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When I look back on my life in reflection, I realize that at times I was wandering aimlessly.  The strange thing is that during these times I felt like I was making good choices and moving forward.  Now I know I was with those who did not understand me and I did not understand them.  They did not understand my search for my ‘self’. I did wander aimlessly until I moved into my heart and began to love my ‘self’…then my life began to have more purpose and meaning. I began to meet people with whom I could “sit under a tree in blossom”…and embrace the light!  I began my Happiness Circles that became my Peaceful Way gatherings and experienced greater peace and love.

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Don’t wander aimlessly!
by Rumi

My heart, sit only with those
who know and understand you.
Sit only under a tree
that is full of blossoms.

In the bazaar of herbs and potions
don’t wander aimlessly
find the shop with a potion that is sweet
If you don’t have a measure
people will rob you in no time.
You will take counterfeit coins
thinking they are real.

Don’t fill your bowl with food from
every boiling pot you see.
Not every joke is humorous, so don’t search
for meaning where there isn’t one.
Not every eye can see,
not every sea is full of pearls.

My heart, sing the song of longing
like a nightingale.
The sound of your voice casts a spell
on every stone, on every thorn.
First, lay down your head
then one by one
let go of all distractions.

Embrace the light and let it guide you
beyond the winds of desire.
There you will find a spring, and nourished by it sea waters;
like a tree you will bear fruit forever.

• Ghazal (Ode) 563, from
Rumi’s “Divan-e Shams” (“The Collection of Shams”), by Kolin and
Mafi, and by Professor Arberry:
–Translation by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi
“Rumi: Hidden Music”
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2001

Peacefully, Jane

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A Peaceful Way, the way of the heart

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master,

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In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day on October 8th.  We have much to be grateful for as we live in this beautiful country filled with people from all over the world.

I am thankful for my Indigenous friends who share their teachings with me and welcome me to their sacred circles. Miigwech We have much healing to do together.

 I am thankful for all who visit my Peaceful Way blog from countries all around our planet.

 I am deeply grateful to my beloved family and friends who share my life with me.

Thanksgiving

Thanks…for giving me
you
in my life
special moments
remember-
love’s serenade
sweet laughter and tears
shared moments
together

I love you all,

Jane Rosalea Brown

 

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Jane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master, IONS Conscious Aging

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

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What’s the Difference Between Meditation and Mindfulness

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We live during a time where Eastern philosophy is beginning to seep into the mainstream Western way of life. Words like mindfulness and meditation are becoming everyday terms in Western colloquialism. The question becomes: Are these words interchangeable?

Because these terms are often used in a similar context, confusion about the differences between mindfulness and meditation is understandable. There are many ways to define, describe, and practice both, and their practical applications are incredibly intertwined.

Mindfulness and meditation embody many similarities and can overlap, but they are not exactly the same. Let’s take a closer look.

Meditation

Meditation typically refers to formal, seated meditation practice. There are many types of meditation—those that focus on opening your heart, expanding your awareness, calming your mind, experiencing inner peace, and the list goes on. Here are some examples:

  • Breath-awareness meditation
  • Loving-kindness meditation
  • Mantra-based meditation
  • Visualization meditation
  • Guided meditation

Meditation is an intentional practice, where you focus inward to increase calmness, concentration, and emotional balance. Seated meditation usually begins with deep breathing in a comfortable position, bringing all your awareness to your breath—inhales and exhales—consciously guiding the mind toward an anchor, or a single point of focus. In meditation, you typically spend a focused chunk of time—anywhere from a minute to an hour or more—in which you are tuned inward.

At the Chopra Center, we teach Primordial Sound Meditationa specific type of mantra-based meditation, and recommend meditating for 30 minutes at a time, if possible. If that’s not possible for your schedule, any amount of time will help you find your center.

Simple Mantra Meditation: So Hum

Try this seated meditation with whatever time you have available.

  • Close your eyes and take one full minute to settle in by taking a few deep, cleansing breaths.
  • Start to repeat the mantra So Hum to yourself silently, slowly synching the rhythm of your breath to the mantra.
  • As you inhale, silently repeat the word “So“.
  • As you exhale, silently repeat the word “Hum“.
  • Continue breathing slowly and aligning your mantra to your breath, being careful not to rush your breath if you notice your mantra speeding up.
  • Each time you notice your mind wander, simply draw your attention back to the mantra So Hum.
  • When your time is up, gently release the mantra, taking a moment to sit quietly before opening your eyes.

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about being aware, which of course includes the practice of meditation. When you are being actively mindful, you are noticing and paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and movements, and also to the effects you have on those around you.

You can practice mindfulness anytimeanywhere, and with anyone by showing up and being fully engaged in the here and now. Mindfulness is the simple act of paying attention and noticing and being present in whatever you’re doing. When most people go about their daily lives, their minds wander from the actual activity they are participating in, to other thoughts or sensations. When you’re mindful, you are actively involved in the activity with all of your senses instead of allowing your mind to wander.

Mindfulness can be practiced both informally (at any time/place) and formally (during seated meditation). Where meditation is usually practiced for a specific amount of time, mindfulness can be applied to any situation throughout the day.

