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Mastering the Human Mind: Zen and the Art of Being in the Moment

Good morning dear Full Potential beings. It’s another beautiful day. With classical music playing, my two dogs resting near me and the cats playing around. Birds are chirping. The sun is shining here in the mountains of Chirripo.

As I sit here and write .. my first purpose in today’s post is how to master the mind. To be more present and enjoy life. Life is ultimately a feeling moment by moment. Moments might appear like ‘particles’ but life itself is like one big wave.. and even a lifetime is just apart of a bigger wave.

How can we enjoy our time here and master our minds to support us in having the best experience possible during our brief time here? That’s the core question of today’s post.

The following article is written by AI from my ideas & edits (a collaboration):

In our quest for success and happiness, we often focus on the external—wealth, possessions, and status. We subscribe to societal definitions of success, which tend to emphasize material achievement. However, this focus on the external can lead us to overlook the true essence of happiness: our internal state of being. Mastering our own minds and seeking joy in the present moment can provide a more enduring and profound sense of fulfillment.

The Human Mind: A Survival Machine

Our minds are wired for survival, not happiness. They scan for threats and problems, always trying to keep us safe. But in doing so, they often focus on the negative, fueling our anxieties and fears. Our minds also create meanings from our experiences, and these interpretations shape our feelings and impact our overall spirit. It’s important to remember that our perceptions of events, not the events themselves, determine our emotional reactions. By being mindful of the meanings we ascribe to situations, we can cultivate a more positive mental state.

Shifting the Focus: From External to Internal

We often look to external achievements for validation and happiness, a cycle that can perpetuate anxiety and dissatisfaction. The belief that external circumstances dictate our worth or happiness leads us into a never-ending cycle of anxiety management. As we strive for more control, we paradoxically increase our stress.

The antidote lies in simplifying our lives and shifting our focus inwards. By reducing the number of things we worry about or try to control, we can cultivate a more serene mental state. We can learn to appreciate the present moment and find joy in simply being, rather than always striving for more.

The Zen Experience: Being and Appreciating

Zen philosophy teaches us to live in the present moment, to fully engage with life as it unfolds rather than clinging to past regrets or future anxieties. This approach fosters a deep appreciation for the here and now. It encourages us to perceive every experience, every sensation, as a unique event, worthy of our full attention.

By practicing mindfulness, we can begin to escape the constant noise of our minds and enter a state of simply ‘being.’ This state of consciousness, free from judgment or expectation, allows us to truly experience life. It encourages a sense of inner peace that remains undisturbed by external circumstances.

Creating a Mindful World

Envision a world where we balance purpose and planning with the ability to be present in the moment. We can automate repetitive tasks and delegate soulless work, freeing our minds for more meaningful and fulfilling pursuits. This way, we can focus on cultivating a rich internal life, one that values connection, creativity, and consciousness.


In a world that values material achievements, it’s easy to lose sight of the profound joy and fulfillment that come from simply ‘being.’ Mastering the human mind involves cultivating a deep appreciation for the present moment and liberating ourselves from the cycle of anxiety management. By focusing on our internal state of being, we can transform our experience of life and uncover a profound sense of peace and happiness that is independent of external circumstances.

Poem: The Dance of the Present Moment

In the whirlwind of life, in its endless race, We seek solace in things, in time, in space. Yet the keys to joy are not outside, but within, In the silence of the mind, beneath the constant din.

Oh, the mind is a wanderer, lost in time, Chasing past regrets, future dreams sublime. Yet the present moment holds a magic unknown, A peace, a stillness, a beauty all its own.

So, dance with the moment, with life’s ebb and flow, Embrace the here and now, let the rest go. For life is a symphony, each note a present delight, When we quiet the mind and embrace the light.

Parable: The Monk and the Moon

Once a young man visited a Zen monk, seeking answers to his restlessness and anxiety. The monk, seeing the young man’s distress, asked him to sit by the lake with him.

It was a clear night, and the full moon reflected in the still water of the lake. The monk pointed to the reflection and asked the young man what he saw. “I see the moon in the water,” he replied.

The monk picked up a stone and threw it into the lake, causing ripples that distorted the reflection. “And now?” he asked.

“Now I see broken pieces of the moon, all scattered,” the young man said.

“The moon has not changed,” said the monk. “It is still whole and serene in the sky. But your view of it changed when the lake was disturbed.”

The young man understood. His mind was like the disturbed lake, and his worries and anxieties were like the ripples, distorting his perception of life. He learned that by quieting his mind, he could see life clearly, like the whole moon in the calm lake. He learned to live in the present moment, appreciating its tranquility and beauty. And so, he found the peace he had been seeking.