Zen: a way of life

Zen, a Buddhist doctrine that focuses on the idea that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight, has its meaning spread in everyday life. It has mundanely been used in conversations adhering to the uncluttered way of living. Minimalism is much likely attached to Zen, and this, in common thinking, makes Zen itself defined as nothing more than just living life simply, uncorrupted of worldly wants.

Going back to the concretized life beyond the philosophy of things, it’s just refreshing to live this kind of lifestyle. This doesn’t have to be attributed to religion, or that this should be practiced upon certain rituals and acts to achieve something. This way of living can actually be lived out in ordinary days and in the routine of life even.

Imagine two juxtaposed different possibilities of different situations:

A – You leave home with your bag filled with so many things from planner to pens, from cosmetic “needs” to safety kits, etc.

B – You just have a bag with what is necessary at your destination (e.g. planners and a pen just enough and essential for work.)

A – You ornate your room or house with all sorts of forms, colors, sizes, and themes likening everything to what was shown on TV.

B – You keep everything stable, neat, and soothing using whites, blacks, and earth colors minimizing the decors to what is proportionate, enough, necessary, and essential.

A – You are hungry. You buy everything you think you can eat. You get so filled up.

B – You are hungry. You just eat what your stomach can take up. You feel okay.

A – You travel. You bring all you think is needed from all kinds of lotion and soaps, to extra towels, socks, clothes, or what not. You have a huge piece of luggage.

B – You travel light. You bring what is essential. You assure yourself that what you bring is what is necessary. If anything happens suddenly unexpectedly, you assure yourself again you can adjust and manage. You have a backpack.

A – You have a conversation with a friend. You talk a lot. You express yourself as much as you can. You tire yourself. You at times end up in argument.

B – You have a conversation. You listen. You say what is relevant. You end the conversation feeling light.


There. Zen is a choice. In essence, as can be applied in everyday life, it is simply that way of living in the essentials and necessary. By uncluttering life and taking what is important and essential, things will just work out just fine. By getting into the core of our actions, our choices, and the consequences, by tapping our intuitive abilities to discern and decide, we might actually live a really good life, free of so many of the unnecessary and inessential.


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