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Spring Equinox Walk – Stillness in the Spring Morning

This morning I walked along Georgian Bay (part of the Great Lake Huron) but it did not look like spring had arrived. Instead I was treated to this wonderful view that looked like pyramids on the ice.  Everything was still as the water was frozen near the shoreline. But these wondrous formations fascinated me.  A lady who has lived in this area since a child said they were water spouts.  Sure enough as I looked carefully the center top of each ‘pyramid’ was open.  She said the water spouts out of the pyramids that she called ‘water spouts’.  No water was spouting this morning but I would love to see the water spouting out of them.

As I neared home, I saw some small green sprouts poking through the ground where the snow had melted.  Yes, spring had arrived!

I love Japanese Haiku poetry.  I wrote this one about the arrival of Spring.

morning snow falling

below roots stir quietly

with spring’s rhythm

By Jane Brown Robertson

May you soak up the feelings of stillness on this Spring Equinox. It is when we enter our stillness that we begin to experience feelings of renewal, hope and new beginnings that the energy of the light of the Spring Equinox brings.  The Equinox invites us to create balance and harmony and to move with the natural rhythms of the universe.  Take a few moments to meditate or reflect and allow your mind and heart to open to something new and allow it to grow.

May the radiant Spring blessings of light fill your heart with peace and warmth,

Peacefully,  Jane

11709538_10152829565162303_6161609573751527717_nJane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, Jane Rosalea Booth (author name)

A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Retreats

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Conscious Aging Workshops

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Although most of my known ancestors were born in Canada or Scotland, I was told that my great great grandmother who lived in Goderich ON in the mid 1840’s was born in Ireland.  I had a slight glow of auburn in my dark brown hair when I was younger and my green eyes still reveal my ancestral Celtic history.  But what I did not inherit was the ability to roll my ‘r’s. Everyone in my family could do this very easily. I so wanted to sound like my grandparents and my parents!  Now I want to sound like my husband who was born in Scotland.  Although my mother was born in Canada she too could change her voice and sounded very Scottish.  My grandfather spoke Gaelic and would throw in a few words to tease his grandchildren.  I had no idea what he was saying a lot of the time!  But his warm smile and hugs made up for his strong Scottish brogue.

As part of my Conscious Aging practice, I reflect on what I have learned from my ancestors.  Yesterday, I watched a video on Beginning to speak Gaelic.  Just hearing the sounds of the language that my Grandparents and great-great grandparents spoke, warmed my heart.

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Today, I am reading a book called Celtic folklore of Fairy-faith that is rich with stories of everyday Celts whose ‘faith’ included fairies.  I call fairies my garden angels but indeed, they may be something entirely different. I often see fairy like beings in my meditations but I have been taught to think of them as angels. But I have also had a longing to know fairies and have my daughter and I feel they are with us, like angels. However, fairies have their own rich culture in celtic lore.   I am looking forward to reading about this celtic faith and  learn the wisdom of fairies that still exists.

A Celtic Blessing of Light

“May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within.

May the blessed sunlight shine upon you and warm your heart till it glows, Like a great peat fire, so that the stranger may come and warm himself at it, as well as the friend.

And may the light shine out of the eyes of you, like a candle set in the windows of a house, Bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm.

And may the blessing of the rain be on you – the soft sweet rain. May it fall upon your spirit so that all the little flowers may spring up, And shed their sweetness on the air.

And may the blessing of the great rains be on you, that they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there many a shining pool, and sometimes a star.

And may the blessing of the earth be on you – the great round earth; May you ever have a kindly greeting for people you pass as you are going along the roads.

And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly.”

Enjoy Enya and other beautiful singers on this sunny and bright St. Patrick’s Day.

Peacefully, Jane

 

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Do you realize that we are always invited to love more deeply?  Yet, in our busy days we turn away to focus on our daily worries, anxieties and fears. Our heart is waiting for us to relax, to be compassionate with ourselves, to open to receive love on a new level of conscious awareness.  To feel refreshed and inspired about life makes each day exciting and have purpose.  So how do we allow our lives to evolve naturally where we feel a deep connection with others in a loving way and feel a deep connection to spirit in a trustful way?

I think we need to be willing to transform and change our thoughts and habits.  We can get stuck in the old ways and how we view ourselves.  I had a friend say to me “I am always anxious and depressed.  I have been that way for years.”  I realized that she was speaking very honestly about how she viewed herself.  I also realized that she has accepted that view as being very fixed and she had no way of knowing how to change her feelings.  I have another friend who wrote me the other day after being diagnosed with a serious health problem who said “I am a passionate person and nothing will change me from seeing each day as my last and enjoying the present moment.”

