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I have recently completed reading Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.  It was quite a journey to read such detailed descriptions of events on every page, but I knew if I did not read carefully I would miss the essence of his words.

One character Pierre had a shift of consciousness after his war experiences that complete changed the way his world view.  Years later he reflected on the time when his consciousness change.

I may have appeared strange and queer then, he thught, but I was not so mad as I seemed. On the contrary, I was wiser and had more insight than at any other time; and I understood all that is worth understanding in life, because…I was so happy,

Pierre’s insanity consisted in not waiting , as he used to do, to discover personal grounds, which he called ‘good qualities’, in people before loving them; love filled his heart to overflowing and in loving his fellow-men without cause he never failed to discover incontestable reasons that made them worth loving.”

War and Peace , Leo Tolstoy, written (1865-69) p1333tolstoy book

Ah…if we could all have this shift…a movement into viewing each other in a loving way, a return to love.

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Robertson, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) http://www.peacefulpathretreat.wordpress.com  next retreat May 23-25/14 Register now. http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

 

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Becoming a Guardian of Our Earth

Can you see yourself as a Guardian of our Earth who assists in its healing and its peacemaking?  You do not have to wait till Earth Day to connect to Mother Earth and make your commitment to assist our planet and humanity today.  Let us make our world a greener and more balanced, peaceful place to live.  I can make a difference each day and so can you.

You may wonder what you can do to assist our planet and humanity.  Here are some powerful steps to get you started:

1. Visualize each day how you would like your world to be.

2. Put all your energy into positive good thoughts and let negative thoughts fall away.  Positive thoughts attract positive happenings and positive energies.  Your thoughts and actions are important to all of us.

3. Feel your peace within and know that this is the truth.

4. Extend that peace to all you meet by viewing each person, plant and animal as a Beloved one who deeply connects with you.

5. Send thoughts, prayers of love and peace to all by expanding your prayers to include everything on our planet.

6. Feel the love in your heart touching the hearts of everyone, every thing on the planet.

Remember your feelings create your manifestations.  As you integrate into your life the actions that will assist all humanity, you will begin to feel a beautiful connection to all, a natural connection that blossoms and expands through love. Your daily life will transform immediately if you take these six steps. Begin within yourself to feel the connection with the earth and spread that love to others.

On this day, think about conscious actions you can take in your life to become a Guardian of our Earth

  • take the bus to work
  • compost your garbage
  • use less water
  • grow a vegetable garden or begin a community garden
  • pick up trash in your neighborhood
  • turn off your lights that you are not using

There are many ways to improve the quality of our Earth. Make a list with your children and family. Share it with you friends. What are you going to do to show how much you care?

In Meaford, participate in our Reuse Fair on Saturday, April 26th.  See the Wish List below this article and bring them to the Meaford & St.Vincent Community Centre on Collingwood St.  Non-profit organizations need theses items and it’s a great way for you to recycle items you no longer need.

Thank you for being a Guardian of our Earth.

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

By Jane Booth Robertson

Oversized items (OS) will be handled in a special way so they do not have to be moved twice.