It can be difficult for the human mind to stay in the present moment. In fact, a recent study at Harvard found that people spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing. This kind of mindlessness is the norm, as the mind spends its time focused on the past (in regret mode), the future (in worry mode), and trying out should have’s and what if’s. The study also found that allowing the brain to run on auto-pilot like this can make people unhappy. “A wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” the researchers said.

This is where mindfulness can help. Here’s an example of an informal mindfulness practice you can try at any time of the day:

5 Senses Practice

Any time you complete a simple task—like brushing your teeth or washing your dishes, tune into your five senses—sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. For each sense, name two to three examples of the things you notice as you complete the task.

For example, when you’re brushing your teeth, you may notice:

  • The flavor of the paste on your tongue.
  • The smell of the paste coming through your nostrils.
  • The cooling sensations.
  • The way the toothbrush moves over your teeth and gums.
  • The sounds of the bristles moving back and forth in your mouth.
  • Your reflection in the bathroom mirror and the lighting in the bathroom.
  • The tingling sensation of the paste on your gums and teeth.

This practice will help you tune into your surroundings and increase your present-moment awareness. If you practice this with everyday activities—even those you have done a thousand times—you will begin to notice new things about the space you are in.

As you can see, you are practicing mindfulness during formal meditation, and a formal meditation practice supports and enriches your ability to be mindful in your everyday life. When you practice focusing on one thing at a time during seated meditation, it allows you to bring more focus, presence, and mindfulness into every other part of your life.


This summer, join Oprah and Deepak for a free online meditation journey to follow your passion and discover your purpose. Energy of Attraction starts July 23. Register for free.


Thanks to our Guest Author, Melissa Eisler
About the Author
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Melissa Eisler

Certified Leadership & Career Coach, Yoga & Meditation Instructor, Author
Melissa is the Senior Content Strategist at the Chopra Center. Also an ICF Certified Leadership and Career Coach (ACC) and certified meditation and yoga instructor, she is passionate about motivating people to live a healthy, balanced, and purposeful life. You can learn more about Melissa’s coaching practice at MelissaEisler.com . Melissa is also the author of The Type A’s Guide to Mindfulness: Meditation for Busy Minds and Busy People , a practical guide for new meditators in the modern world, and the creator of mindfulminutes.com , a…Read more
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I discovered long ago that love is answer to all my problems!  But…being loving every minute of the day is the challenge!  With all the unsettling world news, each day can throw me into worry about the future.  I do not let myself be in a state of fear for very long. I retreat to my inner thoughts, close my eyes, breathe in and out, meditate, find a place within that is quiet and be there even if it is only for a few minutes.  This way I can bring myself back into the present moment, be mindful and grateful.

So there are two important things I do each day to shift me into feeling peaceful -first, stay in the present moment where I can create and make choices for my day and secondly, stay in love…with me, my spouse and family and friends and my community.

I changed the name ‘A Peaceful Way’ for my programs from a Peaceful Path, because I got to a place in my life when I realized that my life was not about a ‘pathway’ but about how I was creating and living on the pathway.  I had to decide what is my ‘way’ of living.  When I was ordained as a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, I made a vow to live in peace.  I thought I could fulfill that vow easily. However, life threw me unexpected challenges in relationships, health problems and life events.  I had days where I wasn’t feeling any peace because of expectations that didn’t happen or conflicts in relationships…pressures of daily life, raising a family, finances etc!!

My husband supported my view of a ‘peaceful life’ too, but we found we had different views and needs that would rise up.  But we both wanted peace in our lives.  We wanted to grow old and be happy.  So that meant both of us had to make some changes!!  I think we have evolved to a very nice place, not always perfectly peaceful, but where we have space for each of us to grow, create and experience a peaceful, heart centered way.

There is a third shift I would like to share with you.  My greatest shift I had years ago was when I began to trust in the unfolding mystery of the universe.  I cannot remember how I began to trust that my life was guided.  This meant I trusted in the abundance of the universe and that the right person or event would occur at the right time. I learned I had to be open and allow my intuition to guide me. I think I knew from a young child, but I discovered that being grateful and loving were the keys that allowed me to move on and be successful.

So here I am at 72 years old, feeling like 25 years old, enjoying my passions!  I know I am getting older but inside I feel so young!  Sometimes it shocks me when someone treats me like I am old lady…LOL…

So I hope you have some shifts to create peace in your life…stay in the present moment, stay in love, trust your intuition, and live in gratitude.

Peacefully, Jane

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

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April 29th/30th is the time of the full moon.  Some people call it the ‘Pink Moon’ and Sun Bear in Dancing with the Wheel said it is “The Frogs return Moon” and it brings awareness to the qualities of the Beaver. Working with Beaver “can teach about stability, balance, tradition, true value, adaptability with the environment, healing…self reliance.”  In Native American spirituality animals are great teachers.

In my book, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, I have the teachings of my animal teachers. Beaver is an animal that I have loved since I was a child.  I used to sit near a beaver dam in hope to see one, but I only saw their magnificent home, but I new they were near.  There are Beavers near my present home.  I have not seen them but I have seen a small tree that they had cut down. What sharp teeth they have. Canadians love Beavers and are trying to protect them after years of fur trapping.

