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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.

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

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Peacefully, Jane

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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

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Meditation provides a space to deepen our awareness of what is best for us. Our heart,  our inner knowing is always within us and we can tap into our inner wisdom. Did you know you are a wisdom keeper? We all have learned so much from all our experiences. We can enter this inner space of self discovery every day…in each moment. Our wisdom is within us awaiting to be awakened.

Going into your silence in meditation will help you to find your life purpose, to create more love in your life as your expand your awareness and allow your divine spirit to guide and love you. Meditation is a spiritual practice. As you become more comfortable and relaxed, it will become natural for you and you will receive many benefits from this spiritual practice.

You will soon flow with more ease through daily life by the spiritual practice of ‘letting go’ in your meditation. This means releasing old patterns of fear and resistance that cause blockages to your success. In meditation, you surrender…let go…and begin to trust your inner guidance.

When you allow only positive, loving thoughts in your consciousness, you will be astounded what will expand and be reflected back to you…abundance of love, prosperity and inner peace.

Here is what I heard in a meditation when I was down, depressed and not sure what to do~

“The Light shines beyond the shadow

Move gently, my child, with grace

Be peaceful, tranquil, and joyous

Dance in merriment

Feel your heart song singing

Lifting you to new heights

Discard that which no longer serves.

Be still, listen

In peace and serenity

In silence, for messages of love.”

It took me awhile to ‘dance in merriment and to feel my heart song singing’, but what these words did for me was to remind me that somewhere inside me was my heart that wanted to be loved. I wanted love…when I realized this truth, I began to take steps to create a life where I could love more fully. And…I did receive many, many messages of love in my meditations, and I found love in my personal life. But this would not have happened if I had turned down my ‘invitation of love’that came from within during my meditations.

I love the words of Sufi poet Hafiz who wrote ~

I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.

Meditation helps us to see the ‘astonishing light’ of our own being, the way of our heart.

In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation can assist you to move deeply into your creativity, self-love and wisdom.

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

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How are you doing under the influences of a partial Lunar Eclipse and a Super Blood Wolf Moon?  I love full moons and the January full moon, along with moving into a new year, is always a reminder it is a time to get rid of negative energy and create transformations to enhance our lives as we move into a new lunar cycle.

The full moon glow is a beautiful reminder for us to ‘see the beauty’ in our lives and in the universe! This month we have what is called a Super Blood Wolf Moon on January 21,2019.

We know the full moon’s pull on the earth affects the tides of the oceans.  As we are made up of mostly water, it affects our systems too! The full moon’s energies stir us up whether we like it or not. We often feel unbalanced and moody.  So I am sharing a meditation for you to do today, to open you to new inspirations and to become active to really allow your true self to come forth.

“Follow your bliss” as Joseph Campbell said rings so true!  In spite of the chaos that swirls around us, we can live in peace within ourselves and follow our bliss and passions!

Daily meditation, exercise and a healthy diet are the keys to being well.  Meditation opens our heart but also clears our minds of a lot of clutter is doesn’t need!!

Thich Nhat Hahn is a most Buddhist monk who has spent his life sharing how to meditate and to live in the present moment with compassion and love. He teaches breath work to begin our meditations.  Focusing on your breath tells your mind and heart “it’s time to relax”. Turn on some soft music.

Super Blood Wolf Full Moon Meditation

Practice gentle breathing before you meditate each day. I like to journal after my meditations to record my feelings and new reflections.

Relaxation through breathing:

Breathe in and out gently for a minute. Focus on your breathe as it moves intp your nostrils, into your lungs and out through your nostrils…

Then begin thinking these words as you breathe in and breathe out:

Breathing in, I calm my body

Breathing out, I smile to my whole body with gladness

Breathing in, I dwell in the present moment

Breathing out, I know it is a wonderful moment

Smiling to my body, I breathe in

Releasing the tensions in my body, I breathe out

Now, let’s embrace the light energies of the Super Blood Wolf Moon

Now bring your awareness to the top (crown) of your head, and visualize the brilliant full moon radiating its light to you.  This light is full of Love and healing energy.   Bring this Light to you heart and fill your heart with Love.

