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For eons, people have searched for the answers of who were are and why are we here. They have looked to religions that have provided these answers. But for others, there seems to be something beyond religious dogma and rules for living that keeps them seeking for a greater Divine connection.

This Divine connection is called spirituality, a pathway to an intimate relationship with our Creator or Source whom many may call God or Goddess. For this article, I will simply refer to our Divine connection. We experience this relationship deeply within our heart as we meditate, pray, commune in nature, or listen to one another, in our daily lives.

In spirituality, we see this Divine connection in all life and within each person. I remember my minister at the United church, when I was a teenager, saying to me “All you need to remember, Jane, is that God is love.”  Those words have stayed with me my whole life.

But how do we really experience spirituality?

I believe daily meditation leads us to living deeply, to connect with all life through an open and accessible heart. With your open heart, you let go of your fears and allow miracles to occur in your life. You transform in so many wondrous ways. Get to know your spiritual self and experience the holistic union of your body, mind and spirit. A spiritual life is exciting as it encourages us to be creative, take risks, and live passionately.

 How spirituality helps

Spirituality can assist you in many ways:

  •  to honour all religious thought and teachings. Each religion holds the codes, rituals, symbols and ancient wisdom that helps us to ascend into greater light and love.
  •  to see is not a matter of right or wrong in spirituality. It is about each person’s heart opening to embrace love and reflecting that love in our daily lives.
  •  to honour one another’s path and allowing each person to grow and prosper. If we care deeply about one another, we will not allow anyone to suffer or to live in poverty.
  •  to envision a world where we are free to be who we are and where we know our life purpose…to serve and love one another…to create the life we want in radiant peace.
  • to live in harmony with the natural rhythms of the universe as we commune and care for our earth and nature.
  •  to ascend into a greater remembrance of who we are.

Life is always a great mystery for each of us to embrace.  The unknown leads us forward to greater discoveries.  Once you have experienced an intimate Divine connection, you feel connected in every moment. You have a knowing that you are never alone. When things are upsetting in your life, you know that it has greater meaning and that you can pass through these times and survive them with grace instead of depression and panic. Spirituality embraces all moments of our human existence and reveals to us our true being that we long to know and remember.

Peacefully,

Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW,  USUI Reiki Master

Graduate IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator

Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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I always feel excited about the first day of Spring. Perhaps it is because I know that the Vernal Equinox brings with it the balance of light and dark.  It is the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator, making day and night approximately equal length all over the earth. It means our days will be warming and our earth will soon be ready for planting.

Yesterday, March 20th, the first day of Spring, was a sunny day here. After many months of winter in Canada, the first snow drops are popping through my garden in spite of the -8C temperature in the mornings.  The robins have returned as have our Canada geese.  As I walk along Georgian Bay in the mornings, the birds are singing.  Yet we still have some snow on our lawn and in the woods.

Following the inspiration of creating balance by the Spring Equinox, I am thinking of ways that I can bring more ‘balance’ into my life.  About 15 years ago, the word ‘balance’ was used by lots of holistic healers and spiritual teachers.  It was used so much that I think many now tend to ignore its significance.

It is difficult to have complete balance in our life…balance between work…home life…recreation…rest…contemplation…study…spirituality and so on.  But it helps us with our stress levels if we can attempt to find balance as it creates harmony in our lives.

We want to strive to move with the rhythms of the seasons, of the universe, and then we can flow and evolve in a way that does not restrict us but allows us to trust in our spirit, in our soul’s guidance that we will be guided to make good choices and opportunities for us to create the life we want.

So wherever you live, as spring renews your plants and foliage, think about some new steps you can take.  We all have a powerful creative consciousness that can evolve our entire lives.  Tap into your inner wisdom through meditation, quiet walks, listening to music.  Look for inspiration in small things in your life.  Simplicity is the key to finding new ideas, space and balance.

Each first day of spring, a dance called Paneurhythmy is danced at sunrise.  The first part of the dance is called “The First Day of Spring”.  The spiritual teacher who created it is Peter Duenov who lived in Bulgaria.  He wrote music and songs for Paneurhythmy, a spiritual dance.  I love this dance as it is a rhythmic dance that teaches us to awaken and find sacred balance and harmony. You can find lots of videos on youtube.  Here is a little poem by him.

In the earliest of dawn

Come to the rays

Rise to the early morn

Be one with all

Listen to the sweetness

Breaking at dawn

Dance with the cosmos

(Peter Duenov-Paneurthymy)

So dance, feel the joy of  spring.  Allow its energies to fill you!  We all need to be open to the gifts of spring.  Each season brings its own energies, but I love spring as it brings hope that there is always new life and new opportunities birthing!

May the blessings of new growth, warming days, gentle rains, awaken our hearts and souls to move with the natural rhythms of spring.

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

USUI Reiki Master, Natural Sound Sessions

Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day encourages us to share our love with our Beloved ones. It began as a day for lover’s to express their love (and the florist shops to sell roses and cards), but it has evolved into a day that brings the importance of taking time to tell others how much we love them and how important they are to us.

