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We all wonder about life and all its mystery. Our faith and religions try to answer our questions.  However, Mary Oliver asks a thought provoking question at the end of “The Summer Day”.  How will you answer it?

At my ‘elder’ age, I seem to be moving away from ‘planning’ to ‘being’…peaceful, happy, playful, curious, content, and compassionate.  But haven’t I been striving all my life for these qualities?  What is different, as I age, is the ‘stuff’ of life, the doing is not as important as how I am doing?  Am I keeping an open and accessible heart as I age?

I am trying to come from my heart in all my thoughts.  Some days I am really good at it.  Others, something may annoy me, and I slip out, feel angry. However, the good thing is that I am aware if I have moved out of my heart so I can consciously change back and feel differently.  I meditate and reflect on what has happened and feel more peaceful.

I think Mary Oliver wants us to be aware of the preciousness of life each day.  It is not important what you are doing but how you respond to all the pressures and chaos that can be around us, either on the news or in our personal lives.

Ask your own questions about life.  Questions move us on to examine, to explore and to create something new!  Life is an experience, ups and downs, but we can always choose love as our way.  Make a ‘plan’ but allow for openness and change so you can go with the flow of the universe.  I always think the universe has this huge design and I am part of it.  My life is important.  What I do contributes to the design.  How thrilling is that?

The Summer Day

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean-

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver

Follow Mary Oliver on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PoetMaryOliver

Have a precious day,

 

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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The Way of Devotion

In one of my meditations last year I was presented with a question. “Can you see a world without conflict and war?”  This question led me to reflect upon such a world.  It came to me as I listened to the news about Syria this morning that there has always been a war going somewhere in the world since I was born.

War has not been part of my personal life, but thousands of Canadian soldiers have died in wars overseas so I am able to live in a peaceful county.  I am so deeply grateful and humbled.  Tomorrow, we remember and honour those Canadian soldiers who fought at Vimy Ridge in France in the 1st World War. But war continues…affects millions…is killing children.

I have been deeply blessed by living in Canada, so perhaps I can begin to envision a world without war, to envision a world that so many fought and died so we could have an opportunity to create peaceful living.  “Can you see a ‘world’ without conflict and war?” These are the words that I wrote after reflecting and meditating on this question and an answer unfolded.

A world without conflict and war ~ A place of devotion ~

“A world without conflict and war is a place where each person lives in devotion to one another.  Each one is precious with gifts to offer and to receive in humble gratitude.  There is a flow of energy in this world that only supports love.  From love…all else flows to create a place of devotion.  A place where each person says, “I am devoted to you and my life extends and creates from that devotion” The devotional ‘way’ comes from a loving heart, a center of harmony, joy, excitement and creativity.

This way of devotion is personal for each being. It is ever growing, ever moving, ever transforming as there is a devotion to self-knowing, self-acceptance, self-loving that flows into each cell, into each soul.  A cycle of devotion unfolds from one to another and all embrace the light of devotional love and light.”

Devotional Light

I am devoted

See only your perfection

Beauty, love and grace

By Jane Rosalea Brown

I know that some of you who are reading this will have the reaction that this world can never exist, that people will never change, that I am an idealist, a dreamer.  Yes, I am.

I can understand those views but our world will never change if we do not have a beginning, a vision, a dream and a deep understanding of what kind of major transformation has to occur to create a world of peace, social justice, compassion, integrity and freedom for all.  It is a huge transformation…a movement into forgiveness…letting go of old ways that perpetuate conflict…and begin to love one another.  Each person must be willing to heal, to transform and to have a deep understanding of a way of devotion.

How do we begin this transformation?  I would like to share the Reiki precepts/affirmations for all Reiki practitioners and teachers that were given by Dr. USUI, the founder of Reiki practice, to bring this way of devotion into our daily lives.

“THE REIKI AFFIRMATIONS

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

May these words assist you today to live with devotion to yourself, to your loved ones and to others.  In devotion there is freedom to love, to give service and to join our hearts with all beings, all nature and spirit.

