What Brings You Zen

#PositivelyPowerstories – November 3, 2020 – Episode 21

Powerstories Theatre stages true stories to open minds and hearts and inspire action worldwide.

Powerstories is seeking singers, musicians, family-friendly comedians, and spoken word artists for its virtual Shine Bright Talent Showcase Competition FUNdraiser on November 28. Entry fee is just $5. Winner receives certificate and tickets to 2021 Voices of Truth Theatre Festival.

Each week we will share 8 submissions or more from our neighbors around the city, country, and globe. Please enjoy all the stories that bring a smile to our faces and joy to our hearts. To send us your own story, click the button to complete our form, and upload your own work.

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Story Submitted by Jim Yerman

A DAY IN NATURE

I love watching the sunrise
how the grey sky turns to gold
in the peaceful quiet of the morning
as another day unfolds.

I love being present at the moment
of nature’s awakening…
I love the silence being broken
when the birds begin to sing.

I love to watch the flowers yawn
when their nightly sleep is done…
then drink a drop of morning dew
and stretch to catch the sun.

I love watching the moon…
far from the noise, the lights…the crowds
as it hovers in the heavens
and drifts among the clouds.

I love being present at the moment
when nature goes to sleep…
how the night recedes to silence
and the darkness seems so deep.

I love watching the beauty and the mystery
of this wondrous day…and then…
I love knowing tomorrow

  • Dunedin, FL

Story Submitted by Loretta Beckman

I am a fulltime caregiver. Paul, my strong handsome husband is no longer able to care for himself due to a degenerative neurological disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. My life was once filled with great conversations, teaching full time, managing projects, going on vacations, lots of socializing with friends, long walks and Yoga classes. In the […]

  • St. Louis, MO

Story Submitted by Judy G.

I read an article about finding your bliss. One of the things it mentioned was to think back to when you were a child and pick something you enjoyed. I remember coloring. I could get lost in the picture and the colors. It was a safe harbor in the storm. So I ordered some books and gel pens. I color every day. It is a great escape for me. Very Zen. And like a Sand Mandala, at the end, it is destroyed.

  • Tampa, FL

Story Submitted by Caryn Willens

At age 67 I began training in a 200 hour Yoga Teacher training curriculum 🧎‍♀️. Not so unusual you say? How about this…I didn’t know how to do yoga! I just woke up one morning & decided to become a CYT ( Certified Yoga Teacher). So, there I am in a class of 18, 19 […]

Story Submitted by Suzanne S. Austin-Hill

Between retirement and the pandemic, I find myself with a lot of free time these days. Plenty of time to clean, but only if prompted by a still, small voice (who historically doesn’t speak up very often). One day in April, I was led to organize one particular shelf of a unit in my home […]

  • Ruskin, FL

Story Submitted by Darouny Bounsengsay

Zen has been especially hard to find this year – I’m sure for all involved in the chaos that was 2020. It’s taken root now in a couple of different places in and situations in my life and I’m thankful I’ve been able to find it. Quarantine, in a sense, was a personal blessing in […]

  • Tampa, FL

Story Submitted by Deborah Bostock-Kelley

Zen has been difficult to come by this year. But I’ve discovered that going back to my roots with song lyrics and poetry, online choose-your- own-adventure books for adults, coloring in my adult f-it coloring book, and reading my dad’s three-part novel has been able to help with stress and make me feel more relaxed. […]

  • Tampa, FL

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen

Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal.

Ryokan returned and caught him. “You may have come a long way to visit me,” he told the prowler, “and you shoud not return emptyhanded. Please take my clothes as a gift.”

The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.

Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow,” he mused, “I wish I could give him this beautiful moon.”

Story Curated from theunboundedspirit.com/10-short-zen-stories/

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