Zen of Inspiration and a Heart-based Way to our Future

We’re all suffering from being terribly practical—that’s what we’re taught to be from an early age. We’re encouraged to be, all the time: open the newspaper and what does it say? Watch TV and what does it tell us? The prevalent message is “…we all ought to be more practical”.

So, of course, when we try to solve our problems we try to find practical solutions to them. We don’t want to enter into the realms of philosophy, which is all about maybe, could be, should be … we want to go into the realms of “…what can I do and what can’t I do?” and “what’s possible and what isn’t possible?”

And yet, maybe that isn’t the be-all and end-all of everything. In the same way that money isn’t the be-all and end-all of everything. In the same way that we as human beings are more than just physical entities requiring roofs over our heads and food in our stomachs. There are certain basic needs to be met, but does that make us happy? Should we be contented because we’ve got the things that meet basic needs, especially when others in our world don’t? No.

There has to be something else or else life doesn’t have any magic in it, it doesn’t have any meaning in it…we have to have something else: we have to have some inspiration, we have to have some joy, we have to have a sense of fulfillment, a sense of engagement, a sense of excitement and a sense of belonging. And without those things, life really quickly becomes very empty. And when it does contain those things, life become poetic. Life becomes wondrous and fulfilled.

We’re all suffering from being terribly practical

Factors in our lives right now seem to be crying out for a practical solution. Many of us are doing as much as we can to find one. And yet, we don’t seem to be finding solutions! Maybe, that’s because we’re looking in areas that are too practical. Maybe, something a little bit more heartfelt would be more appropriate. Maybe it’s time now to build a solution, to build a plan built on an approach which is based on inspiration, and is based on vision, and is based on hope.

That would mean practising tolerance, and embracing a whole plethora of big, wide visionary and mind-heart-based ideas that won’t be supported by any amount of logical argument or clever rationale. But, this approach would be supported by some other factor which is often overlooked in issues of seeming practicality.

There’s another force. And it’s the force that can bring us all we need and more, if we trust it. Primal force. Truthforce. And it doesn’t operate on the same level as the force of money and the force of intelligence. It is certainly not the force of argument. It’s the force of the heart. It’s the force of feeling. And it’s the force of a profound powerful emotion: a desire to be something, and to give your heart to something you desire to be. A change-maker? A visionary genius? A vitality agent? In your own way, as your heart desires.

 

 

Being an expression of the joy of living and inspiration, and expressing this in your unique way supports all of us. Something that is inside of us that has been suppressed now wants to reach out to something a bit higher, that will bring fulfillment—and then there’s the fear. Something inside of us all now is scared. What if we fall flat on our faces and what we try as change-makers doesn’t “work”? What if what we try turns out to be a great mistake? Are we fools for trying?

“…at least we’re being sincere”

Following our hearts could turn out to be the best possible reason for trying—at least we’re being sincere. Maybe our inspired ways of making change will work, maybe not. But something inside of us collectively and individually will be lifted, and liberated as a resut of trusting the inner feeling: those urges, those sensations we’ve been having that something that’s got to be right has to be worth a try.

That’s why it’s so important at the moment to pay a bit less attention to all the “practicalities” and all the current arguments in favour of “this and that” —whatever the solutions of the day might be. And pay more intention to something inside you that says we shouldn’t care what’s practical and what isn’t, the voice of the heart that says “I know what I want, I know what I want to try for and I know that even if I get there or not at least I tried and gave myself to it.” That’s the way our energy needs to go right now.

This heart-based, sincere approach is the one most likely to take us down the road of making the changes “we” the collective as Humanity needs right now… it’ll get us on the right path.

 

 

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The “What’s Going On?” Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #18 Susan’s Editorial Saturday December 12th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | The “What’s Going On … ?” Edition!

More perspective this week! It only takes a few powerfully insightful and knowledgeable perspectives on our world-view, for making change in our reality, to guide us through this time of transformation for Humanity. What we learn, value and practice now will inspire and become our individual future, and humanity’s hope. We’re at the point known as “The Great Reset” in a time of Global crisis. Today we publish various different perspectives from writers on how “we” got here and what’s going on:  listening to them and learning from them will enhance our own individual world-view..

