10 + Zen Ideas For You To Try Today

Welcome to the “Zen” section of The Daily Meditation. In this section we look in depth at Zen, including:

  • Zen meditation techniques.
  • How to haven a Zen attitude in your everyday life
  • How to have a Zen living space, including a Zen garden,
  • and more.

Here are some of our most popular Zen articles:

Zen Meditation Technique: Perhaps the most important thing to know about Zen is how to do Zen meditation techniques. I love Zen meditation. And I want to share my passion with you. That’s why I’ve written an in-depth guide to Zen meditation technique.

How To Live In The Moment: Zen is all about living in the moment with “present moment mindfulness”. This is a positive attitude that I would like to help you to create in your own life. Take a look at my guide to Living In The Moment.

Zen Garden Meditation: Have you ever been to a Zen garden? They are fabulous, relaxing places that are perfect for meditation. And you can design one for your own home. Take a look at my guide to Zen Garden Meditation.

How To Create A Garden Meditation Area

I simply love the energy in a beautiful garden. And one of the best ways to make your garden even better is to create a garden meditation area. A garden meditation area is a relaxing space in which to practice meditation. If you have read my guide to making your home more Zen and creating a meditation space, you’ll know my thoughts on space. Space contains energy can help us or harm us. And when we are on the pathway to enlightenment and trying to evolve our consciousness, it is essential to have the proper spaces in which to meditate.…

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How To Zen Your Home To Make It Relaxing To Be In

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Once you know how to Zen your home, it will be so much easier to relax in your house or apartment. In this guide we'll look at how to make a Zen home. Of course the main benefit of this is sheer relaxation. Relaxing is something a lot of us struggle with. I personally find it difficult sometimes to de-stress. And the sad truth of it is this: One of the main causes of stress is your house or apartment. Of course, we love our homes.  But clutter, mess, and just plain bad decor can cause bad moods, stress, and the…

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Best Zen Books For Beginners To Read In 2019

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 In this guide I'll be sharing with you all the best Zen books for beginners to read in 2019. Buddhism has become highly popular in the past 50 years. Today, there are hundreds of books about Zen Buddhism and the philosophies therein.  Picking the best Zen book is not an easy feat. As a meditation teacher and author, I am often reading publications on Buddhism, spirituality, meditation and related topics. I'll be honest. Some of them suck. Then you get those titles that are okay, maybe worth a read but not worth buying. And then you get the very best…

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Loving Kindness Meditation Script, How-To, Benefits 2020

The Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation Script (Metta meditation script) is a prayer (or simply words) that we use for developing kindness and compassion. It is one of the most important Buddhist meditations for beginners.  So, what is Metta Bhavana? Metta Bhavana (Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation) is a technique with which you can create feelings of love and kindness, warm feelings that make your inner world a place of compassion. It is used by many famous meditation teachers (especially popular of late is Sharon Salzberg's metta meditation).  It is a script or "prayer" that we recite either out loud, in thougths,…

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Best Meditation Music Ever – Chosen By A Meditation Teacher

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In this list of the best meditation music I will be sharing tunes from all over the world, chosen by me, a meditation teacher and musician for more than 30 years (Hi.). We will look at all the best meditation music of different styles, including Zen meditation music, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and more. And we will look at how these sounds helps with sound healing I love anything musical. And I love sharing my passion with other people. But there is one funny thing about meditation music: You cannot listen to these tunes while meditating. It is impossible. You can…

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How To Create A Meditation Room At Home
A beautiful Zen meditation room will help you to relax and unwind and to focus when meditating. There are many different types of meditation room.

How To Create A Meditation Room At Home

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In this guide I am going to share my best ideas for home meditation room decor. I'll show you how to design a meditation room you can relax in so your home will be more Zen.  If you're a proud home owner who loves meditating, you are going to get so much out of this guide. You'll learn: How to create the perfect space so you can meditate in your home. How to make a meditation room  Ideas for decor of your Zen room Design tips Room styles   What colour the room should be What the most important items for…

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7 Techniques Of Buddhist Meditation For Beginners [With Scripts]

There are lots of different types of Buddhist meditation techniques for beginners to learn. In this tutorial on Buddhist meditation, I will guide you through all the most importance practices, and their scripts and benefits. As a meditation teacher, I have helped many people to learn Buddhist meditation techniques, and today I will show you how to meditate like Buddha. These techniques are also the Tibetan meditation techniques, Tibet being the home of Buddhism, where it is the dominant religion. Essentially, Buddhist meditation is about learning to understand how the mind works. One of my favorite things said by Buddha…

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6 Best Meditation Cushions, Pillows, Mats For 2020 [Zafu / Zabuton]
Choosing the right meditation cushion is important to your practice. Your meditation cushion should be comfortable and provide good support for your posture. Read our guide to the best meditation cushions below.

