Walking Within: Soni and Jeff

I love to walk, to walk
among the trails
I find in my mind,
they often remind me of the
trails I find, when out
in the forest entering
into a blissful state
of love combined.

I always wonder,
is there anything
more pulchritudinous
than mother nature?

I keep walking deep into
the unending route,
I feel an unspoken warmth
from the dark tall trees underneath.

Little I go on ahead
bracing breeze
kisses my face, as
a chilled emotion
rushes into my heart.

I stand still
and enjoy
the trees embrace.

Get to hear
soothing sounds,
pondering,
if the sea
is somewhere around.

Ambled
with a bit of excitement
I walked ahead;
admired the waves play,
little I came closer,
saw the setting sun
bidding me goodbye.

As I revel in the landscape,
and fiery sky one last time,
it occurs to me to rub my eyes,
and prepare for a lullaby.

Sung softly and sweetly,
by the trees surrounded,
as they shift and swing
in the breeze,
and deep down, I feel
something move, and within
a smile parts my face as I revel
in all that’s known today.


I am honored to share this collaboration between Soni, of Soni’s thoughts, and myself. Soni also drew the art, which was another of the amazing gifts Soni created for those that placed in the top 8 (of a host of amazingly talented and inspirational writers) of Soni’s Writing Contest. A lovely collaboration, and a wonderfully inspirational friend, is Soni.

#poetry, #beauty, #contemplation, #humanity, #introspection, #life, #love, #meditation, #nature, #poem, #poems, #walkingwithin

Contemplation Sincere

The crack
in the pane splinters
in the solitude
of its existence,
and withdrawn
reminiscence.

One becomes another,
a fellow
sees a brother,
and as one moves west,
the other moves east,
in search of sameness,
and a lot of
relational discreteness.

Joined
and separated
by fragments
of time,
we are nonetheless
intertwined,
and in need
of the same pastimes;

where we watch,
and stop
the heart from bleeding,
and instead,
take shelter in
an awareness of all
that pleasure,

of mind.

We Divine

as we are shown,
the reality
of all that’s here,
my dear,
know
that you’re not alone
now,
and never have been,
contemplation sincere.


Image Credit

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#poetry, #connection, #contemlation, #humanity, #introspection, #life, #love, #meditation, #nature, #poem, #poems, #sincere

Haiku #23

Photo by Omid Armin on Unsplash

memories forged of
another place and time, we
sit and ponder this

#poetry, #contemplation, #haiku, #introspection, #life, #love, #meditation, #poem, #poems, #ponder, #wonder

Now

Photo by Andrew Krasilnikov on Unsplash

release
from within you
the myriad trials,
and tribulations of
the past, instead
be here
now

#poetry, #contemplation, #introspection, #life, #love, #meditation, #now, #poem, #poems, #presence

Golden Bloggerz Award

I’ve been nominated by Gayatri Bagayatkar of, How to Teach a Difficult Child, for the Golden Bloggerz Award. I am humbled by the nomination by Gayarti. I started following How to Teach a Difficult Child some time ago, and, well, did so, because I went through many difficulties as a child and youth, and have been through many difficulties as a parent parenting children and youth today.

I find Gayatri’s site very informational, educational, and highly inspirational. If you’ve not checked it out, please do so. 

What is the Golden Bloggerz Award?

The Golden Bloggerz Award was created by Chris Kosto to motivate and reward all the amazing bloggers that work daily to serve their audience and to recognize them for doing so.

The Rules

  1. Place the award logo on your blog.
  2. Mention the rules.
  3. Mention the award creator and link to their blog.
  4. Thank whomever nominated you and link to their blog.
  5. Tell your audience three things about you.
  6. Answer your nominator’s questions.
  7. Nominate 10 people who deserve this award.
  8. Ask the nominees 5 questions of your choice.
  9. Let the nominees know of their nomination by commenting on their social media or blog.
  10. Share links to 2-3 of your best/favorite posts.

Three Things About Me

  1. I believe in creating contexts where people have the access they need to development, inspiration, and transformation. I live by these three concepts; they are interwoven throughout my personal and professional life.
  2. Working to increase access to higher education for everyone, especially populations that have been historically denied access to higher education in the United States is something that I work on daily. Everyone should have the access they need to knowledge.
  3. Leadership and Spirituality are important concepts and practices; and, they are much more interconnected that some might imagine. In fact, they are really one. Through my articles and poems my main goal is to increase access to connection and knowledge. It is important for everyone to feel connected, and to also have access to the knowledge they need to develop, inspire, and transform their lives.

