Mushin: How The ‘No Mind’ State Can Help You


Mushin: The state of no mind is a Zen practice to awaken your consciousness and experience complete awareness of the self.

Do you find your mind busy most of the time? Is your mind always thinking about things that are not even important? Most of us lack awareness of the mind and this leads to a gross lack in awareness of the self. Hence, our mind starts creating stories by imagining ‘what if’ scenarios. What if we took that job? What if we didn’t breakup? What if we left everything behind? These kinds of thoughts are damaging to the self and we need to eradicate them by developing a state of “no mind.”

The no-mind state is a Zen practice of self-awareness. It shows that when the mind ceases to be riddled by thoughts, our genuine self emerges.

Our thinking mind limits and prevents us from existing in a larger reality of the self. No mind is a state of being which enables us to be our whole selves, a self that is free of fear, sorrow, happiness or ecstasy. It is a state where we are nothing, yet everything.

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What is a ‘No Mind’ state?

No Mind is a state of pure consciousness and leads to complete awareness of the self. It is a state of mind that challenges you to connect with your inner self by eliminating all thoughts, especially self-limiting beliefs.

It is a state where you are beyond thoughts, notions, beliefs, principles, ideologies, fear, anger or even happiness. No Mind is a state of nothingness. A state of bliss.

Although practicing meditation can help you achieve this state, it is not necessary to spend hours to achieve this state of nothingness. However, you do need to be aware of your mind to identify how it jumps from one thought to another without any purpose.

When you detach from your thoughts and observe them without getting involved or judging them, you will be able to connect with your pure self.

As you detach from everything, even your own thoughts, and emotions, you become pure and observe everything with love and compassion. No mind is a state where there is no attachment or judgment. Where duality doesn’t exist. Where you accept yourself and everyone else as they are. You don’t see anyone as separate. Man & woman, beauty & ugliness, good & bad, birds & animals, stones & gold… all unite as a part of nature. As you see everyone and everything as the same, you become a part of the universe. You become the universe.

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Mushin: The Art of No Mindedness

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Mushin: How The ‘No Mind’ State Can Help You

According to Zen Buddhism philosophies, the state of no-mind operates very fast but without any conscious direction or plan. Hence, it is free, flexible and adaptable like the water and the wind. The concept of no-mind is, in part, derived from the Zen expression Mushin, which is the core essence of Japanese martial arts.

Mushin is a mental state, derived from the word ‘Mu’ means “nothingness” and ‘Shin’ means “heart, mind or spirit.”

Daoist & Zen meditators, as well as trained martial artists, strive to reach this mental state through rigorous training, meditation, and daily activities.

In ancient times, the Samurai warrior wielded his sword in battle without any conscious thought. Thinking would have interrupted the swordsman’s flow and lead to his death. This is the same with modern-day martial artists and athletes. When a martial artist is in a state of no-mindedness and relies solely on his training, meditation, and natural instinct, he can become one with his art form…his sword.

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Theo Harrison

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