the essence of the zenful urbanite

The Essence of The Zenful Urbanite

Some of you may know me, and some of you may not. For those of you who do not, those who do would tell you that I am one of those sappy sensitive types with a bleeding heart. They would also tell you I am positive and kind. This blog is me doing something with that.


When I was a wee youth, I wanted to save the world and heal all the hearts and stop all the corruption and mend all the broken. But here is the thing I have learned. I can’t just do that. It is way too big a task. So for many years, I sort of just didn’t try to do anything besides be a good person, which is certainly something and I am not trying to diminish the value of that. I am 30 now, and I just know I would like to do more.


So I have decided to start at the root. It starts with me, and then from me, it starts with you, and so on and so forth. It’s a chain reaction, people, and it starts from within each one of us. If I feel peace, I put peaceful energy into the world. Same goes for you. The more people who find peace internally, the more peace we omit externally. The more peace, the more love, the more love, and so on and so forth.


But where does peace begin? How do we find it? Actually, here’s the kicker, it is already within you, in this very moment. Deeply rooted, at the core of every being, is peace. We are born with it. Sadly, it drifts further and further from us as we become less connected to ourselves and over stimulated and more connected to all the bells, whistles, and bling enveloping us every day.


Through this blog, my intentions are clear. I hope to help at least one person, maybe you, achieve zen through complete and total presence. I hope to help you find zen so you may live a truly authentic and loving life, and as a result you will radiate goodness and be a positive force in tilting the global scale back to good.


Consider this a movement. What is a movement but a step in a direction. The irony of this movement, is it actually requires you to be very still. This particular movement is about “the moment”  and being in it. It is about heightened awareness. It is about raising your consciousness.


This is about being here right here right now and through this presence, achieving your zen. Your zen may not look like my zen and your journey will most likely take a very different path. I will not give you step by step instructions and a one hundred percent guarantee that you will achieve zen within a specified time frame. That’s not how this works.


If you want to begin this journey, I encourage you now to muster every ounce of patience you can find. Do not give up. Do not throw in the towel. Imagine this as a hike or a marathon. Only the path is unmarked and the miles undetermined. This creates no walls, no rules, and no predetermined steps. I encourage milling, wandering, promenading, skipping, twirling, cart wheeling, climbing, and even backtracking.


While your journey to zen will form its own path and your peace present itself uniquely, many essential pieces and parts necessary in finding peace will be consistent in many journeys. This is where I intend to offer insight, support, encouragement or inspiration. I will suggest weekly projects, tell of my tales, and from time to time probably ramble and most certainly I intend to challenge you. If we do not allow ourselves to be challenged, we will not grow, and without growth, we will never achieve zen.


Remember. I will be on this journey with you. I am no master of mindfulness or devoted yogi. I am just a human, trying to make sense of and peace with the world we live in, so that I may achieve zen. I promise you now, I will be honest and vulnerable with you. I will challenge myself with you. I will do things that scare me and I will do things that are tough. I intend to grow and I hope you do the same.


For now, I want you to only consider, and meditate on these words.


Lao Tzu, a sixth century philosopher, wrote.


“If you are depressed you are living in the past

If you are anxious you are living in the future

If you are at peace you are living in the present.”




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