We have all been there. We are finally in this unique space: internal peace, contentment, relaxation, and contemplation happening naturally… and then, without warning, we bump our heads, an alarm goes off, or any other external influence jolts us, and we lose our zen. Naturally, frustration, small bursts of anger, and the grief and shame of losing something so special settle in.

This is such a natural experience and is the essence of what actual meditation should lead to. All meditation practices aim to build awareness, and by being aware, all experiences produce joy. Experiencing the moments that the mind labels as losing your zen is a gift on its own; they are messengers: they bring something to be seen. Whatever arises is perfect. In the end, it is not about losing something but returning to it.

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