Call Lindy 519-538-0167 or Jane 519-538-2995

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REUSE FAIR – ITEMS WISHED FOR BY COMMUNITY GROUPS & SCHOOLS

Hand-push reel mower 2
Wheel barrow 4
Hedge clippers 4
Knee pads 6
Hand hedge clippers 4
Garden trowel 10
Watering cans 10
Small garden hand tools 10
Small pots & trays for seedlings
Landscape fabric
Chicken wire 100’
Clean egg shells
Wooden stakes
Shovel 6
Rake 4
Hoe 4
*organic compost*
*organic untreated seeds & plants
Nasturtium
Chamomile
Borage
Violets
Bee balm
‘Day’ lilies
Lilac
Mallow
Currants
Chock cherry bushes
Any herbs
Climbing peas & beans
Chives
Hyssop
Nut trees
Mulberry
Hackberry
Huckleberry
High bush cranberry
Wild rose
Burnt wood sign saying “Friends of Memorial Park Tree Nursery”
Watering hose
Regular Cat Chow
Regular Whiskas
Fancy Feast (pate)
Generic PC pate
Green or purple Friskies canned
Clumping litter
Scratching posts
Plastic pillow protectors
Cat beds
Accurate bathroom scale
Good small furniture
Bulletin board
Jewellery display case
(from non-smoking homes)
Woodworking related items Measuring tape
Plexiglas
Nails
Screws
Tape
Goggles
Work aprons
Bamboo
Hooks & eyes
Office supplies such as:
Drafting paper
Collage materials
Magazines
Cards
Foam
Stencils
Glue
Ceramic tile
Sandpaper
String or twine
Pens
Pencil sharpeners
Elastics of all sizes
Art Supplies such as:
Sculpting clay
Sticks
Feathers
Rocks
Beads
Marbles
Small balls
Scissors
Nylons
Wool
Buttons
Ribbons
Embroidery frames
Lattice
Chalk
Butcher paper
Tissue paper
Water colour paint
Tempera paint
Crochet hooks
Knitting needles
Sewing needles
Sequins
Watches
Small wicker baskets
Living plants
Craft supplies including:
plain wood popsicle sticks, markers, tissue paper, glitter, beads, felt, stickers, sticky notes
Broken toaster 1 (to take apart)
Alarm clocks, clocks, watches (broken OK)
Small screw drivers
Sandpaper
Etch-a-sketches
Baking trays (not rusted) 3
Mini muffin tray
Globe
Canada or world map
Bug house
Magnifying glasses
Small mirrors
Magnets
Wooden doll house
Wooden kitchen set
Wooden clothes pins
Very small dish rack
Dry beans, popcorn kernels, rice (old/stale is fine)
K’Nex (rod & connector toy)
Head phones
Tennis balls
Balls for outdoor play
Badminton sets
Sidewalk chalk
Small flower pots
Buttons
Wooden bowls
Barn board various sizes
Old (vintage looking) suitcases
Broken necklace chains
Old wooden boxes
Natural fibers (fabric or wool) earthy deep tones
Pillow cases
Pillow batting/stuffing
Yarn
Stepping stool
Small folding tables 5
Bistro tables & chairs 3
Small table/desk to fit laptop & phone 1
Heritage plants & seeds
(OS) Small chest freezer 1
(OS) Small fridge with freezer compartment 1
Pop Tabs
2 L bottles
Small plastic bottles
Masking tape
Felt
Pom poms
White glue
Crazy glue
Paintbrushes
Acrylic paint
Beads, beading supplies
Fishing line
Embroidery floss
Zippers
Small flower pots
Yoga mats
Egg cartons
Google eyes
Plastercine/modeling clay
Markers
Pencils/erasers
Sidewalk chalk
Blenders 3
Hand-washing station 2
Sturdy 6 or 8 foot folding tables 5
10X10 or 10X15 canopy tents 4
340ft of 1½” PVC pipe
340 ft. of 11/2” galvanized steel top rail
Wheel hoe 2
Soil blocker (stand up or hand held) 1
Row cover (10’ X 500’)
Large Display Cork/White/Chalk Board (Approximately 2 feet x 3 feet)
Manual typewriter 1
Monopoly games
Scrabble games
Wooden alphabet blocks
Elmer’s glue
Wool blankets
Wool coats
Wool sweaters
Cash register end of roll tapes – some machines kick the roll out before the paper is finished.
Small plastic toy animals
Empty Pringle cans with lids
Empty cardboard cans with lids ~ example baby formula
Hot glue gun x 2
Old books
Old wooden windows
Empty wine bottles
Empty glass pop bottles
Caps from pop/beer bottles
Strap t-shirts
Pillow cases
Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ ~ good on one side ~ Earth Week
Empty DVD cases

A Prayer in Spring

11870363-hands-of-elderly-man-and-baby-holding-a-young-plant-against-a-green-natural-background-in-spring-eco A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;

And give us not to think so far away

As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,

Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees .

