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Today we remember all who served and those who gave their lives so we may have our freedom.  May we remember the families across the world who lost love ones,  husbands, wives, sons and daughters during wars. It is difficult to put into words the deep gratitude I have for the men and women who died so I may live in a free country.

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I would like to honour Mona Parsons, an unsung Canadian World War II war heroine from Wolfville Nova Scotia.  She and her husband lived in the Netherlands where they hid fallen British Airmen in their home. They were caught by the Nazis. Mona spent 4 years in a Nazi labour camp before escaping and walking through Germany to Holland.  As she entered Holland she was met by a Canadian regiment from Nova Scotia who helped her. One of the soldiers was from her town of Wolfville!  She is the only Canadian woman to ever escape from a Nazi prison. Mona has received little recognition for her bravery, but a statue of her is being created and will be in honour of her courage and bravery in Wolfville in 2017. Mona was a dancer and she lifted the spirits of the other prisoners by her dancing.

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There must be thousands and thousands of unsung heros and heroines. Today, I remember and honour them.

Here is a link to a CBC documentary about Mona Parsons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmLaI9_K6OQ

May our prayers of remembrance be full of  deep gratitude, forgiveness and peace.  May we all envision a world of peace, harmony and freedom.  May Peace Prevail on Earth as we become more tolerant, loving and understanding of one another. May we never forget…

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown

 

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Many of us outside of the United States were shocked by the election results. I know I was and so were many of my Canadian friends on Facebook.  But my American FB friends were very upset and afraid of what a Trump world will be like.  Many hearts are aching in disappoint and fear.  But today on Facebook, I saw a change.  People were lifting up their spirits by moving into a place of love and peace. Their postings were positive and calling out for people to love and ‘to be the change’.

Those of us who have a vision of a world where we honour one another, support our differences and desire harmony and peace in our countries, find it hard to understand America’s choice of leader.  However, we all have the opportunity now to dig deeper into our hearts and consciousness. Let us use our voice and loving spirit!  We have an opportunity to speak out for the right of diversity and human rights…rights of Children, rights of Women.  We have a responsibility to reveal the peace we desire with our families, at work and in our communities and countries.

You may think this is a big task but it is truly a gift to yourself as you walk, talk and share with others in a peaceful way. We can help each other to mend our healing hearts as our anger, regrets and fears dissolve.  We all have opinions, beliefs, religions and cultures. There is such a richness and learning opportunity when we share our ‘self’ with others through compassion and caring.  We must learn to stop wanting everyone to feel or believe as we do…we must start listening to one another’s thoughts, needs and hearts. As we truly listen to one another, we grow and evolve together and develop a society that works, plays, and shares together. Start listening to the life stories of others and come together.

Here is a poem that is wonderful guidance during these challenging times by the Persian Poet Rumi.

The Wisdom and Beauty of Rumi

Let us fall in love again and scatter gold dust all over the world.

Let us become a new spring and feel the breeze drift in the heavens’ scent.

Let us dress the earth in green, and like the sap of a young tree let the grace from within sustain us.

Let us carve gems out of our stony hearts and let them light our path to Love.

The glance of Love is crystal clear and we are blessed by its light.

~ Rumi

Let us stay ‘in love’ with one another!  Feel free to comment how you are feeling about the US election or what you are practicing to ‘stay in love’ and be peaceful  What works for you or what is difficult for you.  Let’s listen to one another by sharing a comment.

Peacefully, Jane

 

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

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Crows have been following me on my walks and calling out to me.  So today I took a look at the “The Wisdom of Crow” from ‘In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation“.  In my book I share the ‘wisdom’ of some my nature teachers who are close to me. Each has its own message for me. Perhaps the crows were calling me to remember their message in my book.

“The Wisdom of Crow – Ancient Ones

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 Crow tells of Ancient teachings

On tablets of stone

It is time of great gatherings, great awakenings

Heed the voice, the song of love

Share with joy your ancient days

Heed the call of the loving essences

Star of the Ancients leading you forth

The call of Crow awakened you to be aware of messages from within, from others, from nature. These messages come in words, sounds or symbols and from our animal teachers. Tap into the universal consciousness to learn the ancient laws of the universe. Listen and grow in love. The Ancient Ones say the past does not have to be repeated, but the lessons remembered. ” Jane Rosalea Booth, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, p110

 Become aware of the elements, animals, plants in nature who are attracting your attention. What feelings do they evoke?  What memories do they recall?  Allow nature to teach and guide you into greater knowing of who you are.

May the Crows call to you to remember your inner wisdom, love and peace.

