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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.

stranger than fiction

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!

70 birthday all together

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.

BABA AT RAM JHULA

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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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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…and the Awards Go To…Sunshine, Kreativ and Reader Appreciation Awards!

The time has come to finish accepting the rest of the awards I was so privileged to be nominated for.  But more important, the time has come to pass these awards on to so many deserving bloggers.  This will not be an easy post to put together.  And if for any reason I have overlooked you for any reason, please accept my apologies.  There are so many wonderful people out their sharing so much with others, it is difficult to know where to begin.

Kreativ Blogger Award

I was nominated for this by The Burnt Map.  http://theburntmap.wordpress.com/

If you love, travel, travel photography and travelogs at their supreme best, you MUST check out this blog.  I wait impatiently for each and every new post!  With much thanks to you for burning maps and thinking of me!!

In accepting the nomination I write 7 things about me and nominate 7 others.  As I’ve already written 7 things about me a couple of times before, I will rewrite one of those lists here, with my apologies.  😀

1.       My greatest joy and blessing during this sojourn on Earth is my family. My 6 amazing children and the extended family of additional sons and daughter-in-law they have brought me, and my 13 wonderful grandchildren ranging in age from 8 months to 18 years!

Me and My Kids – Five daughters, and one son-the “baby”

2.     I had the honor and privilege to meet Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo-the first Western woman to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist Nun.  This meeting resulted in a powerful but subtle shift in perception for me  leading to a “growth spurt” in my life’s journey. You can read about her amazing life story here:  Cave in the Snow

You can also find more information about her life’s work, her nunnery, at this website:  www.tenzinpalmo.com/

3.     I have three loving Guides who have been with me since birth (although I was forced to deny their existence on threat of punishment when I was 7 years old). I reunited with them in my 50’s through a deep meditation practice and they  have agreed to publicly reveal my pet names for them since childhood.  Kaki, Gee and Chuchibell!!

4.       I was blessed to have an audience with HH Dalai Lama in 2001, and the effects of that brief meeting are still rippling through my life to this very day.

5.       I love to play computer games rationalizing that they are good for my rapidly aging brain, but how much brain power do you need to play Bubbles?!?!?

6.       I love to dance and have been doing it in one way or another since the age of 2. For the past 35 years I have both taught and danced Israeli Folk Dancing-I currently dance 3 times  week, each session lasting about 4 hours.

7.       My one vanity is painting my fingernails!!

As to the links-I am trying to find the “Kreativ” in them-whether in inspirational photography, recipes or writing…all of the below are most certainly highly “kreativ” in their own way:

http://photonatureblog.com/about/

http://cauldronsandcupcakes.com/  Everything about this blog is Divinely inspired creativity!!

http://googsy.wordpress.com/

http://www.photobotos.com/

http://kevingeorgetravelphotography.wordpress.com/

http://rantingchef.com/

http://phranqueigh.wordpress.com/  Superb writing!

 

The Sunshine Award

This award is given to blogs that positively and creatively inspire! And so for me it is the ultimate award as this is what I hope to achieve in writing my blogs.  The fact that someone out there “felt” this energy from my blog, is the greatest form of acknowledgement and honor I can ask for.  And certainly gives me the positive energy I need to continue writing-even when I feel it is sometimes “too much”.  So a very special thank you to Gina at http://professionsforpeace.com for this nomination.  Her blog is the epitome of positive and creative inspiration, and if she wasn’t already awarded this several times, I would most definitely put her on my list.  Please do check out her blog.  You will be forever grateful that you did!!

The steps to take, preferably with JOY  
1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.
3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.
4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.
5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.

Below is a quote from Gina and I felt it so well written, there was no reason to try and put into my own words.  With your apologies Gina, I quote as follows:

“~I am not adding a note about each blog this time, as I have done with my past awards. I encourage you to visit and discover on your own how they deserve The Sunshine Award because they all positively and creatively inspire. Also some (or all) of these writers may choose to not participate in this award process but I still want this chance to help you, dear reader, to find these blogs and perhaps be inspired by what they contain, if you haven’t found them already. ~Gina”

The Questions:

What is your favorite color?  
Red.  Has been since I can remember knowing what colors are!

What is your favorite animal?  
I would say human beings, as I can find nothing to compare to the uniqueness and Diving splendor of the human being,but I know this is referring to other types of animals.  So I would probably say cat, but horse would come in a close second.

What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?  
Water.

Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?  
Facebook.  Don’t have Twitter and wish I still lived in a world where I could live without Facebook as well.  😀

What’s your passion? 
Being of service.  It is the reason I am here.  Being of service in any way God feels is right for me at the moment.  My service has changed over the years, as have I as I’ve grown along my life’s journey.  I simply pray each and every day that God send those to me who are in need of my special services, for our mutual benefit.  Blogging is simply another way I find myself being of service.  And there is no doubt that there is great benefit in it for me as well.  J

What’s your favorite pattern? 
It would have to be things in Nature.  Clouds, flowers, etc.

