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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.

MAYA ADORABLE

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….

MAYA FACES COLLAGE

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.

RESTAURANT WITH YAIR

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The blessings of renewal, rebirth and rejuvenation in cyclical change

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A colorful, exquisite, collective reminder of the impermanence of all things, of the necessity of never-ending change in the life of all living things…a gentle and loving reminder of the cycle of life and the exquisite beauty of, and Natural need for endings, which make rebirth and renewal possible. The inevitability of change which cannot be fought, which must be accepted as the blessing it is.

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The leaves are a reminder of the precious blessings in each moment. Each with its own story and individual and unique beauty as it reaches the end of its cycle, making way for new and continued Natural beauty and creation.

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I have been away for some time now, also due to cyclical life changes, which we must accept without fighting them…we cannot control these life changes and upheavals, and resisting them can only lead to pain, frustration, anger and a feeling of helplessness.

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Accepting all things as a blessing, with joy, gratitude, Faith and Freedom from Fear, makes moving through these changes much easier.  And when we look back at them, we may even understand why they happened!  The present is all we have.  And the present, following life’s upheavals, is a whole new blessing, whch may have been disguised but finally does reveal itself if we are mindful enough to appreciate it.

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I AM so truly blessed-and happy to be back!

with Love Light and JOY

Jane

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passiflora.jpgAfter a seemingly endless period of confinement I was finally able to get out of the house today and here are some of the blessings I was rewarded with during my short walk
In addition, the day was partly cloudy so the sun was not too hot and a beautiful pleasant cooling breeze was gently blowing , allowing me to enjoy my walk.

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I am now Home again – exhausted but happy and feeling quite grateful and blessed

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Jane's Mindfulness Journal

Release, Recoup, and Reorganize

cartoon flowersMay I be blessed with the Faith, Freedom from Fear and Patience to truly make the most of this beautiful resting phase.

….a place to rest, wind down and relax following a period of extreme turmoil, particularly in the areas of financial security and relationships. This place can be of great blessing if we can muster the patience to appreciate the blessings of this place joyfully and gratefully and of course with great Faith in the wisdom and compassion of God and the Universe.

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It is imperative that I take proper care of myself during this transition in all ways…spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally, without becoming anxious or fearful.

I have no idea where the path is heading or even if I will continue along the same path I am now on.  Perhaps big upheavals are in store, or perhaps little changes which will slowly lead…

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So much beauty in “just leaves” on the ground

A simple walk in town brings grandeur in simplicity.  So many blessings, so much beauty everywhere.  All we need is to be mindful, and of course grateful!

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…or…How to Stay Focused while Being Mindful Along the Way

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Beauty Along the Way

It is good to have focus in life, to have goals and desires, to make plans and do what needs to be done to move things forward.  That is the only way God and the Universe can do their part to make things happen.

But sometimes, if we focus ONLY on our goals, we miss the opportunity to appreciate the most beautiful blessings sent us daily, things which are around us everywhere, right under our nose, just waiting to be noticed.

Just to give you two examples

Today, I went to the beach with my daughter and granddaughter, to enjoy a sunny day out of doors and just relax.

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Stay Focused but Be Mindful

When we arrived, we could not park in the usual parking lot close to the entrance, and had to walk some distance to get down to the beach.  We could have complained about this, letting it spoil the fun of going to the beach, but instead, we walked slowly and patiently along, enjoying the breeze, talking etc., and taking time to look around and SEE and BE.  And we were rewarded with the beautiful works of art you see in the photos of the flowers.

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Our goal was to sit in the SUN and enjoy the beach but we found ourselves facing a sky full of clouds.  That certainly would seem to spoil our day if our only chance at enjoyment and pleasure was reaching our goal of sitting in the sun.  But instead, we appreciated the fact that we were not too hot and enjoyed the wonderful sky paintings the clouds made as they changed shape, color and direction.

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Just a couple of shots to give you an example.

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So remember, goals are wonderful things, as long as they do not take away from our being mindful of all the blessings along the way to that goal.

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Sun Trying to Break Through the Clouds

And if , upon reaching what we thought would be our destination, we find things to be different than we imagined, or planned, we must flow with the new situation and enjoy it to the fullest as well.

All things happen as they were meant to, at the time they were meant to, and in the way they were meant to, always for our Higher Good.

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Our job is to be grateful for all, and to experience all things with acceptance, joy, gratitude, Faith and Freedom from Fear.

with Love Light and JOY

Jane

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Much Gratitude for Nature’s Blessings – Even Those that come in Small Sizes

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We just need to be mindful of all those blessings that surround us daily. There is so much beauty if we just take the time to be aware of it.

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with love light and JOY

Jane

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