Tuesday Teachings – thrive | Compassion #1

One of the most important virtues we need to live consciously as a vegan, and practising and living with zen in our lives, is compassion. We may need it by the bucketload in going through the changes we face during the next few years.

 

A very small insight: This week I’m practising the short contemplation in “listening to the cries of the world” a way of opening up to compassion with a pure, kind heart: acknowledging that we can all hear the hurt in the hearts of all human beings. You sit quietly and let the cries in.

This practice comes from the zen concept that “the Regarder of the Cries of the World” is always present and listening (in the journey of Zen from India to Japan, by the time Zen reached Korea, via China, the mythical Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara had changed gender. By now the god had become a “she”, Kwan Yin the Goddess of Compassion).

Humanity’s heart is broken – I like the way Lynne McTaggart says it: we’re suffering from unrequited humanity . . . in her book The Bond. My own insight today is that humanity has also given itself a big headache, but then that’s been building for centuries.

Spiritually we say our breath “touches and opens our heart”, then we thrive.

The Regarder of the Cries of the World: Humanity has a broken heart, a hunger and a yearning. In the myth of this name, our cries are always heard and our yearning to return to our Source is watched over with great compassion by the Goddess Avalokiteshvara . Practising a short contemplation in “listening to the cries of the world” is a way of opening up to compassion with a pure and kind heart: acknowledging that we can all hear the hurt in the hearts of all human beings. You sit quietly and let the cries in.

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“Lao Tsu: I know this to be true for I have looked within myself”

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A Spiritual Practice

This is a simple daily practice in the video : opening up to our noblest of qualities with the Spacious Heart Meditation.

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Enjoy! suzen

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Monday Motivations | creative chaos a-la zen.vegan.thrive : Connect with the Sky Goddess

A Great Awakening is coming . . .

. . . a Great Awakening that is far louder and stronger and more interesting than the sleepy resignation and corrosive maliciousness and ignominious decline that the media prefers to focus on. Civilization may be unraveling in a lot of areas; some of its structures may be collapsing; but it is also in the midst of a tremendous upheaval of creativity —

 

 

a flood of innovation and

genius and

love pouring out of millions upon millions of people

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Inspiration:

In Judeo-Christian cultures, many people associate the sky with the masculine form of God.

According to this bias, the Supreme Father rules us all from on high — up, away, far from here. But if you were an ancient Egyptian, the sky was the goddess Nuit, her body its very substance. She was a loving mother whose tender touch could be felt with each new breath.

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Practice:

For one day, act as if you and the sky goddess are in constant contact.

 

Give birth to the children of your creative imagination, nurture your own creative mystery.

 

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The only appropriate state of the mind is surprise

 

The universe is, instant by instant, recreated anew. There is in truth no past, only a memory of the past. Blink your eyes, and the world you see next did not exist when you closed them. Therefore, the only appropriate state of the mind is surprise. The only appropriate state of the heart is joy. The sky you see now, you have never seen before. The perfect moment is now. Be glad of it. —Terry Pratchett

 

Gratitude:

It’s traditional to give thanks and bless our teachers: With gratitude to Rob Brezny [Twitter: @FreeWillAstro | web freewillastrology.com ]  . . . for guidance over 10 years or so, to give me “mystical science & crazy logic” – which seems to have worked just fine!  suzen

 

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Sunday Spirituality | . zen and awakening goddess . Voice of Suzen zen poetry

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Spirit flows.

Spirit breathes existence.

. . .

Once,

Spirit

breathed

existence

into you

.

Once Spirit breathed

existence

into

the first baby

to be born

as a human

into

a

new race

of

mankind

.

.

But

Spirit of Zen

was

not born

. . .

What was born

was

the realisation

of a mother

that

the baby

was free

of

her

body

.

.

.

to take its first breath

.

.

.

and

the amazement

of

a

father

that

this existence

had

somehow

come

into being

.

And these two parents

had

something

to do

with

this

miraculous process

.

And

this process

was

mysterious

.

And the baby breathed

.

.

.

Human

consciousness

started

evolving

.

Spirit of Zen

was

flowing

.

.

.

Spirit

of

Zen

.

That

ellusive

essence

of

consciousness

flowing

as

clear awareness

of the

completeness

of

existence

in

each

moment

of life

.

