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Henry L. Mencken: „Moral ist das zu tun, was richtig ist, egal was einem gesagt wird. Religion ist das zu tun, was einem gesagt wird, egal was richtig ist“ | Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “Man reist nicht um anzukommen, sondern um zu reisen.” | Charlie Chaplin: “Das Leben ist ein Theaterstück ohne vorherige Probe. Darum singe, lache, tanze und liebe…” | Galileo Galilei: “Man kann einen Menschen nichts lehren, man kann ihm nur helfen, es in sich selbst zu entdecken.”
for me means above all change, to be on a journey. Thrown into an incomprehensible world, sooner or later, we all face some existential questions:
“Why am I here? | What is my nature? | What’s all this supposed to do?”
The path to knowledge is always, after all, a very individual one, which everyone can only walk on their own. If we want to avoid stagnation and encrustation in our views along the way, we must learn the world openly, consciously, freely and never dogmatically. That is why my basic orientation is that of a “free spirit” in the truest sense of the word.
growing up in a Christian tradition opened up to me, also due to the practice of judo sport early first insights into the world of “Eastern philosophies”. The “practice of the ZEN” (ZAZEN) is still an integral part of my daily routine, supplemented by Taiji meditation in motion. Astonishingly, modern sciences, especially the Quantum physics, but also of consciousness and near-death research,real parallels and this process is far from complete.
If you want to get to know the practice of the ZEN, here is a possibility of many:
in ZEN the word is not worth much, since it is necessary to break through the conditionings of conceptual thinking from birth. Nevertheless, there is a wealth of literature and now also “alternative media” on the subject. The temptation to fatten the mind by studying the scriptures is not to be underestimated.
Nevertheless, here are some sources just to arouse interest, no more:
Studying the way means
Studying yourself means
Forgetting yourself means
to be in harmony with everything,
which surrounds us.
White ZEN (diese Interpretation des ZEN gefällt mir am Besten)
One of the lyrics “The whole secret of the ZEN” could actually have been by myself…
My hangover has died. I don’t really know where to go with my grief. I miss him. We buried him in the garden under the plum tree, and I stood next to me all day. The next day I tried not to think too much about the cat falling asleep in front of my eyes, the next day I was all over for it.
Anyway: I have far too much to do, rotate all day and think of work at night rather than the cat. What will tomorrow’s day bring? How do I survive the next few weeks? How can you reconcile the many projects that meet deadlines, play sports – and have time for the family? And what about all that is still close to my heart?
And then there are: the climate, wars and conflicts, terror and refugees, rich and poor, politics and media, pension information and rent increase …
Sometimes I hate meditating
At the moment I often have trouble falling asleep. Then, barely happening, the screaming baby wakes me up. I love this little girl. That I don’t get enough sleep at night: what’s the point? You’re only young once! At some point the next day, however, the sleep deprivation takes revenge: I don’t do my job… And in the evening I lie awake and worry again, still.
There is only one thing I can do while I wait for sleep: get up. Climb to the attic. Sit me on the pillow. And somehow, somehow try to focus on my breath.
There are times when I hate meditating. The time has just come once again. Why? Because I just don’t know why I’m doing this. As if I didn’t have too little time anyway, I sit around silently for at least half an hour a day, trying to let go of my thoughts and thinking about everything that goes through the day. Death and grief, fear and loneliness, work and futility, political and personal, such as the question of whether I should buy a new computer, when I actually totally scare computers… Find.
I don’t become a better person like that.
And then, after a felt eternity, in which even the last birds are silent in front of the window, the dust in the room has sunk a few millimeters deeper into the empty space, whose silence until a few days ago disturbed a cat looking for the cat-knock (or me), just as my pyramid of thought has reached its highest point – i fall through all the conjunctives and imperatives , meanings and longings, through all as and obs and ifs and whys through to the bottom of the facts:
I arrive in the room where I have been sitting for a long time.
I feel my breath going, regardless of any excitement.
I realize that everything is there right now, right here, no matter what I miss and where I’m thinking.
There is a world outside my mind.
“I get on the cushion each day to survive it.”
Neulich hat Brad Warner beschrieben, warum er Zazen praktiziert. In Why I Do Zazen schreibt er:
I’m bitter, resentful, angry, socially awkward and not easy to get to know. When I stress out, I stress all the way out. For me, Zen practice hasn’t been a way to go from well-adjusted guy to All Knowing and All Seeing Master, full of beauty and bliss and rainbows. It’s been a way to keep from going completely off the deep end. … When I sit down on my little cushion in my little apartment each morning and night I know that as boring and silly as sitting there looking at my closet door for half an hour might seem — even to me! — it’s what makes the rest of my life even possible. … I get on the cushion each day to survive it.
Maybe I’m too rational, too sober, too clear- I don’t understand anything. But Zen, like any other spiritual practice, is not a path to a higher, better reality; Enlightenment is nothing more than perceiving that I am not the center of the universe.
There is a world outside my thoughts, beyond my concepts and regardless of my desires. To exercise me in respect and gratitude and humility towards this world is, in my eyes, the whole damn mystery of Zen.)
I would like to highlight a passage from SIDDHARTHA:
“Of every truth, the opposite is just as true! Namely, a truth can only be pronounced and wrapped in words if it is one-sided. One-sided is everything that can be thought of with thoughts and words, everything one-sided, everything half, everything is devoid of wholeness, of rounding, of unity.”
(In his doctrine of the One Spirit, Huang-po explained “emptiness”, the core concept of Mahayana Buddhism, in a uniquely clear and lifelike way. The handed down teachings have thus become a jewel within Zen literature. Like many of the great sages of the world, Huang-po has left nothing written. The Master has always insisted that his word should only work at the moment of speaking. All the more precious are therefore the few collected sayings and traditional dialogues, which are characterized by a unique conciseness. As a master of the rank of Lao-tse, Ramana Maharshi or Master Eckhart, Huang-po joins the lineage of the great spiritual teachers of mankind. His work is one of the classics of spiritual world literature).
especially through the study of Eastern philosophies, which are inevitably closely connected with it, knowledge about the simple monastic life, led me to deal intensively with the topic of nutrition. Details can be found here