Thursday, April 18, 2013

Quietness, by Janice Brodowsky

There is something to be said for silence and quietness. There is a healing element to it. It is hard to achieve though. Whether the noise is all around you, or if your thoughts take you away from the quietness. I guess that's what meditation practice is supposed to be for. Being able to hear the noise, acknowledge it, and then go back to the breath....
In Peace,
Janice Brodowsky

Monday, April 15, 2013

Trusting The Goodness in Others, posted by Janice Brodowsky

"...when we trust the goodness in others, we become a mirror to help them trust themselves."

From the book Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Posted by Janice Brodowsky

Ithaca Falls, Posted by Janice Brodowsky

Ithaca Falls Hike + Driving Directions
by Janice Brodowsky

This is the time when I finally have to discover the beauty of the area that I live in.  Hiking in the woods has always brought me a sense of inner peace. It is time I reclaim that by finding special places in nature where I can feel the sun on my face, and smell the earth lingering in the air. So here is my link to my Springpad collection of places that I would like to go. It's time....
I hope to add to this collection regularly as the weather get's better. Please click here for my in and around Ithaca Hikes-----> Janice Brodowsky : Springpad Collection of Hikes in and Around Ithaca NY
Ithaca Falls

Directions to Ithaca Falls
These directions sound tricky because the road signs are less than helpful, but those who persevere will be rewarded with breathtaking views. If you’re traveling south on Route 13, take the exit for Route 34 North, Auburn and Stewart Park. Follow the signs for Route 34 North, but instead, turn right (south) at the “T” onto East Shore Drive, which becomes Lake Street.
If you’re traveling north, take the exit for Route 34 North, Auburn, and turn right (south) at the end of the ramp onto East Shore Drive, which becomes Lake Street. No matter which direction you’re coming from, follow the road that goes behind the Ithaca schools.
Soon after you pass the Ithaca Junior and Senior High Schools, you will see Ithaca Falls on your left. To stop and see the falls, look for a gravel driveway on your left just after you cross the bridge. Be aware that the path from the parking lot to the gorge is a little steep. It may be easier to walk out to Lake Street and take the trail into the gorge that starts near the Lake Street Bridge.

To see the rest of the gorge, proceed south on Lake Street and up Gun Hill. Half way up the hill on the left you will see an old smoke stack on the former site of the Ithaca Gun Company, which made world-famous shotguns for over a century and was, at one time, powered by Fall Creek.

Continue up the hill, and turn left onto University Avenue and then left onto Stewart Avenue at the “T” in the road. You will pass over the Stewart Avenue Bridge. Immediately after the bridge, take a right onto Fall Creek Drive.

Enjoy the hike,
Janice Brodowsky

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Familiar, quote posted by Janice Brodowsky

"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar."

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Respectfully posted by Janice Brodowsky

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Big Picture, Posted by Janice Brodowsky

"I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we're all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose... When you connect with that love and that compassion, that's when everything unfolds."

Ellen DeGeneres

posted by Janice Brodowsky

Compassion, posted by Janice Brodowsky

"Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values."

Ellen DeGeneres

I haven't really followed much of what Ellen DeGeneres had to say, but I found this quote to be right on the mark.
Janice Brodowsky

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

Letting Go, posted by Janice Brodowsky

"The starting point is realizing that letting go is not a dramatic moment we build upto some time in the future. It is happening now, in the present moment—it is not singular but ongoing. Letting go is based on our present realization of the reality of impermanence."

-Tricycle Magazine, Fall 2006

Sunday, April 7, 2013

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What You Believe, posted by Janice Brodowsky

“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.”
-Iyanla Vanzant

I found this to be a profound quote. Seems simple in theory, however we all know it takes lots of work to change old beliefs. Although these old beliefs generate pain, it is familiar, and hard to change. Let this quote serve as a reminder that positive change is possible, and trying the same thing over and over again, will not produce different results.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013