Spirit of Zen

bringing

the

essence of zen

into

evolving

human consciousness:

  • .
  • breathing

O

O

There was

no beginning

There will be

no end

Births

and

beginnings

Deaths

and

endings

Are

for

cycles of existence

Not

for

breath . . . or spirit

suzen

.

 

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Edition #3 Zen Vegan Thrive Weekly | On the “Newsstand” Saturday 12th October

Welcome to this week’s newspaper!

This week Saturday Edition of October 12th 2019 we’re on the Full Moon and for the energies of this part of our Lunar Flow, moving into the Culmination Quarter of the 28 day Lunar cycle: it can feel like a crisis of consciousness, before we relax into it and wake up as if out of a deep sleep. So, we have: my own teachings on Zen, Ecology guidance from our modern day “Saint” Dr Vandana Shiva on why we need Biodiversity and in the video section a stunning Timeline video on Minoan ancient culture, Snake Goddess worship and results of famine following Earth energy crises of that era.

Cleansing nutrition this week is focused on herbs for Liver detoxing | Tarot readings are from the amazing Ali | More guidance from Dr Vandana Shiva on the Fake Meat debate . . .

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

Do hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line to get the weekly paper into your email inbox.

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

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Friday Tea-time . . . the zen destressing art and our teas | White Tea

 

Friday again – and time to take time out for our tea-way ritual. This week the focus is on WhiteTea, which would be one of the youngest and truest of the Green Tea family.

White tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis [green tea] plant family and is the least processed of all the true teas. The leaves are simply harvested and dried immediately before packaging. This type of organic tea uses only the youngest tea leaves and buds with the tea getting its name from the silvery-white hairs on the tea leaves.

 

White Tea Types and Characteristics

Silver Needle is considered the highest quality White Tea being made only from the young tea leaves of the tea plant. This white tea offers a delicate flavour “profile” and it is subtly sweet and silky in texture and with hints of “melon” in the flavour.

The second highest quality white tea is known as White Peony. This tea is made using both buds and leaves of the plant. White Peony has a bolder flavor than Silver Needle, but it is also more readily available and affordable.

Health Benefits

White Tea is a true “tea” and the least processed, making it a delicate tea that packs a hefty punch when it comes to health benefits. White Tea benefits include preventing tooth decay, promoting healthy skin and hair and increased energy and alertness. Drinking a cup a day can help prevent things like the common cold and eliminate free radicals that can cause a list of ailments from acne to Cancer. There have been many research studies of the benefits of drinking White Tea in promoting weight loss, decreasing signs of premature aging . . .  and, being anti-oxidant rich,  preventing certain types of Cancer

As usual, I encourage you to inform yourself and if you’re instinctively drawn to a tea like White Tea 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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How Zen Appeals to Me

Getting right to the essence seems right . . .

 

 

Here’s a bit more of the story . . .

I always try to tell a little bit of the story of my journey in zen, always trying to get right to the essence as it might help you on your journey. So here goes . . . one footstep on the path of a thousand miles.

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Our Zen monk Shinrin was with us, the Sangha, one Sunday for our zazen sit. He’d given a newspaper interview a short while ago on meditation, practice and the benefits in a stress-filled world, and brought the article with him as I’d said I would do a precis for the blog which was then on my old suzenyoga.com website. I didn’t have to read very far into the piece at all to find out his thoughts on how Zen appeals. And this is what I wanted to share with you:

“Meditation and taking time out to find a deeper meaning in life are elements of Zen that are appealing to many.” said Shinrin.

We had been talking over the past few months about how to “sell” Zen, as it’s a practice that takes discipline – I often disagree quite vocally as the appeal often outweighs the discomfort of learning to sit in a meditation posture for long periods of time! But . . . as a teacher, and a woman, I’m always disagreeing with the Monks!

And just exactly what on earth are we trying to “sell”? Zen is free . . .

The Way of Zen is so easy for many to grasp as it simply is to be true to their own nature. And people who turn to Zen satisfactorily to gain deeper meaning and fuller lives usually know that their minds need training. The peace of mind and tranquility to be gained from practice is a treasure beyond price.

