Where are you going?

My mother always answered that question a tad sarcastically. I guess she figured we as children had no business asking her where she was going. Her response was in Spanish and it may also be that the question itself may be interpreted differently when asked in Spanish. Her response, “To be old” (in Spanish –…

Making Your Path

“Mindfulness is energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives.”   Everyone needs energy. We all need positive energy. When we want to start making a path to success, we must work harder. It takes much courage to take the path less taken. But I believe if…

Mindful of Stress

It seems that people are more open to talking about being stressed out. The question is how to lessen and relieve stress. Every time we watch the news we are bound to elevate our stress because so much news is negative. When tragedy hits in the form of mass shootings or natural catastrophe stress creeps…

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…

Quote – Willa Cather

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

In Tune with Nature

Originally posted on 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…