Do you prefer giving or getting presents?  
I LOVE giving presents, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t also enjoy receiving them…the inner child is always alive and kicking!!

What’s your favorite number?  
No idea.

Favorite day of the week? 
Whatever day today is.  It is the only day I truly have, so it is my favorite!

Favorite flower?
Tough one.  There is just too much uniqueness and grandeur out there in the flower world to be able to choose. So I would have to say it is the flower I am seeing at the moment.  It is, at that moment, my favorite flower.

The Nominees:

http://crystalmoons.wordpress.com/author/yamyah/

http://heartwhispers.co.uk/

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/about-2/

http://olea.wordpress.com/

http://clotildajamcracker.wordpress.com/

http://beyondthecall.wordpress.com/about/

http://maggiesonebuttkitchen.wordpress.com/about/

Blessings and gratitude to all of the writers, photographers, chefs and poets in this nominated list, and beyond, who share their inner gifts with us all in this wonderful world of blogging.

Reader Appreciation Award

I was nominated for this lovely award by Rahul, probably one of the most amazing bloggers I’ve had the privilege of meeting!  A comment I sent him says it all!  “You seem like an amazing person, and still so young to have such insights! May you continue to follow your deepest soul insights…to continue to find “deep inspection” in all things…you live in an truly awesome country…my prayers and blessings for you, your writing and your life journey. May it be filled with great love, light, JOY, gratitude and Faith. I truly hope you will find your way to his blog: 

http://iamrahulashok.wordpress.com

How It Works:

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.

2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to. (These are the same questions found above on the Sunshine award, so you can see the fun answers there!)

3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.

4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.

5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.

Here are my nominees.  I sincerely appreciate their taking the time to share their insights, inspirations, wisdom, poetry, stories, photography and other talents, and for finding their way into my life via the wonderful world of blogging! And as above, some (or all) of these writers may choose to not participate in this award process but I still want this chance to help you, dear reader, to find these blogs and perhaps be inspired by what they contain, if you haven’t found them already.

http://clotildajamcracker.wordpress.com/

http://professionsforpeace.com/about/

http://mylifemystuff.wordpress.com/tag/yoga-postures/

http://dhyanavibrations.wordpress.com/

http://chronicpainandme.wordpress.com/about/

http://deelaytful.wordpress.com/about-the-blog/

http://manipalphotoblog.wordpress.com/about/

http://jodiambroseblog.com/

http://healthdemystified.wordpress.com/about/

http://lifevoyagephotoblog.wordpress.com/about/

http://iamleniselee.wordpress.com/

http://bentehaarstad.wordpress.com/

with much love light and JOY to all

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Sing Your Own Song

CHOOSING JOY-OR "SING JOY"

While practicing my yoga this morning, I was focusing on the photo above as I did my Tree Pose. It is one of my favorite signs (I have many on the wall facing my yoga mat and at different times, different ones draw my attention – usually bringing me messages appropriate to the particular day, or period in my life as needed.
While focusing all my attention on the “JOY” photo – what I kept seeing was not “choosing joy” but “SING JOY

Look more closely and you will understand what popped out at me.

I love to sing (although those around me truly suffer when I do it since I cannot carry a tune for the life of me !). I usually try to sing when no one is around, or when I still had a car, did most of my really loud singing while driving. I DO sing however when others are around sometimes, particularly when I dance folkdancing and people DO tend to give me dirty looks. But that is their problem I figure.

We all have our own song, our own style, our own personalities, our own way of doing things. We all “sing to the song of a different drummer” in one way or another. What is important, is to find our own song, to sing it joyfully, to rejoice in it, and to sing it often. Be who you are. Do what brings you JOY. Rejoice in your own specialness. And don’t let anyone make you feel uncomfortable about your way of doing things, of perceiving things, of responding to things, of

singing your own song.

with love light and JOY
Jane

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WHAT IS YOGA


What is Yoga

This originally appeared on Barbra Brady’s   Yoga blog at the following link:

http://barbrabrady.com/2011/11/05/what-is-yoga/ but I found it so concisely said, in clear and precise language, that I wanted to share it with you but still give credit to the original.  Enjoy with thanks to Barbra.

This is one of the best concise descriptions of what yoga really is I’ve read in a long, long time. I’ve been practicing yoga seriously for 15 years, and have been in continuous yoga teacher training with some of the best teachers in the world for 12 years, and this sweet synopsis sums it up beautifully and meaningfully. It is all the more charming in that English is not the first language of the writer.

This is it, folks:

A question to the Yogis of today…

by Yogsadhna on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 10:10pm

Yogis were primarily scientists to experiment within the laboratories of their bodies utilizing the tools like breath, 5 sensory & 5 motor faculties and posture.  Observing the results of certain practices done over and over again, they consolidated the experience into sutras, mantras and shastras.

