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this is a truly an uplifting and beautiful post. The photos are superb as is the choice of quotes. Living joyfully is a choice we all make each day…and a true blessing for those who do mindfully make that choice.

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The Blessings of Nature

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

~ John Muir

I hope you enjoy the gallery below (click on any photo and you will be able to see the entire series in full size)-photos taken one lovely Fall in the States.

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…and a special thanks to http://travelgardeneat.com/2012/09/26/one-more-reflection-of-gratitude-nature/ for this lovely quote!

with love light and JOY

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My life is a twisted, turning road

…and I never know what awaits me around the next bend.  But I travel this road in complete Freedom from Fear for I know without a doubt, with complete Faith,that another wonderful, exciting and beautiful surprise is waiting for me once I get around the curve.

It may be a sharp and unexpected turn and I will have to navigate it carefully and slowly, but once I get past it a whole new and wonderful vista  appears before me once again.

I am truly blessed to have found this road of liberation and joy and love.  God is the engineer and Master builder of this road and he has graciously given me, and everyone, free access to it if we are just willing to

take the first step into the unknown with complete acceptance and Faith in what lies ahead.

with love light and JOY

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Butterflies have always represented freedom to me.  I have a butterfly tattoo (not small to be truthful) on my shoulder  which many of the “normal” people in my life are not happy with, but again, it was a statement for me many years ago when I still felt the need to make such statements!  🙂

Last year, just before returning home from India, I came across this lovely creature on the road just outside my guesthouse, and once again, it shouted loud and clear..  FREEDOM.    It sat still for a very long time allowing me to admire it and photograph it, as if saying “I am here especially for you and will stay as long as you need me to”.

It was of course a reminder that freedom is something we choose for ourselves – something we can have, and deserve, no matter where we are, and no matter what our situation is in life.  It was reminding me that once I get home, I can easily choose to remain “free”, even once I return to the responsibilities and obligations of my reality when not in India.  Freedom does not mean disregarding our obligations and responsibilities…it means choosing to be true to ourselves and our own needs and finding the best way to fulfill those obligations and responsibilities to others without negating ourselves in the process.

And of course the message is always timely.

I am now just two weeks before my flight back to India and it has been a long and hectic year plus since I left last time .  Many things have found their way into my reality-many good and wonderful things – but also many stressful and energy draining things.  I have not been all that good in keeping my balance…in watching out for myself…in being true to myself…and I have paid a high price in dis-ease.   I have learned many lessons over this past year, have grown in many wonderful ways, but still needed a reminder of how important this FREEDOM is in my life.

Today, while scrolling through random posts on my India Journal blog, I came across the one describing my meeting with the butterfly above, and of course, the message was rekindled for me.

I know that I am on my way to India, albeit for a short 6 week sojourn, and I know that I must choose to make each minute joyful and stress-less.   I am grateful for this blessing and know I will return both cleansed and rejuvenated, on all levels…but that I must also remember to cherish the blessing of FREEDOM to always choose to do what is best for myself, because without it, I will fall back into the same dis-balance and dis-ease which so plagued me over this past year.

I have been given a blessed message, once again…and pray for the wisdom to follow through with the insights it has given me – both in India, and when I return home.   Even before this message, I had already made the decision to “vacation” completely while in India…see the post “To Cook or Not to Cook-That is the Question” …a decision based on a deep soul understanding of what is right for me.  I must always remember to hear what it is that my soul requires, for that is the only true source of direction and guidance for my Higher Good.  The mind tries to control, the ego to exert its power, to tell us what we “want” and the soul speaks softly and gently-telling us what it “needs”.  Listening  and understanding come in the quiet times – and these were sorely missing in my life this past year.

I find myself in a place of tranquility this past week, which I have not felt in a very long time, feeling “lighter” than I have for ages, and look forward to more of the same – based of course on my own choices – both in India and upon my return home.