Feel love for yourself as your heart fills with light. Now send this love to every cell in your body.

Feel yourself in a bath of love and take time now to move into your quiet space within to reflect what you would like to become…be aware of your emotions and release…anger or fear…let it go…feel your body relaxing as you let go of tensions and what is no longer serving you…breathe gently in and out, in and out…

enjoy a few minutes in silence.. in stillness and peace…

You may want to visualize and invite ‘wolf’ into your full moon meditation to guide or teach you. Ask ‘what do I need to learn?” Listen for a reply…

Close your meditation, when you are ready, with gratitude for all your blessings and for the beauty of the moonlight that flows to us each month with loving, transformative energies that encourage us to grow and evolve in new, wondrous ways.  Write down your reflections and visualize your new future.

Let’s howl tonight!

So why not howl with wolf at the moon!  Keep warm if you venture outside if you live in Grey county.  Super cold here. This morning a -29C wind chill factor brrr…but it is winter here in Canada! I think the wolves will be in their dens but maybe they howl inside them!

In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

If you are interested in moving more deeply into mediation and to discover its power…and your power and self-mastery follow this link to my book In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation Author name Jane Rosalea Booth 

Moonlight blessings of love,

Jane

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

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What’s the Difference Between Meditation and Mindfulness

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We live during a time where Eastern philosophy is beginning to seep into the mainstream Western way of life. Words like mindfulness and meditation are becoming everyday terms in Western colloquialism. The question becomes: Are these words interchangeable?

Because these terms are often used in a similar context, confusion about the differences between mindfulness and meditation is understandable. There are many ways to define, describe, and practice both, and their practical applications are incredibly intertwined.

Mindfulness and meditation embody many similarities and can overlap, but they are not exactly the same. Let’s take a closer look.

Meditation

Meditation typically refers to formal, seated meditation practice. There are many types of meditation—those that focus on opening your heart, expanding your awareness, calming your mind, experiencing inner peace, and the list goes on. Here are some examples:

  • Breath-awareness meditation
  • Loving-kindness meditation
  • Mantra-based meditation
  • Visualization meditation
  • Guided meditation

Meditation is an intentional practice, where you focus inward to increase calmness, concentration, and emotional balance. Seated meditation usually begins with deep breathing in a comfortable position, bringing all your awareness to your breath—inhales and exhales—consciously guiding the mind toward an anchor, or a single point of focus. In meditation, you typically spend a focused chunk of time—anywhere from a minute to an hour or more—in which you are tuned inward.

At the Chopra Center, we teach Primordial Sound Meditationa specific type of mantra-based meditation, and recommend meditating for 30 minutes at a time, if possible. If that’s not possible for your schedule, any amount of time will help you find your center.

Simple Mantra Meditation: So Hum

Try this seated meditation with whatever time you have available.

  • Close your eyes and take one full minute to settle in by taking a few deep, cleansing breaths.
  • Start to repeat the mantra So Hum to yourself silently, slowly synching the rhythm of your breath to the mantra.
  • As you inhale, silently repeat the word “So“.
  • As you exhale, silently repeat the word “Hum“.
  • Continue breathing slowly and aligning your mantra to your breath, being careful not to rush your breath if you notice your mantra speeding up.
  • Each time you notice your mind wander, simply draw your attention back to the mantra So Hum.
  • When your time is up, gently release the mantra, taking a moment to sit quietly before opening your eyes.

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about being aware, which of course includes the practice of meditation. When you are being actively mindful, you are noticing and paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and movements, and also to the effects you have on those around you.

You can practice mindfulness anytimeanywhere, and with anyone by showing up and being fully engaged in the here and now. Mindfulness is the simple act of paying attention and noticing and being present in whatever you’re doing. When most people go about their daily lives, their minds wander from the actual activity they are participating in, to other thoughts or sensations. When you’re mindful, you are actively involved in the activity with all of your senses instead of allowing your mind to wander.

Mindfulness can be practiced both informally (at any time/place) and formally (during seated meditation). Where meditation is usually practiced for a specific amount of time, mindfulness can be applied to any situation throughout the day.

