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I have not posted regularly  lately and ask for your understanding.  I’ve been on a carousel ride for the  past 10 months or so, and the ride is finally slowing down enough to allow me to jump off for awhile.

LONE LEAF

I had arranged a trip to the States months ago, to visit my family, and the timing could not be more perfect.  I am leaving for 3 weeks, and have no idea if I will be posting here, or not.

SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED TO BE ALONE

I even two blogger awards which I have not even gotten around to and extend my thanks to Heart Whispers
for nominating me for the wonderful 7×7 Award and to  TheBurntMap for the Kreativ Blogger nomination.  I am truly overwhelmed by these nominations and do promise to properly accept them as soon as I get back “on track”.

I am not disappearing forever, but the need to “be away” from all the current demands of my reality is very powerful, and will respect my soul’s wishes to stop the world and get off for awhile.  I’ve learned that truly listening to these inner messages, these soul needs, is essential to my good health on all levels.  When we move away from this “listening”, we find ourselves floundering in cold, choppy waters, looking for a log to grab onto to bring us back to shore.

I have found my log and am now hanging on for dear life.

I will treat myself with compassion, love and respect.

STREET FLOWERS TO BLESS AND CALM MY DAY

I am allowing myself to enjoy this period of rest and relaxation (or recuperation) to the fullest, without feeling guilty about it in any way, and with full compassion for my soul’s needs.

Will see you all when I find the need to be back here.

with love light and JOY

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This is so well written and says it all. Remember the daily prayer asking for Freedom from Fear and enjoy this superb post by Francesca at Words/Love

Words/Love

If I could tell my younger self only one thing, it would be this: Don’t be afraid. There are no ghosts in your closet or monsters under your bed. Do not be afraid of wild things. You are a wild thing. Roar like it. Have a wild rumpus or two.

When you are learning how to ride a bike, you will fall down, a lot. You will get injured almost every time you try to play a sport. It will hurt, but you will survive. Don’t let your fear of pain keep you from trying. You will spend your whole life regretting the chances you didn’t take.

When you get a little bit older, you will be afraid that no one will like you. You will constantly fear with others think about you. When you aren’t included in something, you will see it as your own failure, and you will…

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Insights, Understandings, Blessings

Happy Smiling Flower

This was originally written 5 years ago, while in India.  This April, I am Not In India, but the past six months have seen great upheaval in my life once again, and the insights and understandings are once again a blessing, no less than they were 5 years ago.   Hope you will allow me to share it here, with some slight editing.

April 2007 McLeodganj , Dharamsala, India

More than anything, I have  truly learned the meaning of living in the moment and by doing so, with complete Faith in the wisdom of God and His Universe, I have found the secret of a truly happy and easy existence. I have been working and writing and teaching about Mindfulness and living in the moment for the past 6 years, (it is now 11 years) and this has been for me a validation of everything I’ve been working on and trying to help others live as well.

Geranium

Wanting more, or different, or faster, or whatever, only leads to frustration and fears of “what if”…”why me”..etc. Truly being with each moment and living each day as fully as possible and in true gratitude for each day’s blelssings, brings us true inner peace.

There have been many unexpected things this trip,(these past 6 months) but I have found the tranquility within to accept and embrace each new thing as it comes my way, with true equanimity and grace…and I feel so at peace despite the unexpected at each turn.

I am truly blessed.

With Love Light and Joy

Jane

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A Frame of Wild  Snap Dragons

 

I spent the weekend on a lovely two day Nature Hike in the Northern Galillee, just before the weather turns too hot to enjoy this type of activity.

This is a shot taken from the Naftali Hills near Metula near the Northern Lebanese Border, looking down on the Hula Valley.  The flowers in the foreground are wild snapdragons.

Hope to post more photos from the weekend shortly.

with love light and JOY

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Be Happy!

Happy Babas

Yes…that is the secret – simply Be Happy!

It is not what you have or who you have that makes you happy.  It is YOU and your Choice to be Happy which determines if you are happy or not.

Happiness is not something that “happens” to us.  Not a “thing” we wait to come to us from some external source, not something which will occur sometime in the future when… not something someone else “makes us feel”..not something determined by what we have or don’t have.

