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Mindful Reminder


Never Loose Touch with your Inner Child. A timely Reminder

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Mindful Reminder

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child…or…

Never loose touch with your own inner child!

This exquisite creature was in my backyard today, but if my granddaughter had not pointed it out to me, I would have a missed it.  And what a shame that would have been.

There is so much beauty and wonder surrounding us in all places, at every moment, if we can just be mindful enough to capture those moments.  The more we are in touch with our own inner child, the more we are open to receive all these blessings we have been given so lovingly.

I do my best to always be mindful of all that is around me, with all my senses (but of course don’t always succeed)…hearing the birds or crickets, TRULY tasting the food I-not just the first delicious bite-but from beginning to end, feeling the different…

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SURPRISING BLESSING IN DISGUISE….FORGOT MY PHONE AT HOME!

I’ve been a grandmother for over 24 years and a Mother for almost 50!  And one of my greatest joys ever was sitting for extended periods of time and just watching my babies and grandbabies sleep, or quietly awake during the day…watching the changing faces and expressions…seeing them as they would be when they got older…amazing times which can never be recaptured.

This past week, I went for my bi-weekly visit to my daughter to help her with her two babies.  The older boy all of 13 months and the new little sister, just one month old.

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And to my initial horror, realized that I had forgotten my phone at home.  I was already too far away to go back and get it, but after my first panicked thought, realized it was definitely not “the end of the world”

Turns out, it was a blessing in disguise and a powerful lesson.  They are called “cell”phones for good reason.  We have become prisoners to them and have been denying ourselves beautiful everyday joys and blessings without even realizing it.

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My daughter took big brother out for a short walk and left me with “baby” baby who had just fallen asleep. I sat next to her on the bed and my first impulse was to go get the phone so I could “read a book, play a game, check-in on Facebook, email, whatsapp etc. “. What we do so automatically these days that we don’t even think about it.  And suddenly realizing that I didn’t have the phone with me!

And then, also realizing, that I had nothing to do but sit and look at this beautiful angelic soul and enjoy her presence. It was only then that I realized that I had missed out on this joyful, blessed pastime for several years now…always picking up the phone when I had “nothing” to do and giving it all my attention.  It actually made me sad, but also made me realize that I was definitely in need of a change, not just during the times I was with my grandkids, but ALL the time….

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Not truly being “in the moment” but being “in the phone” instead and missing out on all the things around me at every moment that are truly important.  Just sitting out in my backyard and looking at my garden! Or sitting at the beach and looking and listening to the sights and sounds of the seashore. Or even just sitting in my rocking chair with music playing in the background, and just sitting…and enjoying it!

At one point I even thought “oh my, I don’t have the camera to take her photo!”. But now, days later, I realize that the images of her are engraved in my mind’s eye and I can easily recall them whenever I choose to.  As are so many beautiful images from the past 50 years, which we never had the means of easily photographing, but remain fresh in our mind forever because we were completely there in the moment. And it is so easy to “look” at them…no need to search through thousands of photos to find what we want.  Just a quick thought of a person and an event, and the images are instantly retrieved.

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So, once again, I am blessed with a powerful lesson, and God willing, will take it to heart and reap its benefits completely.

With love light and JOY

Jane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This is from a few years ago but always missing “home” . Won’t be back for a full YEAR! Just felt like sharing

India 2008-2015

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I’ve been away a long time and feel the energies of Rishikesh calling me back each day.  Won’t be back for a couple of months, but would like to share some of my all time favorite shots of Rishikesh with you for the time being.  Hope you enjoy!  Check out the full gallery at the end for more photos.

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colorful Saturday Tourists On the Way Down to the Ganga3

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Family Dipping Together

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Namaste…see you soon in India!!!   Enjoy the full gallery below for lots more shots….sooooooooooo hard to choose from the hundreds that I have!  🙂

Jane

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Just for fun…and as a reminder!

India 2008-2015

The Hazards of Rickshaw Travel and Tips to Avoid Them

…or Rickshaw Know-how from the Rickshaw Mavin

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Rickshaw travel can be a highly risky, expensive business as well as a serious health hazard. I will do my best to help you past all the pitfalls if you ever chance to ride a rickshaw in India or similar form of transportation in other parts of Southeast Asia where it is also known as a tuk-tuk.

First of all, rickshaw drivers have a form of telescopic vision and can spot the uninitiated coming from a mile away. You can literally be “taken for a ride” – a very short ride – which can cost the unawares traveler anywhere from 50-150 rupees. The true price for the same ride in a shared rickshaw, which all of these actually are, is 5 rupees. So, when you need a rickshaw to anywhere, first find out…

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MOVING BEYOND PAIN

Pain, (can be physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or a combination of these), is frightening, frustrating, debilitating and depressing. Pain is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong…something needs to be fixed.

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Whether the pain is prolonged and chronic, or sudden and acute, it is not something we can ignore. We worry, we obsess, we try everything possible to make it go away…we look for reasons, we try to understand…and still the pain persists!