For my husband and I, it is still a ‘lovey’ day with cards and chocolates.  This morning 2e went to Georgian Bay where the sun was shining brightly on the icy banks along the shore and it was so beautiful.  We soaked up the beauty. Then we drove up Blue Mountain and out into the rolling countryside.

So Valentine’s Day is a day where we can express our love and be so grateful for our family and friends who share their love with us. It can also be a time for reflection and meditation.

 Would you like to try a simple meditation with me?

Meditating is a simple process.  It requires only a quiet place, concentration on your breathing, slow relaxation of all your muscles and allowing your mind to quiet.  If you like, play some quiet, soothing music.

As today is Valentine’s Day in your meditation visualize a beautiful pink flower and allow yourself to feel the love that the flower was sending to you.  Try this short meditation and fill your heart with love for yourself and for others. I will send some to you too!

Heart Flower Meditation

Begin 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…

 

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Poet’s have been writing about the power of love for centuries. Here’s is a moving poem about love by Attar..

Intoxicated by the wine of love
From each a mystic silence Love demands.
What do all seek so earnestly? ‘Tis Love.
What do they whisper to each other? Love.
Love is the subject of their inmost thoughts.
In Love no longer ‘thou’ and ‘I’ exist,
For Self has passed away in the Beloved.
Now will I draw aside the veil from Love,
And in the temple of mine inmost soul,
Behold the Friend; Incomparable Love.
He who would know the secret of both worlds,
Will find the secret of them both, is Love

Farid ud Din Attar– translation Margaret Smith –

From “The Jawhar Al-Dhat  “

Attar was one of the Attar 1119 -1220 most ancient and highly revered poets of Persia. He inspired later Sufi poets, such as Rumi and Hafiz

Happy Love Day…May love fill your heart everyday.

Peacefully, Jane

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USUI Reiki Master

Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

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The Wisdom of Tea

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Japanese Tea Ceremony – Chanoyu

The Japanese tea ceremony is a unique Japanese cultural tradition, which began in the 15th century. It has evolved over the centuries, and today there are many different styles and schools of tea in Japan. Despite the various styles and schools of tea, they all share the same philosophy, which has been shaped by its origins in Zen Buddhism. The guiding philosophy of the Japanese tea ceremony rests on these principles:  Wa – Harmony, Kei – Respect, Sei – Purity, and Jaku – Serenity. The Japanese tea ceremony, or Cha-no-yu, meaning “hot water for tea”, is more than an elaborate ritual. It is an interlude in which one leads oneself for the moment to the spirit of beauty, quietude, and politeness toward others. The ceremony may be practiced anywhere, at home or in a teahouse. Matcha: powdered green tea used exclusively in the tea ceremony.

There are 4 principles: harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility

  • Harmony:with other people and with nature. The tea ceremony is the way of bringing one’s self into harmony with nature.
  • Respects:a harmonious relationship with others.
  • Purity:clean yourselves through the five senses – sense of hearing when hearing the sound of water(which remind one of the silence outside), sense of sight when see the flowers, sense of touch when touch the utensils, sense of smell when smell the scent of the flowers, sense of taste when drinking tea.
  • Tranquility to experience peace.

When the Zen monk Eisai brought tea seeds from China to Japan in the twelfth century, he also imported the following ten virtues of tea.                     

The Ten Virtues of Tea

It has the blessing of all deities.
It promotes filial piety.
It drives away evil spirits.
It banishes drowsiness.
It keeps the five internal organs in harmony.
It wards off disease.
It strengthens friendship.
It disciplines body and mind.
It destroys all passions.
It gives a peaceful death.

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Please take time to watch this video- the tea pots are truly magnificent works of art!!

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After watching this video, it inspired me to make a cup of tea – Chocolate Mint – Rooibos, peppermint and natural chocolate flavour – a lovely treat on a very snowy morning here in Meaford!  I thought of the 10 Virtues of Tea…no wonderful I like it so much!

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Enjoy a cup of tea today and here’s my winter Haiku poems for you!

morning snow falling

below  roots stir quietly

with spring’s rhythm

 

Winter stillness stirs

A restlessness to wander

On long winter trail

By Jane Rosalea Brown

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

USUI Reiki Master

Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

Ref: unknown, I found this on the internet years ago, I thank whoever shared this information and hope others will enjoy it too. Here is a lovely site that shares more about the Japanese Tea Ceremony http://www.teagenius.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1064:the-japanese-tea-ceremony-defining-japanese-culture&catid=10&Itemid=122

 

 

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John O'Donohue

John O’Donohue wrote a wonderful book called Aman Cara.  In my Peaceful Way meditation group, we spent some lovely weeks reading it and reflecting on his insights about what is our relationship with our Aman Cara, our soul friend.

He also talks about aging and how our life comes together as we age . It is as if we gather together all the pieces of our journey. He says “old age offers the opportunity to integrate and bring together the multiplicity of directions that you have traveled.  It is a time when you can bring the circle of your life together to where your longing can be awakened and new possibilities can come alive in you.

I never thought of being older as a time of ‘new possibilities’ but now I am ‘older’ I realize how true this can be.  It definitely is a time where I feel more freedom.  I have let go of many regrets and disappointments as I realize I cannot change them.  Indeed, they were probably very good teachers for me.

