Living New Earth Now: Breathing

This post contains three pages from the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” by Shunryu Suzuki. There is a lot said in this short chapter from Shunryu’s classic on zen that for me is directly relevant to living the new paradigm. As you can see, this new paradigm is not really so new to humanity as a whole and many sages throughout the ages have lived as the New Human. This time we live in is the Shift of the Ages because so many of us now understand the need to live this new way and have acquired the skills to do so. I read Shunryu’s instructions substituting the words “the new paradigm” where he says “zazen” or “Zen practice” etc. Reading it this way frees this understanding from a label like ‘Zen”, since it is actually universal in my understanding.

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Welcome to New Earth Heartbeat

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Dear Friends,

Since July of 2012 when I created this blog as Heartflow,  I shared what the Heart is showing me. Now, in January 2014, this blog has morphed into New Earth Heartbeat as I feel the vision of our Heart coming down onto ground zero with the creation of the New Earth Project.

New Earth Heartbeat is about what I call “Living New Earth”. By that I mean that each of us is able right now to live just the way we want to and just the way we imagine life is in New Earth. This has to do with our thoughts in every moment. It means asking myself if this thought is really the thought I want to have? This also has to do with my attitude towards the things and beings in my surroundings.

 “If we’re a free person, we aren’t conditioned by the things around us. We just smile to them and we make our path. Our surroundings are like a mirror. If we smile, the mirror smiles. If we cry, the mirror cries. If we’re angry, then the situation becomes angry. But even if the situation looks angry, if we are able to smile, then the surroundings smile with us. So the surroundings are coming from our mind.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go, p. 176

I ask myself if this is the way I want to be toward this person, or animal, or plant? Do I want to be patient with the objects in my life or impatient and irritated? Do I allow my anger to flare up at the car that swerves into my lane on the road, or do I have the inner strength to smile in that moment, and see how that changes things?

How about my relation to my body? Am I caring and considerate of its present condition, treating it like a cherished friend? Or do I “use” it without a sense of love and caring?

And so the list goes on for pages if we want. The new aspect of our life in 2014 as I see it is that each of us is now ready to live our lives according to our own personal sense of excellence. We are ready to give up the compromises that we have let ourselves in on in respect to our own integrity. We are no longer willing to live in a way that compromises our integrity with what we know we can do.

We can be aware every moment of the day, and even in the night. Although we may still go unconscious sometimes, but we know that day by day our practice is paying off. We know this and now we are ready to live this knowledge. It is up to each of us to create New Earth right now by living it.

In New Earth Heartbeat I will post what inspires and supports me in this endeavor. I hope you will enjoy these posts and will join in with your comments about how you live New Earth in your own, unique way. Wishing us all a very fulfilling and exciting New Year 2014!

Tomas