Or Possibly Zen in Six

Hemingway is famous for being succinct.  Using small but poignant words was one of his trademarks.  One of his famous quotes is "Writer's write."

He once said that one of his best works was a story he wrote that only had six words:

"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Since then the mastery of the 6 word story has take on epic proportions.  The process of writing a good six word story could really almost be considered zen.  Twitter has been one of the best things that has come along since Hemingway to help us think about creating complete cohesive thoughts with a limited amount of words.

There is even a twitter site dedicated to the six word story - because, as you can imagine, six word stories fit nicely in the twitter 140 character format.

Back in 2006 Wired Magazine wrote an article with their favorite 6 word stories.  But even the twitter account does not have any current contributions.  

Writing a 6 word story is a challenge.

Write your story today in just 6 words.  Even better if you could do that in less than 5 minutes.  Zen in 6 in 5!

Empty Space

There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.
  ~ John Cage 

Six Years of Growth

It has been nearly six years now, and Zen in 5 now has over 2500 Twitter followers. Thank you to everyone! We continue to support the peaceful use of Zen Meditation as a way to bring more harmony to yourself, and our world.

zen (comparative more zen, superlative most zen)
  1. (religion) Pertaining to this denomination of Buddhism
  2. (colloquial) extremely relaxed and collected

  • "The essence of Zen Buddhism is that every person is the Buddha, and each must discover this truth for himself." - Brian Gabriel

At first, my heart gave a little flutter
when faced with the challenge
 of meeting such stiff criteria
but quickly returned to a Zen state
when the idea of pizza pinwheels
 popped into my ever-racing mind