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This poem is written in the memory of my mother Shirley Stewart who died Easter morning 2000.  I’m sure she choose this day so I would reawaken to the deep blessing and meaning of ascension and of God’s ever present love each Easter morning.  The ancients believed in life after death, but Jesus awakened many who had forgotten that we are spirits who transcend and continue our spiritual journey…

Awakening to the Message of Easter Within

I feel the gentle embrace of Christ

Who softly reminds me of love

Ever present, everlasting

Complete eternal

I hear the words of wisdom

Of trust and surrender

That call to me within

To listen and to remember

I see the Christ Light

Guiding me, healing me

Revealing who I truly am

One with Creator in love

So  joy I fills my soul

Awakening to the freshness

Of the Easter morn

Knowing love is all

Rising, ascending, being

Filled with the peace of Christ,

The holy one of God’s will.

By Jane Rosalea Brown

 

Whatever your spiritual beliefs, I hope you will embrace the love and peace that always dwells within.  Springtime shows us that life continues with its rebirth and renewal of its beauty and its abundance of gifts!  As I look out upon another snowy spring morning,I can see our tulips pushing through the snow!  Nature is wondrous and so are you!!

Peacefully, Jane

 

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How are you doing under the influences of a partial Lunar Eclipse and a Super Blood Wolf Moon?  I love full moons and the January full moon, along with moving into a new year, is always a reminder it is a time to get rid of negative energy and create transformations to enhance our lives as we move into a new lunar cycle.

The full moon glow is a beautiful reminder for us to ‘see the beauty’ in our lives and in the universe! This month we have what is called a Super Blood Wolf Moon on January 21,2019.

We know the full moon’s pull on the earth affects the tides of the oceans.  As we are made up of mostly water, it affects our systems too! The full moon’s energies stir us up whether we like it or not. We often feel unbalanced and moody.  So I am sharing a meditation for you to do today, to open you to new inspirations and to become active to really allow your true self to come forth.

“Follow your bliss” as Joseph Campbell said rings so true!  In spite of the chaos that swirls around us, we can live in peace within ourselves and follow our bliss and passions!

Daily meditation, exercise and a healthy diet are the keys to being well.  Meditation opens our heart but also clears our minds of a lot of clutter is doesn’t need!!

Thich Nhat Hahn is a most Buddhist monk who has spent his life sharing how to meditate and to live in the present moment with compassion and love. He teaches breath work to begin our meditations.  Focusing on your breath tells your mind and heart “it’s time to relax”. Turn on some soft music.

Super Blood Wolf Full Moon Meditation

Practice gentle breathing before you meditate each day. I like to journal after my meditations to record my feelings and new reflections.

Relaxation through breathing:

Breathe in and out gently for a minute. Focus on your breathe as it moves intp your nostrils, into your lungs and out through your nostrils…

Then begin thinking these words as you breathe in and breathe out:

Breathing in, I calm my body

Breathing out, I smile to my whole body with gladness

Breathing in, I dwell in the present moment

Breathing out, I know it is a wonderful moment

Smiling to my body, I breathe in

Releasing the tensions in my body, I breathe out

Now, let’s embrace the light energies of the Super Blood Wolf Moon

Now bring your awareness to the top (crown) of your head, and visualize the brilliant full moon radiating its light to you.  This light is full of Love and healing energy.   Bring this Light to you heart and fill your heart with Love.

Feel love for yourself as your heart fills with light. Now send this love to every cell in your body.

Feel yourself in a bath of love and take time now to move into your quiet space within to reflect what you would like to become…be aware of your emotions and release…anger or fear…let it go…feel your body relaxing as you let go of tensions and what is no longer serving you…breathe gently in and out, in and out…

enjoy a few minutes in silence.. in stillness and peace…

You may want to visualize and invite ‘wolf’ into your full moon meditation to guide or teach you. Ask ‘what do I need to learn?” Listen for a reply…

Close your meditation, when you are ready, with gratitude for all your blessings and for the beauty of the moonlight that flows to us each month with loving, transformative energies that encourage us to grow and evolve in new, wondrous ways.  Write down your reflections and visualize your new future.

Let’s howl tonight!

So why not howl with wolf at the moon!  Keep warm if you venture outside if you live in Grey county.  Super cold here. This morning a -29C wind chill factor brrr…but it is winter here in Canada! I think the wolves will be in their dens but maybe they howl inside them!

