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Haiku Poetry

I find Haiku fascinating, endlessly inscrutable, words flowing smoothly from the quill.  Sometimes I attempt Haiku, yet it never seems as ‘simple’ as the Haiku masters’ attempts.

Words flowing smoothly from the quill

Words flowing smoothly from the quill

Following are some Haiku poems for you to ponder and hopefully enjoy.

“What’s the butterfly

dreaming

as it moves its wings so?”

Chiyojo

“Through the mist

I can just see

a waterwheel.”

Uejima Onitsura

“Hazy morning

as in a painting of a dream,

the people passing.”

Buson

Alexia Miall

Alexia Miall

Shared by Alexia Miall

Alexia’s career began in banking and then moved via advertising to a major career change in 1980 to Adult and Transformational Education.  She has been privileged to share this incredible journey with 1000’s of like minded souls through her extensive experience as a facilitator, trainer, life coach, therapist, and mentor.  She managed her own training company in Victoria during the 1990’s, and during this time was the Course Leader for a training program from which the Banksia Environmental Foundation formed.

Alexia has acquired further education in Adult Education in Training; Somatic Psychotherapy; Life Coaching; Conflict Resolution; plus Accreditation in many behavioural and culture change models. She is an Associate of EcoSTEPS, a niche Sustainability consultancy, which supports her love of the natural environment.

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I came across this poem the other day and it reminded me of all the amazing carers I have had the pleasure of meeting at Quest for Life both at the centre and out in the community and I thought I would share it with you all.

We care because we love.

We love because we care,

It’s as natural as breathing in freshest Air.

To love, hope and strive and continue to care.

 

This circle of caring, life, love and hope.

That’s what helps us continue and aids us to cope.

There’s another circle, it’s hopeless and bleak, a black hole.

It pulls down Carers, and so saddens their soul.

 

Some support is needed to help Carers through.

Please make sure they get it, it’s all up to you.

We can help with support and speak our mind.

For one day as Carers ourselves we may find.

By Maz

I thank each of you for opening my eyes to the all the joys of caring and all the challenges of caring. Apart from the love you demonstrate 24/7; you personally save our economy many, many millions of dollars each year by caring for loved ones at home.

You also hold the responsibility of another’s life (sometimes for your entire adult life) so graciously. You do this even when you feel tired, are being called names by those you love (and who have no capacity for self-control), are changing an adult child’s nappy or getting up ten times a night every night to take him or her back to bed. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

For many of you, respite is a far off dream. At Quest, we offer carers some time out and practical strategies for inner peace. We invite you to attend one of our programs and we promise there will be no dishes to wash, no laundry to hang plus you will be fed magnificently and be well cared for. You may even enjoy some apple crumble with custard (made by someone else of course)!

So I salute you one and all for what you do for me and for all of us as you devote your lives to the care of those who need it most. Your courage is inspiring and your wellbeing is so important. So, who takes care of the carer? Well Quest for Life does. We offer support and care for you… because …YOU DESERVE IT!

Much love to all

Margie

We recently held a webinar for carers and the recording is here under Previous Webinars. Petrea King and Dr Timothy Sharp (The Happiness Institute) are conducting a 1 day workshop: Who Cares for the Carer? in Sydney in March. All the details are on our website.

Margie Braunstein

Margie Braunstein

Margie Braunstein

Margie is a somatic psychotherapist and counsellor providing psychotherapy services to the people of the Central Coast and Sydney.  Margie lives on the beautiful Central Coast with her husband, two children, two dogs and a cat.

Over the last 12 years, Margie has also been engaged in the design, delivery and marketing of transformational learning programs. During this time she has regularly facilitated personal development programs for up to 50 people on weekend workshops, week-long intensives and advanced programs of 3-4 months.

Margie has a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from UTS, Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Australian College of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy and qualifications in somatic therapy, executive coaching and relationship counselling.

Margie has a passion for personal development and regards people with respect, empathy and compassion in the belief that while we all do the best we can, a little bit more kindness and care can lead to even greater peace and joy in life.

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Now is the time...

Now is the time....

Now is the time to…
value wisdom
Don’t underestimate the value of knowledge,
yours or others.
Seek out those who’ve been there.
Ask them what they’ve learned.
Listen to them.
Distil their wisdom.
Apply it to your journey.

From…..Now Is the Time – 170 ways to seize the moment
by Patrick Lindsay

Alexia Miall

Alexia Miall

Alexia Miall

Alexia’s career began in banking and then moved via advertising to a major career change in 1980 to Adult and Transformational Education.  She has been privileged to share this incredible journey with 1000’s of like minded souls through her extensive experience as a facilitator, trainer, life coach, therapist, and mentor.  She managed her own training company in Victoria during the 1990’s, and during this time was the Course Leader for a training program from which the Banksia Environmental Foundation formed.

Alexia has acquired further education in Adult Education in Training; Somatic Psychotherapy; Life Coaching; Conflict Resolution; plus Accreditation in many behavioural and culture change models. She is an Associate of EcoSTEPS, a niche Sustainability consultancy, which supports her love of the natural environment.

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For I am Love, And that’s all that is real

True transformation takes place with changes to what we think and feel.

True and lasting transformation is what we are privileged to witness and share on a Quest program.  Here is a beautiful testimony and poem from Meg Bryar, a participant on a recent Healing your Life program.

I am Love
By Meg Bryar
May, 2011

I am Love, Put onto this earth
With a physical body, that can feel and hurt;

With an active mind, that can think and create
Beliefs and assumptions, that can alter my fate.

