zen of Destiny . . . nothing is broken

I had 3 sub-titles for this Blog : “Don’t Hold Back on Destiny . . . my zen is always with me” and “zen of Destiny . . . and accepting it exactly as it is”.

I decided on “nothing is broken”: so, zen of Destiny . . . nothing is broken.



This is why I say that: just right now in our lifetimes, at this point on our Planet, in our human evolution we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing: it might seem like chaos, and a shocking outrage of nature we’re living through . . . but: the ancients knew it was coming, it was prophesied and they prepared some of us [teachers and masters] to deal with it and lead a way forward.

It’s not at all easy to focus on a Sudoku puzzle when the sound of a drill is screeching though the adjacent wall. And it’s not that easy to dance gracefully if you’re carrying a ton of bricks. Having a thoughtful conversation after a bottle of wine isn’t easy either, even if it loosen’s some people’s tongues. Some things are just downright impossible. Sometimes, we find ourselves in circumstances which are not conducive to progress.

We need to look at what’s holding us back. What feels like a problem can be easy to fix. If, and that’s a big IF . . . we know we’re here to appreciate exactly what we’ve got. And, we don’t make any assumptions about timing or have expectations of our environment. With zen we live well in the day, we live well with and appreciate nature and each other: especially we accept that anything and anybody can be our teacher.

Good teachers teach with both love and discipline, with both resources and responsibility.

As a teacher I know, because my teacher taught me how, to teach you to solve your own problems every day so you reach a level of self-mastery and emotional maturity, and along with like minded individuals, be able to say ” . . . this is our destiny”.

Don’t Hold Back on Destiny . . . my zen is always with me

Some people seem to be drawn to problematic situations. If there’s a difficult path to take, they’ll choose that and take it; they have an almost eery and uncanny ability to get themselves into sticky situations. Yet rather than this being a problem, it’s a skill. Just think how dull their lives would be if they could somehow manage to change their deep-rooted psychological tendency to seek out interesting challenges. We’re being challenged now for a reason.

I’m writing this Blog for you as we approach the Dark of the Moon [at September New Moon]: don’t get overwhelmed, and don’t avoid a situation just because it looks difficult. Making small changes in your own life and opening both your mind and your heart works for all of us. This shift holds great potential.

Humanity has survived impending doom, climate change and cultural chaos before – we are incredibly resilient because we adapt: we evolve. One of the things that happens is, when we move forward into a new age [we’re moving into the Astrological Age of Aquarius] the teachers distill the wisdom of the old age for the benefit of the coming generations: so we go into the new with the support of wisdom and knowledge ready for new experiences.

It takes strength, and yes, discipline: we take responsibility for living well as a living being on a living Planet in a living Universe. It doesn’t have to be miserable, we can thrive!

Here are some words from Lao Tzu [Tao Te Ching – or Dao De Ching] to inspire you :
“I know this to be true because I have looked within myself”


Novelist Gabriel García Márquez wrote: “All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret”. I want to add that during different phases of our lives, as we know from Astrology, one or the other of these three lives might take precedence; and it might need more care than usual. According to what I know of the times we’re living through, our lives in the coming weeks and months will offer abundant vitality and many blessings in the third area: our secret lives.We can most definitely, and are totally supposed to, thrive.

zen of Destiny . . . and accepting it exactly as it is

My prescription for best results: give devoted attention to your hidden depths. As one of my spiritual astrologers told me: “Be a brave explorer of your mysterious riddles.”

We are on the edge of mystery, we’re dancing to the riddles and tunes of an ever changing Universe: live well with, and appreciate, nature exactly as it is for us right now – nothing is broken for us. When we’re the ones already taking care of living well on a daily basis, our zen is always with us.

Enjoy! suZen

You can make donations to support the teachings! Namaste


Tuesday Teachings – thrive | Journaling #1

Today, welcome indeed and we’re talking about a major first step on a life path. Journaling is a powerful life skill to learn . . . Tuesday Teachings here on the zen.vegan.thrive blog are for you and your empowerment through skills and mastery.

So, Journaling with our Monthly Cycles . . . step #1 this week

I’m teaching you practices from the Ancient Eastern Wisdom Paths – with Zen and Spiritual Yoga. And it’s a daily flow of working with our Moon cycles and Lunar rhythms. So, as many of you might know I’m teaching to flow with our monthly 28 day lunar cycles.

In Vedic Astrology this is called “living with our Nakshatras” or, the lunar Mansions of the Goddess where we find our joy [or not] and our ability to be less stressed-out or stretched-out through pressure of time. Learning to live with flow.

Starting a daily journal at New Moon is powerful – you can start making notes of your feelings, emotions and drives without any knowledge at all of astrology or the bigger Cosmic cycles, just trust and be yourself then maybe in the next monthly cycle you can add deeper insight?

More in part #2 of this blog next week. Good luck on your journey!


We came here to be happy

We came here to be happy, and for many of us today we simply need to slow down, live with Cosmic rhythms and cycles of Nature: which means our return to innocence.

The big changes that are happening in our world right now can seem overwhelming, but we can empower ourself by making small changes within – practice is powerful.

In the video below I’m talking about Journaling and reading from Vicki Noble’s book “Shakti Woman” with her advice and guidance.

You can follow the practices on the 7 day weekly practices pages on my The Kindest Revolution website [check the pull down menu]: and Journal for 28 days of our Lunar Cycle, supported by my teachings and practices.

Then if you’d like more of a group experience, we can share our stories of our Journeys: I’ll put up the link on a playlist for you to upload any videos you make from your writing, thoughts, creativity. Let me know in the comments below?



Namaste, enjoy!