And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard,

The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,

And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,

The which it is reserved for God above

 

Enjoy the unfolding spring during this Earth Week where we bring our attention to being better guardians of our Earth.

 

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Peacefully, Jane

 

Jane Rosalea Robertson, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) http://www.peacefulpathretreat.wordpress.com  next retreat May 23-25/14 Register now. http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

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“The mission of a community is to give life to others, that is to say, to transmit new hope and new meaning to them.

Mission is revealing to others their fundamental beauty, value and importance in the universe, their capacity to love, to grow and to do beautiful things and to meet God.

Mission is transmitting to people a new inner freedom and hope; it is unlocking the doors of their being so that new energies can flow; it is taking away from their shoulders the terrible yoke of guilt and fear.

To give life to people is to reveal to them that they are loved just as they are by God, with the mixture of good and evil, light and darkness that is in them; that the stone in front of their tomb in which all the dirt of their lives has been hidden can be rolled away. They are forgiven; they can live in freedom. “     Jean Vanier  

Happy Easter,

Peacefully, Jane

 

Jane Rosalea Robertson, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats

Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth)

http://www.peacefulpathretreat.wordpress.com  next retreat May 23-25/14 Register now.

http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

 

 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s excerpt, from “The Sorrows of Young Werther” is quite moving…a blissful moment in spring.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther

“A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God! O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions!”

 
The Sorrows of Young Werther (German: Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774; a revised edition of the novel was published in 1787. Werther was an important novel of the Sturm und Drang period in German literature, and influenced the later Romantic literary movement. Ref. Wikipedia

 

May the beauty and unfolding of spring leave you with feelings that are ‘beyond words.’

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Robertson, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats

Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth)

http://www.peacefulpathretreat.wordpress.com  next retreat May 23-25/14 Register now.

http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

 

 

 

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A moment of happiness, you and I sitting on the verandah,

apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.

We feel the flowing water of life here, you and I,

with the garden’s beauty and the birds singing.

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When we can give our love to others, truly give our love without any agenda…without any conditions on our love, we cultivate the kind of relationship we would like to have with others. Unconditionally love transforms and brings light into our hearts. It is something each of us is here to learn and to experience.  We do not have to try to change another person – just love them.  They will benefit so much by our love.  Everyone wants to be loved!

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Robertson, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats

Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth)

http://www.peacefulpathretreat.wordpress.com  next retreat May 23-25/14 Register now.

http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

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Peaceful Way Women’s Spring Retreat

Sacred Relationships

A retreat to reflect on the way of your soul and its evolving understanding of earthly and spiritual unity

 A weekend of relaxation to commune with the heart of nature.

 A time to enter the ‘way’, the truth and beauty of you

 A space for creating sacred imagination

 A magical time where our spirits meet and lift us into a wonderful space.

 Date: May 23-25th  

Location: Renewal Retreat Belgave ON F

or Details visit Website: http://www.peacefulpathretreat.wordpress.com

Registered now…limited space  e-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com Subject: retreat registration

 

doveThe Peaceful Way Gathering

Weekly Wednesday afternoons in Meaford, 1:30 p.m – 3:00 p.m. Enjoy relaxation skills, breathwork, mantras and meditations to connect to nature and assist our personal self-mastery. Fee: $11.30 weekly Everyone welcomed. To register: e-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com    

 

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Paneurythymy  at the Reuse Fair – Earth Week

Date: April 26th Time: 8:45 a.m – 9:45 a.m.

Location: Meaford MVS Community Arena

Join us to learn a beautiful rhythmic dance exercise that awakens the body, mind and spirit   Pan, in Greek, means “all-over”, EU means “good or harmonious”, and Rhythmy means rhythmic movement. So Pan-Eu-Rhythmy means “the rhythm and harmony of the Universe”. It is a dance-exercise-meditation which can enable us to attune to the rhythm and harmony of all nature.

A Free Event –  Everyone welcomed

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