Dear Students and Friends,
On this Passover and Holy Week I was mediating on the idea of why we allow ourselves to make excuses for our actions or our in-actions.
When it comes to this Resurrection of Jesus Christ week I feel excited as a Christian that Jesus miraculously rose from the dead and I want to celebrate!
Then I just have to ask myself Why did this awesome man Jesus have to die at all? The answer as told in the Christian belief system is that it was for our sins.
Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus once more began to describe everything that was about to happen to him in Jerusalem. “When we get to Jerusalem,” he told them, “the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die and hand him over to the Romans. They will mock him, spit on him, beat him with their whips, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.” (NLT)
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
English Standard Version (ESV)
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
Skeptics question this beautiful story of the resurrection that it was passed down through accounts and perhaps that is not what happened.
As a Christian, I believe that the story passed down is true as was experienced by the followers of Jesus at that time.
These followers were saddened by the death of Jesus but their spirits became renewed when they saw him alive again.
Thus began the Easter tradition of celebration.
I feel it is important to distinguish that although skeptics have a right to their thoughts that without belief we have no hope in life. Hope comes from belief. Belief stems from witnessing.
Love, faith and hope will get you through in life.
As a Christian I believe that we are Judged by our maker when we depart this life time.
If that is true then I sure hope that whomever is called to account for what they witnessed of my life that they have good things to report in, wouldn’t you hope the same for yourself?
So the question is then why do we make excuses for what we do or fail to do and why do we blame others or circumstance as part of that process?
Studying the Zen we learn to not follow that path. We learn that excuses are just that “excuses”. The path to enlightenment is not a smoothly paved sidewalk. No, it requires self control and the ability to see the bigger picture. Zen practices are probably some of the hardest things I have chosen to do in my 44 years on this earth.
You know life would be grand if we did only what we wanted to do each day but then think about it if we all sat around doing whatever we wanted to then perhaps nothing would be getting done.
Life is not easy, it is not meant to be as such. We are put here for many reasons and we need to figure out what that is as part of the process on our journey. This is hard, people newsflash “Life is Hard, get over it,challenge yourself”.
I challenge you to try some of these Zen Habits with me and see where it leads you to spiritually.
1)Make your to do list
2)Ask yourself what is making you not follow those items on that list
3)Let go of expectations and instead embrace reality so you can start doing the items on the list
4)Set your intention for items on the list but don’t think about the possibilities of failure
5)Embrace all that is hard
6)Do one thing at a time (Warning this one is not easy for Type A!)
7)Mental/Stretch break after each task
8)FOCUS no mind wandering allowed,no daydreaming stay on task
9)Be thankful for what you already have
10)Lean and Grow by embracing each of these steps
I promise you if you follow these habits (no I did not say Rabbits, okay bad Easter week joke). Seriously, just try this process soon after you will find your already on your way to Zen
What a wonderful way to live your life congrats!