Welcome, first you might try this 5 minute screen cycle: Thirty spokes.
Whatever quest has brought you here, you are welcome.
Whether you come from an Neuro-linguistic Programming background, or from an interest in meditation, we welcome you to our unfolding exploration of this modern investigation of the ancient art of finding meaning in life.
There are some amazing benefits to meditation. But there are also what seem to be some major obstacles to understanding it.
Meditation can move from bringing calm to your life;
to allowing you to see more deeply into what's really going on;
to tapping into the life force that created you;
to possibly experiencing profound mystical understandings that are beyond words.
What if meditation and the extraordinary insights it offers was simpler and more accessible than many experts seemed to make it out to be?
Not necessarily easy, but easier to understand?
That was the view we already had, after being introduced to Zen as a rediscovery of the obvious, by Douglas Harding.
In all our reading, we kept coming across simple descriptions of what we knew to be true about the nature of insight. But if you don't know what's being described, they don't make any sense.
When you have realized it, they are blindingly clear. And whatever religious tradition they come from, they seem to describe the same thing.
But that didn't mean that there weren't many mysteries to contemplate, and a whole universe to discover and explore. The door might be quite easy to open, but there are worlds to explore beyond it.
As people who were already proficient in the process of NLP, and increasingly involved with Zen Buddhism, we can see many extraordinary crossovers.
Our first hope was to offer some simple techniques that may have profound effects on your life, deepen our own understandings, and connect with people of similar experiences.
As we thought more deeply about this mingling of the very old and the very new, we started to realise that the mysticism of Zen could provide an extraordinary power to the magic of NLP. We investigate that further in our NLP pages.
We stand on the shoulders of many giants, and freely borrow anything we find useful here at ZENLP. Beyond acknowledging our sponsor there is no commercial aspect to this site.
The path we've found is one of many but it may be useful to some people. We give it to the world through the internet because that is possible at this time.
The recent BBC Reith Lectures by Prof VS Ramachandran provide up-to-date science, and interesting philosophical questions about our unconscious and ability to imitate. Our summary is here.
To get an idea of the broad scientific background this you might like to have a look at Some Sources for Your Enquiring Mind.