being

inner rhythm

Zen Buddhist teachings differentiate between the background mind and the foreground mind. The background mind describes the basic mood and rhythm with which we feel, think and act – our internal attitude. The foreground mind describes our attention directed at a present activity. The colouration of our background mind thereby determines the focus on external activity. If this background mind is restless or nervous, then this will affect our activity accordingly; if peaceful and relaxed, the opposite is the case. This has an impact on all of our activities, whether driving a car or holding important negotiations.