In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

If you are interested in moving more deeply into mediation and to discover its power…and your power and self-mastery follow this link to my book In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation Author name Jane Rosalea Booth 

Moonlight blessings of love,

Jane

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I welcome guest author Roger Gabriel who offers “7 Stages of Spiritual Development”. There have been many who try to put our spiritual growth into levels or stages. We have to remember that our life evolves in many ways at the same time. We can learn something or a lesson and then years later we find ourselves relearning the same thing! Our ‘stages’ overlap but I think we eventually come to a place of wisdom and peace and deeper connection to spirit and all life…if we choose to be an evolving spirit.  This article was from a Deepak Chopra e-mail newsletter.

The 7 Stages of Spiritual Development
By Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)

You are a spiritual being and have the potential to fully embrace your spirituality. However, like everything in life, embarking on your spiritual path is a choice. In life you are presented with several choices leading to new stages of development. Initially, most progress along the same path but, at certain points, you have choices—whether to stay immersed in the status quo world or to explore the splendors of your spiritual journey. These choices can appear at any time during your life; the key is to stay alert and listen to the wisdom of your heart.

Stage 1: Innocence
You are born into a material world, where your life is dominated by your lower three chakras. You enter the world in a state of innocence and as long as you are healthy and have a loving family, you live in a world of joy and bliss. You still have a strong connection to the Divine and the field of the Absolute from which your consciousness just emerged. The spiritual being is still very much awake. However, for most this memory begins to fade as you are taught how to “fit in” and you become distracted by the world around you. A rare few manage to maintain their Divine connection and enjoy spiritual greatness.

Stage 2: Fear, Ego
As you grow, the ego emerges and soon you realize that you are completely at the mercy of all around you. The pure love you have experienced up until now begins to be overshadowed by fear and its corresponding emotions. You find that to get what you want, you have to please those in charge. You develop your personality and begin creating all the stories that will shape and define your life.

Stage 3: Power
In your desire to overcome fear, you create success in your life. You become educated, start your careers and family. You want to have control to eliminate fear. You accumulate things to give you a sense of security.

First Choice
For many people, further growth and spiritual development ends here. You choose to continue to be consumed with material desires, you seek more and more power and control. Your life becomes self-centered and you remain at Stage 3.

For others, a feeling that there is more to life begins to dawn. Rather than just accumulating possessions and power, you look for a deeper meaning to life. You start to awaken spiritually and continue to Stage 4.

Stage 4: Giving
In this stage, you begin to realize that there is more to life than personal power and material gain. You ask yourself how you can help others, how can you serve the world around you. You become comfortable with giving as well as receiving.

However, giving can also create a sense of power. At this stage, giving can often still be ego driven. You give because you expect some form of recognition or because it makes you feel good about yourself.

Second Choice
You can continue to give from the level of ego, always expecting something in return for your giving. This obviously can have a lot of merit, and you can do many good things in the world. However, it leaves a constriction to your full spiritual growth.

The opportunity of your second choice is when you begin to give from the level of love and compassion without any concern for recognition or reward. Your giving becomes selfless and your true spiritual journey begins.

Stage 5: The Seeker
Now you begin your regular spiritual practices. The longing for Enlightenment grows within you. Your decisions now come mostly from the fourth chakra, the heart center.

You begin to look for the deeper meaning of things. You try to understand why you are here and how you can make your life more meaningful. You may study with teachers and gurus. You read books and practice techniques. You have glimpses of the goal that encourages you to remain on the path.

The throat chakra opens as you express the qualities of the heart in your life.

Stage 6: The Sage
Cosmic Consciousness dawns. Your mind fully awakens. You become the witness of your actions and realize that you are the role player in the multitude of roles you play. The fear of death dissolves as you realize that life is just another role. Simple yogic powers become available to us. However, there is still a separation between the giver and the recipient.

Third Choice
You have now reached another critical junction point in your journey. Your mind is fully awake but some ego is still present. The choice or mistake here is to believe that you are something special. You mistakenly think you have reached the goal and may promote yourself as such. The end is in sight but you have allowed the ego to hide it from view and you remain stuck in a false sense of spiritual attainment.

The alternative choice is to recognize the ego but not succumb to it, to allow it to find its place harmoniously within the whole. You continue your journey with humility and devotion. Giving is done purely for the sake of giving. “What’s in it for me” becomes “How can I serve?”

Insight and spiritual inspiration begin to grow, you hear the voice of the inner guru as the sixth chakra opens.

Stage 7: Spirit
Your heart now fully awakens. You experience Divine and Unity Consciousness.

