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We spend our whole lives trying to seek love, to define and express love and hopefully to become love in the present moment. But turbulent times can turn us away from love and bring up our fears.  Fears change our actions and we have great difficulty forgiving those who harm us.  When we release our fears and anger and move our thoughts to connecting to the feelings of our heart, we begin to have the awareness that love is dwelling…always…in our heart.  Then forgiveness makes sense and all our senses respond in a new way to love.

All we have to do is tap into this loving energy, embrace and allow love to become the way of our being in our daily life.  This transformation into love consciousness is what each of us is here to do.  Michael Jackson understood about staying ‘in love’…with ourselves, with others, with nature and all the universe!  John Denver felt that love is an everlasting memory that shelters, embraces and at times is turbulent but love is in all the elements…it is everywhere and always there for us.

Love By Michael Jackson

“Love is a funny thing to describe. It’s so easy to feel and yet so slippery to talk about. It’s like a bar of soap in the bathtub-you have it in your hand until you hold on too tight.

Some people spend their lives looking for love outside themselves. They think they have to grasp it in order to have it. But love slips away like that wet bar of soap.

Holding on to love is not wrong, but you need to learn to hold it lightly, caressingly. Let it fly when it wants. When it’s allowed to be free, love is what makes life alive, joyful and new.  It’s the juice and energy that motivates my music, my dancing, everything.

As long as love is in my heart, it’s everywhere.”  from Dancing the Dream by Michael Jackson

 

John Denver – Perhaps Love…

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John Denver also sought for the meaning love. One of my favourite songs about the meaning of love was sung by John Denver is “Perhaps Love”  This video show John performing in London where he explains the transformation that took place for him as his thoughts transformed from sadness to love and these words and music came to him while he was driving his car in California.

I hope you will take time to listen to his story and song~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKhBPps7_Fc

 John Denver – Perhaps Love Lyrics
 
Perhaps love is like a resting place
A shelter from the storm
It exists to give you comfort
It is there to keep you warm
And in those times of trouble
When you are most alone
The memory of love will bring you home

 

Perhaps love is like a window
Perhaps an open door
It invites you to come closer
It wants to show you more
And even if you lose yourself
And don’t know what to do
The memory of love will see you through

Oh, love to some is like a cloud
To some as strong as steel
For some a way of living
For some a way to feel
And some say love is holding on
And some say letting go
And some say love is everything
And some say they don’t know

Perhaps love is like the ocean
Full of conflict, full of pain
Like a fire when it’s cold outside
Or thunder when it rains
If I should live forever
And all my dreams come true
My memories of love will be of you

Songwriters: J DENVER
Peacefully with love,
Jane

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To live without fear is to live in the present moment with love and compassion.”

How we deal with our fears determines how we view our world.  Our world view determines how we make choices about how we live.  Our fears affect all parts of us…emotions, physical health, mental wellness, spiritual growth.  What we fear may be rooted from our past or something we are afraid might happen to us in the future.  They seem very real to us and can control our thoughts and actions.  However, if we realize that fears are our ‘what if’s’ in life it helps us to move through them and release their power over us.  By learning to release them is a huge step to healing and well-being.

However, learning to release our fears can sometimes be difficult especially if we are feeling alone and not sure what our next step should be.  This is when being in the present moment is so important.  It is only in the present moment that we can create change by shifting our present view.  For example, you may have an exam or test to complete.  Your fear is that you will fail.  In the present moment, you have not failed.  You can make the choice to study and learn as much as you can.  In the present moment, you can relax, enjoy your studies, focus on what you need to learn and only hold thoughts of success.  If the thought of failing comes in, take a deep breath, acknowledge your fear and release it.  Replace it with a positive image of your success.  I had this deep fear of failure for years.  I did not think I was smart enough to go to university.  It took me till I was 40 years old before I took the steps to try some university courses.  I put aside my fears of failing and began my studies.  Two years later, I had completed my degree…and graduated on the Dean’s Honour roll!!!

