Living Zen – Simple Living

living zen - kung fu panda 2 and the art of simple living

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I just recently saw the new movie Kung Fu Panda 2. A splendid movie full of expert artwork and animation, and it really continues to show how

Dreamworks puts not only their efforts into their 2 movie a year masterpieces but about their care of the message that revolves around their movies. Kung Fu Panda isn’t just about a warrior who vanquishes evil but the process in which it is to see ultimate truth or to obtain as the movie says, “inner peace.”

It may be an eye opener to some that inner peace isn’t just something one can work at, although it appears this way, its about acceptance and seeing of what is there, not about harboring hurtful memories, but to let them be free. There is nothing about inner peace that says that the road to it will be beautiful in glorious, and for some its the complete opposite, it is truly the feeling of losing everything in order to gain everything. This actually isn’t a process however, although the humans thought sees it as so, and no one actually loses anything, and there is no one to lose it.

Living Zen – Who Am I

This question comes up a lot in Kung Fu Panda, and with good reason, as it worth looking into where the question is even coming from perhaps. If we don’t know who or what we are, then how do things ever make sense. Of course the minds job is to give meaning to everything so it will put up many different structures to avoid the question.

The Who Am I question and the What is Zen question seem to be the same question, as they lead to the same place. Zen is Zen and I am I. These things at their more intellectual core are just thoughts, and in reality or truth, they exist as thoughts and are real as thoughts. There is absolutely nothing more to them, however these things lead into something more captivating, and that is, well is these are thoughts then what am I? We find out that there is no I other than the reality that even the I is a thought so then what is there?

All of these things are motions in existence, all within it, all encompassing, so there is nothing there, but everything resides within it.

Zen and Inner Peace

This is where inner peace comes in, it’s seeing things for what they are, not for what is thought of what they are. Not the preferential treatment of the “me.” There are a million and one ways to describe any one thing, but until you see it, you won’t see it. It’s not outside of the scope, never was, and it has always been under your nose. Inner peace doesn’t dictate the good and the bad and only leave the good, in fact, it leaves nothing there to grasp onto. There is no good or bad, there just is in its entirety. The acceptance of the wholeness of everything just as it is. 

Zen isn’t about what it should mean, or what philosophies are based around it, or how it should be taught, or how someone should act when going down a particular path (there actually is no path, because there is nothing to take a path), but the bare essential, what is there. It can’t get any more simple living then knowing that there is nothing pulling the strings but life being lived for the sake of life. Don’t be afraid, that’s its job, it cannot be anything other than what it is.

If you would like to see what living zen is like for yourself, there are good insights on Takuins blog post on reminding people to just look.


Nick Myers, a 28 year old serial blogger. Also minimalist, zen participant, philosopher, author of Emotional Alchemist, and tea disciple. I am one who sees a potential lesson in every experience in life. Life is who we are and life is our ultimate guru. I seek to bring us together through our own shared experiences. And hope to not only learn deeply who I am but to learn deeply who others are by dropping my ideas from moment to moment about you.

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4 comments on “Living Zen – Simple Living
  1. msayers says:

    “…it cannot be anything other than it is.”

    Yup! So absurdly impossible. Facts is facts, and this is it! Yaay!

    (Whuddup, Nick?) 😉

  2. zenkitties says:

    nada much mike!

    Just getting back on the blogging, and trying some new tricks out with it. I just recently did an online course on SEO (Search engine optimization) so i’m see how well it effects websites. Trying to gain some more tools to hopefully add value to my resume, and hopefully get either something fool time or have enough knowhow to do some web design from home and make some munnies! At least this is the story right now.

    How about you buddy, how is everything on your end? =]

  3. msayers says:

    Yeah, might as well try to make some do-re-mi while you’re at it, huh? Good for you!

    E’rythang’s grrrrreat! HOT, that’s all!

  4. zenkitties says:

    haha mike, i just realized i typed fool time in reference to a job… how funny. Yeah i would definitely like to make enough to move out on my own, so if i can make money while at home and not have to find a typical 9-5 job, that would be awesome. 😉

    Glad to hear everythings going well… the weather has been really nice in Cali however its been incredibly chilly and windy hear during the evenings which is weird for this time of the year!! Beautiful during the day though!

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