We’re focussing on themes of “Understanding our Reality” in this What’s Going On … ?” edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly : many, many of us know how to and are working towards change and transformation—and today’s enlightenment comes from various perspectives. Lead articles are  “Aquarius and the Cosmic Currents” by Catherine Ulissey; a message of understanding and hope for healing our awareness in Dr Cat Saunders’ interview with Sandra Ingerman : “Shamanic Healing is a Discipline That You Practice for Your Whole Life“; Olive Burchill of A Common Earth’s “2 Years On“; and Gayatra Bagayatkar’s “Pandemic: A Major Shift in Paradigm” with insight from a parent home-schooling her child! Featured video in the paper’s lower third is Heather Ensworth’s “Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction And Important Transits“—it’ll explain a little more about current cosmic energies: as she says “we’re at the labour pains stage of the birth of the Aquarius Age!

“We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step towards Sustainability, to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.”—Susan

As usual in the video section:  Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das  | Tarot card readings for week of December 14th for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Gaz Oakley at Avant Garde Vegan  | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video : Thanos “Tears Like Rain”.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom for sustaining growth . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

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 [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

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“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

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Zen of Evolving into Happiness

The world is changing and it’s changing fast, it’s going through a profound process. We can see it happening all around: open a newspaper, talk to someone, talk to anyone and they’ll all tell you things they once found were sure and certain in their lives are no longer such stable factors.

Ideas, beliefs, opinions which were once completely clung to are really becoming irrelevant—partly in the face of changing world conditions, technology and social factors, and partly because we are evolving.

 

 

We’re evolving collectively as a race and individually as well. And it’s with regards to our own unique individual evolution that I’m sharing now, because these are powerful times for you and me and a sense of anticipation is welling up within us from somewhere—and a feeling that anything could become possible soon is definitely starting to present itself. Although maybe it’s only happening in a negative way leading to the expectation that the “anything possible” is going to be bad or undesireable, a sort of miserable “anything”—or depressing, or anything that would equate to a kind of failure of some sort. Because there’s definitely a sense of humanity’s failure wafting around on the winds of change.

Pushing that idea away is possible, leaving inner space for the positive probable: we’re evolving and we’re learning. While we’re in the process of sweeping the negative idea aside in our expectations, this is the time for rising above some of the fears and concerns now being felt. And I’m thinking especially about fears and concerns for people we’re close to in life or share common interest with, and many of whom are going through important dramas of one kind or another. We all have involvements partly due to the fact that we care and partly too because of the great “ven diagram” of existence—obviously there’s a connectivity, an overlap between what’s happening to them and what’s happening to us which is in the web of inter-connectedness. And in the overlap, the connections, is our experience of living in the world.

So you might feel reasonably stable enough with you yourself, but feeling destabilised by what’s happening to somebody else, by the choices they make, the preferences they express and the decisions they reach. What are you supposed to do about any of that—where’s your control? Where’s your power to rebalance something that’s out of line, as our world most definitely is?

 

 

The main thing is, and it’s the most interesting thing I can tell you right now: you have more power and strength, more self-control and more self-reliance than you probably realise. This all comes with the territory of being human. All you need to do to tip the balance the right way, is to be far less concerned about the issues that are arising and avoid any temptation to leap into the quick sand of conflict.

It is so tempting to take sides in an argument: pointing the finger at who’s caused climate change, or air pollution, or lacking the insight to tread lightly in their carbon footprint. Saying you’ll fight a battle on behalf of causes, or being willing to wage a war against that bad thing and stand up for this good thing, does not serve balance. Conflict does not and never will bring harmony.

This does not suggest abandoning principles close to our hearts. Far from it. But, and it’s a big but, where we don’t have to be drawn we choose the power of not being drawn. Where we might suspect we have to be drawn and take much needed action, there’s an art in not being drawn so much as to lose sense of perspective. Because then there’s the danger of forgetting, we didn’t come here to Planet Earth in order to win campaigns or to achieve great victories, we came here to be happy.

