The Values and Principles of Zen  

Zen Meditation

Zen meditation is considered as one of the most effective and efficient relaxation techniques and one of the most popular stress busters for a lot of people. While there’s still debate going on in regards to the benefits that Zen meditation brings, there are a number of research studies that have already been conducted, proving the benefits that Zen meditation has, both for our body and our mind.

But let’s face the facts. It’s undeniable that Zen meditation is a great way to relax the mind and allow our imagination to exercise itself. But what are the principles and values does the practice of Zen meditation observes? Here are just some that you have to know when it comes to the essentials of the Zen meditation practice.

A Calm and Clear Mind

The ultimate goal of Zen meditation is achieving inner peace and tranquility. That is why one of the basic principles that Zen meditation stands upon is allowing your mind to be calm and be clear. Throwing away distracting thoughts and focusing one’s thoughts on the mind itself is the way to go in Zen meditation. Achieving a state of mind that’s clear and calm is easier said than done. But with continuous practice of the meditative practice, you can have an easier time to perform it. As your mind clears up and your thoughts start to be calm, that’s when you experience the full capability of Zen meditation.

Counterattacking Bad Thoughts

It’s unavoidable that bad thoughts will enter our minds, even when we’re already meditating. We’re only human and it really happens. May it be an annoying coworker, a regretful gesture to another person or not saying thanks to someone who did something nice, these things may affect your concentration in Zen meditation and prevent you from achieving the state of inner peace and tranquility.

That is why one of the most well-known techniques in Zen meditation is counteracting the bad thoughts. For example, whenever a bad thought pops up into your mind, think of something that can make you smile or happy. With this counteracting of bad thoughts, your mind is slowly getting closer to achieving a calm and clear state.

Throw Away Worldly Desires

This part may seem familiar to you but in Zen meditation, it’s a must. This principle had originated from the beginnings of the Zen meditation itself. As with the Buddhist beliefs coming from Buddha, letting go of the connections or the things that bind us to the material world is important since being bound to the world will not allow your ego to achieve what the mind need which is tranquility. Let go of what you desire and let your mind be cleared from all the temptations. That’s how Zen meditation works.

Focus and Concentration

When it comes to Zen meditation, the steady foundation that serves as its strength is the principle of focus and concentration. Zen meditation requires practitioners to focus their thoughts and throw away the distracting things that may ruin the essence of the meditative practice, hindering the goal of inner peace and tranquility. While it is truly hard to do this, constant practice will allow you to develop the skill. What’s more, this aspect of the Zen meditation brings a great advantage in your everyday life in work or at school since you’re also improving your focus and concentrating ability. That means you can work for a longer time or you can have an easier time studying. Neat, right?

Zen meditation doesn’t need anything else but yourself. With these principles, the meditative practice exercises its power. What are you waiting for? Go and learn Zen meditation now!