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Yin is Flow. Zen is Living Mindfully. Yin.Zen is Susan Ni Rahilly’s teaching for living with Flow, with reverence for Essence and practising daily with Devotion to awaken awareness of Divine Feminine. Small steps to Balance leading to a more heart-centred future for Humanity.

“I was wondering how to say something that is very simple, when we live in a world that has become so complex. My solution was to take a reading from the I Ching for our guidance, just when I had emerged from a period of grief and healing myself . . . This was the reading: ” Susan

“Small Exceeding: Essence of Wisdom in the Small”

Essence of Wisdom: In their conduct, wise people give preponderance to reverence . . . in bereavement, they give preponderance to grief. In expenditure, they give preponderance to thrift.”  I Ching

Preponderance of the Small

Thunder on the Mountain . . . this is the image of “preponderance of the small”:  It is “The Tower Moment” in the Light Seer Tarot deck

Finding Heaven: finding the Goddess

They say “the devil is in the detail” but actually “the angel is in the detail”. . . if we want to find the “angel” in our current situation, the hope, the inspiration, the positivity in a way forward – you may have to accept that there is no way to see what is the truth at the moment, you can’t gain perspective no matter how much you would like to. And each time you attempt to attain this something stops you, being drawn back by a factor which is relatively small and seemingly irrelevant but which somehow seems so important and so pressing, and which contains so many grounds for argument and contention that no further discussion of the wider picture can take place. That’s the devil in the detail.

But, it’s also where the angel might be found.

Keep looking until you see it. Think of the difference between a hologram and a photograph : if you tear off the corner of a picture, that’s all you’ve got. But if you break a hologram then every single piece of the bigger picture is actually contained within the small one. By attending to detail, by getting the factors that you can get right, by drawing other people’s attention to the parallels within the smaller picture and what it might be telling you about the bigger picture, you can gradually create the focus, intention and the understanding which will eventually lead to new appreciation, and the recognition and the sense of progress which is so much required.

Deal with what you can deal with

The I Ching is advising us not to become frustrated: it’s saying “deal with what you can deal with and don’t worry . . . little things count a lot. If we take care of the little things now, the big things will take care of themselves.

Essence of small in the Wisdom: Yin Zen Soma

Yin Zen Soma is my teaching: taking small steps in Ancient practices, with baby steps leading you to openings and awakenings within : revealing your true being nature and your “purpose-ful-ness”.

This is not the Western education style of achievement by stages – this is an Ancient initiation style of evolving your consciousness which needs to get back to balance regularly with each new opening in awareness and spirituality.

The Essence is compassionate, heart-centered, awakening Divine Feminine. The qualities we care for in small ways are Mother-centred: patient, caring, simple, profound.

Practices to Initiate you to the Yin Zen Soma path are small, daily and flowing. Check the Practices section here in the menu above. Earth Empaths practices upload on Saturdays for daily practice, and Daily Flow in Practice is with the main Lunar Phases. These are free, and you’ll be directed to The Kindest Revolution website. Namaste. Enjoy!

 

 

The Entire World in “Hermit” mode . . . ? AUMmmmm

I’m breaking my silence during the last month of a 100-day deep retreat . . . in awareness of the Pandemic virus sending the whole world into self-isolation, staying at home in enforced “hermit” mode.

And what happens in stillness, silence and rest? Love-force arises. Gandhi called it Soul-force, Jesus called it Love-force . . .

The Pisces Sacred Creatives

As a teacher I know there’s a spiritual network all over our world just waiting to be called on for a Global awakening to what our priorities as Humanity really are . . .  and some of us are Specific healers and Teachers, as Pisces Sacred Creatives – creating a new vision for Humanity’s future by taking off the “mind-bandages” to what’s important and vital for thriving, never mind surviving.

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I made a short program in 2018, sensing those of us in the Pisces vibration in this incarnation will need to self-protect, self-nurture and grow into our power. Bonding and boundaries are vital to us.

Here’s the link . . . I trust it’ll resonate with those it needs to.

Namaste, SuZen

[My new teachings will be up soon on The Kindest Revolution and aiming to have the Newspaper online again early August.]

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“New Year New Thinking” Zen Vegan Thrive Weekly | SuZen Editorial: Edition Saturday 4th January 2020

Welcome to this week’s newspaper!

I’m so happy to write: ” . . . New Year New Thinking – the Newspaper’s mission is: Re-thinking Conscious Worldview, Global Education and Future Vision  . . . ” Today’s edition is a very positive step along that path.

So, here’s a run-down of articles, features, videos and images: First Book Review of the year is “Simplicity of Life” by Steve Leasock . . . we have Jane Redfern’s piece “Letting Go of the Past” and my own “zen of Nonsense”.

