Zen and everyday existence

Now and again I come across some Zen sayings that point to the essence of Zen lying in becoming one with our everyday activities. This is a spirituality unlike theism or supernaturalism. It promotes a reduction of the conceptualizing mind to the pure and empty awareness of action. Simple humble immediacy of the mundane flow of life living itself. A state of awakenness to the passage of being itself. How do we cultivate this state? Here's some sayings to ponder:

‘Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.’
– Alan Watts

"When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man."
- Anonymous

If you understand, things are just as they are... If you do not understand, things are just as they are..."
- Anonymous

"Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine."
- Shunryu Suzuki

“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” Zen proverb.

"When hungry, eat your rice; when tired close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean."
I like Zen ideas and principles. I especially like the philosophy of not clinging to anyone or anything in this life. For doing so brings suffering. It doesn't mean we aren't to love and be vulnerable, it just means to not make one person, or one job...etc our ''everything.''

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