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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In our Conscious Aging workshops we talked about becoming an elder and what that really means to us.  Being a conscious elder is different than just being old. We discovered that life is a process that leads us on a journey of awakening to ‘self’…who we truly are and what is our truth and passion. We have the opportunity as we age to become an elder who can finally feel a sense of freedom, joy, creativity.
Each of us is a seed of consciousness that grows and blooms.  Life presents us with lots of challenges.  It is how we respond to our challenges that creates healing and love in our lives.  When we discover how to let go of anger, regrets and grief, our hearts open and are full of love and gratitude.   When we ‘go with all your heart’ as Confucius says…an elder can be a powerful being, a loving being and one who brings comfort to those who are afraid of living fully.  Confucius also said if you are committed to being a Sage, you will become a Sage.  If you are committed to being worthy, you will be worthy.  So if you are committed to growing older consciously with awareness, with an open heart and accessible heart, you will be a conscious elder, a conscious being.
I think the greatest gift and elder can reveal to younger people is that they do not have to wait till they are an elder to experience awakening to truly loving yourself.  Indeed, this should happen when we are very young.  It is in our uniqueness that our beauty is revealed.  We can feel unity with others and share in community but not lose who we are.  We simply share what gifts we have with others and love is the biggest and grandest gift you have to offer!
Cathy Carmody wrote a poem about her process of becoming an elder~ a process of letting go or as she calls it ‘leaving behind’…and becoming something new.

 

Becoming an Elder

Leaving behind my journey of struggling and racing through
the white water of many rivers, I become the river,
creating my own unique way.

Leaving behind my self-imposed role as a tree upon
which others have leaned, I now become the wind,
with the freedom to blow whenever and wherever I choose.

Leaving behind the boxes I’ve created in my life, crammed with
roles, responsibilities, rules and fears,
I become the wild and unpredictable space
within which flowers sprout and grow.

Leaving behind the years of yearning for others
to see me as somebody,
I soften into becoming my future,
with permission from SELF to
continually unfold as I choose, without concern
for how others may see me.

Leaving behind years of telling and teaching,
I become instead a mirror
into which others can peer and
view reflections of themselves to consider.

Leaving behind the urge to provide answers for others,
I become – in the silence of this forest retreat
– the question.

Leaving behind the rigor of my intellect,
I become a single candle in the
darkness, offering myself as a beacon for others
to create their own path.

I become an elder.

This poem was written at a ‘Choosing Conscious Elderhood Retreat’ at the Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, British Columbia, Canada in August 2012. This retreat was offered by The Centre for Conscious Eldering.

Cathy Carmody died in 2017; her website www.cathycomody.com, continues to be a source of inspiration.  She gave permission for others to share her poem as long as she is credited as author.

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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)

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Here we are at the beginning of a New Year with lots of people promoting programs to change us, to help us create the life we want by encouraging us to live fully and to make affirmations or intentions about how we would like to be and how we can be our authentic Self. I am in this group of people with Conscious Aging that starts in April.

Now all these ‘intentions’ and programs can be good for us. Positive energies bring positive results in our lives.  Affirmations keep us focused on our visions or dreams. Self- reflection and meditation takes us within and helps our to calm and feel connected spiritually.  But sometimes we can feel bombarded by all these suggestions no matter how well-meaning these practices may be.

However, I am going to offer my Jane’s Peaceful Path tip. For today, stop trying to be something different.  Everything in this moment is what is best for you…even though it may not appear that way.  For today, simply stay in love…all day…every moment…with everyone you meet, with nature, with all life but most of all, with you.  For today, observe how your life is unfolding as you stay in love…magical things happen when we stay in love.