So if we are going to evolve ‘naturally’ which means we tap into the natural rhythms of the flow of nature; we open to receive new perspectives; we are willing to flow with the ups and downs of life and see that life’s possibilities have no limits if we are willing to transform.

Now this might seem very idealistic but once our thoughts become more positive our courage and strength behind to grow.  We begin to take steps in new directions.  It may seem there is no way out when we have tough times, but it only takes a few seconds for our life to change and something new arrives…a new thought, a new friend, a new view, and new opportunity.  Something else happens as we begin to respond to our heart’s invitation to love…our self, others, all life, and to trust our spiritual knowing and beliefs.

Meditation provides the space to deepen our awareness of what is best for us.  Our inner heart, our soul, our inner knowing is always within us and we can tap into our inner wisdom.  Did you know you are a wisdom keeper?  We all have learned so much from all our experiences. We can enter this inner space of self discovery every day…in each moment. Our wisdom is within us awaiting to be awakened.

Yes, you are unique and special.  No one is exactly like you!  Your gifts and talents are waiting to unfold when you accept the invitation of love.

Going into your silence in meditation will help you to find your life purpose and to create more love in your life as your expand your awareness and allow your divine spirit to guide and love you. Meditation is a practice but as you become more comfortable and relaxed, it will become natural for you and you will receive many benefits from this spiritual practice.  You will soon flow with more ease through daily life by releasing old patterns of fear and resistance that cause blockages to your success. You will allow only positive, loving thoughts in your consciousness.  You will be astounded what will expand and be reflected back to you…abundance of love, prosperity and inner peace.  Are you ready to say ‘yes’ to your invitation to love?

Here is what I heard in a meditation when I was down, depressed and not sure what to do~

“The Light shines beyond the shadow

Move gently, my child, with grace

Be peaceful, tranquil, and joyous

Dance in merriment

Feel your heart song singing

Lifting you to new heights

Discard that which no longer serves.

Be still, listen

In peace and serenity

In silence, for messages of love.”

It took me awhile to ‘dance in merriment and to feel my heart song singing’, but what these words did for me was to remind me that somewhere inside me was my heart that wanted to be loved.  I wanted love…when I realized this truth, I began to take steps to create a life where I could love more fully.  And…I did receive many, many messages of love in my meditations, and I found love in my personal life.  But this would not have happened if I had turned down my ‘invitation of love’.

Are you ready to say ‘Yes’?  Reclaim who you really are and allow us to see you more fully !

Sufi poet Hafiz wrote “I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.”

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

Inner Peace Reiki Sessions – email for an appointment goldenlightcentre@rogers.com

A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Workshops, Meaford, ON

 

 

 

 

slide1Thomas Merton believed ‘love is our destiny, but we don’t find the meaning of life by ourselves alone; we find it with others.”

I think the discovery is finding what has heart and meaning to us? What works for us? What do we feel when we let go of all our anger, regrets, fears and experience a sense of peace and love within? How do we embrace the love that is within and bring it into our daily? How do we cope with changes as we age so we live with and open and accessible heart?

To assist you to explore these questions, Conscious Aging Workshop Series, Thursday afternoons, April 6th – May 4th, 2017 in Meaford will assist you with your quest and provide a quiet and relaxed space to connect with others, enjoy reflections and inspirational ideas and discover your own inner wisdom that will support you as you age. By discovering tools and practices to cope more effectively with aging you will enjoy greater inner peace and well-being!

I invite you to join me in Meaford.  Please visit my Conscious Aging Workshop Series site.  You will find how the Institute of Noetic Studies (IONS) research created this wonderful program and how it can benefit you in many ways.

Although this program is designed for those 50 and older, each day I realize that if our youth and young adults integrated the tools and practices of Conscious aging in their early life, their view of who they are and what is important in their life would awaken them to living consciously and begin to make creative and healthful choices that have a more expansive world view and connection with others (and without a cell phone!!! LOL).

For now, it is for the over 50 group ~ please join me.

Register now by calling Amber Knott 519-538-1060 Ext 1200  or email: aknott@meaford.ca

 Conscious Aging Workshop series is part of the Municipality of Meaford Lifestyle programs.

Hope to see you April 6th!

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Brown Robertson, BA

Graduate of IONS Conscious Aging Workshop Facilitator

 

 

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Anam Cara’…soul friend.

John O’Donohue wrote a book called “Anam Cara”

“Anam cara” (Ananchara) is a Gaelic word that translates as “soul” friend. Anam cara is a partner of your soul, an equal who discuss problems and share advice with you. The ancient Celts often practiced the ritual of Anam Cara to formalize friendships in the same way that marriage rituals formalize the bond between lovers.

