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LOOKING FOR LOVE

A strange passion is moving in my head.

My heart has become a bird which searches in the sky.

Every part of me goes in different directions.

Is it really so that the one I love is everywhere?  ~Rumi

 

I love this poem by Rumi that reminds us that love is everywhere.  Do you feel love everywhere?  Find it in your life…in nature, at work, shopping, cleaning,…see the beauty, feel the love in all people, share your love with others, work at something you love to do, pour love into the things you do not like to do…love is always present…within our hearts and in our daily lives.  We may look and look for love but Rumi says the one we love is always present.

Love and joy,

Jane

 

 

 

 

Living without Fear

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To live without fear is to live in the present moment with love and compassion.”

How we deal with our fears determines how we view our world.  Our world view determines how we make choices about how we live.  Our fears affect all parts of us…emotions, physical health, mental wellness, spiritual growth.  What we fear may be rooted from our past or something we are afraid might happen to us in the future.  They seem very real to us and can control our thoughts and actions.  However, if we realize that fears are our ‘what if’s’ in life it helps us to move through them and release their power over us.  By learning to release them is a huge step to healing and well-being.

However, learning to release our fears can sometimes be difficult especially if we are feeling alone and not sure what our next step should be.  This is when being in the present moment is so important.  It is only in the present moment that we can create change by shifting our present view.  For example, you may have an exam or test to complete.  Your fear is that you will fail.  In the present moment, you have not failed.  You can make the choice to study and learn as much as you can.  In the present moment, you can relax, enjoy your studies, focus on what you need to learn and only hold thoughts of success.  If the thought of failing comes in, take a deep breath, acknowledge your fear and release it.  Replace it with a positive image of your success.  I had this deep fear of failure for years.  I did not think I was smart enough to go to university.  It took me till I was 40 years old before I took the steps to try some university courses.  I put aside my fears of failing and began my studies.  Two years later, I had completed my degree…and graduated on the Dean’s Honour roll!!!

So I learned to overcome my fears by focusing in the present moment.  I had a dream of completing university and I worked hard to make it come true.  I learned that my fears were truly my ‘what if’s’ and that they are my made up thoughts…not what was really happening in the present moment.

Once you realize that you can create your future from your thoughts and feelings, life can begin to change.   There is always a new way to look at life where we can feel love and compassion for ourselves and others and this love is only created in the present moment.

So I began to open my heart to discover more about myself and to live in the present moment, instead of worrying so much about the future.  I felt grateful for what I had in my life and this made me feel much better.  Through my meditations I found wisdom about how to live more fully.  Life is ever changing with new challenges but meditation, connecting with Spirit, helps me through and keeps me balanced and peaceful through difficult times.

Mindfulness means to be present to what is, rather than losing ourselves in thoughts of what is no longer or what has not yet come. Mindfulness is an awakening to life, a nonjudgmental awareness of the wonder of the present moment.” ~ Joan Borysenko

Blessings of inner peace and love,

Jane

 

 

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Healing After Loss: Meditation for Grieving

by: Tris Thorp

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Grief can be one of the most difficult things to overcome and can make us feel like we’ve been thrown into an emotional storm. Grief, at its core, is overwhelming sadness caused by a loss of someone or something we love. Grief can take on many forms, such as:

  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Loneliness
  • Depression
  • Regret

Grief’s many forms have a way of holding us hostage in a sea of emotional despair for what feels like an eternity.

There is no template to follow when we lose someone or something that was deeply meaningful to us. Everybody experiences loss and grief differently and uniquely, and even the things we grieve about may vary. Russell Friedman, executive director of the Grief Recovery Institute, defines grief as the “conflicting feeling caused by a change or an end in a familiar pattern or behavior.” He adds that “grief isn’t limited to the death of a loved one or even traditionally recognized losses such as divorce.”

“We’re talking about loss as the real or perceived deprivation of something one considers meaningful,” says Keren Humphrey, a retired counseling professor and author of the book, Counseling Strategies for Loss and Grief. Humphrey says, “If it’s meaningful for me and I lose it, then it’s loss, whether you think it is or not.”

If you find yourself in a place of grieving, an important question to ask yourself is, “Have I grieved enough—culturally and personally?” Some cultures suggest there is a period of time one should spend in the grieving process. For others, it’s just a matter of moving through each day to the best of their ability and, in time, finding that the intensity of the emotion begins to lift.

