One of the ultimate Zen like experiences is waking-up from a great slumber refreshed and energized. Your mind and body are harmoniously one, both alert and focused. Having a refreshed mind and body are two keys to a natural and Zen lifestyle.
Waking up in the morning is a metaphor for life -- a kind of daily microcosmic
reenactment of our overall purpose for being in the world. That is, just about
every religious tradition emphasizes spiritual growth. And the connection
between "awakening" and spiritual growth can be found in practically all forms
of spiritual teaching.
So if waking up in the morning really is a metaphor for our larger
spiritual lives, this perspective might help us treat our morning ritual of
getting out of bed as a kind of spiritual practice. Indeed, when approached in
this way, how we wake up in the morning can make a larger difference in our
Perhaps this is stretching the matter, but there are many people who do
recognize that something as simple as waking up in the morning can be an
authentic form of spiritual practice. For those who don't have to go to work or
get the kids to school, waking up naturally, whenever their body feels like it,
can be a wonderful version of this practice. Waking up without an alarm,
whenever your body has had enough rest, is probably the healthiest option, and
the one that will leave us feeling most refreshed and ready to start the day.
However, there are few of us that have this luxury, especially during the
Fortunately, for those who want to wake up right, without being startled
awake by an annoying alarm or some radio DJ, there is The Zen Alarm Clock. This
clock was designed to make waking up a kind of spiritual practice. The Zen
Clock wakes users with a built-in 10 minute gradual progression of acoustic
chimes. And this gradual form of "progressive awakening" has been thoughtfully
designed to include esoteric features that are fitting for a form of spiritual
practice. For example, not only is the hardwood Zen Alarm Clock beautiful to
see and hear, the clock's chime is tuned to produce the same frequencies as the
tuning forks used by musical therapists in their healing work. Moreover, the
Zen Clock's pre-programmed 10 minute chime progression sequence advances
according to the "golden ratio," which reflects both the natural proportions of
our own bodies and the patterns of growth used in the overall evolution of the
Even those who care little about such esoteric details nevertheless report
that they love waking up with the gentle chimes of a Zen Alarm Clock. And as
the makers of the Zen Alarm Clock hope, we may eventually come to see many of
the simple details of our lives as forms of authentic spiritual practice.
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