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We all wonder about life and all its mystery. Our faith and religions try to answer our questions.  However, Mary Oliver asks a thought provoking question at the end of “The Summer Day”.  How will you answer it?

At my ‘elder’ age, I seem to be moving away from ‘planning’ to ‘being’…peaceful, happy, playful, curious, content, and compassionate.  But haven’t I been striving all my life for these qualities?  What is different, as I age, is the ‘stuff’ of life, the doing is not as important as how I am doing?  Am I keeping an open and accessible heart as I age?

I am trying to come from my heart in all my thoughts.  Some days I am really good at it.  Others, something may annoy me, and I slip out, feel angry. However, the good thing is that I am aware if I have moved out of my heart so I can consciously change back and feel differently.  I meditate and reflect on what has happened and feel more peaceful.

I think Mary Oliver wants us to be aware of the preciousness of life each day.  It is not important what you are doing but how you respond to all the pressures and chaos that can be around us, either on the news or in our personal lives.

Ask your own questions about life.  Questions move us on to examine, to explore and to create something new!  Life is an experience, ups and downs, but we can always choose love as our way.  Make a ‘plan’ but allow for openness and change so you can go with the flow of the universe.  I always think the universe has this huge design and I am part of it.  My life is important.  What I do contributes to the design.  How thrilling is that?

The Summer Day

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean-

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver

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Have a precious day,

 

Peacefully, Jane

11709538_10152829565162303_6161609573751527717_nJane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

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

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We all need time to reflect in our lives.  After a wonderful weekend at my Peaceful Path Retreat, I have been spending a few days in quiet reflection.  It’s given me time to feel the loving energy that was shared during the retreat and remember the words of wisdom that were shared by the group.

Our group varied in age from 22yrs to 65yrs. and this helped to broaden our view as we talked about the Divine Feminine energy and how we were embracing it in our ‘womanhood’.  The retreat gave us the opportunity to review our thoughts and views.  When women gather there seems to be a natural unity that forms, a deep understanding of each other’s challenges and dreams.  I am always thankful for the non-judgmental attitude of most women who attend my retreats.  They allow the retreat to flow and ebb and that adds creativity and sponetaneity that we sometimes miss in our everyday lives.   We are so use to fixed time tables in our lives…wake up at the same time, go to work, each lunch at noon, take a break at  3:00pm. and so on.  At a retreat, we can relax and although there is an agenda, we can be flexible.  

Most of all, the friendships that are formed is what I will carry forward.  Each woman gave me a gift, a lasting memory of their desire to evolve, to serve others and to love themselves and others fully.  Each one, I know, had their own unique experience and I hope will spend time reflecting on the thoughts of the retreat that will assist them to have more peace in their lives and most of all to see their own beauty within.

During  this week, I’m thinking forward to my next retreat in October and making notes of things that worked well.  Each retreat brings forth new ideas for me and suggestions from the group always inspire me.  I look forward to seeing the fall colours of Ontario’s beautiful trees.  The fall has such transformative energy and a wonderful time for a retreat.

A little frog popped up to visit us at the retreat in the little pond filled with water lilies.  Frogs have cleansing, creativity energy.

Here’s what I wrote about Frog and Creativity in In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

“The Wisdom of Frog

Sing your heart song with me

Leap through the air

Become the breath of spirit

Let all possibilities be”

Have a reflective day that leads you to creative thoughts…let them flow,

Peacefully,

Jane

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