We all have life challenges but we can learn at an earlier age how to cope with them and learn that we are creative beings that can make changes.  We are all creative beings.  Even if you think you are not creating, you are.  You have thoughts and opinions every day.  These thoughts are important because they influence your view of the world.

So how do we keep a positive view of the world when we see chaos?  We learn how to listen to our heart and we do this through learning to meditate or have quiet reflection time.  We learn to not hold onto anger and learn to forgive even the most difficult people or situations.  This can be difficult but if we really want to be ‘free’ and to have a happy life, we must transform and live from our hearts.

It is amazing how you will attract new people in your life as your energy lifts into a kinder and more compassionate place.  In the teaching of USUI Reiki, there are beautiful affirmations for practitioners of Reiki to integrate into their lives each day.  If you are having difficulty making changes, say these affirmations each day.

“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”

If we all lived by these affirmations, the world would heal and live in peaceful communities.

Deep gratitude for John O’Donohue for all his beautiful poetry and blessings. John passed 10 years ago. His books are available on amazon.ca. https://www.johnodonohue.com/

Have a beautiful, peaceful day,

Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, USUI Reiki Master

Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

 

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Do you want to be wise? Surprisingly, many people would shrug off such a question. They want to be other things instead – practical, successful, rich, respected – that don’t involve wisdom, which is reserved for old people, the wise gray heads of society. And yet the way someone’s life turns out depends on making wise choices. Every culture that values consciousness also values wisdom, so the topic is worth discussing over several posts, I think.

What is wisdom, exactly? Mature awareness. This isn’t defined by a set of rules. You can’t equate it with being cautious, prudent, and conservative (the behavior pattern of “wise old men”) or with any other fixed quality. Wisdom is judged by the things you devote your mind to.

Someone who wants to be wise has the following traits:

  • The desire to be real
  • The courage to step into the unknown
  • A refusal to be fooled by illusions
  • The need to feel fulfilled
  • The ability to go beyond material satisfactions
  • An intimation of other levels of existence

I think the most valuable trait is the first, the desire to be real. The opposite of “real” is “illusory,” and many external forces influence us to choose illusion over reality. They hold out a false sense of happiness rooted in money, possessions, and status, for example, and tell us that they best way to avoid the painful side of life is to devote hours to various distractions. But the world’s wisdom traditions teach something very different, that there is a level of the mind where the potential for creativity, intelligence, peace, and joy is unlimited.

If you devote yourself to finding this level of the mind you are a seeker after wisdom.

“Seeking” sounds less old-fashioned than wisdom to modern ears. Although given a religious connotation, seekers don’t have to be looking for God, and if they are, the goal will be reached in the same place as wisdom, their own consciousness (following Jesus’s dictum that the kingdom of heaven is within). Wisdom leads to wise choices, and here there is a pattern that marks the seekers of wisdom

Wise Choices

The decisions that shape a conscious life

When you are afraid and anxious, don’t trust the voice of fear.

When you are in a chaotic situation, find a way to bring order and calm.

When faced with an angry conflict, make no decision until the anger has subsided.

When meeting resistance to your ideas, consider the viewpoint of those who resist you.

When you are tempted to condemn someone else, see if what you hate in them is hidden away in yourself.

When you are in trouble, decide if the situation is one you should put up with, try to fix, or walk away. Having decided, act accordingly.

When you know the truth, speak up for it.

What links these choices is a trust in your own awareness and a refusal to be pulled this way and that by the chaos of the outer world. But I realize that modern life seems unsuited to the image of a wise savant sitting alone in his Himalayan cave or monk’s cell. That image is misleading, because the best way to live is wisely, bringing the highest rewards.

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Jane’s Peaceful Way Tip of the Day

If you want peace in your life…be peaceful…

If you want abundance in your life…be grateful for your blessings…they will multiply…

If you want love in your life…be loving…

The concept of what we give out returns to us is an ancient one.  We get lost in today’s world of greed and chaos.  When you make a conscious decision to have more peace in your life, then all you do…all your work and relationships begin to change because you have changed.

Now I know we all have challenges that come in many forms.  But we are, whether we like it or not, are connected to one another.  What you decide, affects me in some way.  If you are a caring and compassionate person then you are contributing to our planet in a positive way.  However, if you are fixed and judgmental and believe only your way is the right way, then you are trying to control not to love.  Love forgives naturally and allows us to create together as we communicate, to be compassionate and to be tolerant of our differences.

We all have choices and we all have free will to live the way we decide.  I am not here to change your religious or political beliefs.  I am here to join with you to live a peaceful life.  From a peaceful heart, we will join and make good decisions for our families, communities and countries.

Love is a transformative power that is ever flowing in our universe.  It is within each heart.  We see it in a baby’s eyes and in the eyes of those who love us.  It truly is the most wondrous experience to feel loved.  We all have this inner power to share with one another.

Today, I am sending love to you because I love you! I know that I will feel your love and it will come into my life in many ways.  Join me in creating circles of flowing love today….send and open to receive…that’s the magic of giving!

Blessings of love,

Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, USUI Reiki Master

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

 

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