There is no longer any separation. No giver, given, or giving. No sense of “I” or “me,” just an awareness of Oneness. You still live “in the world,” but are no longer “of the world.”

Your spiritual practice is Pure Joy. All the chakras are open, spiritual energy flows freely.

Choicelessness
When you reach the seventh stage there are no longer choices. You function totally in harmony with nature. Everything is provided exactly as needed, at exactly the right moment. You are the Totality.

As you progress though these stages, the material world seems very attractive at first while the spiritual might seem empty and hard but, if followed, it eventually leads to the experience of the True Self and eternal bliss.

There is nothing lacking in the life of a great yogi. He or she doesn’t feel that anything has been given up. In fact, it’s the reverse—great yogis feel that by not following a spiritual path, eternal bliss has been renounced for the sake of a few passing moments of happiness. The material world is like a dry garden waiting for knowledge of the Divine to make it bloom. In the material world you only have the energy of the body, on the spiritual path you tap into Divine Consciousness, Cosmic Energy. The material world is a prison, the spiritual path leads to unbounded freedom.

You are always at a junction in your path, Truth or illusion, material or eternal. The ego will constantly try to keep its limiting hold on you. Choose wisely. Everything you do is a spiritual act if you do it with awareness. Find your path and inner peace.

Be regular and disciplined with your spiritual practice. Don’t be disheartened if you wander off. Ultimately your spiritual journey becomes your way of life, like a lush oasis in the desert of mundane living.

Embark on the path to self-mastery with Deepak Chopra and Roger Gabriel in our Primordial Sound Meditation Online Course. Learn More.

About the Author

Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
Chopra Center Educator
Born in Liverpool, England, Roger Gabriel spent his formative years in the United Kingdom and first learned meditation there in the early 1970s. It instantly became his passion and he soon trained to be a meditation teacher under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. After moving to the U.S., Roger began studying Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of health care. In 1985, while helping to establish centers for Ayurveda and meditation, he met and became friends with Deepak Chopra. Since then, Roger has assisted Deepak with numerous training programs, seminars, and workshops; taught thousands of people on all continents to meditate; and helped to train hundreds of people to become teachers of meditation, Ayurveda,…Read more

Hope you enjoyed this article.
Peacefully, Jane

 

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Jane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master,

IONS Conscious Aging

You Can Make Hope Happen! Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding and Wellness Centre

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

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What’s the Difference Between Meditation and Mindfulness

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We live during a time where Eastern philosophy is beginning to seep into the mainstream Western way of life. Words like mindfulness and meditation are becoming everyday terms in Western colloquialism. The question becomes: Are these words interchangeable?

Because these terms are often used in a similar context, confusion about the differences between mindfulness and meditation is understandable. There are many ways to define, describe, and practice both, and their practical applications are incredibly intertwined.

Mindfulness and meditation embody many similarities and can overlap, but they are not exactly the same. Let’s take a closer look.

Meditation

Meditation typically refers to formal, seated meditation practice. There are many types of meditation—those that focus on opening your heart, expanding your awareness, calming your mind, experiencing inner peace, and the list goes on. Here are some examples:

  • Breath-awareness meditation
  • Loving-kindness meditation
  • Mantra-based meditation
  • Visualization meditation
  • Guided meditation

Meditation is an intentional practice, where you focus inward to increase calmness, concentration, and emotional balance. Seated meditation usually begins with deep breathing in a comfortable position, bringing all your awareness to your breath—inhales and exhales—consciously guiding the mind toward an anchor, or a single point of focus. In meditation, you typically spend a focused chunk of time—anywhere from a minute to an hour or more—in which you are tuned inward.

At the Chopra Center, we teach Primordial Sound Meditationa specific type of mantra-based meditation, and recommend meditating for 30 minutes at a time, if possible. If that’s not possible for your schedule, any amount of time will help you find your center.

Simple Mantra Meditation: So Hum

Try this seated meditation with whatever time you have available.

  • Close your eyes and take one full minute to settle in by taking a few deep, cleansing breaths.
  • Start to repeat the mantra So Hum to yourself silently, slowly synching the rhythm of your breath to the mantra.
  • As you inhale, silently repeat the word “So“.
  • As you exhale, silently repeat the word “Hum“.
  • Continue breathing slowly and aligning your mantra to your breath, being careful not to rush your breath if you notice your mantra speeding up.
  • Each time you notice your mind wander, simply draw your attention back to the mantra So Hum.
  • When your time is up, gently release the mantra, taking a moment to sit quietly before opening your eyes.

