In this article I will be writing about how to enjoy and get a deep satisfaction from exercise and eating really good healthy food.
There is a Zen to all things we do, what I mean is, that there is a mindful relaxed way do things that gives a person a sense of contentment, fulfillment, calm, a generally positive result from what you are doing.
With exercise’s like Tai Chi, QiGong, yoga and other martial arts style exercise’s there is an inherent zen quality built in. I believe that other types of exercise can also be done with zen quality. Riding a bicycle gives me a very zen experience, I relax and enjoy the motion, the air, the sensation of propulsion. Running can be a very meditative zen experience, I get into my own head and through the repetitive aspect of jogging I go into a zen like state that is conducive to meditation.
Even working out with weights can be performed in a mindful zen fashion. Especially when you concentrate on the feeling of the muscle activity and joint movement.
Eating good food also has a zen feeling when you slow down and eat mindfully. When you taste and chew the food fully, when you think about the quality and healthful benefits of good healthy food. Eating is not only a necessity it is also one of the true joys of living. What mother nature is able to provide for us is truly miraculous. If as we are eating you think about how important and wonderful and life sustaining food is, you can enjoy the zen of eating.
It is unhealthy to eat too fast, to eat unhealthy food choices and to not consider the blessing of having enough to eat. Having the access and wealth to enjoy high quality natural organic foods should be appreciated and treated with respect. The zen of eating is about this respect for life, natures bounty and our own good health.
Healthy living can be a wonderful zen experience that creates balance, harmony and well being. Taking the time to be healthy within the hectic, complex lifestyles people live today can be a challenge. If you don’t take the time to slowdown a bit and enjoy the zen of living a healthy lifestyle. You will miss out on what can be a truly happy life.