Jìng zuò - simply means 'sitting quietly', it can also be described as a form of spiritual self-cultivation that helps a person achieve a more fulfilling life.
Today, we live in a fast-paced society, where answers are wanted now. This may indeed have an impact on human connection. In the age of information patience is minimal. The lack of patience in our generation may be why our youth would rather talk to artificial intelligence about dating instead of their own parents. Even in our personal lives, it seems technology has taken us away from human connection.
Jìng zuò - is a reminder for us to slow down and find peace within by cultivating the practice of meditation. Slowing down gives us better clarity to see the surrounding landscape – both existential and psychological. Restoring the natural balance that is present inside us, while increasing our self-regulation of emotions and promoting a state of relaxation.
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