So I learned to overcome my fears by focusing in the present moment.  I had a dream of completing university and I worked hard to make it come true.  I learned that my fears were truly my ‘what if’s’ and that they are my made up thoughts…not what was really happening in the present moment.

Once you realize that you can create your future from your thoughts and feelings, life can begin to change.   There is always a new way to look at life where we can feel love and compassion for ourselves and others and this love is only created in the present moment.

So I began to open my heart to discover more about myself and to live in the present moment, instead of worrying so much about the future.  I felt grateful for what I had in my life and this made me feel much better.  Through my meditations I found wisdom about how to live more fully.  Life is ever changing with new challenges but meditation, connecting with Spirit, helps me through and keeps me balanced and peaceful through difficult times.

Mindfulness means to be present to what is, rather than losing ourselves in thoughts of what is no longer or what has not yet come. Mindfulness is an awakening to life, a nonjudgmental awareness of the wonder of the present moment.” ~ Joan Borysenko

Blessings of inner peace and love,

Jane

 

 

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Healing After Loss: Meditation for Grieving

by: Tris Thorp

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Grief can be one of the most difficult things to overcome and can make us feel like we’ve been thrown into an emotional storm. Grief, at its core, is overwhelming sadness caused by a loss of someone or something we love. Grief can take on many forms, such as:

  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Loneliness
  • Depression
  • Regret

Grief’s many forms have a way of holding us hostage in a sea of emotional despair for what feels like an eternity.

There is no template to follow when we lose someone or something that was deeply meaningful to us. Everybody experiences loss and grief differently and uniquely, and even the things we grieve about may vary. Russell Friedman, executive director of the Grief Recovery Institute, defines grief as the “conflicting feeling caused by a change or an end in a familiar pattern or behavior.” He adds that “grief isn’t limited to the death of a loved one or even traditionally recognized losses such as divorce.”

“We’re talking about loss as the real or perceived deprivation of something one considers meaningful,” says Keren Humphrey, a retired counseling professor and author of the book, Counseling Strategies for Loss and Grief. Humphrey says, “If it’s meaningful for me and I lose it, then it’s loss, whether you think it is or not.”

If you find yourself in a place of grieving, an important question to ask yourself is, “Have I grieved enough—culturally and personally?” Some cultures suggest there is a period of time one should spend in the grieving process. For others, it’s just a matter of moving through each day to the best of their ability and, in time, finding that the intensity of the emotion begins to lift.

Approaches to Resolving Grief

One of the things that (eventually) helps a person overcome grief is the recognition that the person who is no longer with us wouldn’t want us to be suffering. They would want us to remember the good times, to go about our lives and be happy, and to celebrate the love we shared.

Lack of resolution or completion is something that prevents the grief from releasing, both during the grieving process and long after. So how can we find resolution or completion without the other person being present? There is an ancient—and current—concept or technique to help us move through this process. It’s called forgiveness.

An approach to resolving grief is, first and foremost, to identify the emotion we’re feeling and to be still with it for however long we need to. Another technique to bring about completion is to overcome any blocks to remembering the positive things, by consciously choosing to place our awareness on the fond and fun memories. And, finally, to have any conversations that we need to have to bring closure to unexpressed communications.

This meditation can help you loosen the grip and begin to bring resolution to your grief.

Meditation for Grieving

Whenever you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with grief for the loss of a loved one, take a few minutes to sit in stillness by following these meditation steps.

