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Collectively, we are all experiencing the tragic events that continue to occur around the world. Our hearts break together for all the families who have lost loved ones.  So we all need ways to allow our minds and hearts to heal and to find inner peace. Each of us has the opportunity to shine, in our own ways, to create peace and love around us. We can help each other to ‘stay in love’ with life and have compassion for one another.

I know I am become frustrated by politicians and extremist groups who continue to create havoc.  But when I tap into the beauty of nature, the love of my friends and family, happy memories and songs that I love and take time to reflect and meditate on my blessings, my heart and mind begin to calm.  

The ancient Persian poet Rumi wrote,

The quieter we become, The more we can hear.” Rumi

This reminds me to listen quietly to others and to listen to the wisdom of my heart.  When we truly open to listen, we will hear the birds sing, the frogs croaking, and hear the heart beats of another. Listening creates a powerful, loving presence.

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Peacefully, Jane

The Peaceful Way

Meaford, ON

 

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livelongenergyThis is a great article by Deepak Chopra, M.D….our guest writer today!

4 Steps for Lifelong Energy
By Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Despite all the standard advice about exercise—much of it is very worthwhile—the issue of having energy all your life runs deeper than just getting more exercise. At present, more than half of young adults regularly exercise—in contrast to the obesity epidemic that is occurring at the same time—but there’s a steady decline in the exercise habits in older groups. The age group that benefits the most from physical activity are people over 70 and well up into their 80s and 90s, but these are also the most sedentary groups in society.

To have more energy today is very desirable but having abundant energy for life should be your highest goal.

Here are steps to help you cultivate lifelong energy.

1. Abandon Sedentary Habits
If you are physically active, your body will certainly benefit, and the more you exercise, the greater the benefits. Yet by far the biggest leap comes by getting up from the sofa, abandoning sedentary habits, and starting to move.

If you want an effortless regime that will also last you for life, get in the habit of standing, walking, dancing, doing yoga, and generally moving every hour. The actual amount of time is secondary; even a few minutes is helpful. If you can do 10 minutes, that is even better. The point is to activate messages from your brain to the rest of your body that sitting around is no longer the program.

2. Try New, Fun Exercise Routines
The next step for lifelong energy is repetitions in your physical exercise, because people grow sedentary and inactive by dropping the physical activity of their younger years. Unfortunately, repetition is boring for almost everyone (excluding the minority who can’t wait to do repetitions at the gym).

To counter the boredom, try movements that you really enjoy. Half an hour dancing to the radio is better than a marathon if you love it and feel enthusiastic about repeating it. Try new things all the time, though. I think it is self-defeating to use a distraction like watching TV as you walk on the treadmill—you are conceding that the exercise part is boring, and eventually you will give it up.

3. Build Psychological Resilience
The next stage isn’t physical but mental. Human beings aren’t coal-fired engines. Feeding you more fuel doesn’t lead to more energy, and often produces just the opposite, since the digestive process takes energy away from your muscles. Human beings move around to work, play, explore, and express ourselves. These things are psychological and having a relish for them during an entire lifetime requires psychological resilience. Let me explain what this means.

People who stay young and energetic for life endure the same setbacks and frustrations as everyone else. Their secret is that they bounce back from setbacks. To do this, requires a sense of self that is centered and unshakable. In addition, resilience means not getting stuck. Stuckness in old grievances, self-judgment, unhappy relationships, and an unsatisfying job sounds like a complex matter—and it is. But life can unfold without getting stuck if you dedicate yourself to consciousness, the source of renewal.

4. Dedicate Yourself to Consciousness
A life in flow—a life that focuses on the present moment—comes about from the source. You can’t work on flow; you allow it. The process comes from deep within, which is why meditation is so critical. It may sound odd that sitting still, closing your eyes, and going inward gives rise to more energy, but it does. An alert but restful state of awareness, the kind developed in meditation, serves as the ideal platform for seeing life anew every day. From that foundation, flow comes naturally, because your enthusiasm for life inspires you to move, play, explore, and express yourself.

A life without play and exploration—filled with things to do and objects to own—but a life short on renewal, becomes grimmer over time. You can be just as stuck in a penthouse as anywhere else. Notice that I haven’t been talking in terms of feeling younger, because the real essence is to feel alive. Youth has its own challenges and obstacles, as we all know having lived through it. Stuckness in middle age generally has roots going back to the frustrations and obstacles of previous decades. The only time you can be alive is here and now. That’s the challenge at any age but also the greatest joy.

By going to the source as your first and highest priority, you are tapping into pure consciousness, which has infinite energy, intelligence, wonder, and joy. Only by keeping this in mind can you ensure abundant energy for life.

Discover Deepak Chopra’s keys to creating a simple, nourishing meditation practice to invite well-being and vitality into each day for years to come with our Primordial Sound Meditation Online Course. Learn More.

About the Author

Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P. is the co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, the founder of the Chopra Foundation, and a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine

Hope you will integrate these suggestions for greater vitality in your life.  It is too easy as we age to sit and read or watch tv.  Be active each day…throughout the day…move…dance…walk…enjoy the present moment…feel its beauty!

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

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A visitor to my blog commented on this post from 2010 that this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh was  ‘beautiful’.  I think it is perfect for us today, as a reminder to move into ‘loving kindness’ in our communities.

 Thich Nhat Hanh – Mindful Community

Thich Nhat Hanh

“It is probable that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh, known by friends as Thay, is a beloved Buddhist Monk who teaches peace through mindful living.  You can visit him at www.plumvillage.org  He is also on facebook!

How can you create peace in your personal community – your personal space,  family,  social groups, local community and global community?  Let us walk each day as peacemakers living our lives with an open heart for all.  Mindful living is tapping into the joy in nature, in art, in children and within your Sacred heart where peace dwells always.  It is a way of forgiving and becoming aware of who you really are so you may experience each moment fully.  It is taking off the blinders and really seeing…really being. It is being mindful of all our actions, feelings and thoughts.

Affirmation: “I am mindful of the way I speak to others.”

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

USUI Reiki Master

Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

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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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Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

What could be more important than revealing the wisdom of your heart?

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Jane’s Peaceful Way Tip of the Day

If you want peace in your life…be peaceful…

If you want abundance in your life…be grateful for your blessings…they will multiply…

If you want love in your life…be loving…

The concept of what we give out returns to us is an ancient one.  We get lost in today’s world of greed and chaos.  When you make a conscious decision to have more peace in your life, then all you do…all your work and relationships begin to change because you have changed.

Now I know we all have challenges that come in many forms.  But we are, whether we like it or not, are connected to one another.  What you decide, affects me in some way.  If you are a caring and compassionate person then you are contributing to our planet in a positive way.  However, if you are fixed and judgmental and believe only your way is the right way, then you are trying to control not to love.  Love forgives naturally and allows us to create together as we communicate, to be compassionate and to be tolerant of our differences.

We all have choices and we all have free will to live the way we decide.  I am not here to change your religious or political beliefs.  I am here to join with you to live a peaceful life.  From a peaceful heart, we will join and make good decisions for our families, communities and countries.

Love is a transformative power that is ever flowing in our universe.  It is within each heart.  We see it in a baby’s eyes and in the eyes of those who love us.  It truly is the most wondrous experience to feel loved.  We all have this inner power to share with one another.

Today, I am sending love to you because I love you! I know that I will feel your love and it will come into my life in many ways.  Join me in creating circles of flowing love today….send and open to receive…that’s the magic of giving!

Blessings of love,

Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, USUI Reiki Master

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

 

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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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