HAPPY is something we choose to BE.

No matter what is going on in our lives at the moment.

As it is something so vital to our healthy living and our progressing along our life’s journey, I feel the need to write once again even though I have already addressed this issue from perhaps  different perspectives in other posts:

Change Your Focus – Change Your Life

Choosing Joy

The idea of finding Happiness, of Being Happy, has been written about, talked about, sung about for centuries.  From Pirke Avot – Ethics of the Fathers – a book of sayings and wisdom from the Ancient Jewish Sages:

Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion – Pirke Avot Chapter 4

The person who is truly rich is the person who is content with what he has, and is not seeking something “else” to “make him happy”.

to Bob Marley:

Don’t worry – Be happy

Don’t worry about what you don’t have or what might happen and Be Happy with, and appreciative and grateful for what you do have.

To Lama Yeshe in his book “The Peaceful Stillness of the Silent Mind”, where he discusses the thoughts which are counterproductive to finding happiness and contentment in this life:  “If I have this, I’ll be happy; if I have that, I’ll be happy. I can’t be happy if I don’t have this; I can’t be happy if I don’t have that.,  Only this will make me happy”.  These are all illusions and fantasies which bring us the direct opposite of happiness.

Being Happy is not something we wait to happen in our life. It is a conscious decision we make, a choice we make each and every morning when we wake up. And over and over again during the “rough” days – which there will be for sure.

Being Happy is the essence of living in peace and harmony and it is not something which is determined by some external force or person or occurrence, or by something we have or do not have.

We take for granted the things we should be most grateful for.

Appreciating, valuing and being grateful for all the blessings God has showered upon us each and every day is the beginning of truly Being Happy.

A simple way of beginning this process is to begin keeping a Gratitude Journal. Simply write down 5 things each day (before going to sleep) that you are grateful for. Even on the very worst of days, there will be things to write about.  It takes 5 minutes but the process will bring about the beginning of a “change in focus” which will bring you closer to “Being Happy”.

Change your focus from:

“have not” to “have”, from half empty to half full, from “bad” to “good”, from “don’t like” to “like”.

Begin living in an Attitude of Gratitude.

Try repeating the following sentence each morning as you wake up, just after saying your own prayer of thanks for waking up:

Just for today I will experience all in complete acceptance, joy, gratitude and Freedom from Fear.

Remember:

The Secret to Happiness is simply to Be Happy!

with love light and JOY

Jane

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Personal Needs – Focusing Within – Survival

My own needs are no less important than anyone else’s, my own feelings no less valid than  another’s.  I do not love others less when I choose to  make self care my first priority when necessary.  I do not diminish my to service to others or my nurturing them,  I do not belittle my commitment to them, when I love, serve and nurture myself first, when necessary.

Focusing within is not a selfish act but one of self love, self compassion, self respect, self preservation.

It is  an act of survival.

Through my own recent difficult period, this is another important message and insight I have been reminded of and blessed with.

with love light and JOY

Jane

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Life’s Detours, Their Blessings and Lessons

 This being a difficult week for me has brought me blessings as well. I have been thinking of my parents a lot and following a comment on my recent post “Letting Go”, found myself guided to reread the blog I originally wrote in Memory of my father In Memoriam .  While reading the blog, I was drawn to the following post, and thought it appropriate for this blog at this time.  Since my not being in India this year (the only reason this current blog came into being at all) is also one of life’s detours, similar to the one described below, I felt it worth sharing.  It is a kind of coming full circle.  Would love to hear any stories  YOU may have regarding detours, blessings and lessons along the journey.  Hope you enjoy the post below as well.

October 14, 2006 (2 days before my Father’s Passing)

This Post also originally appeared on my Mindfulness Journal but I am including it here, with some editing, as it is part of the story…and certainly proves how important it is to follow our heart when making decisions…if we are connected with, and attuned to our soul, we can never go wrong!