6 Best Meditation Cushions, Pillows, Mats For 2020 [Zafu / Zabuton]

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In my list of the best meditation cushions to buy, you'll find Zafu, Zabutons, pillows and mats to use for meditation and yoga  If you're a serious meditator, you really need to buy a good Zabuton (meditation mat), Zen meditation pillow [zafu] or cushion. Why? Because a good meditation seat will massively help your practice.  Zen meditation pillows help you to have the correct sitting posture. This helps you to focus and also reduces the chances of knee and back pain. Those are the two main benefits of buying a Zafu and Zabuton meditation cushion set. They help both body…

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How To Do Zen Meditation Techniques Like Zazen

Did you know that there are different types of Zen meditation techniques, the main being Zazen meditation? Each of the different types of Zen meditation has different benefits, so it is worth trying all of them. Zen meditation techniques are a variety of Buddhist meditation that are used by both beginners and masters. In this guide to Zen meditation techniques you'll learn how to do Zazen and other methods, along with the benefits, hand positions, sitting postures and the benefits. What are Zen Meditation techniques? Naturally, Zen meditation techniques they stem from the Zen Buddhist tradition. Zen is a school…

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11 Best Hobbies For Mental Health / Happiness—The Benefits!

There are so many benefits of hobbies for mental health.The best hobbies relax you, make you happy, and can even prevent or cure problems like anxiety and depression. Not only are hobbies one of the best ways of exercising the brain, they can even stop mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and stress. Is it any wonder mental health problems are on the rise while hobbies are in decline? Only a few decades ago, we were all spending our evenings doing things like dancing. It was common for couples to go dancing, for friends to go bowling, and for families…

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5 Non Religious Meditation Techniques For Atheists And Agnostics

Yes, there are non religious meditation techniques for atheists and agnostics. And no matter what some hardcore religious people might try to tell you, you have just as much right to practice any type of meditation as anyone else has. whether you're atheist, agnostic or, well, anyone else. As a mindfulness teacher I've taught non religious meditation to atheists and agnostics for years.  Best non religious meditation techniques For Atheists   In my big guide to different methods of meditation I revealed all the top techniques in the world.  There are five excellent non religious meditation techniques atheists and agnostics will…

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Ultimate Guide To Zen Gardens / Japanese Rock Gardens

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In this tutorial we will look at how to make a Zen Garden (Japanese Rock Garden) at home. You'll learn the benefits of rock garden landscaping, how to use them for meditation, and how to tend to your sand / gravel in a mindful way. If you love DIY and Zen, you will also definitely want to read my article How To Make A Meditation Space At Home. There are many benefits of rock garden landscaping. It is about so much more than just the landscaping. The are health benefits of rock garden landscaping include the fact that relieves anxiety,…

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121 Buddhist Proverbs To Share With Your Friends [Quotes List]

Buddhist proverbs are truly inspiring. In the Buddhist quotes below you can see all the wisdom of Buddha. Over the years, many beautiful minds have spoken or zenwritten about the Zen way of life. Eckhart Tolle. Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield… and all the other spiritual gurus [READ: List of the Best Spiritual Gurus]  While I was beginning my own journey to Zen, I fell in love with these teachers and their inspiring Buddhist quotes.  It was a moment of great personal development. And like the roots of a plant that need water, my mind needed inspiration in order to…

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What The Buddhist Mara Demon Teaches Us About Life And Attachments
Art of Buddhism's mara demon

What The Buddhist Mara Demon Teaches Us About Life And Attachments

Do you know the story from Buddhism of the mara demon and Buddha? It is a Buddhist teaching that is all about freeing your mind To free your mind you need to know how to stop what Buddhism calls the Mara (demon) from controlling you. Just like how Buddha stopped Mara. While the Buddha was trying to find enlightenment, the Buddhist Mara demon tempted Buddha with visions of beautiful women who were Mara's daughters [1]. The temptations stopped Buddha from achieving absolute enlightenment, just as temptations and attachments stop you and I from becoming enlightened.  [READ: How To Achieve Enlightenment]…

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Ultimate Guide To Zen Walking Meditation (Script & Instructions)

In this tutorial we will look at the Zen walking meditation, script and instructions. Zen walking meditation is a traditional form of Buddhist mindfulness that offers many health benefits. The process is very simple to understand, we simply apply the core concept of mindfulness to the process of walking. We focus the mind on the movement of walking. This increases the mind-body connection, heightens mindfulness, and boosts our mental well-being. Let's take a look at Zen walking meditation technique and the many physical and mental health benefits that it offers. Or, if you're new to Zen, get started with my…

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