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Beavers mate for life and are good parents to their young.  They teach me the importance of ‘commitment’.

From In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

The Wisdom of BEAVER ~ Commitment

 A builder in endless time

A worker of the heart

Whose commitment and persistence

Brings success

Make a decision and a commitment to your goal.  Let your intention be heart centered.  Then let the Universal energies go to work for you.  Trust always in the process.  Miracles will happen!  Jane Rosalea Booth, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Enjoy the energies of the full moon today.  Each full moon gives us the opportunity to release what is not working for us and to begin something new.  Take time to think of your intentions and take action to renew and blossom with the energies of spring.  Follow your passions.  If you really have a dream or passion, make a commitment to allowing it to unfold.  Release, envision, make intentions and commit…begin…the full moon supports your transformation and embraces your whole self.

Blessings of the full moon,

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

Graduate of IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator

USUI Reiki Master, Natural Sound Healing

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

 

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As I sit at my window watching two robins searching for worms, a woodpecker pecking a tree in the forest and a bright red cardinal perched on a trim limb, and daffodils and tulips poking through the earth, I know spring has arrived in spite of a few lingering mounds of snow. It truly is a sign of how life renews and blooms. I love this poem by John O’Donohue, the Irish poet whose wisdom and deep connection to the earth and spirits is so beautifully shared in his poetry.IMG_2637

In Praise of the Earth
~ John O’Donohue ~
(To Bless the Space Between Us)

Let us bless
The imagination of the Earth.
That knew early the patience
To harness the mind of time,
Waited for the seas to warm,
Ready to welcome the emergence
Of things dreaming of voyaging
Among the stillness of land.

And how light knew to nurse
The growth until the face of the Earth
Brightened beneath a vision of color.

When the ages of ice came
And sealed the Earth inside
An endless coma of cold,
The heart of the Earth held hope,
Storing fragments of memory,
Ready for the return of the sun.

Let us thank the Earth
That offers ground for home
And holds our feet firm
To walk in space open
To infinite galaxies.

Let us salute the silence
And certainty of mountains:
Their sublime stillness,
Their dream-filled hearts.

The wonder of a garden
Trusting the first warmth of spring
Until its black infinity of cells
Becomes charged with dream;
Then the silent, slow nurture
Of the seed’s self, coaxing it
To trust the act of death.

The humility of the Earth
That transfigures all
That has fallen
Of outlived growth.

The kindness of the Earth,
Opening to receive
Our worn forms
Into the final stillness.

Let us ask forgiveness of the Earth
For all our sins against her:
For our violence and poisonings
Of her beauty.

Let us remember within us
The ancient clay,
Holding the memory of seasons,
The passion of the wind,
The fluency of water,
The warmth of fire,
The quiver-touch of the sun
And shadowed sureness of the moon.

That we may awaken,
To live to the full
The dream of the Earth
Who chose us to emerge
And incarnate its hidden night
In mind, spirit, and light.

May we kiss the earth with each step today!

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

Graduate of IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator

USUI Reiki Master, Natural Sound Healing

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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This morning I was looking at a book on Auguste Rodin, the French sculptor who is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture.  I have had it for over 25 years.  I opened it at the page about the passionate love story of Rodin and Camille Claudel who was his lover, student and assistant. (Rodin also had a lover named Rose and many other affairs) She was 20 years younger than Rodin and only 18 when they met. I became intrigued by their relationship t-hat greatly influenced both their works.
220px-Camille_Claudel Camille Claudel (1863-1943)
 Camille was a woman who was a brilliant sculptor but eventually mental illness took over. She became paranoid that Rodin was copying her works.
Her passion for Rodin is seen in the photograph of her bronze “The Waltz”. Interesting that her erotic art sculptures were looked down upon because she was woman, but Rodin’s works that also shocked the art world were accepted and praised. Rodin bequeathed a room for Camille’s works in the Rodin Museum, but they did not make it into the Rodin Museum till 1953!  The national Camille Claudel Museum in Nogent-sur-Seine opened in 2017, and the Musée Rodin in Paris has a room dedicated to Claudel’s works.
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Rodin’s work caught my attention a few years ago after the Ghost Ranch retreat I facilitated.  I watched a documentary on Alfred Steiglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe’s husband, who showed some of Rodin’s works in his New York studio. Georgia O’Keeffe was determined to be free of Steiglitz’s control and lived on the Ghost Ranch for years, but she remained married to him and Steiglitz promoted O’Keeffe’s art. Unlike Camille, O’Keeffe’s works flourished and evolved till she was in her 90’s!
But it was Camille’s story that touched my heart this morning…so I thought I’d pass it on to my artistic readers. It shows how hard it has been for women to express freely who we truly are. Camille broke away from Rodin’s dominance, but unfortunately could not sustain her creativity for very long. She died in 1943 after 30 years in a mental institution.
If you are interested here is a link to more of Camille’s sculptures and story:
Art is sacred breath and soul…expressing who we are…let it flow in and out whatever way you desire…
Peacefully, Jane

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