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This morning I was looking at a book on Auguste Rodin, the French sculptor who is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture.  I have had it for over 25 years.  I opened it at the page about the passionate love story of Rodin and Camille Claudel who was his lover, student and assistant. (Rodin also had a lover named Rose and many other affairs) She was 20 years younger than Rodin and only 18 when they met. I became intrigued by their relationship that greatly influenced both their works.
220px-Camille_Claudel Camille Claudel
 Camille was a woman who was a brilliant sculptor but eventually mental illness took over. She became paranoid that Rodin was copying her works.
Her passion for Rodin is seen in the photograph of her bronze “The Waltz”. Interesting that her erotic art were looked down upon because she was woman, but Rodin’s works that also shocked the art world were accepted and praised. Rodin bequeathed a room for Camille’s works in the Rodin Museum, but they did not make it into the Rodin Museum till 1953!  The national Camille Claudel Museum in Nogent-sur-Seine opened in 2017, and the Musée Rodin in Paris has a room dedicated to Claudel’s works.
camille claudel The Waltz Rodin
Rodin’s work caught my attention a few years ago after the Ghost Ranch retreat when I was watching a documentary on Alfred Steiglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe’s husband, who showed some of Rodin’s works in his New York studio.
But it was Camille’s story that touched my heart this morning…so I thought I’d pass it on to my artistic readers. It shows how hard it has been for women on all levels to express who we truly are. Camille broke away from Rodin’s dominance but could not sustain her creativity for very long. She died in 1943 after 30 years in a mental institution.
Georgia O’Keeffe was determined to be free of Steiglitz control and lived on the Ghost Ranch for years, but she remained married to him and Steiglitz promoted O’Keeffe’s art. Unlike Camille, O’Keeffe’s works flourished and evolved till she was in her 90’s!
French composer Debussy was said to have had a brief romance with Camille and to have kept a small cast of The Waltz on his piano until his death.
Claude Debussy…waltz (You can hear the passion…goes so well with Camille’s scupture)
If you are interested here is a link to more of Camille’s sculptures and story:
Art is sacred breath and soul…expressing who we are…let it flow in and out whatever way you desire…
Peacefully, Jane
From Wikipedia:

Camille Claudel (French pronunciation: [kamij klɔdɛl] (About this sound listen); 8 December 1864 – 19 October 1943) was a French sculptor and graphic artist. She died in relative obscurity, but has gained recognition for the originality of her work.[1][2]She was the elder sister of the poet and diplomat Paul Claudel and the lover and co-worker of sculptor Auguste Rodin. from Wikipedia.

The national Camille Claudel Museum in Nogent-sur-Seine opened in 2017, and the Musée Rodin in Paris has a room dedicated to Claudel’s works.

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Most of my writing over the years has come after my meditations.  It is a free flowing writing that does not have form.  It is my inner voice speaking to me and it has been a wonderful way to remember the insights I had during my meditations.

I have joined a poetry group and the poets in this group write some stirring poems.  When I try to write in form, my poems seem a little stiff or forced to me. Then I came across Japanese Haiku.  Basho is a famous Japanese poet and I have some of his poems on my blog and people always love to read them.

So during our recent snow storms, I have been reflecting on spring and I wrote a few Haiku.  Haiku has 5 syllables in the 1st line, 7 syllables in the 2nd and 5 syllables in the 3rd.  Give it a try if you like to write poetry! I think it is fun!

Jane’s Spring Haiku 2018

Cluster of blossoms

Call to the awakening

New birth peeks out

 

Spring snow covers

Still Crocus waits in silence

My impatience grows

 

Buds before blooms

Cherry blossoms soon to grace

Snow tipped branch

 

A promise always

To return to love’s blooming

Upon a spring day

Happy Spring everyone!  We will be celebrating the return of our spring blossoms soon.

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

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I welcome Julie Hunt as a guest writer who shares about Meditation.