The butterfly has reminded me once again that Freedom, and Freedom of Choice, are in my hands, and my hands alone.

with love light and JOY

Jane

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Don’t Confuse Fear with Intuition. A MUST READ!

Cauldrons and Cupcakes

So you’ve decided to do something new…

It always starts well, doesn’t it?  You feel good about it.  You get excited.  You know you’re ready to commit.  You’re hungry for change.

You say YES to that thing. You prepare to set sail for that new horizon.

But between the space of thinking about that thing, and actually getting there, we always hit a place where the waters flows more slowly, or where we might even find ourselves becalmed. Even when we do get into flow it can look mighty strange to new eyes.

What then?

Doubt.  That’s what.

We start to notice a little niggle. Maybe the niggle becomes a quiet voice.

“I don’t think this is for me.”

“I won’t be able to do it.”

“I’m going to let everyone down.”

“This feels all wrong.”

The more you pay attention, the more you begin to talk yourself out of…

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The countdown continues and all kinds of decisions to make. This was an important one for me! 🙂 Glad it’s been decided….

India 2008-2015

…and the answer is NOT TO COOK!!

This sounds very cryptic I know, but is quite simple.  Every year for the past number of years I have set up a kind of very simple kitchen system to be able to cook in my room while in India.

In a previous post I explained the reasons for taking a room and setting up a primitive sort of kitchen , rather than a full apartment with kitchen, as follows:

”  The limited kitchen as a blessing: I sometimes find myself annoyed that I don’t have a real kitchen and have to improvise to prepare my simple meals. And I am very limited in what I can cook, as I have one pot and one frying pan, [the past two years I have added a pressure cooker which is a BIG plus ]  

no counter top, no kitchen sink (I have finally…

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As I get ready to leave once again for India, I have been having dreams again about my time there, myself there and some of the lessons I have learned over the years.  One of them first hit me in 2007 on my first sojourn in Rishikesh, (after spending several previous trips mainly in Dharamsala ) but I find myself more and more having this feeling again, even though I am still here at home in Israel.  (All the photos in this post are from Dharamsala area)

The feeling of being so very different.

After meditating on this, I was guided to a post from 2007, and will rewrite parts of it here, including the message I received.  And it is this message which is so appropriate to me today as well.  The poem at the end is result of contemplating the message this afternoon.

I have always felt myself  being different from the travelers I meet.  (And perhaps not just travelers in India, but all travelers on the Planet at the moment-I have felt “different” from the earliest time I remember myself ).

While in India, I find very often that I am the only person  (or one of very few) I’ve met so far who is not seeking. Either looking for the perfect Yoga teacher, the Swami who will bring them enlightenment, the perfect Ayurveda doctor or the ultimate massage. Everyone seems to be searching for something…on some kind of pilgrimage…where is the best puja on the Ganga, the best Thali, the best mountain trail, the most beautiful temple.

I find no need for any of these things and sometimes wonder if something is wrong with me.

Am I just too lazy to bother?

Or is it something deeper?

Mcleodganj in the Distance as Seen During Mountain Walk

…after falling asleep once again with these thoughts, I was awakened early in the morning, my Guides speaking to me loud and clear with the following:

You are not a seeker. Others are seeking. YOU KNOW. Relax into that KNOWING. JUST BE.

Your only quest is inward. Everything you need is already there. The place is unimportant…it is just a means for you to easily access what is already KNOWN to you.

Relax into it. Let it flow.

You are blessed…We love You.

And here is the poem brought through to me today.

The Sudden Need to Know

But knowing is not what it seems to be
Is knowing knowledge?
or is it understanding of TRUTH!
To know what your personal truth IS, is the most profound form of understanding.
And when what you know to be TRUE is what guides you along your path,
Then you may stumble at times, you may even feel a momentary fear when faced with some new obstacle,
But you will never stray.

Because You Know!


with love light and JOY

Jane

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