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Jane Redfern Jones
Where we are and what we have in our lives is based upon the fears that we have allowed to control our lives.
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I create a bit of space every day when I can sit in silence and allow myself to hear my own thoughts. In this busy, connected world, with notifications, advertising, and everyone having a voice, I feel it’s important to learn the difference between someone else’s voice and opinion, and my own. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Nature Speaks
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Our fear of standing out and feeling different is sometimes so great that we fear it more than death. It’s a feeling I understand well myself having suffered for many years from a chronic lack of confidence. On the other hand, it seems odd that we’re so afraid. What exactly are we afraid of? What do we think will happen to us? We’re unlikely to suffer any real or lasting harm - or are we? The answer seems to lie in our remote past, in our evolution as social animals. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Nature Speaks
Thank you, John.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2019 on Finding the right balance at Nature Speaks
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Dear Human, Can you feel the spiritual value of the Nature around you? Do you revere the sacredness of the wild that is in your bones, and in places that we must protect for their own sake? As you walk in Nature do you take notice of the physicality of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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As I place rock upon rock I am constantly in awe at the stillness, let alone possibility, of such precarious formations, amidst sometimes very turbulent conditions. This reflects our own potential to maintain a still-point amidst the variety of challenges we each face throughout our lives. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Care about people’s approval, and you will always be their prisoner. Lao Tzu. BY JANE REDFERN JONES I went to the beach with my daughters and their friends. My dogs love the beach so I took them along too. The plan was for the teenagers to go on the beach... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Woodlands and forests are ideal places to go back to nature and to refresh the soul. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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By becoming overly attached to the things (and people) that we like but don’t necessarily need, we become their slaves. We become distracted from thinking about and pursuing our real goals. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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I've left lots of love/gratitude rocks out today for people to find - mainly in the Woodland Trust's Plas Power Woods between Nant Mill and Bersham. If you find one hold it in the palm of your hand, close your eyes, and think of three things you are grateful for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at Jane Throws Stones...
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BY JANE REDFERN JONES The Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, “Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.” I set out early this morning, before dawn. Walking through the woods I had not a care in the world. The sound made by my boots, the rhythm... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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BY JANE REDFERN JONES The relationship we have with ourselves sets the tone for every other relationship in our lives. Practicing self-love means showing up for ourselves daily, celebrating ourselves and our successes daily, and understanding that whatever we feel we need from others we have the power to give... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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You walked along the path and you stopped. There was something special – the light perhaps? After the rain the sun appeared and the land looked brightly illuminated against the dark storm cloud sky. Or was it the smell of petrichor, the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil? Or the dark wet bark on the trees all around you? Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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BY JANE REDFERN JONES When I feel upset or worried I remind myself that I must not look elsewhere (a glass of wine, food, other people) to free and soothe myself. On the contrary, I should observe what is happening inside me. What is this emotion that inhibits me? Which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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When gratitude is practiced regularly and from the heart, it leads to a richer, fuller and more complete life. If you focus on things you are grateful for then suddenly you'll start seeing things to be grateful for everywhere. Take the time to acknowledge them all. Start small - a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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By Jane Redfern Jones Where did this strange stone come from, all pockmarked with little craters? Did it fall from the moon, or maybe from a star like you and me? This stone sitting in the palm of my hand could be anything from several million to a few billion... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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When something in my life takes a turn for the worst I have come to see it as a challenge rather than a disaster. My boiler broke at the weekend and we had no heating or hot water. It was cold and inconvenient but it also reminded me: · How... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Tempted by the almost mystical light shining through my window I go into the garden. I feel a sense of awe and gratitude as the moon floods the garden and calm fields beyond with light. I marvel at the magnificence of the full moon, but find it hard to fathom... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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I’m walking through the woods. Or am I? Who is it that is walking? I’m thinking about something someone had said to me earlier, worrying about something I'd forgotten to do, and I have fleeting thoughts that undermine me. But my feelings and thoughts come and go like the dark... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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I’m out walking and I stop. In doing so I silence the sound of the heather and dead bracken being crushed by my feet, the almost soothing, familiar sound as I walked. I stop near a lake and watch the movement of the clouds reflected in the water. I think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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I'm sitting watching the world go by. I see it change second by second as the mist moves along the valley. I hear sounds in the distance...a car...a magpie...the wind in the trees. I’m reminded that mindfulness is not relaxation (where we need silence, or quiet at least), but meditation... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at Nature Speaks
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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at Nature Speaks
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“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius. I love the early mornings when things are very still. I stand outside my door and look out across the fields, over... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at Nature Speaks
Nothing is happening. There’s no message, no story, just the wind blowing the blades of grass. We feel the breeze catch our hair and the fine strands moving in unison with the grass. Nothing is happening. We hear the rustle of crisp fallen leaves. On our skin we feel the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at Nature Speaks
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I love December...the dark nights...the open fires...walking into a warm house after being out in the cold... h#janethrowsstones Leaving this stone in #Oswestry today hopefully to warm someone’s heart ❤️ Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at Jane Throws Stones...
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It's now, right now. In a little while it will be something else - the leaf barely hanging onto the branch will have fallen, the robin will have flown away, the sun will briefly flicker through the gold autumn leaves. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at Nature Speaks