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 Chief Dan George, OC (July 24, 1899 – September 23, 1981) was a chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, a Coast Salish band whose Indian reserve is located on Burrard Inlet in the southeast area of the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was also an actor (Little Big Man with Dustin Hoffman) poet and author; his best-known written work was “My Heart Soars”.

He has left us some beautiful thoughts about connecting with nature.

“The beauty the trees,the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass, they speak to me.

The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the sea, speaks to me.

The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrop on the flower, speaks to me.

The strength of the fire, the taste of the salmon, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me.

And my heart soars.”

Chief Dan George

 

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What will speak to you today as you tap into the beauty of nature?  We are finally hearing our Robins singing in our backyard and forests!  They make my heart lift and soar.

May your heart soar today in many wondrous ways!

Peacefully, Jane

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A Peaceful Way, the way of the heart

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

You Can Make Hope Happen! Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding and Wellness Centre

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

Inner Peace Reiki with Jane Rosalea Brown, USUI Reiki Master

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Spring Haiku

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Snow has been falling since early morning and a thick layer is covering the snow drop flowers that I could see yesterday in the garden.  So I am sharing some Japanese Haiku to keep us in the awakening energies of spring! The good news is the Robins have returned to Meaford! Spring is here even if it doesn’t look like it today!  Enjoy your day!

Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828) was a Japanese poet and priest. It is said that he wrote more than 20,000 haiku poems in his lifetime. Here are some of his spring haikus.

Every Tree

by Kobayashi Issa

Every tree
With its calling card…
Spring buds.

Spring Peace

by Kobayashi Issa

Spring peace–
After rain, a gang war
Garden sparrows.

Once Again

by Kobayashi Issa

“A world of grief and pain

Flowers bloom
Even then”
― Kobayashi Issa, 

I enjoy writing Haiku ~

 

Spring’s Rhythm

Morning snow falling

below roots stir quietly
with spring’s rhythm

~Jane Rosalea Brown

 

“Beloved, come with me

Fly in moments of wonder

Birthing spring’s first love.”

~Jane Rosalea Brown

 

Listen to your heart

The truth is in each moment

Dwell not in the past

~Jane Rosalea Brown

 

May love and peace fill your day,

Jane

 

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A Peaceful Way, the way of the heart

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

You Can Make Hope Happen! Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding and Wellness Centre

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

Inner Peace Reiki with Jane Rosalea Brown, USUI Reiki Master

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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,

You Can Make Hope Happen! Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding and Wellness Centre

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

Inner Peace Reiki with Jane Rosalea Brown, USUI Reiki Master

Reiki for Horses

Join me on Twitter @janerbooth

 

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Today I welcome guest writer, Julie Redstone, “Movements of the Heart”

MOVEMENTS OF THE HEART

Julie Redstone
The human heart exists in beauty and in limitation.  Its beauty lies in the fact that it is capable of great love, great tenderness, and great vulnerability.  It’s limitation lies in the same fact.  Yet, the limitation of today is the expansion of tomorrow, as the heart begins to feel a greater Love moving within itself, and as it awakens more fully to its own power of expression.

The love that the human heart calls its own, the love that it seeks in order to satisfy its desires and hold at bay the sense of loneliness that would exist without it – such love is only a small portion of what the human heart is capable of.  Because of its need for self-protection, and because it perceives itself to be small when, in fact, it is quite large, the human heart fastens on the one love that it hopes will nourish its life and fill its empty spaces, instead of the larger Love that would restore to it the experience of its own wholeness.

The heart has been taught to expect certain things of life and to give certain things to life.  In this sense, it is influenced by current perceptions regarding the nature of relationships and the nature of love, and no longer knows its own potential.  It no longer realizes the vastness from which it came.  Such a heart often goes through its days confined within a small sphere of contact with others, not perceiving its relationship to the greater Whole, not perceiving the great Heart of humanity that beats within its own.  It therefore, understandably, seizes upon the experience of ‘falling in love’ with one other as the central experience of life, because this event lets it know more fully than anything else, what it means to be truly alive.