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)

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Meditation now provides me with a shelter of protection, a place of peace and the courage to see each day as a “beginning…”   The messages in this book are manifestations of my discoveries about love, daily life, nature’s teachers and the infinite beauty of our mysterious Universe.  It is in silence, the place of quiet stillness within, that I discover the truth of the loving essence of the Divine Spirit that begins to merge with my inner self and then becomes reflected in each moment of my life.   It is in the experience of Divine Union of Oneness that  leads me from seeking for “something” to just “being”.  From this space, I am accepting and feel blessed for all my experiences and look forward to new adventures and the unknown.”  From In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, by Jane Rosalea Booth

Ten years later….

I wrote those words 10 years ago and they still ring true for me. I am still on a life journey of knowing my ‘self’ and shedding ways and habits that do not resonate with my inner self’s call to be loving and peaceful in each moment.  Still a challenge at times!  But in the past 10 years I have become more aware of those ‘experiences’ of my life that still hold wisdom and guidance to assist me through my next 10 years if I take the time for reflection and for letting go of past hurts or regrets.

I am looking forward to ‘new adventures’.  I am growing each day in greater trust that my life will unfold in mysterious ways, wonderful ways, greater ways than I can ever imagine!  It is this ‘unknown’ factor about life that keeps us moving forward even in our elder years if we stay open, flexible and never lose our curiosity about what life is all about.

In silence, in meditation, I discover my soul essence, my soul voice, my connection to all life, all spirit and all the love that permeates through the universe.  I open to the cosmic universal rhythms when I dance, sing, write poetry, walk by the water and woods or meditate.  I feel a deep purpose for my ‘being’ here in this moment.

I still meditate on the messages in my book, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation and receive new insights.  I am not the same person as I was ten years ago but what amazes me is how the words from my meditations have even greater richness and meaning for me now!  So I encourage you to write down your thoughts or ‘messages’ you receive after you meditate.  In my book, I share with you how to meditate and to manifest the life you desire!  Discover tools and insights to expand your views, to age well and to live with an open and accessible heart in the most challenging of times.

Peacefully Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name ‘ Jane Rosalea Booth’

 

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Dedicated to the ‘Peace Pilgrim” by Jane Rosalea Brown

I walk for peace
Out of my daily comforts
Out of my abiding home
Onto a bare road going forward
North winds harsh against my face
Little food, parched lips, tired legs
I seek shelter beneath a bridge
Too damp and musty, I move on
A light shines bright, I turn away
A voice calls out for me to stop
An invitation “Come in for the night”
Word of my arrival preceded my steps
With humbleness, I enter with gratitude
A warm shelter, hot tea and cozy cot
I rest peacefully, serene in the knowing
At dawn, alone in silent receptiveness
Amid the nurturing beauty of nature
I walk alone with the love and grace of God
I walk for peace
Inspired by “Peace Pilgrim” Her Life and Work in her Own Words”  Jane Rosalea Brown

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Alone she walks

Gratitude fills her calm heart

A pilgrim of peace

Jane Rosalea Brown

 

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Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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Try to remember

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I came across the song “Try to remember”.  It is a mellow song calling us to recall earlier times in our lives when we were happy and bring those feelings into the present.  This is a good practice of reflection on our lives but often it is not an easy task if things are difficult for us in the present.  But looking back our lives we can tap into the strength and courage we had to move through life’s challenges and know we can use what we have learned to deal with today’s challenges.

Hopefully, we have learn not to ‘sweat’ the small stuff and look at a bigger picture to discover what really has meaning and brings us peace.  Perhaps we can embrace different ‘small stuff’ to bring us happiness…a smile, a hug, a kind word…and return these things to others.  I remember when my brother had cancer and his days were short how he loved me to put my hand on his head.  This simple gesture and touch of love brought him happiness.

We do not have to be ill to awaken and remember who we truly are and what we can share with others in so many ways.  This morning a neighbour invited me and my dog down to the beach area in front of her property.  It was a great treat for Max to run and play with his friend Marley.  I so appreciated this invitation, a simple gesture.

So my spiritual practice for today is reflecting back on my life ‘to try to remember’ those moments that I may have not thought of for some time that help me to bring into this present moment parts of me, parts of my true nature, that may help me to move into my wholeness now.

It still astonishes me that at my age I am still learning more about my ‘self’, my joys, my fears, my dreams, my hopes.  I am still learning…

Enjoy this song “Try to Remember”…remember when you look back on your life do it as an Observer, not as a critic. Bring forward what will assist you in this moment!

Meditate on your thoughts. Relax in the moment.  Be silent and let your heart recall some meaningful times.  Then you may want to journal, draw, write a poem, make a collage card about what was revealed to you.

Peacefully, Jane

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

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