Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Carpe Diem Extra May 24th Color Your Life


Dear Haijin,

Recently I made our new e-book, Color Your Life, available, but as I downloaded the e-book myself, as I always do with our e-books to check it, I saw that several images weren't visible. I love to hear from you if you have the same problems. If so please let me know than I can correct it.

Namaste,

Chèvrefeuille, your host.

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 25th:


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Yesterday we had a nice "hokku" by Janice, one of our CDHK family members, so today I have chosen for a "hokku" created by a classical haiku poet, Miura Chora (penname: Chora)

Miura Chora
 (1729 – 1780) was a Japanese poet raised in Ise, in the Mie Prefecture of Shima Province on the island of Honshu, Japan. He traveled throughout the country composing poems and helped lead the Matsuo Bashō revival movement of the eighteenth century.

Here is the "hokku" for todays Tan Renga Challenge:



the shrine
in the sacred grove:
a cool wind blows 


© Chora 

Sacred Grove
A nice "hokku" to start this Tan Renga with ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 29th at noon (CET). I will publish our next "hokku" on our Twitter Account. Have fun!


Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 24th: "ancient walls" by Janice 'Petra Domina' Adcock


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Tan Renga Challenge Month ... what a joy to make this month and what a wonderful completions I have read. I am a real fan of Tan Renga and I always try to create them in the best possible way, but of course my ideas are sometimes stranger than others ... That's however the beauty of being human. We are all unique in our own way and that makes Carpe Diem Haiku Kai a great family.

Speaking about our CDHK family ... today I have a nice "hokku" created by Janice 'Petra Domina' Adcock. Janice is already several years part of our CDHK family and she is a very gifted poetess.

Here is Janice's "hokku" for todays Tan Renga:

ancient walls
covered in parables
speak to those who see


© Janice 'Petra Domina' Adcock
Janice wrote this haiku in response on our first episode of the Latifa Prayer with it came a beautiful photo made by Janice too. (See that photo HERE) 
ancient walls
covered in parables
speak to those who see
              (Janice Adcock)


Lascaux's painted caves
echoes from a faraway life
  
      (Chèvrefeuille)


Cave painting of a horse in Lascaux

It was a joy to create this episode and I hope I have inspired you to complete the Tan Renga with your unique creativity ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 29th at noon (CET). I will publish our new "hokku" on our Twitter account.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 23rd: "one step outside" by Tagami Kikusha


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Sorry for this belated episode of our Tan Renga Challenge Month. During the nightshift I can not always publish on time.

Today I have a nice "hokku" for you by a classical haiku poetess, Tagami Kikusha (1753-1826)

one step outside
the temple gate, its Japan --
a tea picker's song


© Tagami Kikusha


Tagami Kikusha

 
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 28th at noon (CET). I will publish our new "hokku" on our Twitter account.

Carpe Diem Extra May 23rd 2016 New CDHK e-book available


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

During lack of time I will publish our new episode in our Tan Renga Challenge month later on today. I have spend a lot of time to create our new exclusive CDHK E-book of our second Theme Week "Color Your Life", about the colors of the Rainbow.

This new exclusive CDHK E-book is Now Available for download at the left of our Kai. I hope you all will like it.

Namaste,

Chèvrefeuille, your host

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Carpe Diem Theme Week #4 (7 ): Latifa Prayer lines 6 & 7: "I love" and "I am prepared"


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I don't know what went wrong, but I have still two lines for this last episode of our 4th Theme Week about the Latifa Prayer, that powerful and wonderful Sufi prayer with roots in Islam. So I have (again) a "double" episode, sorry for that.

Introduction:

The first line I love to share here of this "double" episode is "I Love". What is Love? I think its an energy that "sleeps" deep down in our heart, waiting to come to bloom. Love we have in several meanings. Love as in loving another human for his / her inner beauty (and outer beauty), an unconditional love I mean in this case. But there is also something we call love, but is more about sex without that unconditional love ... just because someone needs to have sex.