Despite all that’s happened and is happening nothing has changed, being happy was the original object of the exercise of living here and now, part of the human race and the great collective of Humanity: a living being, on a living Planet in a living Universe. What we’re experiencing now, only triple emphasises the point: life is about being happy.

Right now, we have an option to evolve into happiness. The more we prioritise that, the more we reach for peace and relaxation and trust within ourselves, the easier everything is going to get.

 

 

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Vitality : The Sustaining Our Reality Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #17 Susan’s Editorial Saturday December 5th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | “Vitality : as The Way to Sustaining our Reality …” Edition!

More hope this week! It only takes a few powerful voices for making change in our reality to guide us through this time of transformation for Humanity. Yes, what we value and practice now will inspire and become our individual future, and humanity’s hope. This is a point known as “The Great Reset” in a time of Global crisis: today we publish voices for truth that we need to listen to and learn from.

I’m proud to say we’re focussing on themes of “Sustaining our Reality” in this Vitality : as The Way to Sustaining our Reality …” edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly : many, many of us know how to and are working towards  change and transformation—and today’s enlightenment comes from various angles and experiences. Lead articles are  “Sustaining our Reality with Vitality” my interview with Kyle Vialli, world renowned Nutritionist; a message of hope for the world youth activists for Climate Change : “How Youth Activists Are Empowering Campaigners from Countries Suffering Most From Global Warming“; my own article “Zen of  Reaching the Emotional Maturity to Say: this is our destiny“; and Gary O’Toole of Timeline Astrology’s “The Great Reset: Astrology of the Year End” with deep insight for our disrupted times! Featured video in the paper’s lower third is Jon Jandai’s “Top Soil Crisis“—it’ll explain a little more of one the real causes of crises right now on our Planet!

“We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step towards Sustainability, to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.”—Susan

As usual in the video section: more seering environmental/ecological education from Dr Vandana Shiva | Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das  | Tarot card readings for week of December 7th for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Gaz Oakley at Avant Garde Vegan and the Sauce Stache Guy | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone, instead of our usual music video we have a reading I’ve been hoping for from San Tarot: “A Collective Message: The Truth is Coming”.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom for sustaining growth . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

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 [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

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“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

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Zen of Reaching the Emotional Maturity to Say : “this is our destiny” …

You know those signs we see in retail shops and supermarkets: “The impossible we can do now, miracles take a little longer …”? Yes, it’s funny but there is an element of truth in the sentiment.

The idea of course being that the impossible does sometimes require a great deal from us but somehow or other we manage to achieve it. And miracles are reachable for as well, if we want them badly enough. And often in life, we have to do what one way or another is difficult – when it’s the only thing we can do, and it’s hard, that’s a sign of destiny calling.

We can’t do everything just because it’s easy—and, obviously I’m saying here that collectively, as Humanity, we’re looking at a proposition of our future that definitely does seem daunting.

 

 

Making radical change to bring about a future that is fairer to all, including animals, plants and Planet, which we can sustain holistically in the face of seeming chaos is going to require a lot of effort. It’s going to take a great deal from us, we’re not going to find it easy, but that doesn’t mean that what some of us have in mind as change-agents and future-makers is not achievable. It is, if only we can put enough into it. This is the maturity of discerning what we put our effort into exactly.

And the only difference we need to be aware of is the difference between something which is going to take a lot out of us, going to prove extremely time consuming and energy absorbing but is possible—and something that no matter how hard we try isn’t going to come right for us. Decisions like these take maturity.

And how are we supposed to know the difference between the two ways we can use our energy now? Well, often in life we find ourselves facing situations which we really wish we could change, factors which we would alter at a stroke only if we could—would the Universe give us a magic wand we’d wave it … But we’re not getting that right now, we can’t, much though we might dream of it, yearn for it, wish for it.

That absolutely does not mean though that we’re entirely powerless in our current situation —or any situation for that matter—because regardless of what we may or may not be able to alter in the external physical world, there is always something we can do something about: and that’s our own attitude, our own set of responses, our own beliefs, our own ways of behaving.

