There is a silent haven
A marvel of a place
do not matter anymore
only the stillness within me.
Out of no where I began humming “One Moment Time”, a song made popular by the late Whitney Houston during the 1988 Summer Olympics. It dawned on me that I was going back to a special one moment that was and has been very meaningful to me. It was the song chosen by my students to sing at their high school graduation. I was one of the teachers in charge of a high school graduation at the time.
The moment I played back in my mind was when the students were called up to receive their diplomas. They were all so proud of what they had achieved. Most of them had been labeled at-risk and they were so proud they had made it to graduation. These moments are the ones that matter to a teacher, parent or grand parent. It is a moment in time that does not escape one’s memory very easily.
I suppose this is a good example of what mindfulness is all about. That moment in time was to create awareness of all things around us and our own self awareness. It was the culmination of many instances that lead to the to it.
“Mindfulness is being aware of or bringing attention to this moment in time deliberately and without judging the experience.” Thus I must have been aware of many of the details of that particular event.
I must admit however, that it is a little more difficult these days to be mindful and focused in the moment. Eckhart Tolle, author of The New Earth urged us “to be in the present or in the now” where each moment counts.
In my book, Haiku Moments I try to exemplify my ideas on mindfulness with the moments expressed in haiku and some of the photographs that connected to those moments.
But again focusing on the present moment is not easy these days. There are too many distractions. However, the challenge is ours to stay focused, grounded and still. It may be that we need to start talking to each other face to face. We need to get rid of our devices and basically stay disconnected but at the same time making ourselves available to others.
Mindfulness to me means holding yourself captive so that nothing else matters.Here is my poem about mindfulness:
One moment in time
It is a magical moment,
one that you can never live again.
It is a moment well spent with a friend,
it is a time to make of yourself a masterpiece.
So that others take you in as their special moment.
A moment in time
is a deep breath
to cleanse the body
and build a spirit.
One moment in time
may connect you with your soul mate
It is a dance in which missing a step will
stop the music playing.
One moment in time is a time to be
mindful and calm,
still and in tune with nature
and your being.
It will be a “time to be free.”
Hopefully it will be the one moment for Peace and Love.
Please let me know what mindfulness is to you.
Sometimes I go to my favorite place;
silently and all alone.
no fancy name given
no signs to direct me there
no houses, no people
simply a natural space
in which to roam.
If ever you should need to go there
I will gladly show you the way
but there is one thing I must say
all you really need is to close your eyes
take three deep breaths
and wish yourself away.
* I often have dreams where I am just walking through beautiful and peaceful landscapes. The painting is one that depicts my latest dream.
Meditation brings us closer to the silence
we all need right now
the more silent and still
the more awareness grows
like wild ferns in the deep forest.
Peace evolves from within:
the soul develops hardy muscles
to keep depression out;
like a great cyclone fence
but still lets the sun rays dance around you.
it brings back the pep in your step.
Breathe the Yoga Master commands
Breathe and let your heart sing
as you meet all your soulmates.
Breathe and be still
you will feel
Peace to all.
Affirm life today
Love your life most of all
You are a universe
Life is your instrument
and only you can be the masterpiece
One thought dripped down reluctantly,
into the vast and lonely
sea of forgotten thoughts.
As it sank into oblivion
and fused with notions unconfined,
it believed it would be accepted at last,
but it was not.
It succumbed along with deep thinking,
proposed in silence, stillness and solidarity.
Philosophies never noted nor known
by great thinkers.
One thought that could have been
a contender, comprehended by the
masses of non thinkers,
with open hearts
to a lonely thought of peace.
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-Melba Christie 2015
I now have lived long enough to know the real essentials in life. The reminders flow into my life constantly. All I need to do is look at a photograph of my grandsons or look deeply into the eyes of my husband or children and everything is put into perspective. I find myself researching my roots and trying to remember memorable events about my childhood. I don’t think it’s a baby boomer mentality. A friend told me that baby boomers go through a similar experience.
My journeys continue. My goals remain stronger than ever. My bucket list grows longer by the day. I suppose that is a good strategy to keep yourself in check. I still hope for world peace. I believe in the wonder of Santa Claus. I believe in God above all things. I even believe in myself lately. I ask myself about destiny. I wonder about if there is another side. Although I still ask the why questions about things, I think I figured out some of the mysteries about my soul.
Joseph Addison, an English essayist, once said, “The great essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”
I think I have most of these covered. However, I believe there is a continuum. You have to shift the focus every so often. You also have to be grateful for everything in your life. Some experiences will be magical, inspirational, and others will bring you done like a roller coaster out of control. But that is what makes up this thing called life. It is what makes us alive. To live is to learn. Your heart will tell you what do each time you are in doubt. Just listen. Don’t let doubts creep up on you and fill you with fears. Be still and you will find the answers you are looking for.
The essentials to happiness are clear to me now. I listen to my feelings and take notes. I try to hug the people I love a few more counts of Mississippi. I take deep breaths to avoid getting upset over nothing. I take longer breaks for me to be me. I pray more. I send out blessings into the universe for anyone who may need them. I visualize only as far as I can see. I locked my ego outside of my heart. I forgive and forget.
The essentials of happiness begin with every new day. This is what I have learned and will live by. I imagine a field of Daisies waving hello and greeting me. That always puts a smile on my face.
We live again
All of us should know
we are but one
We are the bud
we are the seed
we are the triumph
when we learn to love.
Revive the spirit
you were told to hold dear
revive the spirit
forget the fear
Look to the sky,
behold the stars,
the full moon,
the amazing endlessness
of what you see and
as nature sings
For He is Here and
He’s still the king!
and I want
And as I sing, I hear this song
that one time made me feel so strong
I quote the stanza to be free
I hope it does for you
what it did for me
the love we give
is up to us.
“I ‘ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah”
To my dear children
I will sing forever,
To all I love
Sometimes a feeling invades the senses
all at once
overwhelming the heart and soul
tickles you first
to get your attention
sometimes it injects you with energy
so powerful you cannot sleep
sometimes it tiptoes into your dreams
and allows you to slumber
but the feeling lingers for days
and you just can’t remember
why or what it is you should
Sometimes it smacks you across the face
and when you look at yourself in the mirror
you see a hand imprinted in deep red
and sometimes instead
it just walks up to you
and shakes your hand
and you suddenly understand
what you need to do
Your intuition knows how
to make this a better world
to value what matters most
to love life
to be still
and watch patiently
as a flower blooms in spring.
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