3 Zen Principles That Will Rock Your World (And Make You Happier!)

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There’s no guarantee that you’ll wake up tomorrow.

You may know this, but are you really living it?

I’ve spent some time ruminating on this and have found the teachings of Buddha to be inspirational. Zen Buddhists, in particular, were way ahead of the curve when it came to making each day count.

Here are three Zen principles you can use every single day to live your life to the fullest.

1. Mushin: Mind Without Mind

Mushin simply means that your mind is not fixed on any emotions or judgments. This may seem pretty basic, but think about it practically — how often do you immediately rush to judgment when you come across a new person, idea or challenge?

Maybe you just met a new coworker, but because you didn’t like the shoes they were wearing, you immediately wrote them off. Or perhaps you just got some bad news … your mind probably jumped to conclusions about who is to blame. Why are you so reactive?

It’s part of your primal instinct. It’s a defense mechanism to quickly decide if stimuli in your environment is dangerous or not. Modern neuroscience has found that if you are unsure whether a particular effect was caused by a preceding event, you’re more likely to assume a cause-and-effect relationship between the two … even if it’s plain wrong!

Jumping to conclusions without ample evidence is more likely to lead you in the wrong direction. By practicing Mushin, you can keep an open mind and avoid making hasty, wrong decisions. So the next time you’re faced with a new problem, choose not to attach an emotion to it and act with a clear, objective mind.

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