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about being aware, which of course includes the practice of meditation. When you are being actively mindful, you are noticing and paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and movements, and also to the effects you have on those around you.

You can practice mindfulness anytimeanywhere, and with anyone by showing up and being fully engaged in the here and now. Mindfulness is the simple act of paying attention and noticing and being present in whatever you’re doing. When most people go about their daily lives, their minds wander from the actual activity they are participating in, to other thoughts or sensations. When you’re mindful, you are actively involved in the activity with all of your senses instead of allowing your mind to wander.

Mindfulness can be practiced both informally (at any time/place) and formally (during seated meditation). Where meditation is usually practiced for a specific amount of time, mindfulness can be applied to any situation throughout the day.

It can be difficult for the human mind to stay in the present moment. In fact, a recent study at Harvard found that people spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing. This kind of mindlessness is the norm, as the mind spends its time focused on the past (in regret mode), the future (in worry mode), and trying out should have’s and what if’s. The study also found that allowing the brain to run on auto-pilot like this can make people unhappy. “A wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” the researchers said.

This is where mindfulness can help. Here’s an example of an informal mindfulness practice you can try at any time of the day:

5 Senses Practice

Any time you complete a simple task—like brushing your teeth or washing your dishes, tune into your five senses—sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. For each sense, name two to three examples of the things you notice as you complete the task.

For example, when you’re brushing your teeth, you may notice:

  • The flavor of the paste on your tongue.
  • The smell of the paste coming through your nostrils.
  • The cooling sensations.
  • The way the toothbrush moves over your teeth and gums.
  • The sounds of the bristles moving back and forth in your mouth.
  • Your reflection in the bathroom mirror and the lighting in the bathroom.
  • The tingling sensation of the paste on your gums and teeth.

This practice will help you tune into your surroundings and increase your present-moment awareness. If you practice this with everyday activities—even those you have done a thousand times—you will begin to notice new things about the space you are in.

As you can see, you are practicing mindfulness during formal meditation, and a formal meditation practice supports and enriches your ability to be mindful in your everyday life. When you practice focusing on one thing at a time during seated meditation, it allows you to bring more focus, presence, and mindfulness into every other part of your life.


This summer, join Oprah and Deepak for a free online meditation journey to follow your passion and discover your purpose. Energy of Attraction starts July 23. Register for free.


Thanks to our Guest Author, Melissa Eisler
About the Author
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Melissa Eisler

Certified Leadership & Career Coach, Yoga & Meditation Instructor, Author
Melissa is the Senior Content Strategist at the Chopra Center. Also an ICF Certified Leadership and Career Coach (ACC) and certified meditation and yoga instructor, she is passionate about motivating people to live a healthy, balanced, and purposeful life. You can learn more about Melissa’s coaching practice at MelissaEisler.com . Melissa is also the author of The Type A’s Guide to Mindfulness: Meditation for Busy Minds and Busy People , a practical guide for new meditators in the modern world, and the creator of mindfulminutes.com , a…Read more
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I discovered long ago that love is answer to all my problems!  But…being loving every minute of the day is the challenge!  With all the unsettling world news, each day can throw me into worry about the future.  I do not let myself be in a state of fear for very long. I retreat to my inner thoughts, close my eyes, breathe in and out, meditate, find a place within that is quiet and be there even if it is only for a few minutes.  This way I can bring myself back into the present moment, be mindful and grateful.

So there are two important things I do each day to shift me into feeling peaceful -first, stay in the present moment where I can create and make choices for my day and secondly, stay in love…with me, my spouse and family and friends and my community.

I changed the name ‘A Peaceful Way’ for my programs from a Peaceful Path, because I got to a place in my life when I realized that my life was not about a ‘pathway’ but about how I was creating and living on the pathway.  I had to decide what is my ‘way’ of living.  When I was ordained as a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, I made a vow to live in peace.  I thought I could fulfill that vow easily. However, life threw me unexpected challenges in relationships, health problems and life events.  I had days where I wasn’t feeling any peace because of expectations that didn’t happen or conflicts in relationships…pressures of daily life, raising a family, finances etc!!

My husband supported my view of a ‘peaceful life’ too, but we found we had different views and needs that would rise up.  But we both wanted peace in our lives.  We wanted to grow old and be happy.  So that meant both of us had to make some changes!!  I think we have evolved to a very nice place, not always perfectly peaceful, but where we have space for each of us to grow, create and experience a peaceful, heart centered way.

