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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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Believe in Ourselves

Believe in ‘ourselves’ is easy when we have lots of confidence and self-empowerment. But we often have to move through transitions and make transformations so we are more empowered.  When we are ill or out of work, it is difficult to ‘believe in ourselves’. So what is something we can try to have renewed hope, confidence and better health.

Tonal Exercises

No one can make you change or try something new.  You have to be a willing participant.  If you are depressed, this can seem like an impossibility.  But if you can move out of feeling afraid, even for a moment, close your eyes, breath in and out, relax and feel your heart beating.

  1. Stay with the rhythm of your heart and begin to hum…a low hum for a few minutes.  Then sit quietly and when your are ready hum for a few more minutes.

2.  Then add a higher hum…then low hum…the higher hum…for a few minutes.  Caution! Your mind will tell you to stop and that this is silly.  Keep toning! What you are doing is getting into the rhythm of your own voice, mind and heart.  This is a tonal exercise and it stimulates all our cells and they respond to it.

3.  You can tone the sound…hah…then ah..then ah…hah..  Also make sounds that feel good to you.  Who knows your body, mind and heart better than you.

4. Try out various tones and see what ones feel good for you.  When I meditate, I often ask “What tone do I need today” and I will hear a tone…

5. Try toning a vowel sounds..a,e,i,o,u.   So ‘a’ can tone a short a…ah or a long a vowel …a (says its name).

6.  Try low toning sound and move higher to see what feels best.

Toning is Awesome!

Sound toning as you meditate is awesome!  Take some simple steps to remember the tones that your body, mind and spirit like!  Each day do one small thing you like to do.  Listen to music that calms if you are anxious or with a beat if you are feeling down.

There are many tonal exercises but the most simple are the best.  Toning opens the communication between our left brain and right brain.  It stimulates all our cells to vibrate at a higher, healthier vibration.  Over the centuries we have lost our innate healing abilities.  Return to the simplicity of your own tones.  Return to simplicity in everything you do.

Believe in who you are and your inner beauty.  Remember your life purpose…to love deeply in everything you do.  I believe we all have that same life purpose…let’s begin today to truly believe that we can take steps forward…to love who we are…to love others…to be grateful for this crazy, mysterious experience we call life!

I believe in you!  Enjoy your ‘tune up’!

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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Many who visit my blog enjoy reading poetry by Japanese poet Basho. Here is some information about him from Wikipedia.

Matsuo Basho (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694), born 松尾 金作, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa (松尾 忠右衛門 宗房),[2][3] was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan.

Portrait of Basho by Hkusai, late 18th century

During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no rengaform; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku (then called hokku). Matsuo Bashō’s poetry is internationally renowned; and, in Japan, many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites.

Although Bashō is justifiably famous in the West for his hokku, he himself believed his best work lay in leading and participating in renku. He is quoted as saying, “Many of my followers can write hokku as well as I can. Where I show who I really am is in linking haikai verses.”[4]

Bashō was introduced to poetry at a young age, and after integrating himself into the intellectual scene of Edo (modern Tokyo) he quickly became well known throughout Japan. He made a living as a teacher; but then renounced the social, urban life of the literary circles and was inclined to wander throughout the country, heading west, east, and far into the northern wilderness to gain inspiration for his writing.

basho A statute of Basho

His poems were influenced by his firsthand experience of the world around him, often encapsulating the feeling of a scene in a few simple elements.
even a horse

arrests my eyes—on this

snowy morrow [1684]

another year is gone

 

a traveler’s shade on my head,

straw sandals at my feet [1685]

 

an ancient pond

a frog jumps in

the splash of water [1686]

 

now then, let’s go out

to enjoy the snow … until

I slip and fall! [1688]

Jane’s Haiku

Here is a Haiku that the above haiku by Basho inspired after my morning walk in the snow!

Inner child’s call
Joy of heart’s true passion
Playing in the snow
Feb. 12, 2018
Jane Rosalea Brown

Have fun and try writing some Haiku.  Quiet your mind like you do when you meditate. Listen within and let the words flow.  Most Haiku in modern day.. 5 syllables…7 syllables..5 syllables (3 lines)  I loved to read them,

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!!

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=brilliant+kettle+designs

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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I saw this above video about Claude Monet’s home on Facebook this morning and thought you might like it too.

It led me to Wikipedia where I read about Monet’s early painting that he called ‘Impression, Sunrise’.

“Monet claimed that he titled the painting Impression, Sunrise due to his hazy painting style in his depiction of the subject: “They asked me for a title for the catalogue, it couldn’t really be taken for a view of Le Havre, and I said: ‘Put Impression.'” In addition to this explanation for the title of the work, art historian Paul Smith claims that Monet might have named the painting Impression to excuse his painting from accusations of being unfinished or lacking descriptive detail, but Monet received these criticisms regardless of the title.”

280px-Claude_Monet,_Impression,_soleil_levantImpression, Sunrise (French: Impression, soleil levant) is a painting by Claude Monet. Shown at what would later be known as the “Exhibition of the Impressionists” in April 1874, the painting is attributed to giving rise to the name of the Impressionist movement. Impression, Sunrise depicts the port of Le Havre, Monet’s hometown, and is his most famous painting of the harbor.

 

“Making an Impression”

I began thinking about the word ‘impression‘. I was taught as a child that it was important to ‘make a good impression’.  I think that led me to years of worrying about how I looked and what others thought about me.  The words still linger with me.  But one of the joys of being elder is that I am more concerned now about simply being me and enjoying life in a simpler way.  Aging forces us to decide how we are going to live our final years.  I’ve decided to live as best I can in the present moment to enjoy the blessings of each day and find something creative to do daily.

I no longer care what impression I make…well that’s not entirely true…I do want to leave you with an ‘impression’ that your life will be fulfilled if  you love who you are, be grateful for small things, and live in compassion for others and nature.  So I guess we all leave an ‘impression’ in some way with other each day.  I think we can also be mindful of what ‘impression’ are we creating for ourselves to observe and be mindful of our actions.

Monet found a new style of painting that rocked the art world along with other ‘Impressionist’ artists.  He did not stop creating because some did not like his style.  The natural world made a great impression on Monet and his paintings reflect his love and expression of its beauty.

This also led me to reflect on what things ‘impressed me’ or left an ‘impression’ that influenced my thoughts and feelings. When Monet used the word impression for his harbor painting, he was giving an idea of how the harbor appeared to him…like he was giving a hint about it rather than a clear view.  So perhaps some of the impressions I received in life didn’t give me a clear view.  Something I will think about in meditation…

 

 

Meditating with Monet’s Art

Meditate today while soaking in the beauty and wonder of Monet’s art as you view this wonderful video.  It is a fabulous collection of his works.  It is about an hour but enjoy as long as you desire.  Meditating with art is so relaxing and takes us away from our daily worries and into the artist’s ‘impressions’.

Enjoy…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfx1o-6UgzI

Have a peaceful, creative, and beautiful day,

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

USUI Reiki Master

Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

 

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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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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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