Zen Musings – The Art of Mindfully Aiming at Nothingness

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Frühlingsornament das an japanische Kirschblüten mit Schnecke erinnert - Cherry Blossom Bordüre LSycr690 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Spring ornament reminiscent of Japanese cherry blossoms with snail. - Hanami - Sakura

Schwarz- & Weißdorn Bordüre L © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: Handgezeichnetes Ornament im Stil von Schwarz- und Weißdorn mit roten und dunkel-blauen Beeren an braunen, stacheligen Zweigen. An dem Ornament sitzen eine braune Schnecke mit zwei roten sowie einem blauen Punkt und eine schwarze Spinne. - Hand-drwan ornament reminiscent of sloe and hawthorn with red and dark-blue berries on brown, spiky branches. On the ornament sit a brown snail with two red and one blue dot and a black spider.

The first time I consciously came into contact with the idea of Zen was when I saw a report on archery on the telly. There, with the greatest care and meditative concentration, people were aiming seemingly into nothingness.


I found this fascinating. Although I could not fully fathom the meaning of this practice at the time, I understood that I had come across an important message, here, which would be revealed to me in due course.

That was many years ago and this idea has accompanied me ever since. Whether the message behind it has been fully revealed to me since then is another matter. But recently I have been able to connect some insights that I have gained in my life with this practice.


Handgezeichnete Frühlingsbordüre im Stil Japanische Kirschzweige mit jungen Blättern. - Japanese Cherry First Leaves_ycr690 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Hand-drawn Spring border reminiscent of Japanese cherry branches with young leaves.

Japanische Kirsche Herbst Bordüre L © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: Handgezeichnetes Ornament im Stil von japanischer Kirsche im Herbst mit rot gefärbten Blättern an braunem Zweig sowie einer braunen Schnecke mit drei roten Punkten. - Hand-drwan ornament reminiscent of Japanese cherry in Autumn with red coloured leaves on brown branch as well as a brown snail with three red dots.

In life, we usually wish for the best result, the best outcome for an event or situation. And often we have an idea of what the very best should look like. But rarely do we have an overview of all the factors that play into such a situation. Therefore, we basically cannot know in advance what the best thing is and what it looks like. Often, if at all, it can only be seen in retrospect and many a time we may realise that this best thing looked quite different from what we had imagined or wished for.


The thing is this: we have no influence on the actual outcome of a situation. The only thing we can influence is our contribution to it. All other factors – and there are usually many of them – are out of our hands.


In addition, our idea of what the best outcome should look like may not correspond to the actual best outcome. So, if our behaviour is now geared towards the idea of a certain outcome rather than allowing the best possible flow of life, we may be more likely to block ourselves in some cases, possibly even prolonging distressful situations.


Japanische Kirsche Herbst Früh Separator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: Handgezeichnetes Ornament im Stil von japanischer Kirsche im Herbst mit rot gefärbten Blättern an braunem Zweig sowie einer braunen Schnecke mit drei roten Punkten. - Hand-drwan ornament reminiscent of Japanese cherry in Autumn with red coloured leaves on brown branch as well as a brown snail with three red dots.

Japanische Kirsche Herbst Bordüre L © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: Handgezeichnetes Ornament im Stil von japanischer Kirsche im Herbst mit rot gefärbten Blättern an braunem Zweig sowie einer braunen Schnecke mit drei roten Punkten. - Hand-drwan ornament reminiscent of Japanese cherry in Autumn with red coloured leaves on brown branch as well as a brown snail with three red dots.

What I can really influence is my stance in life. In Qi Gong, for example, it is about always adopting the stance that offers us optimal balance (between Yin and Yang) and thus enables the best possible flow of Qi (Chi), in other words, of life energy. This stance ultimately leads us to find more serenity in life. And when life energy is in a healthy, steady flow, the result is a healthy, fulfilled and contented life. Contented in the sense that one makes peace with what is.

I believe, this is at least one aspect of the above-mentioned archery exercise that fascinates me so much. Instead of making the outcome the goal, one makes it one’s goal to adopt as stable and healthy a stance as possible and then trusts that this stance will bring one the best possible thing that life has to offer or rather will lead us to.


What I find interesting here is that trust is part of the stance one adopts.


There is something relieving and reassuring about this idea. With it I, at least, can make my peace.


Japanische Kirsche Herbst Spät Separator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: Handgezeichnetes Ornament im Stil von japanischer Kirsche im Herbst mit 2 rot gefärbten Blättern an braunem Zweig sowie einer braunen Schnecke mit drei roten Punkten und gefallenen Blättern unter dem Zweig. - Hand-drwan ornament reminiscent of Japanese cherry in Autumn with two red coloured leaves on brown branch as well as a brown snail with three red dots, and fallen leaves beneath the branch.

Japanische Kirsche Herbst C © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: Handgezeichnetes Ornament im Stil von japanischer Kirsche im Herbst mit rot gefärbten Blättern an braunem Zweig sowie einer braunen Schnecke mit drei roten Punkten. - Hand-drwan ornament reminiscent of Japanese cherry in Autumn with red coloured leaves on brown branch as well as a brown snail with three red dots.
How is it with you? Can you trust life? Have you already had experiences with it?

Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much Love,
Steffi

Winterschlaf Footer © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: Handgezeichnetes Ornament im Stil von einer schlafenden gelb-braunen Biene, einem schlafenden roten Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten, einer schlafenden braunen Schnecke mit gelben Punkten entlang des spiralförmigen Hauses sowie drei Punkten in Violett- und Rottönen obenauf, einem schlafenden braunen Schmetterling mit Flügeln in lila und dunkelrosa sowie einer schlafenden schwarzen Spinne – alle unter einem braunen Zweig mit grünen Fichtennadeln. Der Hintergrund des Schlafplatzes ist dunkelblau mit einem goldenen Stern, der Boden braun mit grünen Fichtennadeln bedeckt. - Hand-drawn ornament in the style of a sleeping yellow-brown bee, a sleeping red ladybird with three black dots, a sleeping brown snail with yellow dots along the spiral house as well as three dots in shades of purple and red on top, a sleeping brown butterfly with wings in purple and dark-pink as well as a sleeping black spider - all under a brown branch with green spruce needles. The background of the roost is dark blue with a golden star, the ground brown covered with green spruce needles.