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.

 5 Health Benefits Of Rock Garden Landscaping

If you read my guide to making a Zen garden, you might wonder just what exactly the benefits of Rock Garden Landscaping are. After all, the process of making one is totally different to regular old gardening (although I personally love both and find both immensely relaxing). With this type of garden, it’s really not about how beautiful it ends up looking. Instead, the benefit of Rock Garden Landscaping is all in the process of actually making it. It’s not about beauty, it’s not about flowers, and it’s not about functionality [if you’re looking for a really good functional garden…

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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

Once you know how to Zen your home, it will be so much easier to relax at home. In this guide we'll look at how to make a Zen home.  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 home life. Of course, we love our homes.  But clutter, mess, and just plain bad decor can cause bad moods, stress, and the general inability to, you know, chill out. That’s why one of the best ways…

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Best Zen Books For Beginners To Read In 2019

 In this guide I'll be sharing with you all the best Zen books for beginners to read in 2019. Zen has become highly popular in the past 50 years. Today, there are hundreds of books about Zen Buddhism and the Zen mindset. Picking the best Zen book is not an easy feat. As a meditation teacher and author, I am often reading books about Zen Buddhism. Some suck. Some are okay. And then there are the absolute best Zen books in the world. This list of Zen books shares all the very best Zen books that I have personally read.…

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Calm VS Headspace VS Everything–Best Meditation Apps 2019

What are the best meditation apps of 2019? Who wins in a fight of Calm VS Headspace? How about Simple Habit VS Buddhify? Or Insight Timer VS 10% Happier? What is the best free meditation app of 2019? As a meditation teacher I'm naturally pretty darned interested in different meditation apps. Reviews for Headspace, Calm and etc. are all over the internet. But I thought I'd share my opinion as a meditation teacher. There are so many different meditation apps available at the moment. I've been stuck on a perpetual cycle of Download / Install / Meditation / Repeat. So…

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Ultimate Guide To Loving Kindness Meditation [TUTORIAL]

Many years ago, when I learned how to do Loving Kindness Meditation / Metta Bhavana, I gained a key to my personal happiness. And today I want to teach you how to do the same technique.   Metta meditation is is one of the most important types of Buddhist meditation. Of all the different types of meditation in the world, this one will bring you the most joy.  So, what is Metta Bhavana? Metta Bhavana / 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…

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Best Meditation Music Ever – Chosen By A Meditation Teacher

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:  Best Zen music Best Indian meditation music Best Chinese meditation music Best Japanese meditation music A lot of this is online meditation music, but there are some CDs too.  And 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…

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Ideas For Home Meditation Rooms — Decor And Design
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.

Ideas For Home Meditation Rooms — Decor And Design

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 Meditation room styles   What colour the room should be What the most important items…

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5 Techniques Of Buddhist Meditation For Beginners [Tutorial]

There are lots of different techniques of Buddhist meditation for beginners to learn. Many types of Buddhist meditation techniques are not ideal for beginners. They required advanced practice. So even if you are tempted to try all of the 31 major meditation techniques right now, you might want to wait a while.   Thousands of THE DAILY MEDITATION's readers have been inspired by our list of the  100 health benefits of meditation. And it is easy to understand why everyone is so excited about meditation an why so many people are becoming Buddhist [see my big list of celebrity Buddhists].  But there is…

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6 Best Meditation Mats And Meditation Cushions For 2019
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 Mats And Meditation Cushions For 2019

If you're a serious meditator, you really need buy a good meditation mat, meditation pillow or meditation cushion.Thankfully there are lots of good meditation mats / cushions for sale, and in this guide I will show you how to choose.  A good meditation seat will massively improve your practice. Why? It all comes down to posture. When you meditate, you need to have the correct sitting posture. Sitting with good posture helps you to focus. Plus, with good posture you will prevent knee and back pain while meditating. The best meditation pillows improve posture, and this helps both with your meditation…

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How To Do Zen Meditation, Zazen Meditation

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 (Zazen) are a variety if Buddhist meditation techniques that are used by both beginners and masters. In this Zen meditation guide you'll learn how to do Zazen properly so you can experience the benefits for yourself. What are Zen Meditation techniques? Zen meditation techniques are some of the main types of meditation. Zazen meditation are specific techniques that use body positions, hand positions…

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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 on our hobbies. It was common for couples to go dancing, for friends to go bowling, and for families to,…

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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 meditation teacher I've taught non religious meditation to atheists and agnostics for years.  Let me share my top non religious meditation techniques with you.  In my big guide to different methods of meditation I revealed all the top meditations in the world.  There are five excellent non religious meditation techniques atheists…

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How To Make A Zen Garden At Home [TUTORIAL]

In this tutorial we will look at how to make a Zen garden at home.  There is no better place to meditate than in a garden, whether that be a regular garden meditation area or a proper Zen one.[READ: How To Create A Garden Meditation Area].  Imagine if you could step out the front door into beautiful relaxing white sands, where your gardening activity is actually a form of meditation That's what happens when you make a Zen garden..  Let's make it happen By the end And you will know how to make a Zen garden and you might also…

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121 Buddhist Proverbs To Share With Your Buddhist Friends

Buddhist proverbs are truly inspiring. Over the years, many beautiful minds have spoken or written 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 quotes. [READ: Best 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 grow. I took myself to the library. And I took…

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What You Need To Know About The Mara Demon From Buddhism
Art of Buddhism's mara demon

What You Need To Know About The Mara Demon From Buddhism

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, 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]  We…

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Ultimate Guide To Zen Walking Meditation Technique

If you love to walk and are often looking for new places to go, or new ways to walk, you will absolutely love Zen walking meditation. And if you're looking for a relaxing hobby. Well, it really doesn't get any better than this. 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 introductory guide to Zen meditation. "Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it." -- Rumi  Why Do Zen Walking…

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Begin Learning Meditation With This Beautiful Infographic

This meditation infographic shows you how to meditate and also why you should probably meditate every day. Feel free to print and share this infographic. You can meditate any time of the day to promote relaxation and wellbeing and to improve you overall health. Here’s how to meditate at any time during the day and night. How To Meditate At Any Time of the Day  Getting Up Early: Watch the sunrise and be mindful of the changing colours of morning for a beautiful start to the day Breakfast: Meditate on the colours, scent and taste of the food Walking to…

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