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John O'Donohue

John O’Donohue wrote a wonderful book called Aman Cara.  In my Peaceful Way meditation group, we spent some lovely weeks reading it and reflecting on his insights about what is our relationship with our Aman Cara, our soul friend.

He also talks about aging and how our life comes together as we age . It is as if we gather together all the pieces of our journey. He says “old age offers the opportunity to integrate and bring together the multiplicity of directions that you have traveled.  It is a time when you can bring the circle of your life together to where your longing can be awakened and new possibilities can come alive in you.

I never thought of being older as a time of ‘new possibilities’ but now I am ‘older’ I realize how true this can be.  It definitely is a time where I feel more freedom.  I have let go of many regrets and disappointments as I realize I cannot change them.  Indeed, they were probably very good teachers for me.

We all have life challenges but we can learn at an earlier age how to cope with them and learn that we are creative beings that can make changes.  We are all creative beings.  Even if you think you are not creating, you are.  You have thoughts and opinions every day.  These thoughts are important because they influence your view of the world.

So how do we keep a positive view of the world when we see chaos?  We learn how to listen to our heart and we do this through learning to meditate or have quiet reflection time.  We learn to not hold onto anger and learn to forgive even the most difficult people or situations.  This can be difficult but if we really want to be ‘free’ and to have a happy life, we must transform and live from our hearts.

It is amazing how you will attract new people in your life as your energy lifts into a kinder and more compassionate place.  In the teaching of USUI Reiki, there are beautiful affirmations for practitioners of Reiki to integrate into their lives each day.  If you are having difficulty making changes, say these affirmations each day.

“Just for today,

I will not worry

I will not be angry

I will do my work honestly

I will give thanks for my many blessings

I will be kind to my neighbour and all living things”

If we all lived by these affirmations, the world would heal and live in peaceful communities.

Deep gratitude for John O’Donohue for all his beautiful poetry and blessings. John passed 10 years ago. His books are available on amazon.ca. https://www.johnodonohue.com/

Have a beautiful, peaceful day,

Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, USUI Reiki Master

Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

 

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In my meditations, I see light energies, sometimes glowing or sparkling, and they seem to guide me inward into my quiet place where I feel loved and peaceful.  After I meditate, I write what I remember or sometimes poems flow.  I don’t always understand the messages or poems that I received after my meditations.  It may take more reflection to have new insights, but whatever I write I see as a gift and as an expression of love that dwells in my heart.  In these chaotic days, it really is a gift to find peace within!  Stellar Light is always flowing…taking us into deeper knowing…

Stellar Light

The rose unfolds into the stellar light

Wisdom blooms with tenderness

In the depths of timelessness

Within the halls of knowing

Notes of cosmic essences play

Rays of illumination bloom

by Jane Rosalea Brown, January 15, 2014

Have a ‘stellar’ day!

Love and peace Jane

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The New Year is beginning with a beautiful full moon!  We know that the moon affects the tides of the oceans and its energy transforms us too. A full moon is always a great time to reflect and to envision your desires.  This January moon was especially beautiful  and the moon looked extra large as it hung in the sky.

“The first Full Moon of the year is named after howling wolves. In some cultures, it was known as Old Moon, Ice Moon, Snow Moon, and the Moon after Yule. Wolves howl a lot in January. The Wolf Moon on the night between 1 and 2 January 2018 is a Supermoon. The following Full Moon is also in January, on the 31. It has no given name, which makes it a Blue Moon. However, this particular Blue Moon will likely look red in some areas, because it will cause a total lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon.”

 

In my book, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, I wrote about my animal and nature teachers.  For over 40 years, I spent time each summer on a northern Ontario lake where I listened each night to the haunting howls of the loons and the wolves across the water. In my book is a section on the Wisdom of these teachers.  Wolf is one whom I especially love and I feel that the wolf is a wonderful teacher about living in a ‘pack’,  howling my own song and having a deep appreciation for all the teachers in my life and for the ancestral teachers who have passed on their wisdom to me…if only I had listened more to their teachings…but we all have to learn in our own way.  Life takes us up and down but teachers are always present within us and in our daily lives to guide us along. Then it is time when the student moves beyond and creates his or her own art…

From In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

“The Wisdom of WOLF  –Teacher

Hear the haunting call of Wolf

Awakening thoughts of old

Teachings of transcendence

Uniting with the stars of heaven

Protector of the pack

Teacher of love and wisdom

Your teachers are ever near.  They come and go during your lifetime as you need them.  You, like wolf, are also a great teacher.  Teach others to love through your radiance and forgiveness.  Call for your teachers and they will assist you.  Share you talents and skills to the fullest.”