Yet, even this experience of love which is so profoundly moving and enriching to life can also be limiting.  It can limit the knowledge of what love IS, believing it to be embodied within one relationship, whereas in truth the intensity of love, the depth of love, the joy of love, and the tenderness of love, are part of what it means to be alive. These qualities belong to Love itself, and to the deeper nature of the heart as it brings its essence into everyday experience.

With a more awakened heart, it is possible to be deeply in love with life.  It is possible to deeply love one’s own being.  It is possible to become identified with love to such a degree that one wants to extend it everywhere.  These possibilities exist but must be awakened within the human heart.  They exist, but they must be perceived as real. 

The relationship with a beloved partner is one expression of limitless love. Such a relationship is often singled out among all others and asked to compensate the self for what is lacking in the rest of life. However, love is not meant to be confined within such small quarters.  For the deepest bonds of love between two who love resonate with the great harmonic of the universe.  They resonate with the music of Creation.  They are part of that Creation, and can only find their truest and most complete expression when experienced as part of a greater Whole.  Indeed, a complete partnership in love will seek to reach out to others – will seek to reach out to the world in order to bless it.  Part of this naturally happens through bringing new life into the world – through children and the contribution they make to the future.  Another part happens through the extension of love directly – through one’s conscious participation in the great circle of Life.

Many who love today still believe that love is limited and that there is not enough to go around.  Therefore, one must concentrate on the few who are the closest – on children, parents, family. and friends.  This perception of love is based on a heart that does not yet know itself.  It is based on past learning, not on what actually is. The perception of the smallness of the human heart arises out of the history of separation from the wellspring of Infinite Love and the Spirit that dwells within all.  Nevertheless, this well remains, and the water is still there.  And those who look for it will find it within and can allow it to enrich the life that they lead. 

For each human heart holds within itself a spark of the Divine.  And each human heart is capable of embracing not only others, but its own existence as well. This is the love out of which the human heart has been fashioned which contains the Divine within the human. This is the love that is meant to encircle the earth, and to restore and nourish all of life.

REPRINTING GUIDELINES

 

Writings by Julie on the Light Omega website are meant to be freely offered to the world, coming from the Divine plane of Spirit that seeks to nourish, awaken, and support all beings on their spiritual journey.  May they find their place in your heart and soul, and in your sharing with others may they be treated with the sacredness with which they were created. 

In this spirit, you are invited to share these writings with others in any way you wish to or are guided to, with the exception of the images on this website which need to be treated differently.

When sharing these writings, please create a link back to this website with the following credit:

 

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Blessings in the light of holiness that is creating new life for the Earth. 

Related Writings:

The Heart’s Journey

An Absence of Strangers

Peacefully, Jane

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A Peaceful Way, the way of the heart

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

You Can Make Hope Happen! Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding and Wellness Centre

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

Inner Peace Reiki with Jane Rosalea Brown, USUI Reiki Master

Reiki for Horses

Join me on Twitter @janerbooth

Happy Valentine’s Day

Enjoy this short meditation and fill your heart with love for yourself and for others and soak up all the love that is filling hearts today!

Heart Flower Meditation

heart meditationBegin by focusing on your breathing…in and out, in and out. With each breath in and out, feel all the muscles in your body from your head to your toes begin to relax…more and more. Allow your mind to quiet and allow yourself to drift into your heart space…deeper into your consciousness…a space of peace, love and stillness…see beautiful pink light…and a pink flower that slowly opens its petals and sends love to you…your heart fills with love…enjoy the present moment….listen…

If you are feeling stressed, this simple meditation will relax and calm you. Taking even a few minutes to feel love within will calm you and allow you to bring that love out into your daily life. Love is always the answer to all our problems…love yourself, love others, and send loving energy into our world. I thank you for all the love you are sharing!

May love fill your heart everyday.

Peacefully, Jane

About Jane:

Peacefully, Jane

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A Peaceful Way, the way of the heart

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

You Can Make Hope Happen! Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding and Wellness Centre

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

Inner Peace Reiki with Jane Rosalea Brown, USUI Reiki Master

Reiki for Horses

Join me on Twitter @janerbooth

 

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It is a cold day here in Meaford and the snow squalls are blowing by our windows.  For my meditation this morning, I listened and watched the beautiful photos in a video that has a beautiful song by Bliss called “Love, Peace and Wisdom”.  My thoughts after meditating were that wisdom is not something we seek, but what we become when we love deeply and love becomes our way of being in each moment. It is then we experience peace in the our life.

