Mindful of Haiku Poetry

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!

Buson

it is not difficult to practice mindfulness as you read this poem.

Challenge:

Write a Haiku poem about our crazy weather patterns lately.

Tip:

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.

Happy wrining!

May your day be blessed with mindful moments!!!

 

 

 

 

Quote – Willa Cather

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”

                                                                                                                – Willa Cather

ngs you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
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There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
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There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
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There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
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There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
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There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
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There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
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In Tune with Nature

Melba Christie at Poemattic

Today was another beautiful day. The temperature was perfect for gardening a little more and for just visiting with nature. I took a walk around the neighborhood and noticed the trees were starting to show off their foliage.

The trees with bright red crimson leaves seemed to smile back at me. The trees in my backyard are still very bare. I looked at the grey limbs and tried to visualize them full of leaves.

I read a few poems every day. This month is National Poetry Month so I even keep a poem in my pocket as suggested by the Poetry Foundation. Poem in Your Pocket Day is a part of the National  Poetry Month celebration.

I looked for poems about trees or the beauty of trees. I want to share this excerpt from “When I Am Among Trees” by Mary Oliver in her Collection of Poems titled Thirst. 

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Mindful Gardening

 

 

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!

 

 

Mindful Senses

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?

 

 

Mindful of Someone Else’s Pain

Mindful compassion or empathy begins with self-compassion. I had many role models in my life who were the most compassionate people you could ever meet. They taught me not to be so hard on myself sometimes when things got rough. It is not easy to send yourself positive and compassionate messages when you truly feel culpable about something. When a dear friend committed suicide I felt I should have been more observant of the signs. It took me a long time to realize that there probably was nothing I could have done. I did not know about mindful compassion then but one of my teachers had this innate ability to make us see things about ourselves that we had never seen.
It takes a lot of practice to get into the rhythm of mindful compassion and self compassion. This mindset was developed by Dr. Kristin Neff. The idea is to learn to “offer yourself peace of mind” when something in your life goes wrong.
We must understand the pain and overcome the effects. We must learn to forgive ourselves before we can forgive others. Mindful compassion develops awareness. We put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. But we must also be careful not to be compassionate on auto pilot. I know caregivers that put themselves first and forget their own needs. When a caregiver burns out it becomes a difficult situation for everyone involved. There has to be a healthy balance.
The tangles in the drawing kind of illustrate how unbalance locks us into a place where we can no longer help another successfully.
Some Steps to Take:
  1. Save some compassion for yourself first.
  2. Ask yourself about what your goals are for helping someone.
  3. Remember that self-compassion and self-care are basic to mindfulness.
  4. Take a break for yourself when caring for others
  5. Be clear on your purpose for being compassionate.

 

 

The Mindfulness of Poetry

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.