Learn "surrendered" action to gain "empowered" action.

“Doing one thing at a time” is how one Zen master defined the essence of Zen. Doing one thing at a time means to be at one with what you do, to give it your complete attention. This is surrendered action, empowered action. Your acceptance of what is takes you to a deeper level where your inner state as well as your sense of self no longer depends on the mind’s judgements of good or bad. When you say yes to life, when you accept this moment as it is, a sense of space opens in you that is deeply peaceful.


  1. Can you detect even the slightest element within yourself of not wanting to be doing what you are doing?
    This is a denial of life, so a truly successful outcome is not possible.
  2. If you can detect this within yourself, can you also drop it and be total in what you do?


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