Enjoy the transforming energy of the January moons – January 2 Wolf moon and 31st Blue Moon…allow new thoughts to come forth and allow teachers to help you to grow and evolve to reveal all your talents to flow…

Enjoy ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsz4zNtHQ9k

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, USUI Reiki Master

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

 

 

 

 

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As the New Year 2018 approaches, I have decided not to think about making ‘resolutions’, but to renew a vow I made in 2004, when I was ordained as a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking by the Beloved Community with James Twyman.  I vowed to create inner peace in my life and to assist others…in my family and community to create a ‘peaceful way’.

However, there have been moments, even days, when I have moved away from being peaceful and into worry or relationship drama, both new and old memories.  Fortunately, I do not linger in anger or sadness for very long.  I move into my heart space during meditation.  I used to think about ‘forgiving others’ who may have hurt my feelings or whom I may have hurt, but now I send the love…see them surrounded by love and I see myself surrounded by love.  For me, this action is much more powerful and healing than thinking about how to forgive them.  Love just forgives naturally!

It makes my heart sing to envision 2018 filled with love.  I am blessed with a loving family and friends who fill my heart with love every day.  I know how blessed I am and am deeply grateful.  I am blessed by visitors from all over the world who visit my blog.  I thank you for your interest and for your desire for a peaceful way.

Welcome 2018!  We open our hearts to you.  We embrace our challenges and open our creative consciousness to find peaceful solutions in our lives.  In love, there is peace.

May we strive to stay centered in a loving heart in everything we create.  I am making a vow of peace for my soul, my Beloveds, my friends and my community.  May we connect around the world in one heart.

Happy New Year to all,

Peacefully, Jane

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The lamps are different,
but the Light is the same.

One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light-mind,
endlessly emanating all things.

One turning and burning diamond,
one, one, one.

Ground yourself, strip yourself down,
to blind loving silence.

Stay there, until you see
you are gazing at the Light

with its own ageless eyes.

Rumi

One of the most relaxing things I do before meditating is to light a candle.  It is a small ritual that begins my meditative time and it helps me to relax, reflect and pray.  I like to watch the flame flicker and bend but sometimes it is still and calm and I love its brilliant stillness.  I like to be alone at this time and allow my eyes to focus on the flame and enjoy its presence.

The candlelight sets the tone and assists me to feel the sacredness of my space. This light becomes a symbol for my Divine light within and around me, the ever flowing universal energy of our Source.   I allow myself to feel the love that is always presence in each moment.  As I begin to feel its presence, I give deep gratitude for each experience in my life and take time to reflect on happy memories.  Memories of sadness or regrets, I acknowledge but I do not dwell there…I let them go.  I focus on my breathing in and out and my mind and body are relaxed.

Then, I feel my eyes closing and I begin to enter a deeper place of consciousness where there is a wondrous connection with my inner light. Rumi reminds us in the poem above to look into our inner light “with its own ageless eyes.”  In this conscious space, I know I am safe, protected and loved in each moment.  I stay in my sacred inner sanctuary until I feel it is time to return to my room feeling relaxed and peaceful.  As I open my eyes, my small candle is still burning and I often sit for a few more minutes in silence and then gently blow it out to close my ritual. I continue my day with more courage and peace and a sense that I am never alone.

Peace and joy,

Jane Rosalea Booth

Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

 

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Slide1I cannot imagine my life without the practice of meditation. It has brought me through so many times where I felt frightened or alone.  Over 25 years ago I began offering Happiness Circles in my home.  In these circle gatherings we connected to what was important to us.  It was a time to discover what ‘spirit’ meant to each person. We gave thanks for all our blessings. We wanted guidance to move through our lives with more tolerance, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion and love.  We honoured each person’s right to religious and personal beliefs.  We were interested in moving more deeply into our core beliefs and bringing the best qualities of our values into our daily lives.  We all grew and transformed in so many ways.

Meditation became integrated into our daily lives…to begin our day, to tap into during our work day to de-stress, to end our day with a grateful heart. It was part of our ‘way’ of life as we created our own ‘peaceful way’.

I am fortunate that I am still connected to the people who joined me for my Happiness Circles that transformed into Peaceful Way workshops, retreats and weekly gatherings. Our group is called The Sisters of the Spirit Mandala, after the mandalas we made at our retreats and gatherings.

