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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!

tea winter

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

Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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The book “Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom” by John O’Donohue is about ‘soul friend relationships.  He speaks of physical ‘soul friends’ and a spiritual ‘soul friend’ that we experience within our prayers and meditations or perhaps our inner voice that speaks to us during the day.

Relationships are the key to everyday life.  The success of our daily relationships with one another determines our emotional happiness and contributes to our sense of self.  People reflect back to us many views about ourselves or anything else that is happening in our families, work, communities or world events.  We have so many different kinds of relationships, but they all assist us to make choices about how we want to live in our world.  Loving relationships create peaceful, happy environments where we care about one another and want the ‘other’ to be well and happy too. I feel deeply that I have an “anam cara” relationship with my husband Ian and my children.  I am truly blessed by my women friends’ deep soulful connections.

I have misunderstood relationships in the past with some people whom I have thought were an ‘anam cara’ but perhaps were not.  I am learning that I can feel a deep soul connection with a person and think that the person feels the same way but sometimes they do not.   So do I feel rejected or do I love this person more deeply?

Years ago I know I felt rejected, but now I look at the relationship and ask “What gift did this person give to me?  What do I know about myself that I didn’t know before? How does this person fit into my life or is it time to move on knowing the soul is always connected?”  Reiki has taught me the energy and power of love to heal and to balance my emotions.  Conscious Aging, a program I offered last year, is still teaching me about detachment and personal wisdom. My ‘anam cara’ relationships teach me vulnerability, intimacy, trust and deep unconditional love.

Life is quite a journey that unfolds to present us with exact event and initiations (transformations) that will assist our soul to grow more deeply in love…with all souls.  Look at all the conflicts in the world!  People wanting to control and fight one another.  The world needs each of us to discover our inner ‘Aman Cara’ to be a best friend to ourselves.  The other day I heard someone say, ‘If someone doesn’t love you, love yourself!”  He was a life skills teacher in South Africa.  What a big step it is to love our Self, heal our hurts through forgiveness, and to share that love with others.

It is truly magical when soul friends are together!  Judgment leaves and love reigns!

Know that each person has a place of love within.  Each is a little child who needs to be loved and deserves to live in a safe environment.  I remember I was mad at my Mother when I was a young woman.  Someone said ‘If you could see your mother as a 3 year old child, what would you say to her?”  This thought really helped to release my anger with my mother.  The next time I saw her, I gave her a really big hug just as if she were 3 years old.  I realized that my mother always had unconditional love for me and I had it for her as well.  John O’Donohue says “Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious.”

So I hope you discover your ‘Aman Cara, soul friend and are “graced with affection.”  Your heart can learn a new way of feeling, of being in a relationship that awakens you to a new unity with another, a Beloved, your soul…

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking

Author, In Silence Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

http://www.janebooth.wordpress.com

 

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In our Conscious Aging workshops we talked about becoming an elder and what that really means to us.  Being a conscious elder is different than just being old. We discovered that life is a process that leads us on a journey of awakening to ‘self’…who we truly are and what is our truth and passion. We have the opportunity as we age to become an elder who can finally feel a sense of freedom, joy, creativity.
Each of us is a seed of consciousness that grows and blooms.  Life presents us with lots of challenges.  It is how we respond to our challenges that creates healing and love in our lives.  When we discover how to let go of anger, regrets and grief, our hearts open and are full of love and gratitude.   When we ‘go with all your heart’ as Confucius says…an elder can be a powerful being, a loving being and one who brings comfort to those who are afraid of living fully.  Confucius also said if you are committed to being a Sage, you will become a Sage.  If you are committed to being worthy, you will be worthy.  So if you are committed to growing older consciously with awareness, with an open heart and accessible heart, you will be a conscious elder, a conscious being.
I think the greatest gift and elder can reveal to younger people is that they do not have to wait till they are an elder to experience awakening to truly loving yourself.  Indeed, this should happen when we are very young.  It is in our uniqueness that our beauty is revealed.  We can feel unity with others and share in community but not lose who we are.  We simply share what gifts we have with others and love is the biggest and grandest gift you have to offer!
Cathy Carmody wrote a poem about her process of becoming an elder~ a process of letting go or as she calls it ‘leaving behind’…and becoming something new.

 

Becoming an Elder

Leaving behind my journey of struggling and racing through
the white water of many rivers, I become the river,
creating my own unique way.

Leaving behind my self-imposed role as a tree upon
which others have leaned, I now become the wind,
with the freedom to blow whenever and wherever I choose.

Leaving behind the boxes I’ve created in my life, crammed with
roles, responsibilities, rules and fears,
I become the wild and unpredictable space
within which flowers sprout and grow.

Leaving behind the years of yearning for others
to see me as somebody,
I soften into becoming my future,
with permission from SELF to
continually unfold as I choose, without concern
for how others may see me.

Leaving behind years of telling and teaching,
I become instead a mirror
into which others can peer and
view reflections of themselves to consider.

Leaving behind the urge to provide answers for others,
I become – in the silence of this forest retreat
– the question.

Leaving behind the rigor of my intellect,
I become a single candle in the
darkness, offering myself as a beacon for others
to create their own path.

I become an elder.

This poem was written at a ‘Choosing Conscious Elderhood Retreat’ at the Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, British Columbia, Canada in August 2012. This retreat was offered by The Centre for Conscious Eldering.

Cathy Carmody died in 2017; her website www.cathycomody.com, continues to be a source of inspiration.  She gave permission for others to share her poem as long as she is credited as author.

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Meditation now provides me with a shelter of protection, a place of peace and the courage to see each day as a “beginning…”   The messages in this book are manifestations of my discoveries about love, daily life, nature’s teachers and the infinite beauty of our mysterious Universe.  It is in silence, the place of quiet stillness within, that I discover the truth of the loving essence of the Divine Spirit that begins to merge with my inner self and then becomes reflected in each moment of my life.   It is in the experience of Divine Union of Oneness that  leads me from seeking for “something” to just “being”.  From this space, I am accepting and feel blessed for all my experiences and look forward to new adventures and the unknown.”  From In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, by Jane Rosalea Booth

Ten years later….

I wrote those words 10 years ago and they still ring true for me. I am still on a life journey of knowing my ‘self’ and shedding ways and habits that do not resonate with my inner self’s call to be loving and peaceful in each moment.  Still a challenge at times!  But in the past 10 years I have become more aware of those ‘experiences’ of my life that still hold wisdom and guidance to assist me through my next 10 years if I take the time for reflection and for letting go of past hurts or regrets.

I am looking forward to ‘new adventures’.  I am growing each day in greater trust that my life will unfold in mysterious ways, wonderful ways, greater ways than I can ever imagine!  It is this ‘unknown’ factor about life that keeps us moving forward even in our elder years if we stay open, flexible and never lose our curiosity about what life is all about.

In silence, in meditation, I discover my soul essence, my soul voice, my connection to all life, all spirit and all the love that permeates through the universe.  I open to the cosmic universal rhythms when I dance, sing, write poetry, walk by the water and woods or meditate.  I feel a deep purpose for my ‘being’ here in this moment.

I still meditate on the messages in my book, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation and receive new insights.  I am not the same person as I was ten years ago but what amazes me is how the words from my meditations have even greater richness and meaning for me now!  So I encourage you to write down your thoughts or ‘messages’ you receive after you meditate.  In my book, I share with you how to meditate and to manifest the life you desire!  Discover tools and insights to expand your views, to age well and to live with an open and accessible heart in the most challenging of times.

Peacefully Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name ‘ Jane Rosalea Booth’

 

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