Rebel Zen and The Glorious Art of Being Imperfect

By Seamus Anthony

By Seamus Anthony

What follows is the massively-inspired, half-drunk process of me trying to finally define what “Rebel Zen” means in a slogan …

Rebel Zen: It’s not about being perfect – it’s about being alive.

or

Exploring what it means to be alive

or maybe

Exploring what it means to be human

or

… and the Glorious Art of Being Imperfect

Yes! That’s it!

Rebel Zen and the Glorious Art of Being Imperfect!

‘Cos to me that is the point – it is about what it means to be a human – warts and all.

What it feels like to be alive; the search for meaning, for authenticity, what it feels like.

The very thing artists strive to express – musicians, poets, madmen.

Forsaking fantasies of perfection – Zen as in “being here now”, whether that feels good or not.

What it feels like to be a human being, with all the inherent imperfection and beauty and baggage that comes part-and-parcel with it it.

What IT means.

THIS.

What THIS all means.

Meaning – and the absence of meaning.

The glorious, never-ending, futile, wonderful search for meaning and our compulsion to look forward when it, this, the answers are here now.

But they aren’t here now at all. They are elusive, or we would find already and stop searching.

The continual paradox of apparent meaninglessness coupled with our insatiable desire for meaning.

The Yin and Yang play-off of ‘Meaningless Life’ and ‘Awareness’.

What THIS feels like – and the validity of this experience.

This is what Rebel Zen means to me – if it must be defined – that we live, impermanently, meaninglessly, and that – surely – THIS is okay…

…but somehow it’s not,

….but somehow it is,

…and on and on without resolution …

Without resolution but with an aching wonder, a beauty, a Love…

… a dream.

…. a dream framed by razors and barbed wire

… and then framed again with clouds of forgiveness and Love …

… and on and on and on without resolution.

Until … ?

Yes … I bloody LOVE it … Rebel Zen … is

The Glorious Art of Being Imperfect

Hi, I'm Seamus Anthony. I am an author, artist and musician from Australia. Here at Rebel Zen, I document my journey as an creative artist and human and in doing so, hopefully help you in your own progress through your life of creativity. Go get your free E-book by me: "Taming The Monkey Mind".

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  1. I LOVE it! The Glorious Art of Being Imperfect… might have to make it my middle name. 🙂 I’m struggling trying to write a new post about imperfection, so your timing couldn’t have been more perfect. 😉

  2. Yeah love it!

    One of my favourite quotes and I have a few
    “For every truth the opposite is equally as true”

  3. Thanks guys. I woke up this morning not only slightly hungover but very worried that I had made a big mug of myself on this blog last night (well, more than usual)and while the style of writing for this post is a little, well, “free form” for my usual taste, I found I still liked the main point and the new tag line I came up with. Steve (my almost silent blog co-partner who is right now busy making us a new look for this blog)was into it to, although he rightly advised I lose the unnecessary f word (and redundant point) at the beginning of the ramble (which I did). Now via twitter and these couple of comments here I feel that we have a winner folks, a new tag line to sum up Rebel Zen!

    Unless we change our mind tomorrow of course 😉

  4. this is wonderful! i haven’t explord much on your blog yet, but i think i really connect with what you’re doing here. being excited to be alive!! and just walking straight into the storm, yes?

  5. I love these quotes”This is what Rebel Zen means to me – if it must be defined – that we live, impermanently, meaninglessly, and that – surely – THIS is okay…

    …but somehow it’s not,

    ….but somehow it is,

    …and on and on without resolution …”

    hehehe…long live the rebel zen..live long and prosper!!!
    Unless you weren’t drunk..these marvelous quotes wouldn’t had appeared.
    This is how Lao-Tze wrote about Tao..sipping on Techila,like you,my good man.
    kisses…and thank you:)
    I must post these on my blog..
    love,danny

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