Thursday, December 20, 2012

Soul Care

      I had to go looking for inspiration to create a post for the end of this week.  With Christmas looming, there would normally be no shortage of topics to explore, all lending themselves to savoring the wonders of this season.

   Somehow, I was unable to get up the energy to post a recipe of my favorite cookies or another story about Orange Sneakers.  Not this week.  My heart is just not ready to put on the child-like joy I usually feel right about now in the year.

     I often visit Abbey of the Arts for spiritual nourishment and especially to join in the poetry party held monthly by Christine Valters Paintner, PhD., a Benedictine oblate.   The challenge this month was  to write a poem on the topic of 'kinship with creation,' using the photo below as inspiration. Click on the link above to explore more Abbey of the Arts.

   Here are three linked haiku that came out of my meditation on the photo and topic:


an innocent deer
leaves a trail to follow
toward the light


in stillness
trees lift their branches
toward heaven


do song birds
find the silence comforting
in winter? 


Photo Credit: "Snow Tracks" by Brent Bill

I am also  sharing  with Recuerda Mi Corazon for Haiku my Heart on Friday.    Hop on over there to find poets and artists with abundant  heart and soul nourishment!


Take-away for today:  The spirit is the fourth spoke in the wheel of holistic wellness and may indeed be the key to physical, mental and psychological health.   There are many paths to spiritual wellness.  What nourishes your spirit? 


  1. Zdjęcie pokazane jest śliczne i miły wierszyk zrozumiałam. Pozdrawiam.

    Photo shown is beautiful and a nice poem understood. Yours.

  2. Lovely winter repose here, Barbara. Thank you for the stillness.
    Wishing you a bright and love filled solstice !

  3. I haven't had the same energy this year either, Barbara! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. Love your poetry. xxoo LVL and The Herbal Husband

  4. Lovely set specially the last one ~

    Wishing you a Blessed Christmas ~

  5. Wonderful set of haiku bringing serene and pensive thoughts ~ Happy Holidays to you ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor ~ aka artmusedog and Carol ^_^)

  6. A lovely trio
    recognizing beauty in silence♥

  7. The question haiku goes straight to my heart...

    Shall I

  8. A trail toward the light...and sometimes the trail is faint indeed...


  9. Wonderful winter haiku Barbara. The last one is my favorite. Merry Christmas to you!

  10. all beautiful... the last is my favorite too. happy holidays:-)

  11. a beautiful seasonal set of nature.....thanx for sharing today

  12. I think that all of your Haikus are beautiful and each one makes me ponder in its own right.
    Yes, it has been difficult to get into the Christmas spirit this year, yet little bits of joy and celebration are finding their way through...thanks for your wintery offerings!


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