As I said: “Getting right to the essence seems right.” So, here are 3 appealing elements of Zen for me, and I hope they help you.

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Zen Essence #1 | Meditation

Shinrin said, when asked about the practice: “In Zen, all we do is a very simple meditative practice where we sit still and concentrate on being present to ourselves. We focus on the posture, sitting straight and still. Then there’s breathing, and how that in turn determines the state of mind. It’s all a process.”

Zen is best learned by doing Zen, meditating.

Meditation can be a quiet, inward-turning experience of sitting with yourself for certain amounts of time on a regular daily basis. The practice is Zazen: sitting in tranquility.

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Zen Essence #2 | Taking time out to find a deeper meaning in life

I particularly love this quote of Shinrin’s: “Everybody comes looking for something from meditation but it’s really about what you can give rather than what you are looking for or what you are going to get.”

Life is for us . . . Existence wants to flow thro us.

It’s one of my mantras at the moment – if I think I’m giving too much, I ask myself ” . . . how can I give more?” The release that follows in the mind and the heart is amazing: reminding us that “Life is for us . . . Existence wants to flow thro us.”

Letting the thoughts go, letting your wishes arise and then letting go, as Zen Master Dogen explained: “This is the art of zazen. Zazen is the dharma gate of great rest and joy.”

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Zen Essence #3 |  There is no goal

There is no goal, only being . . . and that is all we are when we sit zazen, not “doing”. When we practice our meditation we are simply “being”: being at one with humanity, being our true essence. We don’t wait for realisation, we don’t aspire to anything when we just sit and let our wisdom mind be revealed because Zen “enlightenment” comes from within.

The Way of Zen means being true to your nature

It was Zen Master Lin-chi who realised that the everyday, sincere, ordinary human being lacks nothing and who helped generations of Zen practitioners discover that the Way of Zen meant being true to their nature. And this can also be done in action, by participating meditatively in any daily activity: nothing is missing.

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A natural way to start

If you’d like to try some sitting practice, morning and evenings are good times for that and you could try sitting quietly for 5 minutes at a time to start with : this video uses the sound of Rainsticks which have been used meditatively since Ancient times and which connect us naturally with earth and water energies.

Take your time to build a routine with this, then if you do want to jump in there’s a deeper initiation into sitting zen meditation in my Simple Introduction to Zen Practice.

Enjoy!

 

suZen

Blog feature photo of woman with sunflower by Clement Percheron from Pexels

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Wednesday Wisdoms | your wisdom is . . .

Wise woman in illuminated prayer. Elena Ray

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.

 

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A short wisdom inspiration for your day : wisdom is like a sword

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Wisdom is a Life-power!

In our spiritual practice we know, it’s strong mature masculine energy that “holds the space” for the transformative feminine energy to flow.

This wisdom is like the sword that cuts the darkness and lets in the light.

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

Enjoy! suzen

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Tuesday Teachings – thrive | Breath and Breathing #1

After a month long period of working on creating a new spiritual zen and yoga program, focusing on teaching gentle breath awareness has been wonderful . . . and mainly because awe and wonder come as always in remembering and entering into the beginner’s mind, as we are continually supposed to as zen teachers.

Personally, I love the concepts of Buddha Nature, Nirvana or the Bliss State, the stillness of the Ultimate Mind of the Divine which accepts us totally – and the Mother of the Breath which breathes all of us and breathes life force energy into us. One breath, One mind.

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We can live for quite a long time without food, water or sleep – but our life is cut short quickly without breath. With breath we connect, we nourish, we flow and we find peace. Spiritually we say our breath “touches eternity”. We thrive.

Lao Tsu: I know this to be true for I have looked within myself

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Air can be the finest tonic to the soul.  And Ayurveda in its practice of elements, guides us that air needs space to move in – so breath needs to flow into us to fill the spaces within . . . breath and joy co-exist in Yoga. And with zen we know breathing in zazen zen meditation practice brings us a great rest and a great joy.

The practice of zen meditation and yoga take a few minutes of your day to focus on the essential act of breathing.

A relaxation with slow breathing as in a Yoga Nidra, is a relaxation of the mundane, conscious mind and intended to bring the sweetness of relaxation to your mind and body so you can experience the joy in your practice.

