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 Mole

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

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A mole sleeps standing up with its head between its paws.
That same paws he uses to dig deep tunnels and holes in the ground. He then pushes the dirt walking backwards from deep underground, creating molehills.

With most mammals, the hair is placed in a particular direction, usually backwards, but the mole can turn the fixation of its hair in the skin. As a result, moving forward is just as easy as moving backward.

Move smooth, leave the past behind.
Embrace the gift of today, that’s why it’s called present.
The future, is unwrapping the present.

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.

Zen Masters: The fly

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

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Ever wondered why it is so difficult to hit a fly?
Their secret is that they’re consciousness is so much in the presence, the sense 0,5 seconds in the future and 0,5 seconds in the past, so are gone before you’re even think of hitting.

The more rooted you are in the presence, the more consious you are.

Zen Masters: The peregrine Falcon

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

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Imagine a brid faster then a Ferrari. It exists and its Latin name is Falco peregrinus. Its normal airspeed is 105-115 kilometers per hour, but when it dives it reaches velocities that exceed 320 km/h!

How?

It climbs up to a high altitude and gravity plus a perfect body shape does the rest. Nostrils and eyelids are protected, because of the pressure is so high.

Be the falcon, shape your being to reduce friction and use the power of gravity.