I had a number of things to do today on a day off. However, I did think to myself yesterday that I would give myself a day of nothing. Nothing to do, no chores, no coffee with friends, no work, no thinking - notta, nope, not gonna, nevermind.
So what I did instead was go to Polymore (which I hadn't been for months) to create a look and feel for doing nothing but relax and be in the moment.
I used the word Zen in my post title and realized that there are probably a number of mutations to what the word really meant, so I looked it up on the handy dandy Wikipedia:
Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that developed in China during the Tang dynasty as Chán. From China, Chán spread south to Vietnam, northeast to Korea and east to Japan, where it became known as Japanese Zen.
Zen emphasizes rigorous meditation-practice, insight into Buddha-nature, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others. As such, it deemphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine and favors direct understanding through zazen and interaction with an accomplished teacher.
Huh? I thought it was all about being at peace with oneself and one's environment. I guess I have a little bit more learning to do.
To share my expressiveness today, this is what I created on Polyvore (when I should have been doing something else: housework, paperwork, etc.)
The one thing I did do was take my dog, Buddy, for a walk. We both enjoyed it.
"My blogging life is basically goalless. I like the zen nature of that, and paradoxically, it improves results."