Zen Hero

Zen MonkPeople are always asking what to do. They want to know how to play the game of life. But the only reason why all of this feels so overwhelming and difficult is that you’re thinking about it like a game of chess. You believe life is a big complex game that needs to be figured out – that everything needs to be carefully considered and all options weighed before making the next move.

But life isn’t supposed to be played like chess. It’s meant to be played like Guitar Hero.

That is, in this alive vibrant window of effortlessly dancing sensations, you’re only supposed to engage what’s coming up right now. Whatever’s up there on the screen is all you need to deal with. Just like tapping the notes in Guitar Hero.

In Guitar Hero, and in life, you’re gonna screw up if you think too much. Instead, you play it on feel. Then, when things settle down, you can reflect upon what just happened and revise the game plan accordingly – that is, if such strategizing is itself effortlessly coming up as notes in the song. Because unless that kind of planning is arising spontaneously, there’s no need to do or revise anything. You’re already doing fine. You’re out there, fully engaged and fully immersed, hitting the notes in the song of life, letting the rhythm and flow of the song engulf you to the point where you become one with it.

And then, when you’re really into it; when you’re truly going with the flow, you might start to notice that the very act of playing is itself nothing else than simple notes coming up on the screen. And you realize that the notes are just playing themselves.

The song plays itself.

That’s when you have become… Zen Hero.

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6 Responses to Zen Hero

  1. Nancy Sutton says:

    Thanks, Goran! I get the gist of your message, but as I don’t even know what Guitar Hero is, much less ever played it, I probably am missing the ‘experiential’ lesson ;) As in G.H. is a place where you can experience the zen-ness. I’m guessing this will be a terrific ‘learning tool’ for younger folks :)

    I’m assuming it is a perspective on your ‘release the tiller and trust the unfoldment’ message, which is a mantra for me. Thanks for that, also, and your ‘lesson’ on the futility of ‘intention’ … waiting for the ‘paper’ version of your book.

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  3. johnny says:

    Thank you for the love, goran!!! Love you

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    • keloland.com says:

      Exactly, Gene. The double-slit experiments contains all the wisdom about QM – it only needs one to think about it a bit carefully. And the non-existence of any objective information about the particle/wave prior to the measurement is a directly experimentally measured fact whose denial is equivalent to a suicidal attack against one's own brain.

  4. Nicholas says:

    Hi Goran,

    I just recently stumbled upon your blog and I have to say, your posts have an incredibly simplistic yet beautiful nature to them.

    What you talk about here is something that I’ve been trying to incorporate more and more into my daily life – just being. It’s such an easy thing to complicate life and overthink it, but ultimately, just letting the notes flow and playing them as they come without thought about why each note is being played is the most harmonious way to live life.

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