4 Tips for Enhancing Your Meditation Practice By Julie Hunt
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Meditation, perhaps once-radical, is now virtually mainstream. People all over the world practice meditation to calm the mind and de-stress the body. A 2012 national research study reported that 8 percent of U.S. adults, 18 million people, used meditation. The popularity and accessibility of meditation continues to soar.

The positive effects meditation has on physical health, emotional well-being, and high performance is not exclusive to individuals. Corporations, schools, and hospitals have brought meditation into the fold for stress release and mindfulness. Competitive athletes, artists, and musicians use meditation for present moment awareness. The masses have begun to sit up and take notice of the benefits of meditation.

Meditation is one of the most effective ways to:

Reduce stress and anxiety.
Enhance emotional balance and positive experiences.
Increase longevity and studies are beginning to look at its effect on immunity.
Improve brain functioning.
The following are four lessons to help you meditate more easily, maximize your meditation benefits, and become an experienced meditator.

The More Effortless the Meditation, the Greater the Results
Many are taught that the more effort you exert in life, the greater the results. In meditation, the opposite is true. The more comfortable and relaxed you are, the greater its benefits. Allow meditation to be a simple pleasure. It is luxurious to allow yourself to settle into stillness and return to your natural state of being.

Use these techniques to meditate more easily and effortlessly.

Settle into the most cozy, comfortable, upright-seated position possible.
Put aside the worries of your day. You can always pick them back up after meditation, if you choose. (Be aware that after meditation, there may no longer be worries.)
Gently close your eyes and turn the senses inward. As you inhale, take immense pleasure in the rest you are about to receive.
Allow your breath to flow naturally without forcing or controlling it.
Before meditation, put your attention in your heart and silently ask four questions. These questions begin a dialogue with the universe. As you ask these questions, don’t force the answers.

Simply listen to the answers that come to you.
Who am I?
What do I want?
Why am I here?
For what am I grateful?
Let go of formal meditation do’s and don’ts. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. Meditation recommendations are mere suggestions. Follow your intuition and find the technique that is most natural and comfortable for you.

Thoughts During Meditation Are Normal

You may become frustrated because you can’t stop your thoughts during meditation. You think that having thoughts during meditation means that you aren’t meditating correctly. Thoughts during meditation, however, are perfectly normal. In fact, they may be something to celebrate. Thoughts during meditation are a sign of stress release.

Controlling your mind or forcing out thoughts is not the purpose of meditation, or even the aim. Rather, the purpose of meditation is to enrich your life. And if you approach each meditation with lightheartedness and accept whatever thoughts arise during your practice, you will receive the full benefits of meditation.

The next time you meditate, recognize thoughts for what they are: an immediate indication that you are receiving the stress reduction and detoxification benefits of mediation. Follow this simple process for the duration of each meditation:

Notice thoughts as they arise.

Avoid following your thoughts down a path. As soon as you notice your attention has wandered, gently bring it back to your meditation.
Be kind as thoughts arise. Compassionately and without judgment, return your attention to the source of the meditation. It is a gentle back and forth from thought to source, which may be your breath, mantra, or another object of attention.
After your meditation, rest in silence for two minutes before slowly resuming back to normal activity.
There Is No Such Thing as a “Good” or “Bad” Meditation
Don’t look for a particular experience during meditation or fall into the trap of labeling your meditations as “good” or “bad.” Every experience you have in meditation is correct.

You may feel drawn to a peaceful meditation with few thoughts; however, experiencing stillness during meditation has no greater benefits than one in which your mind is active or your body is restless. Each meditation is unique and will offer you exactly what you need at that time.

Over time, you may find that you spend more time in inner quiet, but the greatest experience of meditation is felt every day as you move through life.

