Users of Adderall and Ritalin claim that the drug takes them to a focused, Zen-like state. High-performers are tempted to use the drug to get an edge over the competition. But there is something that works even better to take you to that Zen-like state. This is the pure stuff. It is called Zen.
Not only does Zen come without side-effects, it offers the following benefits over both drugs and placebo:
- The perfect combination of never-ending calmness, focus, and energy.
- Improved ability to love others—which may cause increased health, happiness, and abundance.
- Your work is focused only on what matters and problems get solved without effort. You are effortlessly able to channel a higher intelligence than your own.
- Improved relationships with other people. Zero conflict and an endless state of calm.
- Plenty of free time because your focus is effortless shifted to what matters most.
- No burn-out, no sleepless nights, no fear, no coming down.
If you think this is an exaggeration, try it for yourself. It works on adults and kids too. When you begin to meditate, you will find that you can get more done when in a calm state. By remaining at the center of the wheel, you can solve problems because you aren’t afraid of your problems. Basically, you stop doing those stupid, emotional things that undermine your relationships and cause problems in your life.
Zen is just another word for transformation, enlightenment, salvation, consciousness, or awakening. As is written in the Tao Te Ching, “There are names but not nature in words.” In other words, there are different names for the same thing.
It doesn’t matter what you call it, but true Zen can’t be found in a drug or in therapy. It requires meditation, not medication. It doesn’t matter what kind of meditation you do—it can even be guided meditation (those recordings of a calm voice guiding you through it). Give meditation a few weeks. At first, you won’t know if it is working and you may not notice any changes. But, in time, your whole state of being changes—especially when combined with a daily learning practice. We will continue tomorrow and in the days after that.
Be still while you work
And keep full control
-Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu
Image taken from the Netflix documentary that inspired this post called “Take Your Pills”