Tackle Tuesday – Serenity – August 5, 2014

diamondsToday I’m writing this post for the first of a series of new prompts by Chèvrefueille of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai called Tackle it Tuesday.  This is a new WordPress blog and will be a weekly haiku-meme!

The first episode is dedicated to “serenity”. Here’s how the post begins … but i’d suggest you follow the link for the full post!

This first episode is called “Serenity” and it is based on the philosophy of Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963) who ‘composed’ the song of the 18-ity. He was born in the south of India and studied medicine. He worked as a doctor several years in Malaysia. After that he settled in Rishikesh at the foot of the Himalayans where he devoted his life to yoga and the spreading of it.


So the first “ity” is serenity … this is Chevrèfeuille’s Haiku:

deep silence
at the top of the mountain
I discover myself

© Chèvrefeuille


Serenity is the first “ity” of 18 which we should contemplate, trying to make each one a part of us.  This morning I meditated on a plant.  The poor thing seemed as though it was destined to extinction … but yesterday it sprouted a new shoot after laying months dormant.  The feelings I felt seeing this little, for me,  miracle gave me a wonderful calm fulfilling feeling, that I’d call serenity.

pushing skywards
a sprout – harbinger of life
dawning serenity

© G.s.k. ’14

Our human life can be a whirl-wind of strife and pain … but if for one moment we can visualize the reality that life is more than just our personal outlook, we can glimpse a wider picture.  That picture is in the here and now … the instant of existence.