Seijaku (stillness, tranquility, solitude):
seijakuThe principle of seijaku emphasizes the fundamental Zen theme of emptiness, which implies an inexhaustible spirit. It is in states of active calm, tranquility, solitude, and quietude that we find the very essence of creative energy. Silent pauses in music, as well as motionlessness in dance and theater, illustrate the power of seijaku In meditation, we strive for achieving self-awareness and focus. Bonsai is a tranquil art. Bonsai and Japanese art invoke feelings of peace and quiet, even in the middle of busy cities or hectic settings.

Learn to quiet your mind; designate a time and place for creative solitude