What do your Zen Proverbs say about you?

This is a sensitive and special one. Today we have a bigger selection of quotes, so that everyone gets a better chance of finding one that they feel suits them almost perfectly. I’d gladly like to read your choice in a comment so that I can respond with a few traits that your choice reveals about you.

  1. “Wherever you are, be there totally.”
  2. “If you want to change the world, start with the next person who comes to you in need.”
  3. “Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.”
  4. “The menu is not the meal.”
  5. “Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”
  6. “When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man.”
  7. “Let your mind wander in the pure and simple. Be one with the infinite. Let all things take their course.”
  8. “When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blossoms.”
  9. “People living deeply have no fear of death.”
  10. “We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.”
  11. “The obstacle is the path.”
  12. “Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.”
  13. “Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom.”
  14. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
  15. “Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax.”
  16. “The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.”
  17. “Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power is within and available to you now.”
  18. “There is no mistake in nature.”
  19. “No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.”
  20. “The sound of rain needs no translation.”

I’m looking forward to your comments and what they reveal about your personality : )


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27 thoughts on “What do your Zen Proverbs say about you?

    1. 🙂 It seems you believe strongly in a higher power, and you have great respect for nature. You may believe that man can only be perfect as long as he doesn’t go against nature and divinity. For a correct assessment it’s always important to choose just one answer that resonates most, though. Most of us would like to choose more, but assessment would be too hard, especially if the choices have different “cores” so to say 🙂

  1. A very profound and thought provoking collection of quotes. I just loved these and they got me thinking deeper. Btw, after considering and repeating all the quotes that stood out….I go with #3.

    1. Not only your choice, but also what you’ve told about the process until you made the choice (having felt provoked to think deeply about the proverbs, and that you’ve made your pick after you’ve thought about the others) in combination with some of your previous choices say that you’re intellectually inclined, and actually often more of a thinker than feeler. You’re very intelligent, intense in your feelings, but your reason often rises above them. You may be calculated and cool-headed, and often a big surprise for those around you 🙂

    1. Dear Chris, this means that you need a lot of energy right now. Normally your source is nature (I can’t yet tell which one of the elements feeds you more. It would probably be very helpful to find out)

    1. Dear Gary, you may feel your mind is over-fed, and your soul needs more nurturing. There’s some kind of need that hasn’t been satisfied in a long time. You may subconsciously feel the need to “listen” to yourself, for which you need to silence your thoughts.

    1. Dear Rosie, all these choices show that you’re a highly spiritually inclined person. You may even be able to silence your mind (probably literally while gardening), and certain physical activities may induce you a state of meditation. Your spirit has both the simplicity and vastness specific for all that is elegant and classy.

  2. One that stuck out for me was number 15. I’m always trying to relax whenever I can and not get upset or riled up about little things. Having said that, it does sometimes hold me back as I may miss a golden opportunity because it has sailed past without me realising. I would like to have said number 1, but I’m constantly daydreaming so that wouldn’t work! 😅

    1. Dear A.J., what your choices (both of them) say about you is that you are on a journey of self-discovery, BUT you try to make sense of yourself through the external world. It may be that you often compare yourself to others (the little things you mentioned rounded the picture a bit besides your choices 🙂 You’re subconsciously more connected to reality – desire for success – than your intellectual inclinations let you realize 🙂

  3. There are so many quotes that resonate. Some much more than others but the one that jumps out is something I’ve felt and talked about often. You have to live it to understand it. #9 is my favorite.

    1. Cuzz, this is a tricky one indeed. And indeed, one has to live it in order to understand it, since “deeply” can have too vague a meaning for those who haven’t had experiences similar to yours. Your choice shows that your spirit has been through trying experiences from head to toes, it’s as if life went through you like water through a sponge, and soaked you so that you became heavy with all its deepest meanings.

      1. I agree. Western thought to include Jung and Freud as well as those that follow hold to the philosophy of death being darkness and light being life. But there is another truth the largest majority of humans miss and psychology isn’t equipped to answer. It exists in the slipstreams between philosophy, religion, and the wisdom of time and experience. I will always hold to the belief that death is our one true friend to be neither feared nor avoided. Death is the greatest moment of life and our entire life, however short or long, has led us to that moment. It’s important not to waste that time with a dull and simple life. We can always choose not to live but we can never choose not to die.

      2. Thank you for understanding, Dear Cuzzin. Someday, maybe we can talk in depth on this subject. I enjoy both sides of the coin and how we have viewed life and death from our earliest beginnings of humanity until today in our crowded modern world. 😀

  4. The two that resonated with me the most were 7 and 3 but if I had to pick only one I’d say #3: “Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.”

    1. Dear Miriam, this means that you have a cohesive personality, you are well contoured and you have accumulated a special kind of knowledge on a spiritual level. The expression that comes to mind right now is “spiritual sage”.

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