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This is one of my favourite poems by Rumi.  The last two lines express the power of love when we listen in silence.  We live in a world where words are used in great abundance. We are bombarded with them everyday.  But how special is it when someone simply looks at you and you can feel their love…no words only feelings.  Rumi says we must be quiet to ‘let love speak from the nest of silence.’

Rumi allows each person to interpret what the ‘nest of silence’ is…but says love comes with a hundred blessings!  Love is the key to happiness, compassion and inner peace and when we live from our heart, we are truly blessed in so many ways.  Yet, Rumi reminds us of how tender love is and we must take care so we do not chase it away.Slide1

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

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master, IONS Conscious Aging

Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation Author name Jane Rosalea Booth

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Reiki is a wonderful modality for relieving stress.  For over 21 years, I have witnessed the beauty of Reiki and its relaxing and soothing powers with my Reiki students, clients and animals.

Reiki is a stress reduction and relaxation technique that reduces physical discomfort and promotes the body’s own healing abilities. The word Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is made up from two Japanese words “rei” meaning for universal life and ‘ki” meaning life force energy. Reiki is a Japanese holistic, light-touch, energy-based modality.
It is a powerful natural system that unlocks the inner flow of vital energy. It is an individual experience that assists the body to restore and balance natural energy. In a natural, balanced state the body can heal itself.

Here are some of Reiki’s wonderful benefits ~

•Creates deep relaxation and aids the body to release stress and tension
•Aids better sleep
•May reduce blood pressure
•Helps relieve or lessen pain
•Assists the body in cleaning itself from toxins
•Supports the immune system and assist natural healing
•Increases vitality and raises the vibrational frequency of the body
•Creates a relaxed, harmonious atmosphere for meditation
I am trained as a USUI Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher in the USUI Reiki Rhoyo tradition founded by Dr. Mikao Usui in the late 1800’s in Japan.
If you are suffering from stress and anxiety, a Reiki Session can bring you relaxation and energy balancing to calm you.  Reiki enhances our spiritual awareness too. Many clients have deep, relaxing meditations during their sessions.
E-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com  today for an appointment in Meaford, ON
Fee $70.00 1 hour session  Weekday and some evenings, by appointment.

Peacefully, Jane

cropped-jane2-469x640Jane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master, IONS Conscious Aging

Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation Author name Jane Rosalea Booth

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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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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

 

cropped-jane2-469x640Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

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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