“The awakening is not the task, staying awake is.” – IamEPI.com
“ZEN (noun): Some sources say that Zen (also called Zen Buddhism) is a school of Mahayana Buddhism which asserts that enlightenment can be attained through meditation, self-contemplation, and intuition rather than through faith and devotion. While there may be various definitions and ways to practice Zen, one commonality is that Zen basically means to awaken or be awake, or what some may refer to “being enlightened”.
It is our (Keema and Rob’s) perspective, not that it should be yours or anyone else’s, that the greatest moment of Zen (awakening) is not in meditation, when doing yoga, when one is in a sanctuary, when reading books on spirituality or metaphysics, when engaging in science of the West or holistic wisdom of the East, or even when studying epi (epigenetics), even though all of these can be of great benefit.
The greatest moment of Zen is at the moment of least convenience -- at the very moment of confronting adversity. It is at the precise moment when our mind spontaneously reacts to negative energy in a low vibratory way, may it be a thought, the action of another person, or something else that is undesirable.
It is that split second of synaptic firing in the neurons of our brain that triggers epigenetic (epi) subconscious programming that release hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, that then trigger feelings of anger, resentment, distress, and suffering. In other words, the greatest moment of Zen is when the shit comes down, not when things are nice and fluffy, and convenient!
Why do we call this the greatest moment of Zen? Because if you can awaken at that very moment of first confronting adversity from the usual compulsive negative reaction, then you will not suffer but, as a result, have great compassion toward the adverse situation and has a result live in peace.
Try it the next time adversity comes your way! Notice the feeling of the power of the negative energy going through your mind and body. If you can awaken (practice Zen), if not for only a moment without egoic judgment or suffering, then you can awaken to what you always have been and always will be, the most powerful force in your universe, Divine Consciousness. That said, one must also keep in mind that the awakening is not the task, staying awake is!