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit upright where you won’t be disturbed for 15 to 20 minutes. Make yourself comfortable with pillows or a blanket.
  2. Begin to breathe slowly and deeply, and place your attention on how you are feeling—both emotionally and physically. Try not to analyze what you are feeling and rather, just be in the experience. Acknowledge your emotions in a gentle and loving way.
  3. Imagine the face of the person you are grieving. You may think of it as a manifestation of their spirit or just see it as a memory in your mind.
  4. Now, consider anything that needs to be said or forgiven and begin to have a conversation with them. Visualize this happening in your mind, now. Spend a few minutes saying whatever it is that you need to say from your heart. Then hear them saying whatever they need to say to you from their heart. Tell them you forgive them and hear them tell you that they forgive you, too. Focus on the conversation taking place in a loving and compassionate way—a giving and receiving of open, loving communication with this person.
  5. Next, focus in on any one of the most positive memories you can bring to mind with this person and immerse yourself in this memory. Relive the happy, fun times and the deep connections that you shared, knowing that what allows grief to release is positive, happy moments.
  6. When you are finished, take a few slow, deep breaths. Sit quietly for a few minutes and bring your meditation to an end. Do this meditation as often as you need to and know that you can always return to this space whenever you want to feel at peace.

The grieving process takes time. There is no quick or easy way out of the pain and suffering that we endure as a result of losing someone or something that we love dearly. Yet, it is important to feel the emotions as they are moving through us rather than avoiding or burying them. Pretending that we’re fine when we’re not is how we suppress emotional pain that will later show up as any number of physiological symptoms down the road.

As Michael Brown said in his book, The Presence Process: A Journey Into Present Moment Awareness, “The only way out is through, and the only way through is in.”The best thing you can do is to honor yourself as you move through your process by practicing self-compassion and tending to your grief in an honest and gentle way.

 

Many thanks to Tris Throp for sharing this article.

May love sustain and guide your through your grieving process.

Peacefully,

Jane

Jane Rosalea Booth, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

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I am looking forward to co-hosting a fundraising event on January 30th to sponsor a refugee family in our area.  I invite you to join Joanne Pineau and Jane Booth for this event to relax and stretch and join in a Sacred Dance.  Help us welcome a refugee family and make a difference. You may register on Facebook event page “Fundraiser to support a refugee family”, register on Joanne’s site or call her – number below.  Bring your family and friends!  Looking forward to seeing you and having a wonderful time.

10121098-dove-of-peace-near-globe Peacefully, Jane Booth, A Peaceful Way

Fundraiser to sponsor a refugee family in our area. 
Saturday January 30, 2016
11:00am-1:00pm
St.Georges Anglican Church, Parish Hall,
166 Russell St., Clarksburg
Come stretch and dance with us and help make a difference !
No yoga or dance experience required. You will be guided through gentle stretches and a sacred circle dance. Hosted by Joanne Pineau and Jane Booth – we are both experienced facilitators and will make this a joyful and heart warming experience for everyone. Children welcome. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Income tax receipts will be  issued for $20 or more. Please make cheques payable to “Grace United Church” refugee project, Thornbury. We would like to raise at least $1500 from this event so tell your friends and come join in the fun for a great cause.
Questions? Contact Joanne at 705.888.968

Share with your friends- it’s an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves

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7 Practices for Peacemakers
by: Deepak Chopra, M.D.
“When a person is established in nonviolence, those in his vicinity cease to feel hostility.”
— Patanjali

This book excerpt is from Peace Is the Way by Deepak Chopra.

The approach of personal transformation is the idea of the future for ending war. It depends on the only advantage that people of peace have over war-makers: sheer numbers. If enough people in the world transformed themselves into peacemakers, war could end. The leading idea here is critical mass. It took a critical mass of human beings to embrace electricity and fossil fuels, to teach evolution, and adopt every major religion. When the time is right and enough people participate, critical mass can change the world. Can it end war?

There is precedent to believe that it might. The ancient Indian ideal of Ahimsa, or non-violence, gave Gandhi his guiding principle of reverence for life. In every spiritual tradition it is believed that peace must exist in one’s heart before it can exist in the outer world. Personal transformation deserves a chance.

This program for peacemakers offers a specific practice for you to follow every day, each one centered on the theme of peace.

1. Sunday: Being for Peace

Today take five minutes to meditate for peace. Put your attention on your heart and inwardly repeat these four words: peace, harmony, laughter, and love.