Before each meditation:

Come with an attitude of curiosity.
Let go of expectations.
Gently remind yourself of the true purpose of meditation: to enrich your life.
After meditation:

Be aware of subtle changes in your mind and body.
Honor yourself for prioritizing meditation and self-care.
Look for the benefits as they emerge in your daily life.
Schedule Time to Meditate
One of the biggest obstacles to meditation is finding the time. Rather than making meditation something you have to fit into your busy schedule, allow meditation to be a time you look forward to.

Where can you weave meditation into your daily routine?
Is there anything you can delegate or eliminate from your life to make time?
What commitment of time can you make that feels relaxing, realistic, and doable?
Experiment with your schedule to find windows of time. In the beginning, you may have to reorganize your day. Consider where you can create time by reducing time spent on electronics, waking up earlier, or clearing out time zappers. The time commitment of meditation is small compared to the benefits you will receive.

Meditation is a profound gift of self-care. It allows you to slow down and unwind the busy-ness of life. And over time, meditation changes your perspective from not having enough time to elevating the way you choose to spend your time. Once you establish a regular practice, you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly the benefits begin to show up in your life.

Check in periodically to notice how your life has improved. You may want to start a meditation journal to more easily track your journey. Some of the benefits you will see unfold immediately, such as stress reduction. Others, such as pain relief, improved sleep, or harmonious relationships may evolve over time. Be aware of the days and moments in which you feel better than the ones before.

As you notice benefits starting to emerge in your life, very little will take you away from time in meditation. You will look forward to settling into your practice. Your perception of time will change. You may notice you are more productive and efficient with your time. If you find you don’t have as much time as you’d like to meditate, do whatever you can, when you can. Every minute spent in meditation moves you toward greater health and happiness, and a return to wholeness.

Now go within and ask, “What choice will I make to receive the benefits of meditation?”

*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Chopra Center’s Mind-Body Medical Group; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.

Learn a simple, effortless form of meditation and receive your personal Primordial Sound mantra—an invaluable tool for deepening your practice—with our Primordial Sound Meditation Online Course. Learn More.

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Julie Hunt
Meditation Instructor and Author
Julie is a Chopra Center certified instructor of Primordial Sound Meditation and author of Shout from the Rooftops in Your Stilletos . She teaches regularly at the Chopra Center’s Perfect Health program and hosts meditation workshops and retreats in Philadelphia and San Diego. Learn more about her passion for meditation and transformation at http://www.alittlemeditation.com/ Julie also served on The Chopra Center’s leadership team as Senior Manager of Digital Products where she helped to bring online courses to life for Deepak, Eckhart Tolle, Martha Beck, Dr. Andrew Weil, and others. She created…Read more

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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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As the New Year 2018 approaches, I have decided not to think about making ‘resolutions’, but to renew a vow I made in 2004, when I was ordained as a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking by the Beloved Community with James Twyman.  I vowed to create inner peace in my life and to assist others…in my family and community to create a ‘peaceful way’.

However, there have been moments, even days, when I have moved away from being peaceful and into worry or relationship drama, both new and old memories.  Fortunately, I do not linger in anger or sadness for very long.  I move into my heart space during meditation.  I used to think about ‘forgiving others’ who may have hurt my feelings or whom I may have hurt, but now I send the love…see them surrounded by love and I see myself surrounded by love.  For me, this action is much more powerful and healing than thinking about how to forgive them.  Love just forgives naturally!

It makes my heart sing to envision 2018 filled with love.  I am blessed with a loving family and friends who fill my heart with love every day.  I know how blessed I am and am deeply grateful.  I am blessed by visitors from all over the world who visit my blog.  I thank you for your interest and for your desire for a peaceful way.

Welcome 2018!  We open our hearts to you.  We embrace our challenges and open our creative consciousness to find peaceful solutions in our lives.  In love, there is peace.

May we strive to stay centered in a loving heart in everything we create.  I am making a vow of peace for my soul, my Beloveds, my friends and my community.  May we connect around the world in one heart.

Happy New Year to all,

Peacefully, Jane

cropped-jane2-469x640 Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, USUI Reiki Master

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