Delving deeper by the week into our Voice of Men editorial thread : Wisdoms to support us in our growth on our paths – this week, it was Gandhi’s voice that was calling out   . . . in the paper’s lower third video section: ” . . . fight with peace.”

In the music videos section, honouring Yusuf Cat Stevens as a stellar musical influence for our times: so many, many people have bonded with his song “get on board the Peace Train.”

As usual in the video section:  Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das [formerly Adam Elenbaas] | Tarot card readings for next week for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali – and she gives us a current energies check-in for this first weekend of the year.

Vegan cooking by Avant Garde Vegan and Ireland’s The Happy Pear  | More incredibly “mad weather” by MrMBBB  | Plus more practice from me to keep us in tune and in touch with art, beauty, music, wisdom . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions . . . we’re flowing through First Quarter Moon Phase all this week.

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the videos and photos section today] .

Hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line to get the weekly paper into your email inbox and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

Much love
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
SuZen

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Newspaper Banner image this week: People Silhouetted during Sunset | Photo by Min An from Pexels

 

 

Friday Tea-time . . . the zen tea destressing art – “learning silence” | A Zen Story [Koan]

Friday tea time again this week, and time to take time out for our de-stressing tea-way ritual. Today I’m continuing the focus on guidance for your contemplation and the zen tea way . . .  I found this short animated zen story on the tale of the 4 students learning to be silent for 7 days, a koan for the tea way to tranquility of mind and wisdom.

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Learning to be Silent

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A wisdom story for our age of control and drama!

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Learning to be silent

We’re in an age of trying too hard and automatic responses to drama/trauma . . . caused by many things of course, our own evolution and mis-guided priorities and values. We’re in crisis as Humanity . . . but Humanity always needs crisis to make the structural changes we need to change . . .

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As usual, I encourage you to inform yourself and if you’re instinctively drawn to a daily way to tranquility and peace for your mind-body-spirit then gen up as much as you can with self-education. Learn more about our Zen Tea-way in my blog.

Enjoy! suzen

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With Gratitude to Cup and Leaf: we’ve partnered up with these lovely people – and when you buy your teas from them, we get a little bit of commission which helps to support the zen.vegan.thrive Newspaper every week! Check out their own amazing Tea Bundles in their shop.

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You can make donations to support the teachings! Namaste

zen of Nonsense : or Order and Seeming Sense | Ancient Steps to Mystery

It’s only human beings and their need for orderly minds that would have the audacity to assume that the Universe can be ordered and structured.

Maybe, maybe not – there is no seeming “sense” in the chaos-order-cycle of Divine Consciousness played out in our Cosmos, and of course by the Mother of Existence – nature.

 

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Nonsense of Order


It may seem a bit nonsensical in our seemingly ordered, logical and linear world that we could jump into something as vast as self-realisation through At-one-ment with the Ultimate Mystery in maybe only 10 minutes of meditation. But Yoga has been described as a many threaded tapestry, all threads of which ultimately lead us to our Union, Samadhi . . . and on this Ancient path, we learn that the sacred place is where we are, and what we are doing is opening our spiritual vision to see our life in that way. This is a path of practice that is further than the Yoga that many of you know.

As I teach it, Yoga is the practice which enables us to live with Divine Communication in our lives . . . and with zen living with Direct Experience of our own Divinity.

“It’s only human beings and their need for orderly minds that would have the audacity to assume that the Universe can be ordered and structured.”

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Initiation and Transmission


In our practice of meditation we follow ancient steps taking us from self-acceptance to the necessary inner peace and balance for our conversations with the Divine . . . with Yoga, your Union with the Divine . . . with zen we let this flow into our daily life, living in a unique way of being and bringing order as a principle in our practice.

Yoga as we know translates as “union” or “communion” but it also means discipline – the discipline in our practice. So we’re bringing a form to our meditation practice through discipline . . . the path which leads us to the At-One-Ment, or transcending to the mystery. Yoga also means “to bind” – it is what your Soul is “bound to” or your Bliss: your Dharma path. Zen means simply “meditation” or focused concentration flowing into the form of our life . . . so zen is free-flowing, it flows into whatever form our life takes [which means our culture.]

And it is a process of initiation, opening and growing our consciousness individually so that the vastness of the Ancient knowledge can be transmitted to us: sometimes with simplicity and very few words.

Because none of this is orderly just for the sake of pacifying a human being’s day-to-day mind, and most of the time “making sense of it all”, is a futile path.

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Simple Practice


Simple practice is important: so, for example, practice in breath flow through the subtle bodies, our Koshas, and perhaps with an ancient zen centering meditation, as centering brings us into the balance we need to open awareness of consciousness, and the inner peace we need for our Conversations with God/Goddess . . . keeping the channel for Divine Communication open, opening our hearts and minds to our signs from Heaven.

