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Let’s Tone Up and Calm down

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Yesterday, I went for a hearing test and not to my surprise, I was told I have a ‘minor’ hearing loss. But I was also told my hearing will never get better than what it is now.  I was grateful for the hearing test but I do believe that our cells can heal.

So I am going to begin a daily program of ‘toning’.  Along with my tuning forks that I offer in my Reiki/Sound sessions, I am adding vocal toning exercises. I have used toning for years but I must admit I have not been consciously toning for awhile.  So I will begin again!  Any kind of spiritual or healing practice takes commitment and time each day. It is easy to get busy and ignore our own self!

Here are a few exercises to begin my toning practices that you may enjoy! I do them as I begin to meditate or sometimes on my morning walk.  Toning helps me to be calm, relaxed and hopefully will stimulate my left and right brain’s communication! Our cells need us to be calm and rested to heal.

Tonal Exercises

1.Stay with the rhythm of your heart and begin to hum…a low hum for a few minutes.  Then sit quietly and when you 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. I also love drumming and chanting! People have been drumming, chanting and toning from ancient times. Let’s return to the simplicity of our own tones.  Return to simplicity in everything we do.

Enjoy your daily ‘tune up’!

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking and IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator.

IN SILENCE FRONT COVER smJane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation.(Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) Inner Peace Reiki: http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Take the sacred voyage into more of who you are

and who you came here to be.

This sacred voyage has the potential to lead you somewhere beautiful!

It takes us into true living, whole living where we experience sacred presence within everything we do – in our mind, body and heart

Sacred Voyage is a weekly gathering for those who welcome deeper meaning and spiritual connection through meditation, prayer and spiritual practices. Each week you will be offered home practices.

Choose the Sacred Voyage! Let ourselves voyage beyond ourselves, into the unknown in our depths within…and there, the loving heart of the world awaits us. We invite presence to be with us to develop our soul for a fulfilling life and a loving heart.

Date: Thursday evenings 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm. Beginning September 19th.
Meaford, ON Directions given on registration

Sacred Voyage One – 4 weeks
Sacred Voyage Two Oct.17th – 4 weeks
Sacred Voyage Three Nov. 14th – 4 weeks
Each Sacred Voyage $80.00

I am looking forward to offering spiritual practices and meditations that you can integrate into your daily life.

To register: please e-mail me at: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com by Sept.10/19.

In your silence is your knowing

With changing perception comes a new view

Transforming, blossoming with tenderness

Filled with creative thoughts within your sacred space

Emerging as abundant success and joy!

from In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking and IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator.

IN SILENCE FRONT COVER smJane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation.(Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) Inner Peace Reiki: http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

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For years, during my meditation, I have listen to my inner voice. I began to record what I heard and I called them my ‘messages’. The message I am sharing today gave me the title for my book “In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation.” I love it still as it helps me as reminder not to hold on to thoughts, regrets or anger from the past. A good message, especially as I age and desire a time of peace. Allow light and love to embrace and to heal your mind and body each day! Listen ‘in silence’ for your messages to guide you.

The Light shines beyond the shadow
Move gently, my child, with grace
Be peaceful, tranquil, and joyous
Dance in the merriment
Feel your heart song singing
Lifting you to new heights
Discard that which no longer serves

Be still, listen
In peace and serenity
In silence, for messages of love

From In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

It is a time to let go of the past and receive new thoughts and gifts into your life!  Be who you truly are! Beautiful you!

The full moon is radiating beautiful light to you.full moon 1

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master

IN SILENCE FRONT COVER smJane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation.(Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) Inner Peace Reiki: http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

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

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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

Inner Peace Reiki with Jane Rosalea Brown, USUI Reiki Master

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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
Hope you enjoyed this article. To order my book on Meditation please use link below for In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation
Peacefully Jane,

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