Tackle it Tuesday – Generosity and Purity – December 17, 2014

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Generosity

winter frost
rain in spring and fall harvest
apple trees
from blossom to fruit
living generously

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the seasons
nature’s generous gift
to Earth

© G.s.k. ‘14

Carpe Diem Tackle it Tuesday – Generosity

Purity

in April
droplets fall on the leaves
the purity of rain
cleanness perfumes the air
walking through the woods

bright laughter
children in the snow
making angels

crystal trees
early mountain morning
ice fog at night

© G.s.k. ‘14

Carpe Diem Tackle it Tuesday – Purity

I was going to post the first half of this post yesterday morning when I became distracted … I’d written all my posts onto word and was looking for the purity post when I discovered that it got lost in the ether .. anyway I’m also going to link this to fog/ripe or rime for the last poem but also to publicize this great prompt written by Chèvrefeuille.

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

pure earth
observing the seasons
satori

© G.s.k. ‘14

Reflections on Giving and Charity – December 4, 2014

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single moments
compacted in the finite
giving to others

a child’s face
generous and jubilant
free giver of smiles

neglected sadness
uplifting the other
charity brings peace

(c) G.s.k. ’14

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“For Carpe Diem’s Tackle it Tuesday, we are at step 16 in the Path of 18 “Ities” – Charity:

 

“Give, give and give. This is the secret of abundance. Radiate thoughts of goodness and love. Forgive the faults of others. Bless the man who injures you. Share what you have with others. Disseminate spiritual knowledge to one and all. Use the material wealth, knowledge and spiritual wisdom that you possess as a divine trust.”

 

sharing haiku
bringing joy and wisdom –
reaching for the stars

© Chèvrefeuille

and for Haiku Horizons this week we have  – Give … a fine coincidence.  I started writing a post for Wordless Wednesday but obviously the other two prompts had somehow gotten “stuck” in my brain so the haiku I wrote all went towards giving and charity. Therefore I’m linking this post to all three prompts today ….

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The 3 Word Wednesday Words:

Compact, adjective: Closely and neatly packed together; dense; having all the necessary components or features neatly fitted into a small space; (of a person or animal) small, solid, and well-proportioned; (of speech or writing) concise in expression, verb: Exert force on (something) to make it more dense; compress; (of a substance) become compressed; noun: A small flat case containing face powder, a mirror, and a powder puff; something that is a small and conveniently shaped example of its kind, in particular.

Jubilant, adjective: Feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph.

Neglected, adjective: Suffering a lack of proper care; not receiving proper attention; disregarded.

 

 

Linked to: Haiku Horizons – Give  –  Three Word Wednesday  – Carpe Diem Tackle it Tuesday

Tackling Tuesday – MAGNANIMITY – November 25, 2014

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in the Archduke’s park
the earthworm makes his home –
among the leaves

the rain falls
inside the mud puddle  –
reflections of life

(c) G.s.k. ’14

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Take a broad view of things. Ignore the faults of others: Be great and noble-minded in whatever you do. Avoid silly talk and childish prattle. Let not the mind dwell on little things and insignificant things.

It’s a very clear “ity” I think … be truthful and trustworthy, see your neighbors as equal, don’t treat them like a child. Look at the bigger picture and not at the small picture.
All little things are useful, and have also their place in the bigger picture.  Even the ant is part of God’s Creation and has it’s own task.

 

From Carpe Diem’s Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle Tuesday #13 INTEGRITY – Haiku – November 7, 2014

 

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a pillar of strength
walking down the street at dawn
off to her garden
her cane tip tapping gaily –
Leonardo’s Grandmother

(c) G.s.k. ’14

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Integrity is being real, follow your own ideas but respect the ideas of another. Stay to your ideas and stand close to the people around you, not meaning only your own family.
Develop an integral personality. Tie all the loose ends of your character. Become a man of high moral principles. Lead a life of righteousness. Let righteousness waft its sweet fragrance from you. Everyone will trust you, obey you, respect you and revere you.

Righteousness is important to become a spiritual and loving being. The people around you will respect and love you for it.

Linked to Carpe Diem’s Tackle Tuesday

Humility and Tenacity – Haiku – October 30, 2014

When I think of humility wild flowers come to mind.  They aren’t delicately beautiful like roses or other decorative plants … but without their humble beauty the fields would be drab.  And of course they are tenacious.  The humble wild flowers, from poppies to Queen Anne’s lace, will grow where a rose would wither!

