The Japanese Zen gardens or Karesansui are some of the most beautiful and exotic gardens. The story of Zen Gardens goes back into the misty beginnings of Japanese culture.
Observe. Observe the actions in your life. Do you base all your actions on doing, rather than being? Is it uncomfortable to simply sit and be you? Do you instead run willy nilly from one task to another project to another thing to do? If so, try stopping for a few minutes each day. Just stop, and sit, and be. If you find this impossible to do, you might want to take another look at #2 above.
Because a suntan is frowned upon, it is not uncommon to see women and men wear garments that cover both their arms and legs. Pale skin is not only sought after, but exposing a lot of skin is viewed as a bit disrespectful as well. Pusan is much more conservative than Seoul and the people who do wear revealing clothes on the beach are either from the capital or from visiting countries. Even though it is slowly becoming more acceptable, if you do choose to wear a bikini be prepared for stares and the infamous pointing of the finger.
Angels are truly universal. The Pew Foundation reported that 72% of Americans believe in Angels. This is a much higher percentage than Americans who believe in any world religion, because Angels are fundamental to most of the world’s major religions. We find them in Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, mindfulness baltimore, Judaism, Mormonism and many other spiritual traditions.
We are already secure, completely secure, but because of our misunderstood and deluded images and perceptions of what we really are, there is the idea that we are in danger both physically, psychologically, and maybe even spiritually. We believe that the physical body is us, and once we buy into that, our problems and fears escalate exponentially. How could anyone ever feel secure trapped in a very temporary, delicate organism that is susceptible to all kinds of dangers seen and unseen, known and unknown?… Securing ourselves is a myth.
Forgiveness does not change the past but will affect our future. Painful thoughts negatively affect our existing and future life in many ways – relationships, job performance, sense of freedom, enjoyment, etc. The overall quality of life will be diminished without it. We are given one life – as far as we know. Do we really want to spend it in pain and suffering? Forgiveness brings us out of the past.
A number of his stories and lessons were things I was able to directly apply to my perception and approach to the constant rising and falling tide of life. Not only will you get a dose of life lessons regarding relationships, living your dreams, self discovery and living modestly, but you will also get a 101 course in Zen Buddhism and meditation-just enough to perk some intrigue.