You can donate to support the teachings!! Namaste



Monday Motivations | creativity a-la zen.vegan.thrive

I like creating “spaces” for my own creativity to grow and inspiring and being inspired by other creative people who thrive on the unexpectedness of both what we call the “creative discomfort” of inspiration and the deeply intuitive ways we have to manifest.


So, welcome to Monday Motivations!

Today – my first offering: it means a lot to me and has been a foundation for my own zen practice for a long time | my Podcast on a teaching by Zen Master Osho – Truth.



Sunday Spirituality | . if zen . Voice of Suzen zen poetry

For many of us in the Western World, Sunday is still a day to slow down, take time out and reset. Awareness on Spirituality brings the Sacred into the day . . . and a focus on beauty and our own truth restores and replenishes us: Self, Soul and Spirit. My Sunday poetry is my own Sacred practice . . . enjoy!


. if zen . . . . . .


If . . . . what . . .?

If essence of zen

Is breath

If SpIrIt of Zen

Is breath of Heaven

If sIlence

Is the way

we fInd the way

to be


our eternal beIng nature

If traInIng

the body and mInd

to sIt stIll

Is the way we do thIs,

beIng grounded

here, now

If words


not the way

to sort out

our Internal wars






the unIverse




Its own language




If beIng stIll

In sIlence

at the centre

of exIstence,


In lIfe patterns

Is the way


Inner freedom

If the way

we do thIs

Is wIth practIce

If thIs

Is the “answer” . . .





was the questIon?



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This link takes you to The Kindest Revolution website!
There are various ways to donate


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Enjoy! Namaste

Friday Tea-time . . . zen and the art of the tea-way to destress and thrive

Zen is not a religion, it is not merely a philosophy. It is a unique way of living simply, with meditation, values and virtues. Zen has been called “the religion without a god” which respects the divinity within all . . .

these are our values and virtues



purity and


the tea way

Elements of the Tea Way are to accept, appreciate and revere what naturally occurs, exactly as it is – in an atmosphere of harmony, tranquillity, purity and reverence: we are all equal when we take time out for tea, with the concerns of the world temporarily distant.

this is the story

Zen Master Eisai who established Zen in Japan in the 12th century, was responsible for bringing the tea ceremony with him from China to Japan, in yet another blending of art, culture and Zen – he brought tea seeds back with him and planted the first tea garden on monastery grounds which eventually lead to the Tea Way: tea drinking as a Zen Art.

my own words on equality, musing over tea

These were my own thoughts on equality and divinity while musing over tea, in my own words, that the light dancing in the dark brought to me this week: in contemplation of respecting what a struggle times of shifting change can be for some of humanity:


Our lives are so fleeting, floating motes

dust on the light of the Universe’s dark canvas

that is the night of the soul

and still, we dance in the mystery


this is a short video




Music is ZenZen, licensed from Silenciomusic.co.uk

zen is not a cop out . . . it’s a Way to thrive

Zenity is my term for “sanity by zen” . . .

And there’s not much more sane than you realising that you are actually your own buddha. Your mind can open up to what is true in your life just for you.


Zen, or living daily with contemplation and meditation, is constantly changing. It has a Spirit of its own that has been travelling for 2,500 years, let’s say two and a half thousand years. But we know of zen teachings 4,000 years ago.

As a way to a peaceful and joyful life, it has not only survived but thrived – and for a very simple reason. Accepting life simply and exactly as it is, here and now.


Sometimes, we don’t know what we want until we get it. On the other hand, there are times when we don’t know what we don’t want until we’ve got it. Believe you me, I know that to be true. So, in order to be okay – and not be disappointed all the time – we make the best of whatever we have.

And I’ll be a bit “Yorkshire” here – drawing back on my upbringing in the North of England – this can feel like a “cop-out”: as if we’re just making do with a situation that really is unsatisfactory. But this is not just a Way, as in an Art, or a strategy . . . in zen we say, our arts are our ways, so it’s not a strategy to cope. No, it’s not.

This is how we thrive. It’s a Way . . .


Zen, or living daily with contemplation and meditation, is constantly changing.


Your happiness lies in being able to appreciate all the very different aspects of your life and yourself: the whole of who you are: and being in harmony with all those different aspects – a person of Unity.

Namaste, or gassho [whichever word suits you, it means the same]

I honour the Spirit of the Universe that dwells within you,



This might help . . . my podcast on “zen is not a cop-out”

For you to realise you are your own buddha is all you need to know.

Friday Tea-time . . . thrive of the zen tea way | Galangal

Galangal and Lime Flowers Tea


I came upon this totally by chance – the local health food shop was giving away “close to sell-by-date” herbs . . . don’t ask, that’s a discussion for another day . . . intuitively I picked out these two herbs: Galangal is Indian Blue Ginger (one of the ingredients in Thai Red curry paste) this was the dried root.

When I got home I made a tea by infusing half a teaspoon of Galangal with 2 teaspoons of Lime Flowers – it was delicious and seemed to be hitting a “spot” for me.

Researching this combination later that evening, I found that this is a traditional Indian combination which acts as a tonic – or as a relaxant if that is what is needed. Yoga and Ayurveda act like that, the more you need it, the more it gives.

What I also discovered was that it has been used for centuries for skin toning and refreshing. My skin had been feeling dry for a few days previous to this. I carried on drinking the tea for a few more days, my skin brightened considerably – and it was another of those mini-Eureka moments: one more time I had intuitively chosen what I needed, and one more time it was freely available (and also I nearly tripped myself up, walking into the box of give-away herbs).



My suggestion: you can start your art of tea drinking to de-stress on a Friday tea-time with your new chosen tea for the week. Relax and appreciate what nature has given us all!


yin.zen vegan thrive – small steps to Balance

A Blog to Beautify our Art of Living

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!



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