There are many ways to meditate.  In my book, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, I offer a very simple way to begin meditation.  It is still the ‘way’ I use today. I believe in simplicity and not a lot of complicated exercises and methods. However, you can choose whatever way appeals to you! For me, my meditation is a sacred moment.

Five Benefits of  Meditation for You!

Here are some of my thoughts on the benefits of meditation:

  1. Meditation is where the body and mind meet the Sacred. Meditation gives a Sacred place where we can face things about ourselves we might not be willing to share with other.
  2. Meditation gives us time to redefine who we are, what our goals are and discover what our purpose is.
  3. Meditation steers us back to simplicity. It is an art as it goes beyond words to catch the fluid, changing, wordless moods and feelings for which there is no vocabulary.
  4. Meditation enhances our sense of peace, connection and spirituality. It is the place to release our stress, anxiety and heart ache. It takes into our Sacred Heart, a place to forgive, to accept, to feel compassion and to be love.
  5. Within our Sacred Heart, we connect deeply with the Divine. From this connection we discover our true Essence, our divinity and truth.  You are the Beloved and you see the Beloved in each person.  From this “knowing” your life transforms and grows in love and peace.

If you are just beginning to meditate, take some time to sit quietly, allow your mind to quiet, relax your body with gentle breathing, feel love for yourself in your heart, and let go of anxious thoughts…move into your inner silence…ask for guidance…listen…relax in your peaceful place within…

Take a few minutes each day to meditate and allow yourself to transform into greater love and peace.

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

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Peaceful Way Meditation – Creating your own Sacred Space

We hear of people journeying to Sacred Sites around the world where the ‘holiness’ of the place seems to affect people. For some, it is a healing experience and for others a deeper spiritual connection.  Each religion has these sites and pilgrims come to them to honour their religious beliefs. I have had this sense of ‘awe’ in several places that I have visited.

Creating a Sacred Place within

However, you do not have to travel around the world to far off places to experience a sacred place. As we meditate in silence, we create a sacred space within where we can feel peace, love and joy. To enhance our mediations, we can also create this peacefulness in our homes and surroundings by creating altars.

Creating a Sacred Space with Altars

Altars have been created to worship God/Goddess in all religions. They are designed in many ways, but they all have an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

Creating a sacred space at your home is a wonderful experience and can become a spiritual ritual that brings comfort, peace and creative expression. Find a place in your home where you can mediate each day without being disturbed.

Create an altar to enhance your sacred space. Altars are easy to create and can be changed at anytime. They help to set a quiet place where you may pray or meditate. Allow yourself to be creative with your altar, but they do not have to be elaborate. Simplicity is often better. Add objects, pictures, art and poems to your altar that represent you, your family, your health, your religion, your dreams. Whatever you love and embrace create an altar for it.

Creating a Sacred Space in Nature

Mindfulness meditation is about being aware of your self and surroundings in the present moment. As I go for my daily walk, I create a sacred space. I give thanks for the beauty of the trees, plants, animals that I see. I give thanks for the quietness of the snow falling and covering the earth. I give thanks for the water in the bay as it laps against the shore. I give thanks for my dog, Max as he bounds along in front of me. I know I am one with all of nature and it is one with me.  I sometimes take small rocks and make a pile with them as a symbol of my gratitude or sometimes to honour someone who is in my thoughts at that moment.  Everything in nature can be part of your sacredness and part of your sacred space each day.

Creating a Sacred Space at Work

Not many of us think of our workplace as a sacred place. But I know a lady who started creating a sacred space at her desk by simply placing a small crystal on her desk. She began to send love to her co-worker who was usually sharp and abrupt with her. Within a few weeks, the co-worker began to change. My friend had been sending loving thoughts to this lady as she sat in front of her computer. It has been a couple of years now, and my friend and her co-worker are getting along wonderfully. Try thinking of your workplace in a new way…a sacred way…share your love…without saying a word. It works!

Enjoying Sacred Space

Whether I am creating sacred space within during my meditations, creating an altar in my room, enjoying nature or driving my car, I realize that life is a sacred gift. Each moment I am in a sacred space because I am alive. Creating quiet sacred spaces is wonderful because it gives me time to listen, give thanks and reflect on my meditations. Altars are a wonderful creative expression. They are like a living book that tells something about me and my life and allows me to show my appreciation and love. Sacred space is all around you and within you…you are that space filled with love. Feel it. Embrace it. Share it.

 

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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