There is a third shift I would like to share with you.  My greatest shift I had years ago was when I began to trust in the unfolding mystery of the universe.  I cannot remember how I began to trust that my life was guided.  This meant I trusted in the abundance of the universe and that the right person or event would occur at the right time. I learned I had to be open and allow my intuition to guide me. I think I knew from a young child, but I discovered that being grateful and loving were the keys that allowed me to move on and be successful.

So here I am at 72 years old, feeling like 25 years old, enjoying my passions!  I know I am getting older but inside I feel so young!  Sometimes it shocks me when someone treats me like I am old lady…LOL…

So I hope you have some shifts to create peace in your life…stay in the present moment, stay in love, trust your intuition, and live in gratitude.

Peacefully, Jane

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April 29th/30th is the time of the full moon.  Some people call it the ‘Pink Moon’ and Sun Bear in Dancing with the Wheel said it is “The Frogs return Moon” and it brings awareness to the qualities of the Beaver. Working with Beaver “can teach about stability, balance, tradition, true value, adaptability with the environment, healing…self reliance.”  In Native American spirituality animals are great teachers.

In my book, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, I have the teachings of my animal teachers. Beaver is an animal that I have loved since I was a child.  I used to sit near a beaver dam in hope to see one, but I only saw their magnificent home, but I new they were near.  There are Beavers near my present home.  I have not seen them but I have seen a small tree that they had cut down. What sharp teeth they have. Canadians love Beavers and are trying to protect them after years of fur trapping.

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Beavers mate for life and are good parents to their young.  They teach me the importance of ‘commitment’.

From In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

The Wisdom of BEAVER ~ Commitment

 A builder in endless time

A worker of the heart

Whose commitment and persistence

Brings success

Make a decision and a commitment to your goal.  Let your intention be heart centered.  Then let the Universal energies go to work for you.  Trust always in the process.  Miracles will happen!  Jane Rosalea Booth, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Enjoy the energies of the full moon today.  Each full moon gives us the opportunity to release what is not working for us and to begin something new.  Take time to think of your intentions and take action to renew and blossom with the energies of spring.  Follow your passions.  If you really have a dream or passion, make a commitment to allowing it to unfold.  Release, envision, make intentions and commit…begin…the full moon supports your transformation and embraces your whole self.

Blessings of the full moon,

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

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

 

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For eons, people have searched for the answers of who were are and why are we here. They have looked to religions that have provided these answers. But for others, there seems to be something beyond religious dogma and rules for living that keeps them seeking for a greater Divine connection.

This Divine connection is called spirituality, a pathway to an intimate relationship with our Creator or Source whom many may call God or Goddess. For this article, I will simply refer to our Divine connection. We experience this relationship deeply within our heart as we meditate, pray, commune in nature, or listen to one another, in our daily lives.

In spirituality, we see this Divine connection in all life and within each person. I remember my minister at the United church, when I was a teenager, saying to me “All you need to remember, Jane, is that God is love.”  Those words have stayed with me my whole life.

But how do we really experience spirituality?

I believe daily meditation leads us to living deeply, to connect with all life through an open and accessible heart. With your open heart, you let go of your fears and allow miracles to occur in your life. You transform in so many wondrous ways. Get to know your spiritual self and experience the holistic union of your body, mind and spirit. A spiritual life is exciting as it encourages us to be creative, take risks, and live passionately.

 How spirituality helps

Spirituality can assist you in many ways:

  •  to honour all religious thought and teachings. Each religion holds the codes, rituals, symbols and ancient wisdom that helps us to ascend into greater light and love.
  •  to see is not a matter of right or wrong in spirituality. It is about each person’s heart opening to embrace love and reflecting that love in our daily lives.
  •  to honour one another’s path and allowing each person to grow and prosper. If we care deeply about one another, we will not allow anyone to suffer or to live in poverty.
  •  to envision a world where we are free to be who we are and where we know our life purpose…to serve and love one another…to create the life we want in radiant peace.
  • to live in harmony with the natural rhythms of the universe as we commune and care for our earth and nature.
  •  to ascend into a greater remembrance of who we are.

Life is always a great mystery for each of us to embrace.  The unknown leads us forward to greater discoveries.  Once you have experienced an intimate Divine connection, you feel connected in every moment. You have a knowing that you are never alone. When things are upsetting in your life, you know that it has greater meaning and that you can pass through these times and survive them with grace instead of depression and panic. Spirituality embraces all moments of our human existence and reveals to us our true being that we long to know and remember.

Peacefully,

Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW,  USUI Reiki Master

Graduate IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator

Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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