I am Love, That is who I am
And I sooo want to feel, Myself again;

Because when the love that I am, Can shine right through
That’s all that I am, that’s all that’s true.

I am Love, Not limb, nor liver
Nor the body, that fear makes quiver.

I am not what I think, nor what I feel.
I am not what they say I am, none of that’s real.

Take my leg, remove my sight;
I still am what I am –  A love so bright.

Strip me bare, take me limb by limb;
You’ll find only love, contained within.

I am not my body. I am not my mind.
I am not what I’m feeling, Nor the trouble I find.

I am only pure love; Nothing more, nothing less
But I have a body, So you have something to caress.

I have a mind, So we can talk and share.
I have eyes, To see you there.

I have ears, So I can hear you sing.
I have a heart , To feel everything.

I have legs, So with you I can walk.
I have a mouth, So we can talk.

You used your bodily gift, To so carelessly abuse mine;
You abused my bodily gift, And distorted my mind.

The wounds you left caused a drift, Between love and what my body feels
But I’ll reconnect, And love will heal.

No matter your insults, No matter your blows,
No matter if your body, Breaks my nose.

You may take my dignity, You may take my rights;
But I am Love. I am my own light.

You can’t take love. You can’t take who I AM;
I can lose it somewhere, But I’ll find it again.

And Love will caress, And Love will heal;
For I am Love, And that’s all that is real.

With love, Meg

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Meaning

What meaning do you give to your life?

Standing for what you believe in,
Regardless of the odds against you,
and the pressure that tears at your resistance,
… means courage.

Keeping a smile on your face,
When inside you feel like dying,
For the sake of supporting others,
… means strength.

Stopping at nothing,
And doing what’s in your heart,
You know is right,
… means determination.

Doing more than is expected,
To make another’s life a little more bearable,
Without uttering a single complaint,
… means compassion.

Helping a friend in need,
No matter the time or effort,
To the best of your ability,
… means loyalty.

Giving more than you have,
And expecting nothing,
But nothing in return,
… means selflessness.

Holding your head high,
And being the best you know you can be
When life seems to fall apart at your feet,
Facing each difficulty with the confidence

That time will bring you better tomorrows,
And never giving up,

… means confidence

By : Author Unknown 

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Orb of glistening dew

Luminescent orb of glistening dew
Clings weightlessly to bright green blade
Dawn sun rising gently holds
Evaporation’s soft, warm hand
While tension grows on taut membrane

Inside atoms laugh and dance
No future pain
Or sickly dread
Just rock and roll and always now
Within the silent crystal ball

And so the final moment breaks
The orchestra’s climactic crest
Contents spill, returned to home
Received with earth’s parched gratitude
Triumphant transpiration done
And life continues on and on…

 

I wrote this for you…Now can you honestly say you were thinking about your problems while reading this? That’s presence. I hope you had a moment…

Love Margie

Margie Braunstein

Margie Braunstein

Margie is a somatic psychotherapist and counsellor providing psychotherapy services to the people of the Central Coast and Sydney.  Margie lives on the beautiful Central Coast with her husband, two children, two dogs and a cat.

Over the last 12 years, Margie has also been engaged in the design, delivery and marketing of transformational learning programs. During this time she has regularly facilitated personal development programs for up to 50 people on weekend workshops, week-long intensives and advanced programs of 3-4 months.

Margie has a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from UTS, Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Australian College of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy and qualifications in somatic therapy, executive coaching and relationship counselling.

Margie has a passion for personal development and regards people with respect, empathy and compassion in the belief that while we all do the best we can, a little bit more kindness and care can lead to even greater peace and joy in life.

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CONTEMPLATING MIND

Look upon the body as unreal;

An image in a mirror; the reflection of the moon in water.

Contemplate the mind as formless, yet bright and pure.

Not a single thought arising,

Empty, yet perceptive; still, yet illuminating.

Complete like the Great Emptiness; containing all that is wonderful.

 

Neither going out nor coming in, without appearance or characteristics.

Countless skillful means arise out of one mind.

Independent of material existence, which is ever an obstruction.

Do not cling to deluded thoughts, these give birth to illusion.

 

Attentively contemplate this mind; empty, devoid of all objects.

If emotions should suddendly arise, you will fall into confusion.

In a critical moment bring back the light, powerfully illuminating.

Clouds disperse, the sky is clear.

The sun shines brilliantly.

 

If nothing arises within the mind, nothing will manifest without.

That which has characteristics, is not original reality.

If you can see a thought as it arises, this awareness will at once destroy it.

Whatever state of mind should come, sweep it away and put it down.

Both good and evil states can be transformed by mind.

Sacred and profane appear, in accordance with thoughts.

 

Reciting mantras or contemplating mind,

Are merely herbs for polishing a mirror.

When the dust is removed, they are also wiped away.

Great extensive spiritual powers are all complete within the mind.

The Pure Land or the heavens can be travelled to at will.

 

You need not to seek the real, mind originally is Buddha.

The familiar becomes remote, the strange seems familiar.

Day and night, everything is wonderful.

Nothing you encounter confuses you.

These are the essentials of mind.

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Shared by Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is a renowned Innovator, Visionary and Facilitator  in Life Transformation. Her previous role as the C.E.O. of the Asher Institute of Integrative Medicine Foundation has seen Michelle working and studying with leading edge Doctors and Physicians from around the globe as she mentored 1000’s of people in sustainable wellness. An experience that embedded the importance of interconnecting the spirit, heart, mind and body both personally and professionally to maximize health and success in all areas of life.

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