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Prolonged pain, especially where no immediate solution is found, is frustrating and frightening. It effects our day to day functioning and leaves us with a feeling of complete hopelessness when confronted with its uncertainty. It is a very frightening place to be especially when we see no imminent relief in sight.

It is weakening and debilitating, using vast stores of energies, and the unresolved issue leads to extreme levels of stress which further weaken and deplete our systems.

So, how do we get past this? OR…move through it?

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First of all, we “allow” it to be, surrender to it…do not fight it. It is there for a reason. We accept it with gratitude, Faith and Freedom from Fear. We do our best to be compassionate, gentle, patient and kind with our weakened self. We flow and trust that all IS well and WILL BE well.

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HOW DO WE DO THAT? With FAITH. FAITH in whatever it is you believe in. FAITH that all is as it should be for our Higher Good…that there is a bigger picture, and overview, which we are unable to see….FAITH that all will resolve itself in the best possible way, at the best possible time. We RELEASE our fears expectations, judgments, ego, and interference…we allow God, Source, Creation, Universe Higher Being, to bring all things into play in the best possible way for our Higher Good.

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Doing this is very difficult…despair, hopelessness, despondency, distress and depression are all working against us and it takes a conscious ad concerted effort on our part.

How do we reignite our Faith in difficult times? That is another entire post…but Prayer, Meditation, asking for guidance and direction and the wisdom to hear the answers…and work with them towards the solution which is already in place. AND BE GRATEFUL. Faith is not something that just happens. We have an active role in keeping it alive…we co-create our lives together with Spirit. (More in a future post)

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But when we DO make the effort, we will lovingly and gratefully find ourselves moving back into our Sweet Spot back to balance, to bliss, to joy, to acceptance to gratitude and to happiness.

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with love light and JOY
Jane


Almost seems boring to write a post about the ebb and flow of everyday life.  But “everyday life” is pretty much it.  It’s what we have.  It is a true adventure, with amazing surprises at every turn. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today…it IS the only true reality. And making the most of that reality, is what it’s all about.

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Very often, everyday life is like a pleasant stroll along the seashore at sunset, with a cool ocean breeze gently blowing. But more often these days, it feels like a week long mountain trek over difficult terrain with a full pack to carry.  It is during these seemingly difficult periods, that we learn our most important lessons…

  • Gracious, grateful and JOYFUL acceptance of each moment, and of who, and HOW we are in each moment.

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The lesson might include the rude awakening to our “older” self, which probably will include certain limitations, but will definitely include new horizons and vistas which we could never have even dreamed of in our younger years.  Learning to love ourselves completely, exactly as we are at the moment, is a great blessing.  Never forgetting the child within, is part of that lesson.  There is NO limitation to being in touch with our inner child, to being  “childlike” (not childish).  It is the secret of feeling young.  Age IS only a number, but there are changes (mostly physical) associated with that number. The challenge is appreciating these changes and flowing with them, not fighting against them.

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These lessons  can help bring us closer to others as well…allowing us to feel truly part of the WHOLE.

Each of us has our own unique path, but we also experience many of the same things as others along our own individual paths. Recognizing our uniqueness, as well as our similarities, makes it so much easier for us to be of assistance to others…AND to ask for assistance from others..

Being of assistance has always been part of who I am.  But the learning to ask for, and RECEIVE assistance, has taken me a good part of a lifetime to learn.  But the learning, and finally acceptance of the lesson has enriched me more than I could ever have imagined…

Allow your everyday life to ebb and flow, to unwind, as it will.  Gratefully, joyfully, fearlessly accept it exactly as it is, with complete Faith that all is truly as it is meant to be, in each and every moment, for your Higher Good, according to Divine will.

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With love, light and JOY

Jane

I’M BACK


It’s been about 1 1/2 years since I last posted here.  There are many reasons for my absence, and truthfully, I thought I was finished with blogging.

But once again, several synchronicities have blessed me over the past several months, all leading me to this day, when, with great joy and gratitude, I return to my writing.

This past year and a half has been a true roller coaster ride…so many unbelievable things finding their way into my life…experiences, people, wisdoms…things beyond anything I could ever imagine or even dream of.

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So, where to begin….

How about the fact that I turned 70 this year!  Still trying to wrap my head around that number…which basically, is all that it is…a number.  But still, all my life, even today, when I hear that someone is 70, my first thought is, “gee, that’s old!” .  And yet…I’m definitely NO!

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So wrapping my head around the whole notion is an interesting process.  And it has brought me great insights, understandings and loving perceptions of who I am at this stage in my life.  I have also begun to work with other women who will find themselves at this crossroads in life and the responses have been remarkable.

I feel deeply grateful and immensely blessed to have reached this wonderful new place in my life…I don’t know where the coming posts will lead, but have a feeling that many of them will be related to this new stage in my life’s journey…and this is very exciting to me.

Wonderful family, new love, continued love affair with India, dancing more than ever before,  deepening my Reiki, Yoga and Meditation practices…all wonderful things.

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BABA RELAXING ALONG THE NEW RAM JHULA PROMENADE

So…good to be back, and look forward to whatever beautiful surprises lay ahead.

Much love light and JOY

Jane

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