 

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without pretension
in fields and empty woods
wild flowers flourish

delicate
scarlet as roses in the arbor
poppies in the fields

through the snow
white snow drops blossom
auguring spring

honeysuckle
covering the old crab tree
perfuming the park

along the path
humility and tenacity
bloom in the fields

(c) G.s.k. ’14

Linked to Carpe Diem’s Tackle It Tuesday for humility and tenacity …

Tackle Tuesday – Adabtability – October 8, 2014

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under the raging storm
the willow bends graciously
adapting

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in the woods
the path winds round the trees
under wind and sky
adapting to the seasons
wise traveller’s reach their goal

G.s.k. ’14

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We are halfway over our Stepping Stone path to …  goal, a traditional tea ceremony.  This week we will step on the stone of adaptability.

What does this mean? To get to our life’s goal we have to be flexible like [a] reed in the wind. We have to adapt to what God or Spirit brings on our life’s path. To finally complete our life’s task we have to follow the path of life.

That path has a lot of crossroads, curves and obstacles for us. Every day we have to look at what we have to do.
Can I do it? Is it possible? Do you have boundaries? We have to be flexible and adaptive but never beyond our own boundaries and rules.

Written by Chèvrefeuille

reach for the sun
bow with the wind
reed will never break

© Chèvrefeuille

Tackle Tuesday – Veracity – September 16, 2014

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For Carpe Diem’s voyage with Swami Sivanada today I will be looking into – veracity.

Today we walk on, on our path along the 18-ity’s of Swami Sivananda and this week it’s all about reliability and credibility. Don’t overreact. Don’t turn the facts. Say the truth, don’t talk un-truth. Stay true to yourself. How credible are you, if you say this and do something else? Than you are not credible. For example: Someone asks you to do something for him/her, but you don’t like what they ask of you, and you are not willing to do it for him/her. What are you doing than? Can you be honest and friendly and respectful? Yes … I think that is what you can do. Ask if you can do it later or say that you don’t want to do it. be honest. If someone asks you something, but you don’t know the answer? Than be honest and tell him/her that you don’t know it.

 

I thought immediately of Shakespeare’s famous quote from Hamlet : “Be to thine own self true” (Hamlet – Act 1 Scene 3) when I saw this subject today.  Another thought came to mind as well, the famous zen koan about not mistaking the moon in the pond for the real moon.  But here is a koan to reflect upon as well:

All sentient beings are essentially Buddhas.
As with water and ice, there is no ice without water;
apart from sentient beings, there are no Buddhas.
Not knowing how close the truth is,
we seek it far away
–what a pity!
Hakuin Ekaku Zenji

So first and foremost, I think,  we must learn the truth about ourselves … break through the illusions of learnt “reality” and the little tricks we’ve adopted to hide ourselves from ourself, because of vanity, fear, training whatever.  First and foremost, before we can try to seek the truth of the world, we must understand the truth of ourselves.

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in the pond
shimmering in cool water
moon reflections

her mirror image
a misted  reality
putting on makeup

making promises
tomorrow ‘s sun will shine
a child’s innocence

my humanity
the infinite  universe
a spider’s web

© G.s.k. ’14

Tackling Tuesday – Simplicity – September 5, 2014

Time to reflect again on Sivananda’s Song of the ’18-ity’s – today is simplicity – and on Carpe Diem Tackle it Tuesday we look into the subject simplicity through art – so go by and look into the original post which I think you’ll enjoy!

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globe of orange delight
cascading petals

the child’s reply
to a difficult question
a lesson to learn
in naif simplicity
life is a wonderful game

the spider weaves
complicated webs
with simplicity

three strokes of a brush
an entire tree
painted with simplicity

autumn colors
a field of red grape vines
against a blue sky

Carpe Diem’s Tackle It Tuesday – Regularity – August 18, 2014

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This is our second episode of “Tackle It Tuesday” in which I will introduce the second “ity” based on “The Song of the 18-ity’s” by Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963).

 

The “ity” for this week is “Regularity”. Regularity is the base of everyone’s life, but it is also the base of your spiritual exercise. It’s the best way to calm your spirit (mind).

 

I must admit, that the first thought that came to mind when I read this week’s “ity” was the irreverent thought of bowel regularity …

Kyoka

after thirty years
his lamented constipation
continues to be
a constant unsolved problem
discussed with regularity

© G.s.k. ’14

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system:

meditation
communing with inner self
a daily pattern

one foot at a time
at the same hour and moment
the pilgrim’s path

regularity
the pathway to inner peace
moments of serenity

© G.s.k. ’14