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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

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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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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

 

 

11709538_10152829565162303_6161609573751527717_nJane Booth Robertson,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

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Awakening the Divine Within…In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Experience the essence of Divine within you and access parts of yourself that have been dormant (or just parts that have been resting, waiting to be stirred again!) and are now ready to come out so that you may experience and remember the spiritual awakening path that awaits you!

“Ye are a carrier of divine love

In each consciousness the call and yearning

To drink from the chalice flows

The Sacred Heart within holds the remembrance,

Of purity, simplicity, of unity of consciousness” by Jane Booth

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I created In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, for you

  • to easily learn to meditate
  • begin to discover you own inner wisdom
  • reduce your stress and fears
  • experience a deep connection with spirit
  • discover the secret wisdom nature beings holds
  • practice transformative tools that can change your life
  • empower yourself to create the life you deserve

I share with you how meditation really helped me through some tough times.  It is amazing how your life transforms as you discover more about yourself!

Order today at Trafford or Amazon.ca.  Let me know how meditation benefits you!  I would love to hear from you.

To Order: Trafford Publishing Click here http://bookstore.trafford.com/Products/SKU-000161345/In-Silence.aspx

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Happy New Year 2016 Everyone! 

May the New Year’s celebrations be full of love and joy…may we join together to create communities of diversity with love, understanding, harmony and peace that is shared by each heart…

“ When you have found the center within yourself that is the counterpart of the sacred space, you do not have to go into the forest…You can live from that center, even while you remain in relation to the world.” Joseph Campbell

Life is quite a journey that always presents us with opportunities to learn more about ourselves.  We may think that we know who we are, but something will happen that will reveal to us that we have more to learn to move into a place of peace. Most of our revelations about ourselves come from our relationships with our spouse, family or close friends but sometimes complete strangers will have a ‘message’ for us that helps us to evolve.

But we can miss these messages if we become blocked by getting caught up in wanting others to validate who we are or by wanting to be ‘right’. We want the approval or forgiveness of others and when we do not receive it, we can be weighed down by regrets and sometimes guilt. When this happens we have given away our personal power and our self-esteem lowers and even our motivation to change and grow can leave. We can enter into a shadow time where it is hard to see the light.

However, if we have learned to move inward to find a place within our consciousness where our true Essence is revealed, we can view who we truly are.  Our meditations can take us to this peaceful place where we can ask for guidance, forgiveness and healing and receive what our soul needs – unconditional love and compassion that heals and comforts us.  We can let go of our regrets, guilt and remorse and fill our hearts with Divine love, a love that is unconditional and omnipresent.  It is real, beautiful and beyond words or comprehension but we know this energy of love is what life is truly about.  It is why we are here and we are the ones to reveal it. We are here to reveal and share God’s love.

What is exciting is that millions of people are awakening and revealing this love.  We may not hear about all the loving and caring acts that take place in every moment because the media reveals so much ‘shadow’, but they are occurring and we are evolving more fully as loving beings. The light is shining in the darkest places…it is always present.

Do not try to love as if you are separate

You are not.

You are of God,

Part of the Tao.

You are within the landscape

You are elements of the seasons.

You are of both heaven and earth…

Hold true to God

Rest in the Tao

And you will be carried to where the future needs you.

                – Martin Palmer

 

Peace, Joy and Love in the New Year

Jane

 

Jane Rosalea Robertson, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master , IONS Conscious Aging Workshop Facilitator, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) http://www.peacefulpathretreat.wordpress.com   http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

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After a busy family weekend, I am enjoying the quietness of our home this morning.  Above is a picture along a nearby river dam where I often sit and meditate.  Some days when the wind is still, the river reflects to me a beautiful picture of stillness.  In meditation, I can experience moments of this kind of bliss.  When I saw this scene of the trees reflecting on the water, it reminded me how beauty is reflected back to me in so many ways.  Sometimes I miss the beauty if I am caught up in ‘doing’ things, but if I am aware…beauty is everywhere.

When we tap into the beautiful things in nature, art, people, animals, books…our consciousness opens to a new view that helps to heal any sadness or pain we may be experiencing…if only for a few moments.  These precious glimpses of ‘beauty’ are the first steps to awakening our heart to love and Self-mastery.

