Zen and the Art of Creativity: 3 Ways Organized People Can Balance Their Life.

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It is getting very hot these days. I usually use my den on the second floor, but it gets boiling in summer, so I use one of Zashiki rooms on the first floor. Zashiki rooms have sliding doors called Sudo, which make the rooms cool by ventilating wind.

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This is my den.

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These are the Zashiki rooms.

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These are Sudo.

In the last post, I said that it was good for creative people to make a plan. People who are good at making plans and following them, on the other hand, may benefit from being spontaneous time to time.

 

In ZENWSP, we value the balance between Yin and Yang. If you are leaning toward Yin, you need to develop the Yang side, and if you are leaning toward Yang, you need to develop the Yin side.

 

So, how can organized people develop your Yin side?

 

I can introduce 3 ways here.

 

The first one is to meditate. Meditation helps you tune into your right brain. It is best to do it in the morning so you can put it on your time schedule and do it every morning. By making it a routine, it will be easier for you, I suppose, since you are used to following the schedule.

 

There are many types of meditation, but I will introduce how to do Zen meditation here.

 

It is good to face a wall so that your eyes don’t get distracted. If you have a problem sitting with your legs crossed, put a thick cushion under your bottom. It will help your sitting position to keep your spine straight. You half close your eyes but don’t close them completely. You lightly stare at one point in the wall. Breathe through your nose. As you breathe out, you expand your belly, and as you breathe in you flatten your belly. Pay attention to your breathing and not think about anything else. Empty your mind and don’t let any thought come in. You continue it for about 20 minutes.

 

You can find a lot of YouTube videos on it, so it is better to follow the instruction from them when you first try it.

 

The second one is to use drawing in your planning as much as possible. For example, when you write down your goal, you want to draw a picture of it, as well. You can also use something called a mind map to plan your activity. A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. I use it time to time when I give talks and find it very useful.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map

 

I will talk about the third one tomorrow.

 

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