Is it easy to fix your own behaviour pattern? Absolutely not. Is it easy to change your own attitudes? Definitely not, but it is always possible. Whereas, when you’re dealing with the world that extends past your own physicality, when you’re dealing with anything else that involves the outside, we just take our chances sometimes! Sometimes we can fix things and sometimes we can’t.

 

 

Often it seems we are small cogs in big machines. As often as not it really does seems there’s little we can do about certain factors and situations … Now, we see us reaching a point in Humanity’s journey through time living on Planet Earth: a point where we have to recognise what we can change and what we can’t.

Is it possible for us to change something in the way we’re looking at life? Yes, but it’s going to be very hard. Is it worth making that near super-human effort? Absolutely, yes. Not just worth it, but really worth it. And not only that, but it won’t just be the sense of success or the rush of elation as we finally realise we’ve “done it…”—pushing through changes for a radically better version of Humanity’s future—that makes the difference. The journey towards that transformation will be wonderful too.

And all we have to do is recognise, identify, decide, that inside of each individual human being now a part of our own hearts and our own heads is ready to look differently at key issues in our lives. I call this opening up our Spiritual Vision.

The moment we even say to ourself “yep, that’s what I’m going to try and do“, we start managing to do it—and the results won’t just be different in the way we feel they’ll be different in the way other people treat and respond to us and our new maturity. In fact, you my be amazed at how different—I call these our “zen miracles”. We become so much more inspiring, results in our lives become more inspiring.

 

 

Taking a moment here to pause, and hold a thought in our collective minds for a small “zen miracle”: if we think of our “World” as a big body, that needs a big breath, then breathe in positivity and breathe out negativity. Sit with this thought of one body and a big breath: and pause…

And consider the zen power of being good at the things we don’t do… nothing is missing: opportunity for change is on our side, but sometimes it needs to be hunted down…tracked down, so we can make it work for us.

So, our destiny: are we mature enough for it yet? Can we collectively make things right for Humanity and our Planet?

 

 

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Simplicity : The Way to Sustainability Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #16 Susan’s Editorial Saturday November 28th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | “Simplicity : as The Way to Sustainability …” Edition!

A simple edition full of hope this week! A few powerful voices for Global education guide us through a time of transformation for Humanity. Yes, what inspires hope, what we value and practice now will become our individual future, and humanity’s hope: this is the turning point in a time of Global crisis and these are voices for truth we need to listen to and learn from.

I’m proud to say we’re focussing on themes of “Simplicity and Sustainability” in this Simplicity : as The Way to Sustainability …” edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly : many of us know “we” need change and transformation and today’s enlightenment comes from various teaching and learning angles. Lead articles are  “A Simplicity Revolution: Simplicity Helps Protect the Planet and Create Ecological and Economic Justice” by Dr Vandana Shiva; a message of hope for the world from David Attenborough: “A Life on Our Planet“— it’s a life-changing message; and Jason Hickel’s “Less is More“—a powerfully disruptive book for our disrupted times! Featured video in the paper’s lower third is “Cowspiracy“—it’ll explain much of the real causes of crises right now on our Planet!

“We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step towards Sustainability, to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.”—Susan

As usual in the video section: Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das  | Tarot card readings for week of November 30th for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Gaz Oakley at Avant Garde Vegan and Wil Yeung | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video:  Stevie Wonder and Syreeta, Come Back as a Flower.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom for sustaining growth . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

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 [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

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Finding “Golden-ness” Every Day With Zen

Harmonising, simplicity and daily ordering

In living with Zen, and with a regular practice, we’re acknowledging and respecting our innate Buddha mind, our individual Buddha hearts and of course our own Buddha nature. So the essence of our life becomes in regularly placing ourselves in a silent, simple place of harmonising with humanity.

 

 

Zenity

Living simply and in the moment becomes the daily ordering principle which brings not only a peaceful tranquil mind, but also the tremendous joy of being able to bring the sacred into life on a daily basis. Sounds more than sane to me.

Maybe I should have called this blog: “sanity by zen“.  Not such a crazy thought, as much of life is about man’s struggle with himself [when reading “man’s”, read “humanity’s”].

