self-nature have come to be known as Zen.

Discovery of your self-nature will probably be your first experience of spiritual Enlightenment. Knowlege of who you are and what you are is enormously satisfying. While there may be many steps and many experiences of enlightening knowledge, a person who has discovered his own self-nature can be truthfully said to be “enlightened.” Knowledge of one’s self-nature is perhaps the most valued prize on the pathway of inner development.

Zen is not a religion. It is not based on any religious belief although it inherits its meditation practices from Buddhism. Along the Zen path a practitioner might receive spiritual knowledge, which is chiefly knowledge of one’s own human spirit, and then subsequent knowledge received via the human spirit.


What is the meaning of “inner development?” Inner Development is growth and development of the non-physical self, including mental, emotional, and spiritual areas. It’s the pathway of improving yourself at the deepest inner levels, and experiencing higher levels of joy and fulfillment in this life. It really works.

 

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Written by Eduardo Mitchell

December 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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