The Yogis of today…are you scientists? Do you observe keenly….do you notice how the breath, the heart beat, the temperature(within as well as over the body) and the taste( in the mouth) changes with each asan, each pranayama and each kriya you perfrom?

What steps do you take to filter the energy if it is not filtered or do you just practice Yogafrom one movement, breath, mantra to another in a robotic fashion? Are you in touch with the real practice?

Every Yoga Asan is therapy….there is nothing sepcial about Yoga Therapy as all asan are to make the body healthy and fit for the subtle energy to  move into the central channel taking the madhya patha (central channel~ sushumna)

What is your pratice primarily made up of? Do you contemplate after every asan, pranayama or kriya…how does your thought process change, how are your emotions affected? How has this movment, this breath touched or triggered or churned the panch koshas?

How that vibration that you induced with your pracitce created ripples and where does these ripples reach…how has it increased the energy field, how has it raised your awareness? How deeper has it touched you?

Yoga is not merely learning the sanskrit names, stading on head, chanting mantras or reciting sutras? It is inner transformation…that happens only with awareness…moment to moment awareness! It requires patience to observe these changes, accept these changes, digest these changes and grow from these changes. it requires courage to accept the new person that you have become or are becoming in the process of introversion!

Where are you in your practice?

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Ram Jhula Sunset - Rishikesh

Know What is Good for You….and…….with no excuses, do it often!

This sounds easy to say, but how many of us truly know what is good for us?  If we have figured it out, after years of trial and error, how many times in life do we find excuses not to do this THING because we get sidetracked, are too busy, too tired, to involved with other things, etc.

I recently suffered the consequences of “not doing my thing” over a very long period of time, when I found myself with an immune system which had completely crashed.  Getting things back into balance, is alot more work than keeping  them that way in the first place!

My “thing” is what I like to call my “morning stuff” (which I will explain further on), but it is something which I have personally found to bring me the balance I need in my daily life to remain healthy on all levels.

Like someone going to the gym daily and then stopping completely-withdrawal is both physical mental and emotional… sometimes you may not have time or energy or the urge to do YOUR thing, but if you stop completely it will wreck havoc with all your systems. You may be able to cut back and still keep your balance…but don’t allow yourself the luxury of getting completely sidetracked by external matters and completely ignoring the THING that is so vital to your stability and good health and wellbeing. You may even have to force yourself at times to get down on the meditation pillow,or the yoga mat, or going to the gym, or the pool, or hugging a tree, or getting out in the garden, out walking, (even if the excuse is to walk the dog), down to the beach or on the bike or treadmill. Whatever your thing is, DO IT…regularly, with no excuses. And if you DO find that something has kept you away for a period of time, don’t let that hiatus become overextended. Days, perhaps weeks, but certainly not months!!

Be kind, compassionate and loving enough of yourself to make sure you DO YOUR THING! Often , joyfully and with gratitude.

For many reasons I had gotten away from my own daily routine, and this time it was not days, or even weeks, but almost 6 months – a true catastrophe for me on many levels.  I have been guided gently but powerfully back to my “thing” and in only 3 days have already begun to feel the results in more clarity, energy, alertness, creativity (hence the new blog), youthful enthusiasm, joy and laughter, peace of mind and gentleness of speech. And of course tranquility and stress free well being.

My thing:  my Morning Stuff, includes all of the following (if things are really going well), or as many of them as possible each morning before I begin my day in any other way:

Reiki self-treatment – up to 1 full hour-usually done while still half asleep so the time factor is less significant

Reiki Distance Healing to others:  up to 1/2 hour-same as above

Short Morning Prayer and recitation of Reiki Principles (ask for more details if this interests you) -5 minutes

Connection with my Guides, God and the Angels and to all beings-asking for guidance and direction for the coming day and wisdom to hear the messages sent me to guide and direct me – also “surrounding and filling myself with the light of love joy and protection” – 15 minutes (may be longer at times of need)

Drinking two glasses of warm water

Shaolin Massage (ask if you want more details on this stimulating waker-upper)-5 minutes

Chakra Balancing – 10 minutes

Pranayama (Yogic breathing exercises)  10-20 minutes

Meditation/Prayer Session – 20 minutes to 1 hour

Yoga – 1/2 hour

Warm Sesame Oil Massage

Hot Shower

If my day is going well, I will be up and beginning the rest of my day after 2 1/2 hours.  When time is short, I can manage with 1-1 1/2 hours, or I can leave the yoga for the afternoon (but that is usually not a good idea as it hardly ever “happens” once I’ve gotten involved in my daily activities)

So remember:

Be kind, compassionate and loving enough of yourself to make sure you DO YOUR THING! Often , with no excuses, joyfully and with gratitude.

with love light and JOY

Jane

 

 

 

 

 

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