Here is a lovely video that I have played at my retreats…just what we need to stay in love! Enjoy

“Love, Peace, Wisdom” by Bliss

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Bliss – Love Peace and Wisdom lyrics

“If Love were a bird, I would stroke her bright feathers

Then I’d watch her fly free, cross the still of the dawn

And if Peace were a mountain, we’d gather around her

To bathe in her silence, her power, her call

If Wisdom could sing or whisper his secrets Eternity teaching the ways of the free

In my mind I can see them, I hear them and I feel them

For Love, Peace and Wisdom are all part of me

If Love has her freedom, and Peace her expression,

Surely Wisdom will grow like a flower in bloom

The seed has been planted, and tended and watered

By the prayers of the hopeful and the tears of the brave

We long to return to that place of still waters

And sit on the banks under some shady tree

In my mind I can see it, I hear it and I feel it

And Love, Peace and Wisdom are all that we need

Some call me a dreamer, some will call me a seeker

One who follows her stars on a quest for the truth

But every believer holds a deep hidden memory

Of a time when the earth was a flower in bloom

We long to return to that place of still waters

And sit on the banks under some shady tree

In my mind I can see it, I hear it and I believe it

And Love, Peace and Wisdom are the three golden keys”

Stay in love so peace and wisdom will flow.

Have a beautiful, loving day,

Peacefully, Jane

 

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

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I am going to share a poem I wrote about Depression.  No one really wants to discuss depression, not even people who are dealing with it.  But it is a topic that needs some understanding as it is part of all our lives.  I have gone through periods that I call my ‘dark night of my soul’, where all I wanted to do was pull my blanket over me and sleep.  But those periods did not last long.  My inner spirit always called out to me in my meditations to wake up and face the world.  I have been able to rise up and face the world.  But for those who have greater challenges, deeper hurts, illnesses, this is not easy.  They need deep compassion, love and understanding of the feelings of depression.

So as I was thinking about depression and trying to discover a deeper understanding of it, these words flowed out.

Depression

Dark days that no one understands

Filled with disappearing hours

Empty like a dried up well

All alone, yet surround by those who care

Kind words help for a moment

Then they drift far away

Only the dog’s whine arouses me

My heart stirs feeling loved

 

But what is there to love now?

A cold shell surrounds me

My protective armour

Designer house, Designer clothes, Designer life

False images, emptiness, unworthiness

Today the pills arrived to lift me

From this depressed and lonely state

I long to smile a true smile

To laugh at life’s joker

Who pokes his twisted smile at me

Ah ha! Gotcha!

 

I want courage to step out into the world

Fearlessly, to enjoy life

Like I am in my hazy memories

Fading…fading away

My body trembles, wanting to sleep

So tired…so tired

 

But no rest, just taunting questions

Can I reach inward to find my soul?

Can I open my vulnerable heart to love?

Will I be well and healthy?

I want to answer “Yes”

Yes, tomorrow will be better

Yes, I will be strong

Yes, I am alive and well

But for now my ‘yes’ remains silent

 

Only my warm blanket comforts me

Like an old friend’s embrace

Bringing some needed assurance

Hope that I will awaken

To remember who I truly am

To love myself once more

To embrace a new way to be

To heal my body, mind and soul

Somehow…sometime…

Perhaps today

 Dedicated to those who suffer from depression, Jane Rosalea Brown, Dec.30, 2016

 

So how do we lift ourselves out of depression and into love of our true self?  We can begin by nurturing ourselves in a new way.  To move out of depression and to move into love with our Self, our inner self, spend a few minutes each day meditating.

Begin your meditations by focusing on your breathing…breathing in…breathing out…breathing in…breathing out.  This practice will begin to relax your body…allow your mind to calm, allow all your muscles to relax their tension…breathing in and breathing out…then take your awareness to your heart…and simply have a quiet moment.

Taking your thoughts out of your mind (where depression dwells) and into your heart brings a shift in our consciousness.   Begin gently to think of one thing. It can be a person/place/animal/plant/stars or cosmos or a poem or art work, music…that you like and concentrate on that ‘one thing’…feel it, sense it, love it…even if you have to fake the feeling of love.  Remember your true essence, our heart and soul, is love…this is who you are.  Imagine this ‘one thing’ is loving you and you are returning love to it. “Yes, I love you.” Stay for a few minutes in this feeling of love.  As you practice each day increase this time.  The time will expand naturally as your heart begins to open to receive love and to give love.

