Problems, possibilities, joys and sorrows come and go…

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Problems, possibilities, joys and sorrows come and go like clouds in the clear sky of the mind. — Jack Kornfield

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September 2018 Haibun, Santa Cruz

IMG_4125I recently spent time at a mindfulness retreat in the Santa Cruz, California redwoods. I re-read Narrow Road to the Interior by Matsuo Basho on the plane ride there, as inspiration for the following short haibun:

traveling solo
offers strength, restoration,
silence, bravery

It smells like I’m camping, with the smoky fire pits and fragrant trees. It brings fall into my heart, even though there still may be one final warm spell when I return home.

two seasons collide
a smoky, warm fireplace, and
sweet honeysuckle

By 11:00 am, I had completed a yoga class, a Qigong class, and a nature hike. I felt alive, alert, and loose.

shoulders fall, loosen
retreating from daily life
mind and body heal

qigong’s fire, earth, wood
body lengthened, awakened
metal and water

After a lovely three-hour reading session, I retreated for the evening to then hear an abundance of crickets – the most I had heard in some time. I walked to the balcony and recorded their music on my phone. Maybe I’ll use it to lull me to sleep upon my return.

bright and crackling fires
crickets repeat their welcome
erase warm summer

I need to remember to cook with a variety of ingredients. The food is local and organic and so very creative. I felt healthy and peaceful sitting outside enjoying breakfast.

rays peer through redwoods
birds sing good morning wishes
beneath verdant gold

 

Writing and image by Jennifer Fifield

See Books and Breezes webpage: September 2018 Haibun.

34: pranayama

Yoga, double exposurepranayama: an element of yoga that involves awareness of the breath and managing the way in which one breathes.

“Or that calm is retained by the controlled exhalation or retention of the breath” — Patanjali (Who Was Patanjali, Yoga Journal)

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Italicized quote from Patanjali
Image from Google Images

desert drive

photo-1429308755210-25a272addeb3seems as though the tires should melt
atop the inky runway, as she runs away
another summertime desert drive

dashboard temperature screamed one-eleven
in Yuma, but now reads ninety-nine
as the sun begins to say goodnight

cracks of angry light, ignite her way
hundreds of miles, calming inflamed knots
that have infiltrated the body

this emptied desert, empties her mind
allowing thoughts to slow and ease
as she flies through Spanish radio static

crystal bulbs wink and guide her
she follows the familiar star patterns
that help to scatter her life’s patterns

 

Jennifer A. Fifield

Image: Unsplash

vital meditation

Re-blogging this one today, along with a quote by Oscar Wilde: “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”

books and breezes

3648x2736 uncropped TheAppBuilder-icon-morro-strand-sunset-21nov2008-49.RAWthe body,
less weighted
the mind,
minus clutter

negative energy
released, dismissed
time for
internal healing

musings
make room
for clearer,
more joyful thoughts

a freeing
of the mind
a soul’s detoxification
the smile, reappears…

Jennifer A. Fifield

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Gentle Breeze Over Sapphire Seas: A Poetry Collection

A Gentle Breeze 3 OTHER SITESTake a look at my collection of poems, Gentle Breeze Over Sapphire Seas, on Amazon. This poetry collection, inspired by California’s ocean and natural beauty, is a peaceful and breezy read – for readers of all kinds!

The e-book, Gentle Breeze Over Sapphire Seas, by Jennifer A. Fifield can be purchased on Amazon.com for Kindle and is available now.

 

 

 
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