Zen practice begins as a personal effort as individuals reflect on the life they are living, on its meaning, and its place in the world. With continued practice and patience, concern for self
diminishes as attention is increasingly drawn to relationships with family, friends, and work associates. The mind’s view widens, becoming more and more flexible and open. As a result, home life and work life experience increased harmony and balance. Anxieties are replaced by confidence and purpose as the sense of community expands.