Zen Meditation: Letting the Chaos Be

Hokusai Wave

“Everything is awake, the sense of an eye like a camera aperture so wide open the edges of it creak with the strain of it trying to open wider. It’s an endless cycle of birth/rebirth, the seed contained in the fruit that falls from the tree and from there another tree grows which creates another seed. No beginning/no end, all forms intertwined with each other to the extent that they are inseparable, bound together in time.”  ~~ small excerpt from Dhamma Footsteps, Postcard #194: New Delhi, by Tiramit

Whenever I seem to be having a really rough time with something this thing happens…  Maybe it is just me being a camera lens,… but fate or some weird yin/yang cosmic energy comes to give me a message.  A thump on the head.  As I deal with some recent experiences and some old / new anger issues and I find myself really down, the universe sends me a gift, a way to perceive and / or proceed.  I just keep reading the beautifully written post, linked above, thinking that it is dead on about the nature of … everything…

Meditation Assignment:

  1. Grab pillow.
  2. Sit or lay.
  3. Relax.
  4. Regulate breathing.
  5. Focus:  Think about these things:  (1) What if our issues / angers have no real meaning?  Then, what if we just let them bubble up, run their course, and recede into the background of the rest of the chaos that surrounds our daily lives.  (2) Issues, angers, problems, etc. are just the nature of chaos, of being in and of the universe.  Like the peace and the serene, they come and go.  All things have their time in the birth and rebirth cycle.  (3) Sometimes (more and more lately) I think that Zen is just as much an illusion as anything else?  It is not so much about being Zen, but being here?  Or just being? What do you think?

See also On the Potential of Becoming.

Artwork by Hokusai.  Post by Monica Gaylor


2 thoughts on “Zen Meditation: Letting the Chaos Be

  1. MomentumMikey March 15, 2016 / 6:17 am

    thanks for the great post! whether you look at the wave and think of it as fractal geometry, morphogentic resonating, life bubbling up, pushing against life like the water pushing against the land mass it approaches- or a thousand other analogies- you have nailed it to what it really is- No ending and no beginning- impermanence- constant change. Thanks for causing me to stop and think today, and ask myself what do I think- so that the chaos can flow without my reacting to it. hope you have a great week my friend. momentummikey 🙂

    • Monica Gaylor March 15, 2016 / 9:41 am

      Thank you for the kind compliment and your poetitic words.

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