Finding my Bliss

Friday, 24 February 2017

Snuggling up till spring...

Comfy and cosy
feeling all loved~up, in the ~
comfort of haiku...

Just a quick line this week but thought I'd mention 'Doris' the storm that hit our shores.  On our walk through the church yard this morning there was quite a bit of damage, mainly to the trees up-rooting one altogether so that's why my Jasper and me are snuggling up till spring...

Happy weekend all haiku lovers...

Haiku my Heart
Recuerda mi Corazon

Sunday, 19 February 2017

On Words

On grey, wavering days
be opening your gate to love
speak consolingly...

It's a whole month since I posted here and to tell you the truth it's hard, very hard... I so want to carry on posting but what with the lack of 'blogtivity' these days I'm finding it depressing. I knew things would take on a downward spiral when bloggers began to switch off their comments buttons for whatever reason, internet trolls etc... I don't really understand this? If anyone would like to enlighten me on something I'm missing? Personally I feel if people take the time to read my posts at my invitation then surely it is a two way street that should allow for response and feedback which builds up and strengthen the bonds of communication so needed in our world...

Now after my little rant, getting that off of my chest I'm glad to report while on the subject of communication and words that I'm feeling a really positive vibe about my latest endeavor into the world of Instagram, posting image and haiku most days.  As mentioned in my previous post the therapeutic benefits of matching haiku with image is great and a lovely practice, but alas for me one I have to work on! Yes although I have participated in Haiku my Heart's weekly line-up for years I have tended not to get too serious about haiku as my prime creative output, it has always been about the image but now I'm discovering I have a new enthusiasm for putting more meaning into my haiku, this is mainly because when I look back I can see my lack, so onward and upwards, I must see how I can hone in on this craft.  I am not a natural wordsmith but I'm intrigued by words and their import! I have recently subscribed to the Merriam Webster's Word of the Day message on my phone...

A chance remark from the lady who I'm purchasing my new home from who incidentally is a life coach resonated with how I feel about words, she said "I love words" and you could clearly see this as her child's room was plastered with words and their meaning... The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz has also been instrumental in building up my appreciation for the beautiful gift of words, clearly conveying the importance of using this powerful gift for building up and not tearing down... If you haven't already done so I highly recommend this book it is unusual but a very thought provoking piece of writing!

"Be impeccable with your word"
"Your word is the power that you have to create"
"what you dream, what you feel and what you really are will all be manifested through your word"
"Your word is the most powerful tool you have as a human it is the tool of magic"

Excerpts from The Four Agreements.

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Happy Haiku New Year

Bare winter branches
bathed in mystical moonshine
stirring some magic!

Hello and a Happy New Year to you and yours...

I feel like a stranger to this online space it being nearly two months since I last tapped the keys here. I've been living a kind of nomadic existence recently flitting between houses with the addition of my new little tin home that perches on a Welsh hillside overlooking the ocean. What with Christmas and New Year I have been sleeping in random beds! The acquisition of my tin home is something I have dreamed about for ages and now it has come to pass so I've been bathing in ocean magic....

Something else that has kept me creatively occupied lately is my regular postings on Instagram, I have taken to posting haiku and images there as a meditative practice which satisfies both my need to create and also to focus, I have set the intention to continue this practice for 2017 and also to research the subject, perhaps write about my findings here as I believe this art-form to be therapeutic and of great value. I'm also considering self-publishing my findings along with some of my work for I have been posting haiku and image for almost seven years now and would like to consolidate both, watch this space!

I have to thank the lovely Rebecca over at Recuerda mi Corazon who introduced me to Japanese haiku poetry many moons ago not ever having heard of it myself before as it's not very well known over here in the UK.  I was a newby to the 575 syllable poetry but soon picked up the simple gist of a wonderful life honouring therapy.  Over the years it has become a familiar friend helping me to focus my attention when times were tough and through many dark days as well as bright ones too, I highly recommend this practice, you can join in with other haiku lovers over at ~

Haiku my Heart
Recuerda mi Corazon