The Zen Alphabet

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Zen is the way to inner knowledge, understanding the self and the nature of everything. It’s pure awareness.

It is when you realize that things are perfect just the way they are. It is when you start to feel joy and contentment in doing the same old things you’ve always been doing, with no changes in your outer world but a change in the mindset and perspective.

It’s a lifestyle dedicated to mindfulness, simplifying and appreciation. And once you give it a try and become a little more zen, you will see everything as you’ve never seen it before.
You’ll find purpose, meaning, pleasure and understanding.

I think everyone can benefit from being a little more zen-like.

In the list below I’ve summarized the general points of this philosophy together with Minimalism. I did it simply because the two ways of living connect on so many levels and when combined, form something even more beautiful, practical and simple.

I used the alphabet as a model to help me think of more of what zen represents. And I believe that if you do, stop doing and change the way you do certain things, you can find the peaceful and contented state of mind you’ve always been searching for and thus live simply and happily, to eliminate stress, effort and complexity once and for all.

All Things Zen

A

Appreciate what you have.
Awareness.
Awaken is the state you’re trying to reach.
Avoid distractions.
Accept the world as it is.
Adapt easily.

B

Breathe.
Be yourself.
Beware of your own desires, fears and doubts.
Balance.
Become a better person.
Break free from everything that’s holding you back.
Believe.

C

Create.
Cook simply.
Consume less.
Cut down on all processed foods.
Contentment.
Cultivate your energy.
Calm down.
Care for every being on the planet.
Consciously live each day.
Choose less.
Concentrate on the essential.
Connect with nature.

D

Declutter.
Do good.
Draw lessons.
Devote your time to meaningful activities.
Donate.
Decide deliberately.
Discover your potential.
Delete the negative version of yourself in your mind.
Don’t compare yourself to others.

E

Express compassion.
Eat clean.
Exercise.
Enjoy life.
Experience every moment.
Effortlessness.
Embrace insecurity.
Empty your mind.
Expect nothing.
Easy is how everything should be.
Eliminate the unnecessary.

F

Focus.
Forgive.
Free yourself from the burden of past.
Fear is an illusion.
Forget what is not important.
Find your passion.

G

Grow spiritually.
Go with the flow.
Give.
Give up all excuses.
Gratitude.
Go vegetarian.

H

Humility.
Help those in need.
Happiness comes from within.

I

Inner peace.
Ignore the inessential.
Inspire.
It’s okay not to know everything.

J

Joy.
Judge no one.

K

Keep relationships simple.
Kill your desires and fake needs.

L

Let go.
Love yourself.
Liberate yourself from negative emotions.
Listen more.
Leave behind the things that only waste your time.
Learn.
Laugh.

M

Move on.
Meditation.
Manifest plainness.
Mindfulness.
Make peace with yourself.

N

Need less and you will want less.
No blame, guilt, reasoning or argument.
Notice your thoughts and reactions and be aware of them.
Now is the right time for everything.

O

Oneness.
Organize your time.
Omit needless things.
Observe.

P

Positivity.
Pause every now and then.
Present is where you need to be.
Pay attention to what you do, think and say.
Patience.

Q

Quality over quantity.
Quit being in a rush.

R

Read.
Reduce selfishness.
Reclaim your time.
Rely on no other person but yourself.
Rid yourself of excess stuff.
Rethink your purpose.
Remind yourself daily of what you have.
Relax.
Resist temptations.
Realize where you are and where you’re going.
Reflect on your life.

S

Simplify.
Smile.
Slow down.
Stay present to your thoughts.
Savor your food.
Strengthen your will.
See the beauty in little things.
Share what you have.
Spend time contemplating.

T

Thank.
Trust your instincts.
Take time.
Turn off the autopilot and live consciously.
Take responsibility for your actions.

U

Use your mind.
Understand silence.

V

Visualize.
Value the people you have in your life.

W

Write.
Worries are pointless.
Wisdom comes from self-realization.
What you think, you become.

X

X-ray vision for the good and the beauty around you.

Y

You are the only one you need to impress, conquer and make peace with.

Z

Zen is everywhere and in everything.

I’d love to hear your suggestions. What can you add to the list? What else is Zen for you?

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