There was a tournament this year at my martial arts school’s annual gathering. Not only did we perform the ceremonies to respect the masters past and present, but in the afternoon those students and trainers who were interested challenged themselves by stepping into the ring while the rest of the family watched, cheered, and shouted advice.
I say family, because that’s what we are - a massive family of different backgrounds all connected by a common pursuit of this marti
For the last 117 days I’ve been writing a haiku a day. I was inspired by John Paul Lederach’s self-challenge of writing a haiku each day for a year. I was also seeking to add to my personal resilience practice in a way that would increase my daily mindfulness and reflection. And so, I started writing a haiku a day.
If you are new to haiku, it is a three-line poem where the first line is five syllables, the second seven, and the third five. In 17 syllables one must simpl
“Find your happy place and go there often,” she always says. What about finding your happy place where you are? I led a site survey trip to northern Thailand last week - making connections and exploring options for a future project. Mostly I had been to the locations we visited before, yet we met and sat with many new people along the way who were inspiring and doing amazing things in amazing places.
Throughout the trip, Irene’s statement kept coming back to me, prodding
“We must listen carefully and speak wisely.”
There it was. A day of teaching connection, listening, and empathy and their implications in human rights field work with 70 students was drawing to a close and we were sharing our final thoughts through clay sculptures. As the clay worked its magic, helping us move through complexity to the simplicity on the other side, it drew out this statement. She was crouching on the floor with her clay modeling team and the rest of us h
I’ve just returned from Australia and the Space Bangkok/Illoura Peace Retreats creative reflective retreat at The Eyrie in Skenes Creek. We were creative. We connected. We moved. We wrote. We grooved. We spent time in nature. And we engaged deeply with music. In this Tedx Talk, Linsey Pollack defines creativity as “the putting together of two previously unrelated things, could be objects or ideas, and creating something new.” He also comments that, “the thing we forge
“Are you interested in tarot?” she asked?
“No, actually. I’m interested in haiku.”
“Oh! I always thought haiku was so hard. You know when I read it as a kid. I just didn’t get it. And it’s hard…”
There it was. Certainly everyone engaging with this exhibit must be interested in tarot because haiku is too difficult and enigmatic.
“Well, I don’t get hung up on the hard part. I write what comes. I’m not concerned with writing an amazingly fabulously brilliantly
Part of reflective practice involves mindfulness. I have already asked the question of how to grab hold of those fleeting moments that randomly pop up and give us pause throughout the day. One of the many ways I have found to do this is through poetry. While I used to write poetry when I was younger, I wrote my first haiku only recently. In fact, I had completely stopped writing poetry far too many years ago. I suppose my rational, adult brain decided I had grown out of t
You know those moments when you are going full tilt, rushed and preoccupied, and then you see something? Or hear something? Or smell something? And it stops you in your tracks. Just for a moment?
Lately I have been working on turning these moments into mindful moments - taking those brief seconds to lean into the moment and notice the details. To mark the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings. Sometimes to snap a photo or start a haiku. To breathe and remember that