Thursday, February 1, 2018
How Zen Can Heal
When it comes to self-healing, there is a close connection between the body, the mind, and the soul. You cannot heal the body without healing the mind or the soul. In other words, at different levels, religion, philosophy, and science all play a pivotal role in the healing process. And Zen can heal at all these levels.
Zen is a way of thinking that has been practiced in the
for thousands of years. It is not a religion, but it is spiritual. Zen
encourages opening of your mind, and thus allows you to be more receptive to
the spirituality of Zen. In this way, you may also become more open to the
spiritual healing associated with Zen.
Zen is a philosophy of living. As such, it embraces eternal truths (e.g. the Eight Noble Truths), and intrinsic human values (e.g. compassion and loving-kindness). These truths and values form the foundation of emotional healing of the mind and wellness of the soul. When you are forgiving, loving, and compassionate, you heal your mind and your soul. Zen changes the way you look at yourself and others. Zen focuses on the present moment. Zen living may eliminate many of your everyday problems and the stress resulting from them, not by avoiding them but by accepting and dealing with them.
Zen focuses much on meditation. It is practical and easy to incorporate. Zen is easy to acquire and assimilate: all it requires of you is your willingness to open yourself to experience and to practice meditation consistently. Medical science has already vindicated the health benefits of medication and its salutary effects on the body, the mind, and the soul. Through meditation, Zen can heal the body, the mind, and the soul
To conclude, Zen can heal at the philosophical, spiritual, and scientific levels.
Start Zen: Zen meditation is an invitation to a new life—a new life where you can appreciate yourself and others around you without the stresses of modern existence. Zen is a way of living, feeling and thinking that focuses your energies on the present, rather than your worries, anxieties, fears and anger.
Copyright © 2018 by Stephen Lau