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Spring Equinox Walk – Stillness in the Spring Morning

This morning I walked along Georgian Bay (part of the Great Lake Huron) but it did not look like spring had arrived. Instead I was treated to this wonderful view that looked like pyramids on the ice.  Everything was still as the water was frozen near the shoreline. But these wondrous formations fascinated me.  A lady who has lived in this area since a child said they were water spouts.  Sure enough as I looked carefully the center top of each ‘pyramid’ was open.  She said the water spouts out of the pyramids that she called ‘water spouts’.  No water was spouting this morning but I would love to see the water spouting out of them.

As I neared home, I saw some small green sprouts poking through the ground where the snow had melted.  Yes, spring had arrived!

I love Japanese Haiku poetry.  I wrote this one about the arrival of Spring.

morning snow falling

below roots stir quietly

with spring’s rhythm

By Jane Brown Robertson

May you soak up the feelings of stillness on this Spring Equinox. It is when we enter our stillness that we begin to experience feelings of renewal, hope and new beginnings that the energy of the light of the Spring Equinox brings.  The Equinox invites us to create balance and harmony and to move with the natural rhythms of the universe.  Take a few moments to meditate or reflect and allow your mind and heart to open to something new and allow it to grow.

May the radiant Spring blessings of light fill your heart with peace and warmth,

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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Winter stills my heart so I may see beauty in a new way.  Each day I see magnificent art forms that have formed from the melting snow on a sunny day or the overnight snow fall that clings to the branches of the trees and bushes.  This winter has brought extreme cold that is hard to bare for very long but today I realized that soon it will be over.

Spring arrives in three weeks and I will be saying goodbye to the deep stillness and quietness of winter.  I realized that I won’t be hearing the crutching sound of the snow as I walk and I won’t have ready made snowballs to throw for our dog.  Winter has such a wonderful purpose by providing time to hibernate, to be still, to rest and reflect. Yet, in our busy world, life does honour this quiet time.  Instead, in the harshest weather, we insist on moving in the worst snow storms and windy weather when we should be still.

I am blessed now to have this quiet time in my life so I may meditate and relax.  It feels good to move in a more harmonious way with winter, a more natural way.  Yet, as I listened to a bird singing as I awoke yesterday, I knew the promise of spring was on its way and I smiled.  I know I will welcome the warmer and longer days of sunlight and the return of the waves pounding on the shoreline.

But for now, in this present moment, I am grateful for this wintertime with its infinite and changing beauty that I witness each day.  Like winter, I am changing, evolving and revealing who I am in my own natural way and feel very grateful for winter’s beauty and the lessons it reveals.

Winter’s Epiphany   

“Timeless thoughts of a winter’s stare;
eyes gazing over a landscape bare.
Memories drift on a blustery breeze;
dying light ushers in the freeze.
Reaching out for a grasp on the present;
stillness sets in, alone, and desolate.
Future unknown, outcome uncertain;
brilliance shadowed by a drawn curtain.
Path now set, laid before me known;
closing light now emanating from home.
Enter my homestead, heart filled with glee;
two eyes of the future peering upward at me.
Trusting in him to forge forward until fulfilled;
Basis of strength, values I have instilled.
A wary mind at last permitted to rest;
reflecting on the realization of how I am blessed.
–  Michael A. Barron, Winter’s Epiphany   

Peacefully Jane

 

 

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About Jane:

Jane Rosalea Booth-Robertson, BA, CSW, 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 Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats.

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Our true self is reflected to us when we quiet our mind, open our heart and meditate.  In our inner quiet place within, we can begin to ‘feel’ our true being.  As we expand our inner consciousness, more is revealed to us and we open to new thoughts and perceptions about who we really are.  Our inner place of peace, allows us to explore new ideas or to let go of old thoughts that are holding us back.  When we witness the beauty of our true Self, our soul self, our lives transform into peace, joy and love.  Once we feel this inner peace, this love begins to be integrated into our lives and our lives transform as we manifest a new way of being.

Years ago, I lived on a property in the country that had a beautiful pond that was surrounded by Tamarack trees.  A heron would come in the summertime for its daily fishing.  The heron revealed to me that is was important to be still and silent.  Since that time, herons are around me.  One flew over my car the other day.  Each time I see one, I am reminded of the ‘stillness’ within.

In my book, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, I wrote about the wisdom of the Heron~

“Still, ever so still in the greenness

You stand at the edge of the pond

Hardly visible beside the tall bushes

How tall and elegant are you

Moving swiftly to catch your daily feed

Returning to your solitary stance.”

The message of Heron for me said, “In stillness, ready yourself for rebirth of your soul, a renewal of spirit through your connection to the Divine Source.”

For us to have renewal, we must move into our ‘stillness’ within. Listen. Receive new thoughts and feelings and then allow our creativity to flourish.  Then our spirit is renewed and we are able to live fully…

Peacefully,

Jane

 

Jane Rosalea Booth, BA, CSW, M.Div, USUI Reiki Master

Peaceful Path workshops and retreats for women

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As we move into our deeper consciousness, we experience a space within us that is quiet, peaceful and still.  In our busy lives we are not used to stillness or quietness.  We seldom take the time just to be still without our minds filling in the space with thoughts of what we should be doing or worries about our daily lives.   Meditation takes to this inner space of stillness where we experience life in a new way.  We feel a sense of freedom as we feel lighter and more peaceful.

Spiritual freedom comes when we move inward to a space within where the body, mind and spirit connect in oneness.  There is a feeling of sacredness in this space that is difficult to describe to anyone else.  It must be experienced. It is where we begin to feel a connection to something greater than ourselves, yet we are part of it.  We experience the loving energy as our heart opens to receive it.  It is where we begin to receive the remembrance of who we are and begin to receive guidance through symbols and thoughts.

Meditation, you discover that we are all awareness transforms us and we begin to care deeply for all people and living beings.  Even those whose views are different, we know their thoughts are important.  Every thought, feeling, action affects all of us.  So send love and compassion to those who are angry, hurt, and to those you love, all people need love and will receive your love.  We all need your love.

Peacefully,

Jane

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