Approaches to Resolving Grief

One of the things that (eventually) helps a person overcome grief is the recognition that the person who is no longer with us wouldn’t want us to be suffering. They would want us to remember the good times, to go about our lives and be happy, and to celebrate the love we shared.

Lack of resolution or completion is something that prevents the grief from releasing, both during the grieving process and long after. So how can we find resolution or completion without the other person being present? There is an ancient—and current—concept or technique to help us move through this process. It’s called forgiveness.

An approach to resolving grief is, first and foremost, to identify the emotion we’re feeling and to be still with it for however long we need to. Another technique to bring about completion is to overcome any blocks to remembering the positive things, by consciously choosing to place our awareness on the fond and fun memories. And, finally, to have any conversations that we need to have to bring closure to unexpressed communications.

This meditation can help you loosen the grip and begin to bring resolution to your grief.

Meditation for Grieving

Whenever you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with grief for the loss of a loved one, take a few minutes to sit in stillness by following these meditation steps.

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit upright where you won’t be disturbed for 15 to 20 minutes. Make yourself comfortable with pillows or a blanket.
  2. Begin to breathe slowly and deeply, and place your attention on how you are feeling—both emotionally and physically. Try not to analyze what you are feeling and rather, just be in the experience. Acknowledge your emotions in a gentle and loving way.
  3. Imagine the face of the person you are grieving. You may think of it as a manifestation of their spirit or just see it as a memory in your mind.
  4. Now, consider anything that needs to be said or forgiven and begin to have a conversation with them. Visualize this happening in your mind, now. Spend a few minutes saying whatever it is that you need to say from your heart. Then hear them saying whatever they need to say to you from their heart. Tell them you forgive them and hear them tell you that they forgive you, too. Focus on the conversation taking place in a loving and compassionate way—a giving and receiving of open, loving communication with this person.
  5. Next, focus in on any one of the most positive memories you can bring to mind with this person and immerse yourself in this memory. Relive the happy, fun times and the deep connections that you shared, knowing that what allows grief to release is positive, happy moments.
  6. When you are finished, take a few slow, deep breaths. Sit quietly for a few minutes and bring your meditation to an end. Do this meditation as often as you need to and know that you can always return to this space whenever you want to feel at peace.

The grieving process takes time. There is no quick or easy way out of the pain and suffering that we endure as a result of losing someone or something that we love dearly. Yet, it is important to feel the emotions as they are moving through us rather than avoiding or burying them. Pretending that we’re fine when we’re not is how we suppress emotional pain that will later show up as any number of physiological symptoms down the road.

As Michael Brown said in his book, The Presence Process: A Journey Into Present Moment Awareness, “The only way out is through, and the only way through is in.”The best thing you can do is to honor yourself as you move through your process by practicing self-compassion and tending to your grief in an honest and gentle way.

 

Many thanks to Tris Throp for sharing this article.

May love sustain and guide your through your grieving process.

Peacefully,

Jane

Jane Rosalea Booth, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Natural Sound Sessions, USUI Reiki Sessions and Certification for Practitioners

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Peaceful Path Personal Sound Healing

 Sound was the earliest tool used by humans for vibrational healing. Mothers used their voices to calm their babies.  When a person was hurt, they groaned.  Our bodies are vibrating all the time as we are energy beings.  Sound is a vibration, moving in waves.  Wikipedia describes sounds as  “a traveling wave which is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through a solid, liquid, or gs, composed of frequencies within the range of hearing and of a level sufficiently strong to be heard, or the sensation stimulated in organs of hearing by such vibrations”.  When we pull a sting on a guitar, the strings next to it vibrates from the sound produced. In the same way, our body responds to sounds around us. Sound frequencies can be a wonderful healing tool.

We each have our own likes and dislikes of music.  We know that listening to loud sounds can damage our hearing.  However, soft sounds calm and relax us.  Music affects our emotions and evoke memories.  Dance music makes us want to move and be active.   We only have to be aware of the power of sound and use it as a key to healing and to assists us to know ourselves more fully as vibrational beings.  In my holistic natural sound therapy, I use sound – tuning forks, chants, toning, drumming, rattles, bells –  for personal healing and for my clients.

