Why I Write Haiku and Gogyoshi

You may have seen on my face book pages that I post a Haiku or Gogyoshi several times a week. I do this as a mindfulness practice.

It is important to notice the small things occurring in your life to enhance and make your soul journey even more luminous. I choose these micro forms of poetry because the economy of the words makes them initiated by my heart experience; that still small voice expressed through the creative.

I also choose a drawing or painting to accompany them to enhance the heart’s message. What is important to me is that the impression these poems and art make on you inspires you to “speak out “ from your heart.
Doing this, in whatever way feels right for you, will enhance your life and the life of others.

Haiku and Gogyoshi are Japanese forms of poetry.
Haiku is a verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line three has 5 syllables. Traditionally it is a mood poem and doesn’t usually use similes or metaphor. However my right brain mind works in metaphors all the time so there is almost always a double meaning in my haiku. In expressing your heart you make your own rules.
Gogyoshi is a five lined poem developed by Taro Aizu. It has few rules. A title and five short lines.
I have found that breathing slowly. Returning to the heart-mind, as a three or four times a day practice, stimulates the creativity in me. When I wake very often the poem is just there. Or I may be making the bed, getting in the fire wood and suddenly the poem leaps into my mind’s eye and inner ear. I immediately go and write it down on a scrap of paper. You need to do this or you will find , like dreams, they quickly fade away. You have to bring them into the outer world.
I do hope you will try this and post them on the Blue Pearl Heart Inn face book page so we can see them. This is an honouring of your hearts development and even though you may feel a bit shy.. take courage and do it anyway.

In my six month “Heart Inn Me” programme we will explore together how to sit in your heart mind and to listen to stillness.  We can then share any blocks you may come across in your creative process and then the positive outcomes of this practice in your life.

 I will help you to develop Heart Mind and Brain Coherence where all of the chaos of the external world, our obsessing monkey mind, angst and suffering melts away. This can happen, often without you even realising it, as you become more aligned with your true authentic being and Soul Self. You will be able to enter a creative flow state with ease. This six month programme is personalised especially for you as we commit to work and explore together one on one.

Go to the Heart Mind Programme and Store. Open the programme by clicking on the picture for a more detailed look at what my programme offers you. I am looking forward with excitement, and an open heart, to meeting and working with you.

From my heartinn me to your heart in you,
Jan

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