To change we must let go of our fears.  In your meditation, release a fear…just say…take this fear of…..whatever your fear is….away…”I release my fear of……”  These meditative practices take effort but slowly you will notice a difference.  I had a huge fear of failing and for years had to work at releasing this fear.  My ‘what ifs’ stopped me from going to university for years.  I was 40 years old before I had the courage to go to University.  I was terrified I would fail…but guess what…I didn’t.  I had 2 wonderful years of studies.

Daily meditations will ease your depression and bring comfort and perhaps some new insights.   Meditation is not in place of medications but will assist you if you are on medications. Talk to your doctor about meditation and seek out a person or group near you that practice meditation.  There are many ways to meditate.  You can combine exercise, yoga, dance, music, drumming, chanting to your meditation time. I walk each morning and connect with nature and people whom I see on my walks. On my walks I feel gratitude for the beautiful forests and water where we live. I smile at the birds, squirrels and trees and plants…”Yes, I love you”…this is my walking meditation.  It leaves me feeling connected to life, to spirit and to my soul.

In Meaford, I am offering Conscious Aging Workshops Series in April, 2017.  Join me for these workshops that are fun and insightful to assist you to live with greater ease and happiness as you age…by living consciously…living with more awareness and inner peace.

I also offer private Reiki sessions for relaxation and Meditation sessions for inner peace by appointment.

Remember light always outshines darkness.  Visualize light, sunshine, as you meditate. You are loved and protected always.

Blessings of well-being, love and inner 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)

A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Retreats

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Conscious Aging Workshops

Jane Rosalea Brown   Follow me on twitter @janerbooth

 

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How do we stay in an open and accessible heart when our world is revealing war, killing, poverty and political changes that seem frightening? I know those who visit this page come here because you are already peace loving people from many different cultures and religions.  I remember the words of a rabbi who was giving a lecture on spiritual peacemaking.  He said, “If you are a Jew, be a good Jew.  If you are a Muslim, be a good Muslim. If you are a Christian, be a good Christian.  If you are a Buddhist, be a good Buddhist…and so on.”  His words about ‘being good’ resonated with me and have stayed in my consciousness.  Perhaps he reminded me of my mother say, “Be a good girl Jane” or how I felt when someone said, “You are a good girl”…some childhood consciousness that I learned about the importance of being “good”.

Now can we bring our goodness into our everyday life?  Can each of us be one who is coming from a good heart to create good work, good family, good friends, good community, good countries, good sharing for those in need?

I think our goodness sustains us and keeps us seeing the light in the heart of each person.  Even those who are causing such chaos in the world have a heart.  They were a small baby  who entered the world and needed care, love and nurturing.  Those people still have the same needs but will they be awakened to the fact that there are millions and millions of people who love them?  We love them because they are part of humanity.  We do not condone their horrific deeds…but we can send the love and healing prayers for a dramatic change of their consciousness…a return to their heart.

But my words of love need to be connected with your words of love and passed on.  Love is the key and it is the power that we each have to overcome adversities.  Love moves us into action to assist those in need with compassion, to heal and to create new communities.  We must open our country to receive people in need…to share our riches with those who have none.

So how do we stay in an open and accessible heart as the wars rage on…stay in love with you…find your loving space within, that quiet space where you can feel your connection…with spirit…whatever your religious views are…embrace the light, the love, the compassion, the courage and strength that is you.

Light always outshines darkness.  If that were not true, humanity would have killed itself by now.  Together let us bring the ‘goodness’ of who we are out into the world.

Be good. Be love. Be you.

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

Jane Rosalea Brown   Follow me on twitter @janerbooth

 

 

 

 

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