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Each September 21st the world is invited to observe the UN International Day of Peace. It falls this year, a day before the fall Equinox that shows us the balance of night and day and invites us to move into the fall season with hope, love and the opportunity to transform our world. Enjoy this video produced for the UN peace day.  It is wonderful video that will inspire you through wisdom of the speakers and songs.

FEATURING BAN KI MOON, KOFI ANNAN, POPE FRANCIS, THE DALAI LAMA, JIMMY CARTER, JOHN F. KENNEDY, JANE GOODALL, DESMOND TUTU, PREM RAWAT, MALALA YOUSAFZAI, AHMED ALHENDAWI, MARILYN BAPTISTE

HUMANITARIAN MESSAGES FROM SHAKIRA, DAVID BECKHAM, DANIEL CRAIG, LEONARDO DICAPRIO, PHARRELL WILLIAMS, ANGELINA JOLIE, LIAM NEESON, KRISTIN DAVIS, RUSSELL BRAND, SELMA HAYEK, KATY PERRY, HELENA CHRISTENSON, THE KIN, TEGLA LOROUPE, SEAN CONNERY, PRINCE EA, GET LIT, KHALED HOSSEINI, HUSSAIN AL AMRY, TUCKER ROBBINS, KIM CHURCHILL, FOREST WHITAKER

 Video: PEACE BEGINS WITH YOU

http://peacechannel.com/

The time for peace is now!  Throughout our world billions of people desire peace.  Let us make peace be our way each day through forgiveness, compassion, integrity, tolerance, deep love and respect for one another.

May we move deeply into our hearts to reveal peace in our lives each day. Love and peace to all.

In peace, there is love,

Peacefully, Jane

 

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking

Author, In Silence Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

http://www.janebooth.wordpress.com

 

 

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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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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)

A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Retreats

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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)

A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Retreats

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Jane Rosalea Brown   Follow me on twitter @janerbooth

 

 

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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)

A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Retreats

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Jane Rosalea Brown   Follow me on twitter @janerbooth

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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elzh8cUOImc

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

 

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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