2. Monday: Thinking for Peace

Today introduce the intention of peace in your thoughts. Take a few moments of silence, then repeat this prayer: “Let all beings be happy, loved, and peaceful. Let the whole world experience these things.”

3. Tuesday: Feeling for Peace

Today is the day to experience the emotions of peace. The emotions of peace are compassion, understanding, and love.

4.  Wednesday: Speaking for Peace

Today, the purpose of speaking is to create happiness in the listener. Have this intention: Today every word I utter will be chosen consciously. I will refrain from complaints, condemnation, and criticism.

5. Thursday: Acting for Peace

Today is the day to help someone in need. Help can take many forms. Tell yourself: “Today I will offer help without asking for gratitude or recognition.”

6.  Friday: Creating for Peace

Today, come up with at least one creative idea to resolve a conflict, either in your personal life or your family circle or among friends. Intend to create trust and eliminate hidden hostility and suspicion—the two great enemies of peace.

7.  Saturday: Sharing for Peace

Today, share your practice of peacemaking with two people. As more of us participate in this sharing, our practice will expand into a critical mass, reaching many instead of a few.

Have a peace filled day,

Peacefully, Jane

2015-02-16 13.58.23About Jane: Jane Rosalea Booth-Robertson, BA, CSW, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for meditation, inner peace and spiritual self-mastery. Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Workshops and Retreats.

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At my recent Peaceful Way Women’s Mini Retreat Day, we talked about the meaning of ‘surrender’, of letting go all things that no longer serve us, all things that are not of our heart so we could truly be aware of our “Soul’s Calling”

We listened to this mantra of Surrender and Liberation “Har Mukanday”,  surrender and letting go.  I hope you will too.

Mirabai Ceiba, Har Mukanday – Mantra of Liberation (Official Music Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD5RptXVAh8

Har means God, creative infinity. Mukanday means liberator, the liberating aspect of the self. It can be translated as: the Infinite Creator liberates me.  The mantra turns challenges into opportunities and removes fear and liberates one from the whatever block they are enslaved by.

Lyrics “Take from me what I want,

take from me what I do ,

Take from me what I need ,

Take from me everything,

that takes me from you.

Fill me with your love, liberate my soul. ”

As we surrender, we awakening to our heart, to revelations and remembrance of who we are and our life purpose…”I am revealed in surrender.”  In surrender, we let go of the need to control and manipulate reality in order to realize our full potential.  In surrender, we create a state of mind and heart that is open to limitless possibilities and trust in the universe. As you meditate say…

I surrender…I am ready to reveal the innocence of my heart…

I am ready to act with Love

To surrender, to trust in the Universe

To live in the heart of gratitude in each moment

And overcome the illusion of obstacles

I release my old limitations

I feel them all, see them all, touch them all

I allow them all to be released through my heart

And in the very core of my being

Beloved, you and I are one. I fully merge with your presence

I surrender to You and we are One.

I awaken to your calling in this moment. And so it is.

Blessings of sweet surrender,

Peacefully, Jane

2015-02-16 13.58.23About Jane: Jane Rosalea Booth-Robertson, BA, CSW, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for meditation, inner peace and spiritual self-mastery. Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Workshops and Retreats.

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Whenever I read Rumi’s poetry, my heart bursts open.  His words speak to me and call me to move more deeply into love. A Hundred Blessings is one of my Rumi favourites.  I invite you to listen to his words as they are sung most beautifully in this video.  Listen…close your eyes…breathe gently…let all your barriers go and fall into love.

Hundred Blessings – Rumi

When Love comes suddenly and taps on your window,

run and let it in, but first shut the door of your reason,

even the smallest hint chases love away,

like smoke that drowns the freshness of the morning breeze.
To reason, Love can only say the way is barred,

you can’t pass through,

but to the lover it offers a hundred blessings.

Before the mind decides to take a step, Love has reached the seventh heaven.

Love has climbed the Holy Mountain.

I must stop this talk now and let Love speak from its nest of silence

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