chimes dreamily crash
sending sweet serenity
assurance of peace
Problems, possibilities, joys and sorrows come and go like clouds in the clear sky of the mind. — Jack Kornfield
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I 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:
offers strength, restoration,
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
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.
pranayama: an element of yoga that involves awareness of the breath and managing the way in which one breathes.
Busylessness can be described as living more mindfully, engaging in being “not busy,” and enjoying a life of greater peace and calm.
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passersby walk or jog, their
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