To Grow, We All Must Change

What seeds you plant today will change your tomorrow.

Choose the path that lets you be you.

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Whereas ZEN is of the moment and what is, SZEN celebrates what could be. SZEN ZONE – Reaching a State of Positive Change contains lighthearted and positive narrative on life and its possibilities, with stories that cover the gamut from interesting to profound. The general overarching theme is on change and all of the aspects of it – Creating, surviving, and managing change with the goal to recognize the power we have to become what we choose, both when we’re feeling in control and how to mange when we’re not in control.

The SZEN ZONE focuses on identifying the lift-off point for creating positive change. Although everyone is different and it’s a very individual and sometimes internalized process, the principles in this book can help you establish the context and right frame of mind to embrace and manage change. After many years of professionally helping individuals and companies navigate change, I’ve observed how some changes seem to take forever while unforeseen change can come right at you and in an instant move your world.



The Book of Szen is a compilation of stand-alone stories and observations that celebrate the power in each of us to create positive change in our lives, to be what we want to be. Whereas Zen speaks of the moment and what is, the Book of Szen reflects on what could be. Essentially, it is not a “how-to” book, but a “why not” book. It’s a down-to-earth collection that includes simple anecdotes and short stories that encourage us to reach our sometimes forgotten voice, a voice that yearns for a better life. You’ll find that the Book of Szen is sensitive to life and is as easy to relate to, as it is to read. The most common feedback I’ve received from readers over the years is that they felt that the Book was speaking to them directly about exactly what they needed to hear at the time.



IF YOU NEED A QUICK mental pick-me-up, or a deep dive into your psychological underpinnings, Gary Szenderski gets you there with enlightened insights, wit, and charming prose. I am privileged to have Gary on my Emmy Award winning show on PBS, Between the Lines with Barry Kibrick. In the past 23 years I have been asked many times to write the forward to a book, or a blurb for an author to use. This is the first time I have accepted to do so. The reason is simple. Gary does not just give you useful information, and enriching knowledge, but helps take you down a path of true wisdom.

His previous works, The Book of Szen and Szen Zone, are never out of reach as they reside on my desk and at the ready whenever I need a fresh perspective. His latest gem, Now and Szen will inhabit a space right beside them.

Gary has the rare ability to make every chapter a story that resonates to the innermost degree and never fails to reach me on a personal level with a sense of humor, poignancy, and joy of discovery.

I am confident, that like me, you too will not only read Gary’s words but also feel them penetrate you in a way that sticks not only in your mind, but in your heart and soul. Pamper yourself with a fulfilling treat; after all, we all could use one Now and Szen.

Barry Kibrick

Three-time Emmy winning Host/Producer of Between the Lines with Barry Kibrick 2019 Recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Host/Producer of Barry Kibrick-Just Between Us


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Here is What Readers Have to Say About Now & Szen

Gary is a calming force in writing about things that concern us and in revealing life’s positive side.

The insights that Gary expresses are deeply moving and thought provoking. This book is an inspirational guide to living a peaceful, considerate and joy-filled life. I highly recommend it.

Gary approaches his work and his writing with enthusiasm and a positive perspective. If you are experiencing the need to change, this is the book for you.

Gary reminds us of the wisdom that life is simple if we don’t over complicate it. Life is now.

Your words bring a combination of clarity and reflection into my daily life.

Gary, a truly clever wordsmith, writes with insight and humor about the human spirit and human relationships while always following the thread of our interconnectedness and shared humanity.

What others say about Szen Zone

I love how you write. A Szen story each night put me to sleep with a positive thought and smile on my face.

Your “Szen” writings are like surprise birthday gifts. Magically, each piece appears at the most appropriate time. I always ask, “How did he know?”

Amen to that! It’s all about the choices we make when defeat happens. You can either choose to grow from it or not. Good life lessons. Thanks for bringing it to the forefront – A very important message.

Gary, Your writing is beautiful! You are an amazing man and deserve the best outcome.

Wonderful…Thank you from one of your fans on a job well done!

When I pick up your book I seem to find just the right story to touch my heart, move me forward and give me courage. It’s like having a best friend close at hand.

Gary, You really have just made my day. Thanks for sharing…..

Gary’s writings reveal a serial optimist – humanistic prose, an understanding of our species, and an abiding faith that we CAN achieve a positive outcome. Why read Gary’s stuff in the first place, would you complain if your life got better?

What others say about Book of Szen

Always a treat a comfort and a pleasure to read and reflect on your words. Thank you for being a bright, shiny light in the dark.

Your words fell on a good place today.

You are a positive force in many people’s lives. Keep going.

How beautiful. You touch so many.

You are too darn funny!! I adore your writings.

Congratulations on your epic book!! . . . it is very enlightening!

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