Meditation Haiku Poem Present Moment Practice

I’ve been watching an HBO show that’s been on AMAZON PRIME.  I view it on my TV set using my ROKU device.  It’s called IN TREATMENT.  In the moment of a recent episode, the shrink asked the young man, “What are you thinking?”  The youth replied, “White noise”.

I had to laugh at that one.  The laughter of recognition I suppose.  My own mind registered that.  Not thinking anything really.  Yet not being mindful either.  I ‘m most aware of that white noise when the decision is made to write.  Like now.  It’s a rain filled, raw, cold day here in North Carolina.  Write, I said.

All levels of me self-agreed to write something.  A blog.  Here I am.  What have I got? White noise just like the kid on the program.

Lately, I’ve thought to try my hand at writing short little Japanese Mindfulness Poems called Haiku which are Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.  Cutting written language, relatable to anyone and maybe paradoxical in some way.

Sounds easy.  Not so much.  You’d think the white noise would help but the instant that pressure is felt to come up with even one word, the mind is suddenly filled with nonsense and resistance. No no, not always, listen . . .

I really like the idea of clipping out a moment that is a pure now moment – a reflection of whatever catches the attention of the psyche.

The other day I sat down on the sidewalk in front of my apartment to experience a moment or two of sunshine.  Looking down at the ground before me, there is one pear tree flower all by itself in the dirt–alone and separated from the tree and other flowers on the branch from which it blossomed.

What struck me is that even though it was alone there, its center filaments seemed to still be reaching up toward the sun, the light.

Spring flower in dirt

Alone, apart from its branch, tree

Looks up to the light

My Haiku poem.  Is it legit?  Well, I guess they’re not really required to rhyme to qualify.  Here are a few from one of the supposed greatest Haiku Poets, Basho:

An old silent pond…
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

Autumn moonlight—
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut.

In the twilight rain
these brilliant-hued hibiscus –
A lovely sunset.

The translations from Japanese to English do not follow the 5, 7, 5 syllable rule.   Anyway, none of those rhyme but they do describe the moment in time, a now.  Seems a good use of spare time to use Haiku poem writing endeavors to help a person remain aware of their now, mindfulness.  I guess you know what I mean, reader, right?

The small flower all alone there just seemed to say to me, “Look, I know that I no longer am connected to the life force upon the earth that sustained me (the tree) and I’m aware that I will soon just become the earth itself, whithering away here.  And I know my family of flowers on the branch above me–they are all looking down upon me aware of my fate, but I can still be nourished by the light, the sun.  The filaments, the anther, the stamen of me are still reaching up to the light even in my death here and in my departure, the ground here before you where I lay is bringing you some joy and beauty before I disappear completely. ” Looking at the singular flower was my meditation.

After writing those last words my head turned toward the window where I see the tree with all their beautiful white blossoms knowing that soon they will all fall upon the ground as the green leaves push them off their branches.  They too will end up in the dirt and on the sidewalk.  But they will return next spring to do it all again.  There is no death, only transition into yet another phase.

 

 

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Tarot 3 of Cups dances with Trillium and Mercury in Cancer! Spontaneous Joy!

Trillium 3 of cups collage

Can you imagine it?  There you are walking in the woods in late spring after a long, cold winter.  Or perhaps you have recently survived a difficult life initiation of some type and suddenly there it is!

You’re looking down, watching your footing and simply surviving the moment, perhaps lamenting the past or thinking of the future with some apprehension.  Who knows, but anyway there you are walking along, deep in serious thought.

And then… you stop suddenly.  Some grace has broken through the lonely dark woods and you nearly stumble as you stop to take in its beauty… a red trillium looks up at you smiling.

And you feel a sensation that anything’s possible.  You feel suddenly determined to push through just as this cheerful flower has.  More aware of your surroundings now, you look around seeing more of them, groups of them,  waving at you in the breeze.  Cheerfulness!

And you cherish this moment remembering that this IT, it’ s LIFE, there is no past or future, there’s only NOW.  This becomes clear to you as you whisper a thank you to nature and the Trillium as you continue on with joy and celebration in your heart, feeling ready to dance with life and realizing you’ve been taking things too seriously.

CONNECTIONS:  TRILLIUM, 3 OF CUPS, MERCURY IN CANCER, VALUES AND JOY  They are all connected!  Trillium that is blooming in some places now represents the quality of  “what we value in life” and fosters spontaneous joy. 

“The herb Trillium seems to arise spontaneously out of love in the loneliness of the dark woods” — Herbal Tarot

Three women with different colored hair  celebrating, holding their cups are wearing purple, red and green clothing in the image above.  More on that in a moment.  Trillium is used for medicinal  benefit in pregnancy, thus the astrological Cancer connection (Mercury in Cancer).  I always associate this card with the celebration and joy of communicating with my three daughters–they even have the same hair color as the woman on the tarot card [see image above].

Brunette in purple celebrates the joy of others.

Golden-haired one in red salutes the dance of life.

The brown-haired one represents the glory and power of the herb.  (according to the artist who created the image)

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May this post be helpful to the reader and may all beings upon the earth experience joy and the causes of joy!