Do you live in the past and worry about the future? Do you feel isolated and afraid of verbalizing your feelings? Or, do you live in the present, appreciating the simple moments, not afraid of putting your feelings on paper?
The latter is a haikuist who finds gratitude and simplicity in life, reading and writing this beautiful poetic form. Haiku is, in fact, a good outlet for us all, allowing us to live in the moment and experience and be grateful for simple experiences.
Why not spend just twenty minutes a day, sitting quietly, calming your senses, and reading haiku? Perhaps you can write a thought that you can later turn into a haiku. We live in a fast-paced world with things and people entering and leaving our lives. An important thought is to not limit ourselves, but to be free to appreciate simple pleasures, simple thoughts, no matter how complicated our lives become.
Better times always arrive, even though sometimes we wait years for difficult times to turn around. Live patiently, and spare a little free time each day to find some meaning in life.
There is an abundance in life of simple moments, simple scenes around us, even if we are holed up inside our dwelling. This is one of the things I discuss in my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. Realize that being grateful for small pleasures allows our gratitude to grow, until pretty soon we begin to experience and be grateful for many other things, too.
I took a walk this morning and noticed a common scene. I never tire of it. I wrote a haiku about it many years ago:
old growth . . .
After all these years, I still appreciate this scene when I go for a walk along a wooded path.
I also wrote the haiku below, years ago, about an image that I regularly see when I am cooped up inside during the cold months:
arctic winds . . .
This image makes me grateful for where I live, the street I live on with quaint homes, and for having a roof over my head.
Practice haiku. Practice seeing, observing. Haiku is a great exercise in gratitude and recognizing the abundance in simplicity. Take the time to read a few words of haiku and try your hand at writing it.
Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.