Featuring guided meditation from Rinzai Zen master Julian Daizan Skinner, Zenways uses a combination of guided Zen meditation, relaxing sounds of nature and binaural beats to take you onto a journey towards enlightenment via relaxation, calm and inner peace.
Mindfulness of the breath is one of the most powerful meditation practices and involves focusing solely on counting the breath. By doing so, the mind becomes more still as you allow distracting thoughts to arise and pass.
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I personally use this method of meditation regularly to manage the stress of my job. I’m a sound designer and run my own studio called Wimbledon Sound. Deadlines can be extremely tight, and it’s often high pressure to get things done on time. I don’t see stress as a bad thing, but not managing stress definitely is. I use a combination of exercise and meditation, and use my own apps regularly – I’m a harsh critic of sound and the effectiveness of these things, so only when they really worked for me did I make them available to everyone. Sometimes I start Zenways and I’m all in a knot – tight chest, breathing is panicked. 20 minutes in I’m in a very different place.
Zenwayswww.zenways.org Zenways (Zendo Kyodan) promotes and encourages activities and practices that enhance human wellbeing, balance and awakening (satori or kensho – the enlightenment of Zen) in the many different situations we find ourselves in.
People come to Zen from many directions and from many spiritual and philosophical backgrounds. Zen doesn’t demand your faith or belief, doesn’t want to control you in any way. A true Zen teacher is simply a guide to a realm of human experience that is sublime. A Zen teacher has been there and, if well trained, has many ways to help you go there too.
We grow to adulthood and oftentimes stop, only vaguely realising that there is so much more a human being can become. When you begin to pay attention to your life, you begin again to grow, you become able to truly be of benefit to others and to live an authentic life.
Practice in Zenways works with your body, mind and energy to create greater wellbeing, vitality and awareness, and a deep sense of your connection with all things and your true relationship with the universe.
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|Julian Daizan Skinner (Juran Daizan 寿鸞 大山), is a British Rinzai Zen Buddhist Rōshi. He has also received Dharma Transmission in the Sōtō tradition of Zen. Daizan Roshi is the founder of the Zenways Sangha and head abbot of Yugagyo Dojo (Zen Yoga Camberwell) in London, United Kingdom.|
|Binaural beats or binaural tones are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, the perception of which arises in the brain for specific physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, and earned greater public awareness in the late 20th century based on claims that binaural beats could help induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other desirable mental states. The effect on the brainwaves depends on the difference in frequencies of each tone: for example, if 300 Hz was played in one ear and 310 in the other, then the binaural beat would have a frequency of 10 Hz|