I think in the Latifa Prayer it's about that first kind of love, unconditonal love for all and everything. That love stays a mystery ... you can not go on a quest for that kind of love .... that kind of love overcomes you unexpected.

lotus flowers
rising from the depths of the pond
everlasting love
like a river flows onwards
uncertain of its goal
© Chèvrefeuille
Love is about your deepest desires, let your heart speak ... and not your mind.
The last line of the Latifa Prayer "I am prepared" connects you to all and everyone around, it connects you with the desires you want. I will connect you to your Higher Self.
Earlier this week I told you that there is a kind of Latifa Prayer Meditation and I love to share that meditation here with you. It's an easy way to meditate and it will make you happy or happier than you already are.
Meditation
Latifa Prayer Meditation:
Are you ready? Are you relaxed and in a nice comfortable position? Let me take you ... into the Latifa Prayer Meditation. As I am doing this meditation I always play relaxing music like e.g. the music of Karunesh . Just relaxation music. I am not a guy that sits in the "meditation-position" I love to lean back against the wall or lay down on the couch or my bed.
First I start to regulate my breathing to open my energy fields, my chakras. This takes mostly a few minutes. Than starts the Latifa Prayer Meditation:
1. At first you place your right hand on your left flank by the help of your left hand.  Always use your left hand to help your right hand. Than you say out loud: I exist. You breathe steady and softly and think about the reason why you exist. Questions will appear in your mind. Answer them.
2. Bring (by the help of your left hand), your right hand to your right flank. Say to yourself: I desire. Think about the things you desire and be aware.
3. Bring your right hand to your left lung. Say to yourself: I hope. Think about all the things you wish and want in life. Because of this you are going to be able to make space in your mind.
4. Bring your right hand to your right lung. Say out loud: I believe and I trust.  Believe and trust will make you stronger and will help you to let go of your hope and be certain about the things you doubt.
5. Place your right hand on your neck. Say: I let go. This area consists of all the things you keep to yourself like sadness, anger and your own voice. Because of letting these things slip out of your mind, you will breath better. Thinking of your own believes helps you to achieve this exercise.
6. Place your right hand on the centre of your chest. Tell yourself: I love. Loving is one of the strongest and purest feelings we have. Give your heart a chance to speak. Bring out your deepest desires.
7. To finish the prayer you bring your right hand above your bellybutton. Place your left hand on top of it and say the words: I am prepared. Being prepared will connect you with your own voice. The things you want and desire. (Source)
I hope you liked this meditation and of course that it has brought you positive energy.
 
(video by: LiLoveLi )
My response:
For my response on this episode I ran through my archives and gathered a few haiku which fit the theme of this episode:
 
dervishes whirling
seeking a higher consciousness -
third eye opens
© Chèvrefeuille
chanting their mantra
broomstick and rake in hand
true meditation
© Chèvrefeuille


the moon is rising
silvery waves resonate
in tune with my heart
© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... this was our fourth Carpe Diem Theme Week, I hope you did like this week.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 26th at noon (CET). Have fun. !! Next month our Fifth Theme Week is titled "Ascension" !!

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 22nd: "on a windless day" by Cheryl Lynn (a.k.a. Tournesol)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

My excuses (again) for being this late with publishing our new episode of our Tan Renga Challenge Month. I am in the nightshift, so time is a bit different.

Yesterday we had a "hokku" by Hando, a classical haiku poet, and today I have a nice "hokku" by one of our own CDHK family members. Today I have chosen a "hokku" by Tournesol. Tournesol is the penname of Cheryl Lynn, a very gifted haiku poetess. Tournesol is a long time member of our Kai and she has really gorgeous haiku written.