 A long walk, a set of exercises can also bring our attention to bringing oxygen back into our systems. There’s no need to join a gym or embark on a grueling workout regime that can never be incorporated into our daily life. Simply take a quiet moment in a favorite chair or a stroll around the block, with only the word “in” and “out” in your head as you breathe.

Let’s get into some simple daily practice here with this short practice video: my 10 minute Gentle Calm with Rainsticks . . . as you listen to the rhythm of the rainsticks, breathe with the flow.

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So, okay some reasons to breathe are:

Breathing in takes no effort . . . that is so Zen. So in tune with Osho, the Zen Master’s contribution to both zen and Yoga – relaxed effortlessness! The inbreath just happens as the breath breathes you – atmosphere makes it happen as air has to flow in to fill space within. And as the Buddha said: “you can just let short breaths be short breaths, and long breaths be long . . .”  One of the most powerful reasons to learn to breathe with our practice as far as I’m concerned, is for the relaxation because this builds so much inner confidence.

Breathing makes you feel light . . . because you’re breathing in light – and it makes you feel happy enough if you do enough controlled practice of it . . . for happiness, focus on heart chakra breathing.

Breathing makes you feel strong . . . and of course, I’m talking about controlled breathing practice with awareness on the breath and breath flow. The ancient Yogis learned that they could control and master the emotions with the breath and they passed this knowledge onto the zen masters . . . and you will need to control your own tidal waves of emotions to follow your heaven or bliss with your spirit!

Breathing may be simple, but it’s powerful – controlled use of the outbreaths releases toxins, helping you balance your inner subtle energies. Control of the breath releases tension from the “pain body” and trains your brain that you are in control.

Enjoy! suzen

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You can make donations to support the teachings! Namaste

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Monday Motivations | creative chaos a-la zen.vegan.thrive : Thunder and Rain Nature Energy Medicine

Voice of Suzen

is how I look at the weirdness of our World

and show you how we can

“Turn it into Something Beautiful . . . ”

As Soon As We Get Creative

with zen vegan thrive

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Blogs : Podcasts : Meditation Energy Medicine : Satsangs . . .  :: Creativity gets chaotic, it comes from intuition and inspiration and neither can be controlled – this is how I give myself space for the chaos, by producing mantras and meditation energy medicine tracks and videos, poetry and writing.

Thunder and Rain | Nature Medicine | 10 minutes | Meditation Medicine Energy | Nature holds her own medicine energy for us. Connect deeply. Allow Nature to calm. When my “thinking words mind” is too busy at night, I love to listen to the thunder and rain here in Ireland. I focus intently on the nature sounds and allow Mother Nature to do her healing.

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Thich Nhat Hanh: “Revolution Starts With Falling In Love With the Earth … “

 
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“Our love for the Earth has the power to unite us and … We need to realise that the Earth is not just our environment.”

Enjoy! suzen

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You can make donations to support the teachings! Namaste

[ . . . if you have the option, please mark your donation “friends and family” namaste!]

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

Spirit flows.

Spirit breathes existence.

. . .

Once,

Spirit

breathed

existence

into you

.

Once Spirit breathed

existence

into

the first baby

to be born

as a human

into

a

new race

of

mankind

.

.

But

Spirit of Zen

was

not born

. . .

What was born

was

the realisation

of a mother

that

the baby

was free

of

her

body

.

.

.

to take its first breath

.

.

.

and

the amazement

of

a

father

that

this existence

had

somehow

come

into being

.

And these two parents

had

something

to do

with

this

miraculous process

.

And

this process

was

mysterious

.

And the baby breathed

.

.

.

Human

consciousness

started

evolving

.

Spirit of Zen

was

flowing

.

.

.

Spirit

of

Zen

.

That

ellusive

essence

of

consciousness

flowing

as

clear awareness

of the

completeness

of

existence

in

each

moment

of life

.

Spirit of Zen

bringing

the

essence of zen

into

evolving

human consciousness:

  • .
  • breathing

O

O

There was

no beginning

There will be

no end

Births

and

beginnings

Deaths

and

endings

Are

for

cycles of existence

Not

for

breath . . . or spirit

suzen

.

.

 

.

.

You can make donations to support the teachings! Namaste
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