Begin to see the reflections of your true Self, your true ‘beauty’ by taking a few moments in silence to meditate. In meditation, open to receive and rejoice in the beauty of who you truly are.  Awaken to your heart space within, a space filled with unconditional love, peace and compassion.  Embrace the light of love. Move beyond self doubt, fears or regrets. Feel the joy of accepting love, healing, courage, strength, and unity with all.  Enjoy your sanctuary of love within…view the reflection of your beauty…

“Still is your mind

Open is your heart

It is not anywhere, not anyone

It is lightness, love of Self

To radiate your love to others

To share your joy every moment

To be one in

With All”

Jane Rosalea Booth, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation©Copyright 2008 Jane Rosalea Booth

Peacefully, Jane

 

About Jane: Jane Rosalea Booth-Robertson, BA, CSW, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery. Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats

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Sometimes it is the most simple rituals that lift our spirit and help us to relax and meditate. Candles and oil lamps have been used in churches and temples for centuries.  They provided much needed light in these buildings but also brought peace and calmness. They are used in times of celebration, healing and remembrance of a loved one.

One of the most relaxing things I do before meditating is to light a candle.  It is a small ritual that begins my meditative time and it helps me to relax, reflect and pray.  I like to watch the flame flicker and bend but sometimes it is still and calm and I love its brilliant stillness.  I like to be alone at this time and allow my eyes to focus on the flame and enjoy its presence.

The candlelight sets the tone to relax and assists me to feel the sacredness of my space. This light becomes a symbol for my Divine light within and around me, the ever flowing universal energy of our Source.   I allow myself to feel the love that is always presence in each moment.  As I begin to feel its presence, I give deep gratitude for each experience in my life and take time to reflect on happy memories.  Memories of sadness or regrets, I acknowledge but I do not dwell there…I let them go.  I focus on my breathing in and out and my mind and body begin to relax.

Then, I feel my eyes closing and I begin to enter a deeper place of consciousness where there is a wondrous connection with Spirit.  In this conscious space, I know I am safe, protected and loved in each moment.  I stay in my sacred inner sanctuary until I feel it is time to return to my room feeling relaxed and peaceful.  As I open my eyes, my small candle is still burning and I often sit for a few more minutes in silence and then gently blow it out to close my ritual. I continue my day with more courage and peace and a sense that I am never alone.

There are many ways to relax before meditating but lighting a candle, focusing on the flame, allowing yourself to relax, to breathe gently, closing your eyes and moving into your quiet space…holding the image of the candlelight and enjoying your time of silence is a simple, enjoyable way to meditate.

Peace and joy,

Jane

 

Jane Rosalea Booth, Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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

 

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Discovering Spiritual Freedom

By Jane Rosalea Booth

The word ‘freedom’ takes on different meanings to each of us. We can think of the freedom we have in our countries or in our daily lives.  We can think of our freedom to create the kind of life we want.  We can think of the freedom to make choices.  There are many reasons we want freedom in our lives.  The Webster dictionary describes freedom as :the stare of being free; personal liberty or national independence.

I would like you to think about your personal, spiritual freedom.  We all deserve the right to be free to worship in whatever way we choose.  The ‘freedom’ I am writing about, spiritual freedom, we experience within ourselves.  No one else can share this sense of freedom as it is discovered when we quiet our minds and enter into a meditative state.

When we meditate, we move into our deeper consciousness where we experience a space within us that is quiet, peaceful and still.  In our busy lives we are not used to stillness or quietness.  We seldom take the time just to be still without our minds filling in the space with thoughts of what we should be doing or worries about our daily lives.

Spiritual freedom comes when we move inward to a space within where the body, mind and spirit connect in oneness.  There is a feeling of sacredness in this space that is difficult to describe to anyone else.  It must be experienced. It is where we begin to feel a connection to something greater than ourselves, yet we are part of it.  We experience the loving energy as our heart opens to receive it.  It is where we begin to receive the remembrance of who we are and begin to receive guidance through symbols and thoughts.

Meditation is fascinating because our consciousness begins to expand and evolve with new thoughts and perceptions.  Yet, there remains the unknown in each moment.  What comes next?   It is this fascination of the unknown things in life that keep us evolving and growing.    New ways of living or thinking change us, and at times this can be very unsettling.  We may think we have life figured out and then, all of a sudden, we get a new thought or perception that sheds our old thoughts and we continue on…

Spiritual freedom comes as begin to shed our fears and begin to know that we are loved and protected by a loving Source that we can experience during meditation.  We begin to feel this loving Source in our outer world as well. When we are loving, we experience a sense of freedom in our daily life. We feel free because love is compassionate and forgiving.  We let go of harshness and actually feel lighter.  Our body responds by feeling relaxed and calm.  Tension and stress leaves.  We can bring the peace and love we feel within our Sacred space out and integrate it in our daily lives.

The wonderful thing about the spiritual freedom we experience within as we mediate is that it is always there for us to tap into if our outer world becomes chaotic or challenging.  There is always a place of peace within our consciousness.  Daily meditation allows us to experience inner peace each day and discover our true Essence and inner knowing.  It is in our knowing that we experience freedom, the freedom of our heart and spirit.

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Booth, Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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

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