Haiku is one of my favorite forms of poetry. I have tried my pen at writing my own Haiku. I fell in love with the poems of the Haiku masters such as Buson, Bashō, Issa. Buson was a poet and a painter (1715-83). He actually made a living as a painter as he produced haiga which combines haiku with pictures. His poetry is impressionistic as he evokes nature.
For me Haiku evokes deep emotions and takes a snapshot of nature. The following is a poem by Buson I love and hope you enjoy.
Cherry petals scattered
In the water between seedlings of rice
moon and star light!
it is not difficult to practice mindfulness as you read this poem.
Write a Haiku poem about our crazy weather patterns lately.
A Haiku poem is composed of three lines containing 17 syllables in the following pattern 5-7-5. You do not have to worry about rhyme. Please share your poems in the comments of this post. Hopefully other bloggers/poets will add to comments for a continued conversation during National History Month.
May your day be blessed with mindful moments!!!
Today we had a fairly decent almost spring day. I had purchased some tulips and I was afraid I would not be able to plant them because the temperature was too low. I put them on my bay window and watched the beautiful lavender tulips start to lose their luster and begin to shrivel. I took a picture of them everyday as they were still closed buds when I first got them. To my surprise one of the tulips had a twin. In other words, two flowers shared one stem. It was amazing how the flowers accommodated each other. Curiously the twin tulips were the last to dry up. But one dried up more than the other. At first I was going to throw out the plant altogether. I was so frustrated with the changes in temperature and the early spring snow and wind storms.
But I decided to plant the bulbs instead and hopefully they will bloom again next spring. I raked and cleaned the area where I wanted to plant some daffodils. We had a few trees fall during the last snow storm. We had many branches strewn all over our lawn. So we were finally able to bag all the leaves, pine cones, twigs and pieces of bark.
I visualized the area with new shrubs and big terra-cotta pots with beautifully arranged flowers. I drew sketches of how I wanted our garden to look. The next few days are suppose to be more spring like. The garden is now ready to welcome butterflies, and song birds. I looked up at the sky and I saw a few birds perched. There was a small nest near by. Spring is here after all.
Mindful gardening is about connecting to nature. Gardening is proven to help people relax and. bring about mental well-being. It is important to stay focused and to have a plan. Appreciate the process and visualize what you want to see in your garden. Map out your garden. Decide if you want to add some additional accessories. If you decide to have a vegetable garden as well, keep it simple and plant the kinds of vegetables that grow quickly. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Keep a garden journal. Write in it the feelings that emerged, what you observed. Take deep breaths. Happy Gardening!
Sometimes I would like to have a sixth sense. I am not sure what it would perceive or detect. But the more I think about it I believe that maybe becoming more mindful could be like acquiring a sixth sense. I would not want it to be scary like the movie with Bruce Willis. But I would want to be more aware of certain things as they relate to my family. I would want to connect to each of them and sense when they need me.
I have learned to look deeper into my grandchildren’s eyes to let them know how much I love them. I have learned to appreciate them more each day. When I think about or visualize something they have done to make me smile or feel happy I try to relive the experience in my mind. Every time I pass by their pictures on our curio I smile.
We need to learn to connect to each other more at all levels. First of course with family, but with others outside the family. I do not mean by text or an occasional e-mail: I mean up close and personal. I think it is the best sixth sense we can ever develop.
What would your sixth sense look like? What seep awareness would you want to develop?
This is an excerpt from a poem by Emily Dickinson:
“There is a solitude of space
A solitude of sea
A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be”
Reading poetry helps me relax. Some poetry helps me to focus on things that matter to me. Poetry matters to me because for me poetry is life and life is poetry. I remember reading Dickinson’s poem in high school – “There is a solitude of space” and wondering not only about its meaning but I focused on the concept of solitude. Some people cannot stand the idea of being alone or in solitude. They fear solitude.
I looked up the definition of solitude and the one that struck me was: “absence of human activity”. When we become more mindful we may seek to find a place that is absent of human activity. But is it necessary to be alone to be mindful?
I would love to know what you think.