My life has taken a detour, again (what we perceive as a detour in our journey, is only OUR understanding of the turn of events. Truth is, things are unfolding exactly as they should and all things occur as they are meant to at the moment in the Universal plan of things)…and has, at the same time, given me the opportunity for further growth through new lessons learned. When one is forced to take a detour on a planned journey, it does not mean that he cannot enjoy the scenery on the new route. Perhaps pleasant scenery is not part of this detour for me, but certainly blessings to be found and lessons to be learned are.

I am, at the moment, NOT in India as planned. As things worked out, two days before my scheduled flight, I canceled my plans.

I had every intention of going to India to revive my spirit, recharge my batteries so to speak and gather new and fresh energies to help me continue caring for my ailing father, and give support to my Mother at this most difficult of times in her life.

However, the situation being what it is, I simply could not have achieved any of these goals in India due to the deterioration in my father’s health and the need to be here at this time. I would have been unable to release to the magical powers of the Mountains and it would have been a simple waste of time and money.

It is my privilege to be here now and help in any way I can to make my father’s passing as easy as possible and provide support to my Mother at the same time. I will not go into detail (for reasons I will write about shortly), beyond saying that my father has not been granted an easy and dignified end to his life. It is truly amazing to witness the power of fear, concern, worry and guilt, and how they can keep a soul, already cleansed and ready to depart, prisoner in a physical vessel which is, for all intent and purposes, no longer “living”.

I myself have entered a new stage in my relationship with my father, just as lovers do when the dimension of physical intimacy is added to their relationship. It changes things forever in ways that cannot be described in words. If the relationship is a truly loving one, the new intimacy is profound and felt well beyond the physical level-as deep as can be-two souls meet and commune and become one. And in the same way that these lovers would want to share the essence of their new relationship without sharing the intimate physical details, so I myself have found it fitting NOT to share the technical details of the my father’s condition- not to go into the very intimate details of my father’s last days, but will just say that the essence of this added dimension to my relationship with him, the wonder and new depth in our relationship is a gift beyond words.

This is the blessing this detour has given me with my father.

To see his physical distress, pain and frustration, to feel his raw emotional distress and anguish, is probably the most difficult lesson I have had to endure so far in my life. To watch this gentle loving man go through this lingering, undignified end to a proud and honorable life is almost beyond endurance. My helplessness is unbearable at times-the frailty of the physical body vs. the tenacity and strength of the mind, and our thoughts and beliefs, incomprehensible. The will and determination of the human mind to survive in the physical is beyond rationale, especially when the body in its physical form has just about completely shut down.

I do my best to comfort him with Reiki when he is willing to accept these loving energies, as he is granted respite from his physical and emotional torment. There is a visible change in his entire facade, his breathing, his muscle tone and he seems to enter a state of complete relaxation and release. However, he very often refuses to receive Reiki. His fears overwhelm him…he is drowning in fear, the fear that if he relaxes his grip for a moment on his physical reality, “something” will happen. What that something is he is unaware of, but the fear prevents him from allowing himself the luxury of release.

Like many Western people, my father has never talked about, or even thought of, Death and certainly has never contemplated his own passing. He has no concept of “soul” and the only thing which is real for him is the physical realm. He has never questioned his own mortality or the essence of the soul vs. the physical body needed to keep that soul here on Earth. And as a result, he is paralyzed by fear, of the unknown, of his own helplessness in his situation, by the complete breakdown of everything physical, and yet the rational mind will not, or is incapable of, giving in or releasing its grip. The only thing we can do now is to keep him as comfortable as possible for as long as necessary for him to finish his own processes. For those lucky enough to feel no fear of passing over, the final moment becomes a peaceful one-but for those who are completely unprepared, the need to cling to the familiar, to the physical, is overwhelming.

This is a lesson which challenges my beliefs to the core, and to my great joy, I find my beliefs unshakably strong . That knowledge is reassuring and I am most grateful to God and to the Universe for allowing me once again to be in a difficult and unsettling situation which COULD have shattered all I’ve held to be true. For allowing me to look in the mirror , see my professed beliefs held up for scrutiny, and still find them steadfast.

All DOES happen for our Higher Good, ALL things are a blessing, and the human mind, our intentions, our thoughts, CAN and DO make seemingly impossible things happen on a physical level.

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