Tag Archives: Zen meditation

Zen and Meditation. Ancient Poetry

The Third Zen Patriarch, Janzhi Sengcan, wrote in his poem Xinxin Ming:


“The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truth. Stop talking and thinking, and there is nothing you will not be able to know. To return to the root is to find the meaning, but to pursue appearances is to miss their source. At the moment of inner enlightenment there is a going beyond appearances and emptiness.”

These words were written almost 1,500 years ago in China.

Beginning your Meditation by Nina Yin


It’s often hard to slow ones thoughts, it’s a fast paced world we live in but I encourage everyone to stop…. and breathe…..

For one looking into it for the first time I would recommend using a guided meditation; a simple process used to relax ones mind and body. Concentrating on your breath can help take away overwhelming thoughts and feelings during meditation ; in…… and out…. Also slowing the heart rate.

My personal opinion is that meditation can be done anywhere and in infinite ways. Once indulged in meditation you may find certain key points that make it worthwhile. For myself ground yoga or standing yoga, Zen music and sounds of rain help allow me to completely relax my body and spirit. On the opposite spectrum I’ve also found it humbling and calm to walk the inner city with my headphones on; spiritual music playing and losing myself in the streets. There is no wrong ways to go about it.

Calm cool and collected. We sit in half lotus. Becoming more and more enlightened, within ourselves.

Nina Yin