Living Zen: A Practical Guide to a Balanced Existence Kindle Edition by Seth Zuihō Segall PhD (Author)

Living Zen: A Practical Guide to a Balanced Existence by [Seth Zuihō Segall PhD]In college level religion classes I learned a bit about Buddhism.  I also live near a museum that values Buddhist culture.  While I cannot visit there now, I have good memories about spending time there.

For these, and other reasons, I very much appreciated receiving a copy of this book from Callisto publishing in exchange for an honest review.  I found this title to be very well, yet simply, written.  The author’s intentions are clearly laid out and he guides his readers most capably.

This title is interesting because, in addition to describing Zen, there are sections on its practical application in daily life.  There are scenarios for work situations, traffic jam frustrations and more in which ways that practicing zen may be of help.

I highly recommend this title.  Especially now, as we all start to feel frayed, the zen philosophy is most needed.

From the publisher:

Find out how to live Zen every day:

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Zen, zen buddhism, inspirational books, self care, buddhism

Zen, zen buddhism, inspirational books, self care, buddhism

Calm yourself through meditation

To do zazen, assume an open, upright sitting posture. Your ears, shoulders, and hips should be aligned, your chin slightly tucked, and your eyes partly closed and looking downward in front of you. Place your left hand atop your right hand, palms up, with your thumbs gently touching. Your abdomen should be able to expand and contract freely with your breath.

Foster a sense of serenity

We become peaceful when we stop stirring ourselves up with thoughts of the past and future and dwell in the present. Peace comes when we remember to breathe mindfully, when our mind is focused on what we’re doing right now, and when we adopt a compassionate stance and orient ourselves to helping others.

Apply it to real challenges

We all want to be seen, heard, and responded to in a caring way, but it doesn’t always happen. Whenever Kate tells Maggie about her day, Maggie looks at her phone and says “uh-huh” without making eye contact. Kate feels ignored, unimportant, and invisible.

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