Hara or not
I was not told much about the hara in my studies of Zen, but it appears that focused concentration on this area, while grounding the mind in the present, is also a requisite for enlightenment. Hakuin, in his Orategama work and others, lets it be known that in order to work on Zen, one must be working on one's hara, or vital center. And of course, the man is right. I have felt somewhat depressed and anxious for awhile, and today when I focused on the hara, all of this went away. The more one focuses the more one wants to focus. The feeling feels good, strong and grounded deeply in the here and now. What have others found?