May this song lift your heart and bring some peace on this winter’s day.

Here is the link to the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp_Ewn6iQSM&t=95s

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

Peacefully, Jane

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A Peaceful Way, the way of the heart

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

You Can Make Hope Happen! Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding and Wellness Centre

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

Inner Peace Reiki with Jane Rosalea Brown, USUI Reiki Master

Reiki for Horses

Join me on Twitter @janerbooth

JANE GOODALL’S PRAYER FOR ALL OF THE CREATURES ON EARTH
BY JANE GOODALL ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

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JANE SAYS
I have spent many years learning about chimpanzees and been amazed at the many similarities between them and us (biologically we differ in the composition of our DNA by only just over one percent). But in one way there is a profound difference because, although chimpanzees are remarkably intelligent, we can hardly compare even the brightest with the human who can design a rocket that can reach the planet Mars, or with an Einstein or a Shakespeare.

So how shocking that we, the most intellectual creature that has ever walked the planet, is destroying that planet. It is the only home we have and yet, with no thought for future generations, we are destroying the environment all around the globe. Clear cutting forests, draining wetlands, creating vast areas of monoculture crops were once the grasslands and meadows held sway. We are mining for fossil fuels or minerals even in the most fragile ecosystems. We are contaminating the land and the water and the very air we breathe with agricultural, industrial and household chemical poisons as well as plastics that never break down.

Our human waste and that from factory farmed animals is washed into rivers by the rains and ends up in the increasingly polluted oceans, adding to the devastation caused by over fishing. Greenhouse gases (CO2, methane and oxygen nitrate), mostly the byproducts of destroying the forests, and of the reckless burning of fossil fuels and industrial agriculture, are trapping the heat of the sun. Climate change is wreaking havoc on plant and animal life as a result of warmer climates and more extreme weather patterns. Ice is melting and ocean levels rising, and as permafrost melts vast quantities of stored CO2 are released into the atmosphere.

We are doing all this, and much more. No wonder we are losing biodiversity. No wonder we are in the midst of the 6th great extinction of plant and animal life. Everywhere Mother Earth is crying out for mercy, for help. Praying that we show compassion for the suffering of so many living beings in the plant and animal worlds, for the humans living in poverty, enslaved, abused, forced from their homes by war or poverty or climate change, and for generations of beings as yet unborn. For we are using up the finite natural resources of our planet faster than they can be replenished – and our population is still growing.

Today, let us join a growing number of those who are working to save the wonders of the world. Let us pray for a growing awareness of the fact that each one of us must do our part in creating a better world, for though the small choices we make each day – what we buy, what we eat, what we wear – may seem insignificant, the cumulative effect of billions of people making ethical choices, will start to heal the natural world. And let us pray that those of us who have, do something each day to help those who have so little, that they too are able to make ethical choices rather than choices based on the need to survive another day.

I believe in the power of prayer. It serves to strengthen my resolve, it helps me to keep on fighting for the environment even when at times it seems that nothing can prevail against the greed and corruption of many of those in positions of power. And then I pray that we may find a way to reach their hearts. For, whatever the odds against us, we must go on with the struggle to save as much as we can of that which we love – the beauty of the forests and woodlands, the grasslands and moors, the mountains and the oceans, the parks and gardens and roadside verges where wild flowers are allowed to grow to provide nectar for the bees and butterflies.

So on this day, I am praying to the great spiritual power that I feel so strongly in the wild places, to give me the strength to play my part, to continue spreading awareness that each one of us has a role to play, that each action is important no matter how small it may seem. This is my prayer.  Jane Goodall

The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference.

Reference: http://news.janegoodall.org/2017/09/01/world-day-of-prayer-for-the-care-of-creation/

Jane Goodall has worked to bring awareness to the world that each of us must do our

part to make the changes so we may preserve and sustain our precious planet with all its plant and animal beings.  I prayer that this will be so…

Peacefully, Jane

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

You Can Make Hope Happen! Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding and Wellness Centre

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

Inner Peace Reiki with Jane Rosalea Brown, USUI Reiki Master

Reiki for Horses

Join me on Twitter @janerbooth

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