“It’s a process of initiation, opening and growing our consciousness individually so that the vastness of the Ancient knowledge can be transmitted to us.”

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Contemplation


And, for contemplation, mainly for Westerners not familiar with this from the Upanishads, there are a few lines here which I’ll leave you with:

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[Reading starts at about 2 minutes into the video!]

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A Reading From The Upanishads

I do not know god
nor can I say that I don’t know it

If you understand the meaning of . . .
“I neither know nor don’t know . . . “
you understand god

Those who realise
that god cannot be known
truly know

Those who claim that they know
know nothing

Namaste, Susan

Image: Ancient Meditation Mudra |  Elena Ray [elenaray.com Twitter: @OldChineseMan]

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Wednesday Wisdoms | Voice of Men | wisdoms . . . for our growth: Gandhi

 

Gandhi’s wisdom and strength: I left the Wednesday slot on the Blog free purposefully, intuitively wanting to know what would “flow in”. Wisdom is what seems to want to flow . . . but maybe not every Wednesday, so maybe there’ll be a blog or post of some kind, and maybe not. As long as the inspiration keeps coming, I’ll keep going with it. It seems to keep coming and flowing . . . wisdom IS a Divine source of life power, so: inexhaustible!

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This series of inspirations is a new way of distilling wisdom and passing it onto you . . . “Voice of Men”. This week: Gandhi speaks to us :

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Gandhi: ”  . . there is an indefinable, mysterious power that pervades everything!”

 

 

This is the unedited voice of Gandhi giving one of his most famous speeches: Satyagraha is Gandhi’s powerful concept | non-violent resistance, fighting with peace and the power of “Soul-force”.

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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

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“Balance is what happens when you know in your heart something is right.”

Enjoy! suzen

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Tuesday Teachings – thrive | Practice : The 5 Wisdoms of Preparation #1

A Meditation Garden: Elena Ray

When you think of “Thrive”, think of the seemingly small things that happened as you were birthed into this life: first you had to breathe, then you needed washing and the protection of warmth, then nurturing, fluids and sleep . . . and very, very importantly your little bodymind started moving for your survival and health [but then, you’d been moving quite a bit in the “void-space” of your mother’s womb]. Putting all of these vitalities together – we can call this our need for “practice”.

 

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Practice and Preparation | Introducing the 5 Wisdoms

 

Practice, whether it’s Yogasanas, Meditation or simply sitting quietly breathing, is how we show our Soul that we are sincere and persistent about our intentions. Intention for practice is where the power lies for transformation, so that’s personal growth, health, self discovery, potential.

 

We’re coming up to New Year all over the world, when hopefully our energies pick up: and many of you will have intentions of introducing some form of regular practice into your life.

 

Home practice is a wonderful way of supporting and re-affirming whatever you do in classes. So welcome to this guide on the wisdoms of preparation for practice, which answers some frequently asked questions, and in particular includes guidance for making your own sanctuary space.

 

But first, a little more about intention: intention is what brings about physical, mental, emotional and spiritual change in our lives as we re-align ourselves with our Soul and its eternal journey, the Supreme Soul and Consciousness.

 

The free flow of Consciousness through every level of our being is what brings health, harmony and joy into our lives.

 

And wisdom opens up in you when you realise your own Divinity, and that this is a a Life Power. Wisdom one is in the blog next week . . .

 

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“Balance is what happens when you know in your heart something is right.”

 

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Namaste, SuZen

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Here’s a Refresher on “thrive” . . .

When you think “thrive”, think of all the seemingly small, but necessary daily elements of life as nourishing the miraculous organ you are as a human being. At our essence we are a living organism, on a living Planet, in a living Universe. So, here’s something else I’ve been teaching this for over 20 years : the miracle of our self as an organism, and how we help it maintain balance [or some kind order in the chaos of living]: silence is essential – the teaching never changes, results of practice are always the same . . .

All we are on a physical level as a human being is air, water and food. And physically, our body’s 10-13 trillion cells replace themselves every 100 days [just over 3 months]. How about that for a “slow flow”? And how do we help our organism to replace and renew?

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Why we do what we do to thrive: learning to be “you”

I’m a teacher, so repeating myself goes with the job! Small steps, small changes . . . one day at a time: in 100 days from now you’ll be a new you! I’ve said this to you before, I’m sure there’ll be many tellings again. [ Read more about this in my blog  . . . thrive | Rest and Relaxation #1 ]

And, so, let’s talk about repetition and commitment as well as practicalities and practices: we could take the attitude of  “What’s the point in showering we’re only going to get dirty again?” or  “Why bother washing up when we’re only going have to redo it when we reuse the dishes.” Come to think of it, what’s the point in eating, when we’ll be hungry in a few hours time? And of course, sleeping’s unnecessary, too . . .  we just always end up feeling tired again, don’t we? I don’t think I need to say anymore, do I? Some things in life just need to be repeated: and diligently.