My Answers to Questions from Gayatri

  1. What is your passion and how did you pursue it ?
    1. I am passionate about creating contexts that facilitate and foster change. I pursue change everyday. It’s a part of who I am as a human being. All iterations of myself have been interested in creating change. And, now I get to do so across multiple contexts, which is such a joy. 
  2. What is it about life that you would share from your experience to keep others motivated and going?
    1. There was a time when I knew that all creative potential and future possibilities already lived within me, just like they do for you, and everyone else. Then, I forgot for a moment that lasted over 20 years. Yes, a long moment. However, awake again, I am here as an example that no matter what happens in your life, you can create the change you want to see and experience in your life. You can. It is not always easy, yet, really, it’s not supposed to be. Take one step today. One tomorrow. And, keep doing that.
  3. How has blogging changed you or your life?
    1. All of YOU lovely and inspirational people have changed my life. I love the blogging community, and each of you. I feel blessed everyday to have met, and get to continually connect with, such wonderful people. I’ve been welcomed with open arms, and for that I will always be eternally grateful. I appreciate each of you.
  4. If you were to switch off all your devices for an entire day how would you spend the day?
    1. In meditation and communion with Nature.
  5. Do you believe in your inner strength to be the change you want to see ?
    1. Yes! Without a doubt. Everything we need is already within us. In fact, the whole universe lives within us. It’s just how it works. When we understand and are connected to ourselves, well, then, anything and everything is possible. This is a truth I believe in and practice each day.

My Nominations

All of YOU! Really, I choose not to select only 10 bloggers. There are many different reasons why I find each of your sites inspirational; thus, you are all inspirational to me.

Questions for Nominees

If you choose to post, and even if you don’t, please feel free to share in the comments section, here are my questions.

  1. What inspires you?
  2. How do you use that inspiration as a blogger?
  3. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Favorite Posts 

I don’t think about my posts in terms of favorites, as each blog (article, poem, reflection, etc.) has its own place in my heart. Each post is a piece of me in some way, so they are all my favorite. Even my very first blog, which was, coincidentally just about a year ago. Okay, here are three recent posts.

  1. Gift
  2. The Reflection Series Part 9: The Power of Silence
  3. Haiku #15

I would like to thank Gayatri Bagayatkar, of How to Teach a Difficult Child, again for the nomination. Thank you.

I’d also like to thank each of you for being, well, exactly who you are. Just as you are right now, in this moment. Exactly. I’ve met the most amazing people over the past year, each of you, and I am excited about the years to come. Thank you.

Be well, my friends.

#aboutme, #accesstoknowledge, #change, #communion, #creativity, #education, #innerstrength, #meditation, #passion, #personalandprofessionaldevelopment, #possibiilty, #self-development

A Blogger’s Diary 4/18/21: On Writing and Reflecting, 2 New Series, Vaccinations, and Gentle Yoga

Wow, how is it that we are now in mid-April? Phew, not sure, time is moving, well, rather rapidly at the moment. Anyway, the past week was busy for numerous reasons. Yes, lots of work, and writing, and I did get my first vaccination dose last week. 

More on that in a moment.

Let’s first take a look at two writing reflections, and two new series, shall we? Okay, here we go.

Writing and Reflecting

Sprite

The poem Sprite, was inspired by the WDYS #77 prompt from Keep it Alive, by Sadje. I had a lot of fun with this little poem. Sadje’s prompt reminded me of being at the coast. Many of you know how much I love the beach, or coast, or sea, or shore, or whatever the ocean is called where you live. I grew up near the ocean, and love it much.

As I was reflecting upon the picture, it reminded me about my trip to Yachats a couple of months ago, and an antique store I visited during my trip. The prompt picture looks like something that the little shop would have stocked and sold. From there, it was off and running. One insight after another; and then, the poem was finished. Super fun.

Becoming (2)

The Poem Becoming (2), was inspired by a breakdown I had last Saturday. It was a rather large breakdown, which, as you might surmise I would write, is perfectly okay, even needed and wanted. Why? 

Because it’s part of the process of being a human being. If we hold our emotions inside all the time, and actively resist them, we are resisting life. However, when we are with our emotions as they come, we are going with the flow of life.

