Living a meaningful and value oriented life isn't easy.  It involves taking responsibility for our choices and our actions.  It involves looking deeply into who we are and what we do.  As we pay attention to our naked selves, we notice a lot that has gone unnoticed before.  Not everything we see is pretty.  It takes courage to look deeply and bravery is required to take ownership of our thoughts and actions.  It seems so much easier in the beginning to take the easy route--to go with the flow and to live on the surface, but in the end that path is heartless and meaningless.  

In the beginning we can not control our thoughts, only our actions.  The mind seems to be it's own creature, almost separate from what we think of as our "selves".   We just look, noticing.  We see our thoughts, our emotions and recognize them for what they are.  After a period of time these too will change and we see that we are not our thoughts, nor our emotions.  We are something bigger.  We get to choose.

Each moment we choose:


scarcity                         limitations 
                        competition                                              aggression        
WAR                                                              famine                                              disease 
                           lack                                                                            death



compassion                              cooperation         LIFE

                                      HARMONY                         generosity                                      success  

                                                             Acceptance                                  forgiveness   


Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living


  1. Fantastic post, seeing the words associate with fear and love is a good visual reminder of what we need to embrace to have the life we crave.

  2. Very thought-provoking, Dan. I've recently realized that I have developed some "skills" that I thought helped me survive in the environment where I worked for the past 10 years--and they're terrible skills that I'm less than proud of. But the important thing is that I recognize them for what they are and choose to act out of love, rather than fear.