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.

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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
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33: busylessness

photo-1432691301971-c8b920198bd7Busylessness can be described as living more mindfully, engaging in being “not busy,” and enjoying a life of greater peace and calm.

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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Italicized quote from Thich Nhat Hanh
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