Here we are, friends, the sprint to the end!! If I get this up by midnight that will be 5 posts in 2 days, a personal record! I shall carry that pride for a while yet. Many thanks to all who have visited from the A to Z Challenge this month, to all those who supported me through it, to the regular readers, and to the writers whose work I have had the distinct pleasure of reading. We made it!! And now, the last…
Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, again:
Zen: a Japanese sect of Mahayana Buddhism that aims at enlightenment by direct intuition through meditation. [On this last post I interject my own connotation for this word, as synonymous with peacefulness and thoughtful serenity.]
Zeal: eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something: fervor, syn(onym) see passion.
Today listening again (still) to Amy Cuddy’s book, Presence, I learned a new relationship between cortisol and testosterone, in terms of power and behavior. Cortisol rises under threat, when we feel powerless. Testosterone rises when we feel confident and powerful. But they are not mutually exclusive, and just like meaning and stress, they can coexist in variable amounts. By Applying Zen and Zeal, I mean to describe what it looks and feels like when we think and act in the combined state—a low cortisol, high testosterone milieu: Confident, strong, calm, powerful, and proactive.
One more time, through the alphabet:
Attitude. Peaceful passion. Confidently Aspiring to higher goals.
Behavior. Measured, less impulsive. Intentional, purposeful.
Conduct. Consistent. Steady. Forthright.
Demeanor. Welcoming, friendly. Inviting. Quietly exuding a mission.
Effect. Inspiring. Aspiring. Cohesive, motivating.
Focus. Clear, directed, sharp.
Goals. Meaningful, worthy.
Happiness. Derived from within, determined by Honoring core values.
Influence. Stirring, benevolent, collaborative.
Judgment. Wise, responsible.
Kinship. With all of humanity, transcending skin color, ideology, rhetoric.
Lessons. Lifelong Learning in humility, applied with grace and gratitude.
Mantras. Expressive, centering, grounding. Ideas to foster engagement with the world.
Narrative. Analytical, honest, ongoing.
Objective. Peace in action.
Pursuit. Integrity, fairness, equality.
Query. Self-awareness, withholding judgment, telling new stories.
Rest. Respected, taken in intervals. Recharging, never slothful.
Strength. When collaborating with others—Synergistic.
Timbre. Deep. Resonant. Moving.
Universe. Vast, inclusive, mystical.
Vibration. Stimulating. Multi-synchronous.
Wealth. Deep connection.
Xanadu. World peace.
Yield. World peace.
Zenith. World peace.
Peace to all.