Living an Abundant Life through The Simplicity of Haiku

Adobe Photoshop PDF 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 . . .

the chimney

bubbles over

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.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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