In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. One of the fascinating ideas here is the idea of soul-love; the old Gaelic term for this is anam cara. Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and cara is the word for friend. So anam cara in the Celtic world was the “soul friend.” In the early Celtic church, a person who acted as a teacher, companion, or spiritual guide was called an anam cara. It originally referred to someone to whom you confessed, revealing the hidden intimacies of your life. With the anam cara you could share your inner-most self, your mind and your heart. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an anam cara, your friendship cut across all convention, morality, and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the “friend of your soul.”  John O’Donohue

John O’Donohue  explained that “Anam Cara’ and the meaning of these kind of relationships that are different than just being an acquaintance but “requires a purposeful presence – it asks that we show up with absolute integrity of intention.

Anam Cara Blessing video
I love this  video by  Doug Von Koss, where he sings a Anam Cara blessings
Send a blessing to your ‘Anam Cara’
Peacefully, Jane
Jane Brown Robertson, BA, CS
Conscious Aging workshop facilitator, graduate of IONS Conscious Aging Workshop Facilitator training
A Peaceful Way workshops and Retreats
Author – In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

 

 

Join me for the Spring 2017 Conscious Aging Workshops!  This series of 5 workshops can change your life!  This program has given me a new outlook for aging, taken away my fears of aging and most of all I discovered how unique this last third of my life is.  Last spring I offered this course and it had amazing results for the participants who were willing to reflect on their lives and to open to new ideas and practices that they can use as they age.  Best of all are the conversation circles where we share our experiences and gather the wisdom of others. We all experienced some insights into aging that we had not considered to make our lives more meaningful and vibrant.  The workshops are offered in Meaford, Ontario this spring. They are part of the Municipality of Meaford Lifestyles Programs.  Visit my Conscious Aging site for detailed information about this program and its benefits.  Registration info is on the flyer below.

Looking forward to sharing these workshops with you!    Jane Brown Robertson

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It is beautiful to be up at sunrise and to mediate along the shores of Georgian Bay on a cold winter morning.  There was a stillness and calm all around me on the morning of this photo. It felt magical as I looked out to the frozen water with the rising sun shining rays of pinks and oranges across the distant clouds. I felt a deep connection to nature and to spirit.

People often ask me what to expect from meditating.  Some say they cannot do it. Learning to meditate does take concentration and a willingness to sit quietly, to learn to breathe to relax your body and to move out of our mind’s busy thoughts and move into our heart’s consciousness of love and compassion.

I meditate to relax  and to calm myself as the world spins around and presents itself in ways that I am not sure what the outcome will be.  The US election and all the happenings this week with Trump as President can be unnerving.   So my meditation time takes me within my consciousness to a place where I can reflect and feel a sense of peace, a sense of connection with my loved ones, with spirit and with all life. I take time to send them love and to feel grateful for their presence in my life. I send love to all the people in the world who need healing and support and pray they receive what they need.  I visualize the world changing into a place of compassion and freedom for all. These thoughts and prayers brings me comfort and peace. They give me a vision of the future I desire and can help to create in my daily life.  I always feel that I have a guiding presence and that I am loved, always.  So meditation eases my fears and anxiety and brings me back into my daily life where I can face the challenges and do my best to create peace in my outer world.

As we are all unique, yet deeply connected, we view life in our own way so every meditation will be unique and for you only.  No one can know what we are thinking.  In the same way, no one can really understand you meditative experiences.  But there seems to be some commonalities that my groups share after meditating. They all feel a sense of relaxation and peace.  They feel a connection to spirit that brings them comfort. This connection to something spiritual leads them to feel connected to all life.  Some have visualizations of peaceful places or people or colours.  Some hear a guiding voice that shares love and peace. Many write after their meditations so they will remember the images or thoughts from the meditations. They begin to meditate daily, if only for a few minutes in the morning or evening.  Some do walking meditations in nature. Others meditate at their yoga or art classes…tapping into the beauty and love around them during their day…so the energy and peace of their meditations is carried outwards…

Here is a prose I wrote after a meditation about ‘I thought I knew who I was’…but my meditations showed me a new way to feel and understand who I am…

“I thought I knew who I was

Until I entered into the space within

There I met a different image of myself

I found a person I that I loved

No masks or veils in this space

The truth revealed in simplicity

Revealing me as a being of light,

As a being of life, as a being of ages

With a human purpose of awakening…”

The prose goes on and is quite long, but you can hopefully see that as I meditate I have a greater sense of my self, my being, who is here to awaken to love, to be more conscious of how I am living.  My life has been full of awakenings and I hope it always will be.  It is the unknown that makes life exciting and keeps us creative and vibrant.  So life is a mystery…yes!  Meditation brings me some clarity by revealing peace, love and unity within each of us. What a gift!  Remember you have all the strength and creative power to live a peaceful life, in spite of what is happening in the world.  We are awakening together to greater love and caring for all life.  It is the only way forward…

Peacefully, Jane

 

 

 

 

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