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A single change doesn’t always effect a permanent transformation. But taking things one step at a time in your day eventually leads to trillions of new cells of “you-ness”. You could try my very simple program “Steps to Silence” : a 7 day short program in spending more time in silence.

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Enjoy! suzen

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Monday Motivations | creative chaos a-la zen.vegan.thrive : Celebrating 100 consecutive daily posts!

 

Today for Monday Motivation: Celebrating 100 days of daily posts on the Blog since we started Autumn of 2019!  

AUM – what a joy!!

 

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My Motivation:

 

 

Lau Tzu: “Simplicity, Patience, Compassion : these are your 3 jewels and with them you will go a long way . . . “

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SuZen

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Sunday Spirituality | . . one line zen poem: be happy . . Voice of Suzen

 

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be happy : how? : breathe : smile
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[CREDIT: Photo of Woman Near a Wall by Hannah Nelson from Pexels ]

 

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“The Most Boring Edition Ever” Zen Vegan Thrive Weekly | SuZen Editorial: Edition Saturday 28th December 2019

Un-welcome to this week’s newspaper!

I can only write: ” . . . today’s is the most boring edition yet” and I remind myself of Pablo Neruda’s famous poem “Tonight I can write the saddest lines . . . ”

When I attempted throughout the week to trawl through prospective content to the paper publishing today, all I got was repetition of stuff that was never that interesting in the first place. So, Saturday December 28th 2019 can go down in our newspaper’s history as the most boring Saturday yet: I’m going to remind you of Greta Thunberg‘s words : “I want you to act as if our house is on fire.” I’ll help you along with some “fire love” from Rumi [fire love, or devotion, is Bhakti Yoga] . . .

Review feature today is my own spoken word EP of Rumi’s Love Poems: and I hope it helps you find some fire and some love for the coming 2020 – act like the “house is on fire”, what are you going to create? what are you going to write, paint, record? how are you going to dance, live, breathe? For a kickstart to your inspiration and energy, the image I used for Rumi’s Love Poems is “Passion Heart” by beautiful Yogini artist Elena Ray [credit below].

And getting deeper by the week into our Voice of Men editorial thread : Wisdoms to support us in our growth on our paths – this week, it was Rumi’s voice that was calling out   . . . in the paper’s lower third video section.

In the music videos section, I just had to try and liven things up – so there’s a hilarious version of John Lennon’s Imagine “sung” by Trump, Putin and Other Word Leaders – with thanks to I Declare World Peace. And, in our features, do you remember Alpha Circle’s new single review a while ago  – well, this week we have the news of the newest release “Sweet Talking Time” . . . and, sweetly, they say they “never miss an edition of the newspaper”. Much Gratitude!

As usual in the video section:  Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das [formerly Adam Elenbaas] | Tarot card readings for next week for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali – and she gives us a current energies check-in for this weekend.

Vegan cooking by Rachel Ama and Avante Garde Vegan | More incredibly “mad weather” by MrMBBB  | Plus more chanting and Chakra practice from me to keep us in tune and in touch with art, beauty, music, wisdom . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions . . .

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] .

Hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line to get the weekly paper into your email inbox and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

Much love
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
SuZen

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Our new partnership with Cup and Leaf [Austin, Texas] helps to subsidise the Newspaper with every Tea order you make!

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Newspaper Banner image this week: Dark Man image by sebastiaan stam from Pexels

 

 

[Passion Heart image by Elena Ray elenaray.com Twitter @OldChineseMan]

Friday Tea-time . . . the zen tea destressing art – “working hard” | A Zen Story [Koan]

Friday tea time again this week, and time to take time out for our de-stressing tea-way ritual. Today I’m continuing the focus on guidance for your contemplation and the zen tea way . . .  I found this short animated zen story on the tale of the eager student and his martial arts Master, a koan for the tea way to tranquility of mind and wisdom.

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Working Hard

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A wisdom story for our age of trying too hard

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Working Hard

We’re in an age of over-thinking and trying too hard . . . caused by many things of course, our own evolution and mis-guided priorities and values. We’re in crisis as Humanity . . . but Humanity always needs crisis to make the structural changes we need to change . . .

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As usual, I encourage you to inform yourself and if you’re instinctively drawn to a daily way to tranquility and peace for your mind-body-spirit then gen up as much as you can with self-education. Learn more about our Zen Tea-way in my blog.

Enjoy! suzen

 

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With Gratitude to Cup and Leaf: we’ve partnered up with these lovely people – and when you buy your teas from them, we get a little bit of commission which helps to support the zen.vegan.thrive Newspaper every week! Check out their own amazing Tea Bundles in their shop.

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You can make donations to support the teachings! Namaste

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