Zen Presence -What's it about?

Zen Presence is about life.  It is about freeing your self (awareness) from the grips of your ego and all of it's noise, and awakening to what is important in your life.  It is about mindful living, identifying your values, and what adds value to your life.  It is about slowing down enough to experience life first hand. Finally, it is about helping others to do the same - the path of the Bodhisattva.

Here at Zen Presence I share ideas and methods that help to develop happiness, mindfulness, and fulfillment.  In the last five years I have transformed my life from a life of stress, burnout, resentment, and confusion to a life of balance.  I would like to share with you what I have learned along the way.

As long as space endures,
as long as sentient being remain,
until then, may I too remain
and dispel the miseries of the world.

~Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva

You may notice that there are NO BROADBAND ADVERTISING BANNERS on Zen Presence. Mainstream advertising and consumerism go against my values.I do recommend reading materials and audio or programs that I feel may bring a genuine benefit to your life.   Please support Zen Presence in one of the following manners:

1.  Visit my recommended reading page and after clicking on a title, you will be led to Amazon.  If you purchase anything during that visit I will receive a small referral fee.  I only recommend books that have helped me and that I feel strongly about.

2.  Donate using the Paypal button in the left column or at the bottom of the page.

Dan Garner

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Zen Presence - minimalism, simplicity, self improvement, simple living, Zen in modern life.


  1. Hi Dan - Read your comment on my post at thinksimplenow and am very happy to have found your blog! I can't wait to have enough time to really get into it because you and I seem to be on the same page: that the purpose of simplifying is not just the simplicity itself, but the personal growth and development that's able to occur when you finally dig out from under all the physical cr@p! I hope you fared well in the storm. I grew up in Elizabeth City in the 60s and consider coastal NC my home, too. All the best - Kate

  2. Thanks Kate. I visited your site enuffstuff.info Looks great.


  3. Love your philosophy here! Simplicity is the core of true meaningful living. Keep up the great work!

  4. Dan, I love what I have read so far. I'm going to continue exploring your blog. I have just started a blog a few weeks ago in this same catagory. I've been trying to read other blogs that are similar to mine to fine some great content that I can link my readers to. I think I have found that here. Keep up the good work!

    Craig Grimm
    Author of zenchop.com