white ceramic teacup with saucer near two books above gray floral textile

Writing a haiku

Nudging the right brain awake

Quiets monkey mind


Ok, it’s not Shakespeare.

I took a class recently on haiku writing as a form of meditation. While I don’t drop immediately into a meditative state (yet), I’m figuring out how to write this delicate form of Japanese poetry, expressed in:

5 syllables

7 syllables

5 syllables.

I find that being forced into a tight frame with words helps to sharpen focus. This is a good way to be creative and journal at the same time, too.

Exercise: Do you haiku? If you’d like to try, grab a pen and paper and choose one subject or feeling. Then describe it in this format: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables.



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