“The Zen of doing anything is doing it with a particular concentration of mind, a calmness and simplicity of mind, that brings the experience of enlightenment and, through that experience, happiness.” Zen and the Art of Happiness, by Chris Prentiss
That one line from Chris Prentiss’ book described exactly what I ask from my clients. So, when it came time to select a title for my book I had to work Zen into the process. I do understand how many western minds don’t completely understand eastern philosophy or my reference to it. I’d like to bring you into the circle. Zen is a Japanese technique similar to yoga from India. Although it’s simpler, and I’m all about keeping my life simple. The objective is to set aside rational thinking and maintain a state of calm, silent meditation.
In Zen of Body Restoration I’m suggesting an introspective approach to fitness so you can discover the clues your body is sending you about your health. Any conversation needs to go both ways and when we speak to God we pray. I believe meditation is when we quiet the mind and wait for God to speak to us. God in his infinite power can speak to us as he did to Elijah — in a “still small voice.” Having inner peace can help us when obstacles present themselves. That is the path I suggest you take to find your ultimate fitness. As Jeri and I open our first chapter we lead with the quote from Prentiss you see here. Then we continue:
“Zen as a Way. Buddhism has its roots within the Hindu culture in India. Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born in at Lumbini near Nepal in 563 BC. Though much-loved as a child, Siddhartha grew up to be restless and troubled with self-doubt. As a young man he left the royal trappings of his family in search of spiritual truth and the cause of human suffering. After much meditation he became the Buddha (the name means “the enlightened one” or “awakened”).
While meditation is the constant thread through all forms of Buddhism, this new method uses question and answer riddles known as koans to trigger rapid enlightenment in students by shocking them out of their conventional ways of logical thinking. That’s part of our workout program – to zap your neural pathways with new connections that make it easier to think your way to a sleek and fit body.
Much of this book deals with developing a better understanding of yourself and the world – especially as they relate to fitness. Rather than a simple work out protocol, we discuss how our thoughts and emotions control our actions and either support or sabotage our relationships with food and exercise.
Zen is a discipline, a philosophical approach to living and finding understanding. Zen can be practiced during quiet moments when you close your eyes and reflect in silence. Within the silent spaces you’ll become mindful of your motivations and actions. Zen of Body Restoration is an orientation to changes within your brain and your body that will become the “one-point” of your healthy identity.” Excerpt from Zen of Body Restoration
I believe I’ve built a solid approach to weight loss and fitness that reinforces your personal belief structure. It can only bring you closer to yourself, your family and ultimately the happiness you seek. That’s why I’m calling it
Zen of Body Restoration
How to Get a Lean, Healthy Body with Calm, Simple Exercise and Eating
Thank you, Bill Z for your quiet observations. You inspired me.