Drumming:

The drum is the earliest instrument to be used for healing and communication.  Today, scientists are learning the healing properties of drumming for use in heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer treatment.

Tuning Forks:

I use sound with my Reiki sessions as it relaxes and assists in balancing my clients’ energies centers, known as chakras.  Sound is a vibrational healing and I pass tuning forks over and around the body, the body responds to these vibrations by relaxing and calming.  When our bodies are calm, they can heal naturally.

Chants:

Chanting has also been used since ancient times for healing.  Try chanting your own name or tone the vowel sounds – a, e, i,o,u  – and feel how your body responds.  Feel the sound stirring and awaking and illuminating each cell in your body.  Imagine each cell receiving love as you chant. The “Ohm” sound is wonderful to use as you begin to meditate as it opens your consciousness to the Divine as your body soothes and calms from this sound.  “Ahhh…is a sound for heart love.

Mantras:

Mantras are phrases or sentences that are repeated over and over.  The ancient Vedic teachings have many mantras to use for all areas of our lives.   I use simple ones that I make up.  Before I go to sleep I repeat “I am calm.  I am peace. I am calm. I am peace.”  Then, I drift off into a peaceful night’s sleep.  Each religion has its mantras to repeat.  Roman Catholic’s hold rosary beads as they repeat  mantras.  Hindus and Buddhist use mala beads as they repeat their sacred mantras.

Finding your own Sound

You have a natural resonance (vibration) with the harmony of the Universe.  As you meditate, ask for your own sound(s) to use for your personal healing and well-being.  Listen…and you will receive a sound or words for you.  Find your own voice.  Sing your own song.

As I use the tuning forks with clients, I chant or tone intuitively.  Before each session, I ask that I will receive the sound that will assist my client.  I am always amazed at the sounds that I receive.  They are usually short words that have no meaning to me, such as tat or wha or tume and they flow together.  I’ve learned not to question what I receive but simply share them.  My clients love them and I always look forward to new mantras or chants that I receive.

Personal Sound Awareness

 Become aware of what music you are listening to each day.  Is it healthy for your body?   Listen to the sounds in your daily life and think about how they are affecting your health.  Try to get rid of loud, harsh sounds as they are harmful.  Teens think is it cool to swear and be loud, but their bodies and souls are asking for peace and kindness.

Sound Energy and Reiki Sessions

I am available weekly for Sound and for Reiki Sessions for energy balancing, relaxation and stress reduction.  I personalize the session with chants and toning to meet your needs. The sessions are 1 ½ hours in Meaford, Ontario Canada.  Please e-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com    Discover how vibrational healing can improve and sustain your health and well-being.  My fee is $50.00 per session.

Jane Rosalea Brown

 

Jane Rosalea Booth, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Natural Sound Sessions

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Dear Friends, I invite to this program series, Conscious Aging, that is truly transformative for those who are willing to discover a new view of aging.  The last group who participated did not want the program to end!!  We are continuing next week on this journey of ‘conscious aging’ as it is providing the tools and practices we need for happiness and contentment as we age. There is a positive way and vision that can change your life!

Join me this fall for a new series beginning Oct.6/16 !  Register today!

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Meaford Lifestyle Fall  2016 Program

Conscious Aging Workshops Series

  Cultivate Wisdom, Connect with Others,

Celebrate Life

With Jane Brown Robertson

Authorized IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator

The IONS Conscious Aging is a program that offers you a profound new vision of just what it means to grow older. This renewed awareness helps you to recognize the rich potential you can tap into at midlife and beyond. That is why we say conscious aging is better aging 

Discover what it means to age consciously and how there is a big difference between simply becoming old and aging consciously.

Do you find yourself struggling with some of the challenges of aging?

  • Would you like to explore the possibility of turning the challenges of aging into opportunities for growth?

  • Are you curious about the gifts of aging?

  • Would you like to connect to a like-minded community?

 If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then the Conscious Aging Workshop is for you!

Register today for Fall 2016 Conscious Aging  Workshops

Please register by Sept.15th to have workbooks for 1st session.

