Animal Zen Masters: The Anglerfish

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the now.

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Perhaps not the most attractive fish in the ocean, but definitely an interesting one. Its luminescent organ, called the esca, is lit by symbiotic bacteria that dwell in and around it.

The organ lures a prey in dark, deep-sea environments. The beak, that stretches over the complete width of the fish, falls opens up while sucking in the water.
Including the prey.

The esca also serves to call males’ attention to the females to facilitate mating.

At all time
it is I who can decide
who to be.

Watch the first anglerfish on camera here.

Animal Zen Masters: The Cheetah

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the now.

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The hunt of a cheetah is almost like a gracious dance. It moves synchronic with the gazelle it wants to catch, making sure he’s not seen, getting as close as possible and find just the right time to attack.

Although it can accelerate 4 times faster than Usain Bolt and and has a top speed of  100 km/h, it’s only capable of running 500 meters like that. 20 seconds.

Life is about timing
and taking your time.

Animal Zen Masters: The Turtle

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the now.

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I was watching a turtle on the beach who spotted a juicy green leave of lettuce about 200 metres in the distance and he started moving.

After 45 minutes he still wasn’t there and I could see he was getting tired because he was moving even slower, so he rested for a while. Then he carried on. Bridging the last 50 meters or so, still took another 15 minutes. Finally he got there and I have never seen a turtle indulge in a piece of lettuce that much.

Even at the end of your strength, there’s still power within you. Find it, use it and you can achieve amazing things.

Animal Zen Masters: The Giraffe

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the presence.

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A giraffe must be an happy animal, as it can eat the best and juiciest leaves from the top of a tree. No other animal gets that high. At the same time, the advantage of a long neck is a disadvantage when drinking. Still, it is mathematical, symmetrical piece of art.

Celebrate your strengths and your weaknesses seize to exist.

Animal Zen Masters: The Gold Fish

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the presence.

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Imagine being a shiny goldfish, same bowl, same circle, same room, same miniature castle at the bottom and and every time I am there, it looks at me with fascination. As it was the first time I was passing the bowl.

Observe with wonder.

Look up from your smartphone and observe nature, look up at the sky at night when a full moon is out or smell the air after rain on a sunny day. The world is a pretty cool place when you just take the time to observe it with wonder.

Animal Zen Masters: The Crocodile

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the presence.

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I was watching a crocodile documentary on Discovery channel. When a crocodile is swimming the only thing you see, smoothly gliding to the water, are its eyes and the tip of the nose.

Only when a prey is nearby the crocodile ejects himself from the water with tremendous power and water fountains, showing his whole body and strength. A Nile crocodile for example has a biting power of 2268 kilos.

Only be big and ferocious when it’s necessary,
be small and humble when it is not.

Animal Zen Masters: The Parrot

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the presence.

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Ever noticed the confidence of a parrot during the day? Noisy and colourful, moving around, checking the area. He sees any predator coming and flies away in a fraction.

At night on the other hand, all of colours in nature fade to grey. You can’t see a thing. So at night the parrot is grey, silent and doesn’t move.

Know when to be silent and know when to talk. And remember, the beauty of music is in the silence.

Animal Zen Masters: The Duck

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the presence.

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Ducks come in many shapes and colours.
Some are hardly recognizable as a duck, but almost effortlessly they glide through the water. Underneath the surface however, their feet constantly paddle at a high speed and still, they gracefully float on the water.

Be like the duck, calm and graceful on the outside, but full of energy under the surface.

Animal Zen Masters: The cat

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the presence.

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It is fascinating to see cats balancing on the most impossible objects high in the sky and seem to keep their balance in a perfect way. But even cats fall off sometimes, in a dramatic way and it is funy to see how undisturbed a cat can walk away afterwards as if nothing happened.

Even if you’re wrong you’re right, because you made an impact and that is enough.