Here is our "hokku" for today:

on a windless day
six circles take shape
a pebble skips


© Tournesol

six circles take shape

This "hokku" brought nice memories ... As a little child I liked throwing pebbles in the water and I remember that my dad learned me to let those flat pebbles bounce on water ... yeah sweet memories.

on a windless day
sic circles take shape
a pebble skips                              (Tournesol)

sweet memories rise up
smiles and tears in battle              (Chèvrefeuille)

A nice response I would say, but that's not up to me to say.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 27th at noon (CET). Our new "hokku" you can find already on our Twitter account.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Delayed posts


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Our new posts are delayed ... my excuses for this inconvinience.

Your host

Friday, May 20, 2016

Carpe Diem Theme Week #4 (5 & 6): Latifa Prayer lines 4 & 5 "I believe and I trust" & "I let go"


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Yesterday I told you all that I hadn't time enough to create a new episode for our Theme Week therefore today I love to share two episodes in one. So in this episode we will look at line 4 and 5 respectively: "I believe and I trust" and "I let go".

Introduction:

Both lines are in the middle of the Latifa Prayer and that's no coincidence I think, because these two lines belong (in a way) together.  To "let go", you have to "believe and trust" that it will become okay. Without believe and trust you cannot let go. Why?

I will give it a try to explain that thought to you. Let me give you an example: "My grandson was bullied for a long time at his school. It hurt him that much that he had a time that he tried not to go to school or as he was bullied he ran away from school. One day, while he had to be at school, he stood for my home. (We live in the close surroundings of his school). He was crying and he was angry. He told me of the bullying. I just listened to his story and than I tried to analyze (together with him) what was happening at times he was bullied? He told me that he (mostly) started with yelling to the bullies or that he ran to his teacher to tell them what was going on".

And this is what I finally told him. "You have to ignore those bullies than they will have no fun with bullying". My grandson looked at me. "How can I do that? How do I ignore them?" "As they are saying things to you you walk away with head held high. You have to be proud on yourself, because you are special and they don't know that, but you do". Than he was a little while silent and I saw how his mind was "running". Than there was the smile, that beautiful strong and proud smile. "Thank you granddad I think I do understand what you have said. As I believe and trust in an on myself than the bullies will leave me and than I can let go and be happy".

From that moment on he was a proud boy and he even started to enjoy school. Of course sometime the bullies tried it again, but they never succeeded in their bullying as they did earlier.

I think this example shows us that we can "let go" the sadness and sorrows of our life just to believe and trust on ourselves and that some Higher power is guiding us.


The Altai Mountains

My response

In a way these two lines make the "I Hope"  line of the Latifa Prayer even stronger than it already is. This shows us (I think) that the Latifa Prayer is a very strong prayer and that's why we may use it. You don't need to say that prayer every day, but the Latifa Prayer meditation you can do easily every day.

Maybe you remember that Mongolian Myth "The Cry of an Eagle" in which an almost the same situation occurs with Maidar. I read that Mongolian Myth again and I enjoyed reading it again. So for my response on this part of the Latifa Prayer I reproduce the haiku from that story here:


whispering leaves
telling all wisdom of the steppes -
cry of an eagle


© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... it was a joy again to create these post and I hope I have inspired you. This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 25th at noon (CET).

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Month May 21st: "the mountain stream" by Thomas Hand (penname: Hando)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Tan Renga Challenge Month. Today I have a nice "hokku" by Hando (penname of Thomas Hand), who was in our history once a featured haiku poet. It wasn't an easy task to find haiku by him, but I had the luck that I have done a few episodes about him somewhere in our CDHK history from which I could choose.

Here is the "hokku":


listening with another
to the music of the mountain stream
here is no other


© Hando

Mountain Stream
And here is my response on this beautiful "hokku" by Hando:

listening with another
to the music of the mountain stream

here is no other                                             (Hando)

the silence becomes deeper
only the rustling of leaves
 
                         (Chèvrefeuille)

Awesome ... a wonderful place to meditate I would say. A place to try the Latifa Prayer meditaion maybe?

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 25th at noon (CET). I have published our new "hokku" on our Twitter account. Have fun!