So, zen has simply always been about this struggle with ourself and trying to find inner peace and harmony. And my term for the beneficial effects that a zen practice and a regular routine have on us, is “Zenity”. These are 3 steps with this simplicity at essence.

 

 

Beginner’s Mind

I’m always  re-reading “You Have to Say Something” Dainin Katagiri’s book, and Master Katagiri talks so well with the beginner in mind, about daily routine.

Beginner’s mind is what is valued in practising living simply with zen, because it means you have an open, innocent and enquiring attitude to life every day. Bring this mind into your daily routine.

 

 

Finding “Golden-ness”

So, the daily routine, here is the essence of what Master Katagiri says: “Getting up is only a tiny activity. It is not unusual – everyone does it. Although there is nothing outstanding about it, the goldenness of the earth is found in just such activities in everyday life.

“But instead of attending to such details, we form habitual ways of behaviour by attending to our desires. This is no way to live. We will never satisfy ourselves through such means. If you really want to please yourself, just forget your longing and attend to your daily life.

“In this we find ‘goldenness’.

 

 

Awaken to Each Moment

“Taking hold of the tiller of the boat of life, grabbing an oar, is called living in vow – aspiring to awaken each moment. To live in vow is to take care of all the little details of life. Like getting up in the morning. When it is time to get up, just get up.

“Free your mind from the thinking about having to get up. This is the way to enter the doors of a golden, peaceful world.”

“Sweet milk of the long rivers”

I have precis’d the above but in essence what Master Katagiri was referring to is a saying of zen master Dogen Zenjo, the founder of the Soto Zen school in Japan: “the wind of Buddhism makes manifest the great Earth’s goldenness, and makes ripen the sweet milk of the long rivers.”

Dogen likened life to riding in a boat.

Most people just ride the boat of the Universe, but this is actually just drifting. And in order to sail across the ocean of human life, we must see the earth as golden and taste the rivers as sweet milk.

Take hold of the tiller of the boat of life, grabbing an oar, and aspire to awaken each moment.

So much of Zen is simply beautiful and sweetly poetic.

Susan

 

 

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Incredible Women and Their Models of Hope Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #15 Susan’s Editorial Saturday November 21st, 2020

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | “Incredible women and their models of hope …” Edition!

Our hopes can be raised, grown and empowered this week! We’re supported by 4 very special women modeling for us how to make a difference  and enabling what is going to guide us through a time of transformation for Humanity. Yes, what inspires hope, what we value and practice now will become our individual future, and humanity’s hope: this is the turning point in a time of Global crisis and these are models we need to learn from.

I’m proud to say we’re focussing on themes of “models of hope” in this Incredible women and their models of hope” edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly : many of us know “we” need change and transformation and today’s enlightenment comes from various teaching and learning angles. Lead articles are  “How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change” review of Harriet Shugarman’s amazing book, by Rose Mason; my own write up of Heidi Swanson’s story: “101 Cookbooks and Kiva Lending“— you just have to read how Heidi’s well read cooking blog birthed a common interest lending team ; and Melissa Hart’s “Need Some Calm? Think You Need Meditation?“—a step by step guide to different forms of meditation practice [Melissa has written the Better with Books series encouraging self-acceptance in tweens and teens]. And introducing Mumbai based Gayatri Bagayatkar: from her “how to teach a difficult child” blog we learn much about home schooling, which might be even more prevalent in our immediate future. Astrologer Heather Ensworth’s is the featured video in the paper’s lower third “Sedna: Guiding us Through This Time of Transformation“—yes, this will explain much of Humanity’s journey right now on our Planet! And in the regular video carousel, the indomitable Dr Vandana Shiva [who I call our Ecology Saint] teaches on “Oneness vs. the 1%

“We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step towards Sustainability, to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.”—Susan

As usual in the video section: Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das  | Tarot card readings for week of November 23rd for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Gaz Oakley at Avant Garde Vegan | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video shared by I Declare World Peace:  Purple Doves, Don’t Give Me No Rifle.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom for sustaining growth . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

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 [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

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Learning From The Masters | Thursday Thoughts …

Everyone is seeking balance in life, and as far as I know it as a teacher, balance comes with the steps to life-freedom, which is the philosophy of Yoga, together with practice, and values for your life. What is the lasting approach to finding balance? Here are some quotes to get that balance we all seem to be seeking: I’ve drawn on what has inspired me over the last 25 years in my practice and teaching.

