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Message from My Morning Meditation
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The photos in this post are all roads which I have walked in India. There were of course many more.

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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 in God and His loving Universe, that another wonderful exciting and beautiful surprise is waiting for me once I get around the curve.

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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.

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I am truly blessed to have found this road of liberation and joy and love. God is the engineer and Master builder and administrator of this road, and He has graciously given me, and everyone, free access to it. We just have to be willing to take the first step into the unknown with Freedom from Fear, and complete acceptance and Faith in what lies ahead.

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with Love Light and JOY
Jane

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came across this blog by chance but had to share it….her insights into daily life in India are beautiful, and her photography is superb….she brings the color of India to life with words and photos. Hope you enjoy exploring as much as I am

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The Ancient City of Acco (Acre)

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Acco-Acre-Ancient Walled City

Even though I am “Not in India”, there are exciting and fascinating sites to see everywhere. I went on a guided tour of the Ancient city of Acco (Acre) this weekend, (I did not have the time to photograph the winding alleyways, souk, bazaar etc., – one of the drawbacks of being in a group – but the few things I did manage to shoot will give you some small idea of the sites and perhaps one day you will come visit yourself!! ) and it was much more interesting than I could have imagined, as well as beautiful to see these ancient walls and buildings still in use after so many centuries. The original history of Acco goes back 5000 years (!) but even the current remains of walls and buildings are centuries old. Hope you enjoy this tiny glimpse into the beauty of this intriguing city.

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Clock Tower Acco Acre

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Acco-Acre-Ancient Port

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Ancient Khan Acco

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Church Steeple Ancient City of Acco

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View Across to Haifa

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Acco-Acre-Ancient Port

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Clock Tower Acco Acre

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Acco-Acre-Ancient Port

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Acco-Acre-Ancient Walled City

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Colorful Houses in Kfar Tamra Outside Acco

with love light and JOY
Jane

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With completely atypical weather for this time of year, winter seems to have found its way back to Israel! So many surprise blessings, so much gratitude!

Unseasonable Winter in Tel Aviv

But it is still beautiful to see these amazing changes in the landscape.  🙂

Unseasonable Winter in Tel Aviv

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Blessed by God and Nature as always, even if the blessings come as surprises!!

with love light and JOY

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What better way to celebrate Passover, the Festival of Spring, than with magical photos of Nature and its Blessings

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This photo was taken a couple of years ago in  a New Jersey Wood.  For more magical, blessed photos of Nature, please check out the links below and enjoy!

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/the-magical-charms-of-nature-and-the-healing-sound-of-water/

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/the-blessings-and-magic-of-nature/

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/back-to-nature-five-minutes-from-my-house/

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/nothing-nutures-like-nature/

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/the-blessings-of-nature-2/

Enjoy and a Happy Passover to all who celebrate it.

See you after the Holiday

With love light and JOY

Jane

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Just in case you are curious as to where I have been the last while, I want to remind you that I am finally back in India, for a short trip, and will be posting daily HERE:   http://janesindiajournals.wordpress.com
if you are interested in following my adventures or just checking out the photos.

The above is something I came across today and just wanted to share it with you all.

with much love light and JOY to all

Jane

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OMG! Thanks to all of you wonderful readers out there. It is because of this lovely feedback that I continue blogging here. I hope this blog has been of some small inspiration or assistance to you along your own life’s journey.

And speaking of journeys, you might like to re-read this post: The Joys of the Journey-Scenes from a Car Window

much love light and JOY to all of you!

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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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