I actually wrote the poem in intervals during the breakdown. Writing is, at times, how I process my emotions. It reminds me I am not alone; never, in fact, alone. None of us are. We are all connected. Always have been, always will be. Lovely.

2 New Series

Alright, some of you already know about one of these new series, Community Gardening, the first post of which was published this morning. As I wrote in the first post, it occurred to me this weekend that I’ll have many more updates from the community garden, which is why a new series made perfect sense. 

I am excited to continue to update you as we move deeper into Spring, and then Summer.

One of the things I love to do where I currently live, Corvallis, Oregon, is hike. I love hiking, especially during the Spring and Summer. The weather in this part of the US is gorgeous during Spring and Summer. Love it.


It occurred to me that a series on hiking the Willamette Valley, then, made sense. I will travel throughout the valley this spring and summer and hike, reflect, and learn more about areas in the valley I’ve not yet visited. And, we can hike, reflect, and learn together through my trips. Fun.

I’ve not come up with a title yet. If you have ideas, please let me know. I’ve already completed my first hike, which was lovely, and will create the first entry in this new series in a week or two.

Vaccinations

Yep, I got my first vaccination dose, well, two Fridays ago now. It was actually a super simple process. I am grateful to all of the people working and volunteering to make the vaccine more and more accessible. Thank you.

Gentle Yoga

Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash

Well, as many of you know, I do yoga everyday. Meditation is a step of yoga, which I’ve now practiced for almost 4 years. There are 8 steps in yoga, and while I have been meditating, or practicing Dhyana for years now, I am not as well practiced at body movement with the breath.

Therefore, my life coach and teacher has put me on a very gentle path to increase the movement and blood flow in and to my upper body. It is important that the practice is gentle, as I have two shoulder injuries, which happened some time ago, yet have been exasperated by the pandemic.

Anyway, the point is that I am finding great relief in the practice; and am excited about the movement returning to my shoulders. Awesome.

Alright everyone, that’s all for this entry.

Have a splendid week.

#poetry, #becoming, #bloggers-diary, #blogging, #communitygarden, #corvallis, #dhyana, #diary, #gardening, #hiking, #meditation, #poem, #poems, #sprite, #willamettevalley, #writing

Mind

Photo by Mario Álvarez on Unsplash

thinking,
the mind ponders
and creates at will, so
watch, listen, and sit in
the silence in-
between.

The name of this style of poem is called the Hexastich. It took me some time to get to writing one of these. It was fun.

#poetry, #contemplation, #hexastich, #instrospection, #life, #love, #meditation, #mind, #poem, #poems, #silence, #within

Tanka #10

sit, watch, and wait, while
the Universe explains the
scene unfolding, and
the mystery within, as
one moment becomes the next.

In response to the WDYS #76 prompt from Keep it Alive, by Sadje.

#poetry, #contemplation, #cosmos, #introspection, #life, #love, #meditation, #mystery, #nature, #poem, #poems, #tanka, #universe, #wdys76

Gift

Photo by Juskteez Vu on Unsplash

Sitting, I ponder the nature of our
existence. Quiet mind, not a noise found
anywhere, silent, stillness, and so much
brilliance.

It fills my entire being with joy, of such
immenseness, at times it’s hard to actually
say more than this.

And, the more I learn, in fact, it seems
it’s in the saying less where we find out
what’s best.

It feels like it’s taken me an eternity to learn
this truth. Yet, it’s really only been one moment
since I was just a youth.

Time is funny that way, wouldn’t you say?

Long and drawn out in times of great stress,
or when we are simply unsure how to handle
life’s continuous tests.

And,

Short and awfully quick, in times when we
are in a hurry, rushing from here to there,
without even giving the scenery a second stare.

There is a third way, however, to see and experience,
all that surrounds you. It’s seen when we slow down,
and are present to each moment,
caring for them as if they were the only gift
that could possibly prevent our descent.

#poetry, #contemplation, #gift, #introspection, #meditation, #nature, #poem, #poems, #ponder, #universe, #wonder

Tanka #9

ponder existence,
contemplate and meditate
on the nature that
surrounds you, while moving in
the silent dance of intrigue
and one imagination.

#poetry, #contemplation, #imagination, #introspection, #meditation, #nature, #oneness, #poem, #ponder, #tanka