It can be difficult for the human mind to stay in the present moment. In fact, a recent study at Harvard found that people spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing. This kind of mindlessness is the norm, as the mind spends its time focused on the past (in regret mode), the future (in worry mode), and trying out should have’s and what if’s. The study also found that allowing the brain to run on auto-pilot like this can make people unhappy. “A wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” the researchers said.

This is where mindfulness can help. Here’s an example of an informal mindfulness practice you can try at any time of the day:

5 Senses Practice

Any time you complete a simple task—like brushing your teeth or washing your dishes, tune into your five senses—sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. For each sense, name two to three examples of the things you notice as you complete the task.

For example, when you’re brushing your teeth, you may notice:

  • The flavor of the paste on your tongue.
  • The smell of the paste coming through your nostrils.
  • The cooling sensations.
  • The way the toothbrush moves over your teeth and gums.
  • The sounds of the bristles moving back and forth in your mouth.
  • Your reflection in the bathroom mirror and the lighting in the bathroom.
  • The tingling sensation of the paste on your gums and teeth.

This practice will help you tune into your surroundings and increase your present-moment awareness. If you practice this with everyday activities—even those you have done a thousand times—you will begin to notice new things about the space you are in.

As you can see, you are practicing mindfulness during formal meditation, and a formal meditation practice supports and enriches your ability to be mindful in your everyday life. When you practice focusing on one thing at a time during seated meditation, it allows you to bring more focus, presence, and mindfulness into every other part of your life.


This summer, join Oprah and Deepak for a free online meditation journey to follow your passion and discover your purpose. Energy of Attraction starts July 23. Register for free.


Thanks to our Guest Author, Melissa Eisler
About the Author
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Melissa Eisler

Certified Leadership & Career Coach, Yoga & Meditation Instructor, Author
Melissa is the Senior Content Strategist at the Chopra Center. Also an ICF Certified Leadership and Career Coach (ACC) and certified meditation and yoga instructor, she is passionate about motivating people to live a healthy, balanced, and purposeful life. You can learn more about Melissa’s coaching practice at MelissaEisler.com . Melissa is also the author of The Type A’s Guide to Mindfulness: Meditation for Busy Minds and Busy People , a practical guide for new meditators in the modern world, and the creator of mindfulminutes.com , a…Read more
Hope you enjoyed this article. To order my book on Meditation please use link below for In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation
Peacefully Jane,

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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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April 29th/30th is the time of the full moon.  Some people call it the ‘Pink Moon’ and Sun Bear in Dancing with the Wheel said it is “The Frogs return Moon” and it brings awareness to the qualities of the Beaver. Working with Beaver “can teach about stability, balance, tradition, true value, adaptability with the environment, healing…self reliance.”  In Native American spirituality animals are great teachers.

In my book, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, I have the teachings of my animal teachers. Beaver is an animal that I have loved since I was a child.  I used to sit near a beaver dam in hope to see one, but I only saw their magnificent home, but I new they were near.  There are Beavers near my present home.  I have not seen them but I have seen a small tree that they had cut down. What sharp teeth they have. Canadians love Beavers and are trying to protect them after years of fur trapping.

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Beavers mate for life and are good parents to their young.  They teach me the importance of ‘commitment’.

From In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

The Wisdom of BEAVER ~ Commitment

 A builder in endless time

A worker of the heart

Whose commitment and persistence

Brings success

Make a decision and a commitment to your goal.  Let your intention be heart centered.  Then let the Universal energies go to work for you.  Trust always in the process.  Miracles will happen!  Jane Rosalea Booth, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Enjoy the energies of the full moon today.  Each full moon gives us the opportunity to release what is not working for us and to begin something new.  Take time to think of your intentions and take action to renew and blossom with the energies of spring.  Follow your passions.  If you really have a dream or passion, make a commitment to allowing it to unfold.  Release, envision, make intentions and commit…begin…the full moon supports your transformation and embraces your whole self.

Blessings of the full moon,

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

Graduate of IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator

USUI Reiki Master, Natural Sound Healing

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

 

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