“Your Meditation is your medication…once it has worked for you, you throw away the medication; throw away the Meditation and get a new one” — Osho.

“If you can’t let it go, let it in” — Dainin Katagiri.

Nothing is missing, says Zen Master Lin-Chi. The ordinary person probably does already live with zen values.

You can’t get there from here, and besides there is no place to goSheldon Kopp.

Appreciate happiness: happiness seems like such a small thing when you have it, but when it’s gone you realise how big it really is — Gorky.

I have only three things to teach: simplicity, patience and compassionLao Tzu, 7th Century Zen master.

May all beings know joy. (From the Four Noble Truths of Zen).

Anywhere you are is a sacred place — Joseph Campbell.

Learn to forgive yourself, again, and again, and again — Sheldon Kopp.

Spend some time alone every day — Dalai Lama in his book, 18 Rules To Live By.

Balance is what happens when you know in your heart something is right. This is from me, suZen.

‘Be in awe of the mystery.’ This quote is from a man to whom harmony in the Universe was of prime importance, something Albert Einstein said with great beauty and lucidity.

Sweet Healing Revolution

The sweetness of your Soul flowing freely through your life is as simple as allowing self-acceptance into yourself and your life.

“Simple, quite difficult for many of us, but bringing a sweet revolution.”—Susan

 

 

 

Ancient Steps to Sweet Flow of Soul

I call the healing we get from Zen and Yoga practices and living the path of Divinity within, a “sweet revolution”. Because it is about change – inner changes – a psychological, emotional and physical shift to inner peace, inner freedom, and importantly, self-acceptance. Revolution is a “pushing through” of self-acceptance.

When this shift happens, we are in harmony with the sweet flow of our Soul’s energy – and so I call this a “sweet revolution”. The ancient wisdom path to inner peace is the way we heal and grow for our Souls to flow sweetly.

India, through giving the world the ancient wisdom paths to inner freedom which we know as Zen and Yoga, has indeed given a gift which is timeless and very much needed today. In the West we’re adapting this to our needs right now which come from new Psychological, life and World crises.

 

 

Steps to the Sweet Revolution

We are entering the Age of the Individual Master, a subtle transition from the Age of Kali Yuga – when it is important for each of us individually to realise that our own attainment of inner peace has a ripple effect on the world around us. What India has taught the world, then, through the wisdom path to inner freedom are the steps to sweet inner revolution.

Yoga as we know translates as “union” or “communion”, being bound to our Soul’s purpose, but it also means discipline – the discipline in our practice. So we bring a form to our meditation practice through discipline. And in our practice of yoga meditation we follow ancient steps taking us from self-acceptance to the necessary inner peace and balance for our conversations with the Divine . . . From these meditation practices, came Zen: meaning the “Dhyan” meditation of tranquility of mind.

With both Zen and Yogic meditation, we start with the hardest thing for a human being – self-acceptance. . . . everything else is easy after that. And this shift, this identification with our own Divinity, is the first step on the path to inner revolution.

 

Soul Energy Can Flow

Our true self is good . . . when our souls are healed and free, then basically we are goodness itself: and our Soul’s energy can flow sweetly.

When I started healing my life, in my head I could accept absolutely that everyone MUST be good. My deepest belief is we are all part of the Universe’s loving energy. It’s something I’ve always known, intuitively – I’ve always looked for the spark of goodness in everyone I’ve ever met.

But healing is not always easy. Accepting your own good is hard when you’ve always been told you are bad or wrong or shamed. Accepting your own good is strange when you’ve been badly damaged. But that acceptance IS a place you have to get to if you are going to be healed and whole.

And when you do, your whole inner world shifts to this place, inner peace is the result. And you understand the need for peace in your environment, your Universe.

The result is that your life changes completely, it turns around – like a revolution.

Namaste, Susan

 

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