To Register:  Contact: Amber Knott 519 538-1060 ext. 1200 

email:  aknott@meaford.ca

Supervisor, Recreation Programs , Municipality of Meaford

Location:  Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre & Arena

Date:  Every  Thursday afternoons beginning October 6th – November 24th, 2016

Time:  1:00 pm.- 3:30 pm.

Fee: $130.00  8 workshops, includes 118 Page Workbook

$20.00 per workshop if registered individually (workbook not included)

$30.00 workbook Conscious Aging a Self-Reflections and Conversation Circles Guide” created by IONS (sold only to workshop participants who register for individual workshops)

 An 118-page workbook has been produced as a companion to the Conscious Aging program. Developed by Kathleen Erickson-Forder, Elder Education Program Manager with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), this workshop has been field-tested and tremendously well received across a broad range of settings in the United States and Canada.

conscious-agingworkbook Please visit Conscious Aging website for more details about the program series.

As an IONS Authorized Conscious Aging Facilitator, Jane Rosalea Brown (formerly Booth-Robertson), BA, CSW is honored to support you on this rich and meaningful journey. These workshops are available to individuals (private sessions), groups and organizations.  Email Jane goldenlightcentre@rogers.com Subject: Conscious Aging

 

Hi friends,

I have decided to return to my maiden name, Jane Rosalea Brown.  My author name is still Jane Rosalea Booth.  It feels right to return to my birth name. Please note the change on your records, if you have any.  I think after facilitating Conscious Aging workshops, it led me to this decision.  So for many of you it my name change will be new, but not for my old friends who have known ‘Janie Brown” for years.

I look forward to you visiting my Peaceful Way blog where I will continue to share insights, feelings and meditations that will assist you to have a more peaceful life.

Please note that fall registration for Conscious Aging Workshop Series in Meaford has begun.  Register now for this wonderful program that continues to inspire me and create positive changes as we age. I look forward to seeing you there.  Call Amber Knott, Municipality of Meaford, 519-538-1060 Ext. 1200.

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Booth, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Authorized IONS Conscious Aging Workshop Facilitator

 

Uniqueness of Aging

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I thought that my voyage had come to its end at the last limit of my power — that the path before me was closed, that provisions were exhausted and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity. But I find that thy will knows no end in me. And when old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders“.

— Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali

I love this quote that reveals what happens as we age if we allow our hearts to open, to deepen our spiritual awareness and to flow with creative thoughts.  There are always new thoughts, new songs, new poems, new perspectives when we let go of the ‘old tracks’ and unveil new ‘wonders’.

It is because I have been facilitating an IONS Conscious Aging” workshop series that my awareness of the qualities and opportunities that come with age have heightened.  I have been so inspired by my participants and their ability to transform and to have new views about their future.  Aging well means taking good care on all levels – mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual.  But when our spiritual self deepens by feeling a greater connection to our ‘soul’ and spirit we lose our fear of death and recognize the gifts we have received and the gifts we still have to offer to others.

This awakening to a new view of aging provides so much freedom!  Freedom to do new things, to meet new friends, and to serve others in whatever way we can.  I saw people get excited about the age and stop apologizing for being older.  With renewed vision of our self, others begin to notice our change.  Younger people notice too and are attracted to those who are happy and feeling fulfilled.

The common ground that all in the Conscious Aging group felt was that they may have changed on the outside, but inside they felt the same as when they are young!  So we all realized that when you look at someone older, they aren’t really old because their heart and soul has remained the same.

This prompted me to write a poem I’d like to share with you~

How strange it is

To be inside this old body

Laughing the same way

Crying the same way

Playing the same way

Always being the romantic

In love with being in love

Not much has changed

 

That can’t be true

Look around you

Everything has changed

Look in the mirror to see

The old face smiling back

Once brunette hair now white

Ages spots and wrinkles oh dear

So much has changed

 

How strange it is

To be inside this old body

As I have always been

But I am an elder now

With bits of wisdom to share

I have found a loving presence

That truly reveals who I am

Not much has changed   

©Jane Rosalea Booth Robertson,2016, Meaford ON   July 29,2016

Whatever age you are embrace its gifts.  Each age group has a purpose and things to offer.  Each stage is unique which new challenges and new things to learn.  Make the most of each day, each moment to bring into it peace, laughter, and love!  Remember ~ you are always beautiful inside and outside~ at any age!

Peacefully, Jane

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