Enlightenment is within reach -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you're searching for revelation and contentment, look no further than a handshake, a cup of coffee -- even your laundry pile. The most mundane details of life contain zen's profound truths, if you're of the mind to look for them.
By awakening to and embracing the zen in your life, you'll listen, watch, eat, work, laugh, sleep, and breathe your way to truth -- every moment of every day.
A more involved but also more fun approach can be found in Philip Toshio Sudo's quirky Zen 24/7: All Zen/All the Time, which dares to dissect a typical day and insert Zen-ish meditation opportunities into the most mundane of moments. Separate chapters deal with driving in the car, running errands, working out, getting ready in the morning and other quotidian activities. Sudo finds that standing in line at the ATM offers an opportunity to experience gratitude for spiritual riches; likewise, stopping at a traffic light gives us the chance to take a deep breath and enjoy a moment of stillness. Those who say they have no time for meditation will relish this humorous but perceptive book. ( Apr.)