Three Pieces of Zen Wisdom

A good friend shared three pieces of Zen wisdom today, and I had to laugh. Not at the wisdom, but at myself. Sometimes we get so caught up looking for meaning, wisdom, inspiration, and help. Other times we get caught up in the everyday routine, stuck in life and work mode. When really it all comes down to three deceptively simple ideas:

Eat when you are hungry. Sleep when you are tired. Drink when you are thirsty. And do not mix any of these three up.

Sounds simple doesn't it? Easy even. But it really is deceptive. How often do we ignore our bodies' most basic needs? I am quite guilty of eating when I am tired. All the time. Or eating when I am thirsty, not realizing that I am thirsty not hungry. 

Beyond mixing up the basic functions and needs of our bodies, we are also guilty of outright ignoring the basic needs of our bodies. Or at least I am. I do not know how many times I have put off much needed sleep to get something done, read a bit later, spend time with a friend or whatever. Other times I ignore hunger and thirst because I am 'too busy' to stop and take care of my body.

The body is really a complex and fragile mechanism that needs care, love, and attention. I often forget this. Those three pieces of wisdom seem so easy, so simple. But really take a lifetime to master.

Somewhere in that same vein, today I found myself watching the film "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and directed by Zach Helm. This is in fact a children's film, but it is so packed with wisdom and insight, that I cannot help re-watching it from time to time. There are so many moments that make me smile, make me nod in agreement, and prod me into realizing or re-realizing important truths such as the ones above. 

Most of all, this film makes me remember to see the wonder, the magic, of life. It really is all around us. We forget it all the time. But the world is a beautiful place. This children's film helps one remember how to look at the world with the wonder and belief in magic that a child has.