Naked Zen

Sentient beings are numberless: I vow to liberate them.

Delusions are inexhaustible: I vow to transcend them.

Dharma teachings are boundless: I vow to master them.

The Buddha’s enlightened way is unsurpassable: I vow to embody it.

  1. It reduces physical stress and body inflammation and thus:
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Improves cardiovascular risk factors
  • Reduces risk of diabetes and heart disease
  • Is now used as a therapy for cancer and heart disease
  • Improves overall mortality
  • Helps regulate our hormones (healthy sex drive, healthy weight)
  • With proper hormonal balance, we eat better and stay fit
  • Decreases our risk of heart attack
  • Decreases our risk of accidents
  • Increases our cognitive ability and problem solving creativity (the more REM sleep the better)
  • Boosts our immune system
  1. It reduces mental stress
  2. It can cultivate a sense of compassion in us and our connections to our surroundings
  3. It reduces the monkey-mind chatter and thus helps us tackle problems we tend to put to the side to deal with “later”
  4. It helps us clear the messy slate of our minds so that we can tackle the day
  5. It helps us work through our own shit
  6. Last but not lease, it helps us stay mindful and in the moment, and thus improves our relationships

3 Basic FA Meditations

  1. The One Breath A Day Meditation — Surely you have time to do this one! The inspiration for this meditation came from Chade Meng Tan, Google Pioneer and author. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, just stop for a second. Stop for a moment in your work or play and clear your mind. For just one moment be conscious of breathing in and breathing out. Take your time. Let it linger. There — you have done your daily meditation exercise! But why is this worthwhile? Because everything in a way starts with one breath, one step, one movement. Even the conscious intention to practice one thing a day is in itself a type of meditation.
  2. The 5 Minute Compassion Meditation — Sometimes we get really caught up in our own heads to the point where we can get incredibly anxious and stressed out. I know I do and I’m sure you do. When it just becomes a little too much pressure to bear, it is better just to stop and take 5 instead of persevering. It is good to forget about ourselves for five minutes, or even a minute if you are really time-crunched. As in the above practice, began by breathing in, and breathing out very slowly and consciously. Conjure up in your mind 2 or 3 people that you know that care about and wish for them to become happy. For 1 to 5 minutes, think about your friend or family or even your dog! I don’t care, just wish them the best of all happiness while you breathe in and breathe out. And when you are done, go onto to your next task with a new sense of compassion.
  3. The 10 Minute Breath Awareness Meditation — Take a moment to get comfortable, on a cushion in quiet place without any distractions. For this meditation, you will want to set a timer so that you know when you are done. I use a simple timer app on my phone, and set it on the floor in front of me before the meditation. I take a few stretches to loosen up my limbs and then I start the timer. For the remainder of the meditation session, I close my eyes and count my breath. Breathe in for 4 counts and out for 6 counts, or find a breath count that works for you. I breathe in, and I breathe out. I do not visualize anything at all, I simply count my breath and feel it leaving me, and feeling it coming into me. Thoughts will pop into my head BOOM! And I will acknowledge them. There they are. They are not me, I am not them. They are my thoughts, and after I acknowledge them I let them drift away and refocus on counting my breath. My breath is all important for 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, I turn off the alarm and take a few more conscious breaths before getting up and going on with my day.

Basic OM Meditation

Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling.

Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.

“Come on, girl” said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.

Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself. “We monks don’t go near females,” he told Tanzan, “especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?”

“I left the girl there,” said Tanzan. “Are you still carrying her?”

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