Morning Meditation

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday: Solitude  (posted by Kim)
“I regularly read Brain Pickings by Maria Popova and a recent one had an article about Hermann Hesse on solitude.  
The article starts by describing how Hesse’s ideas about our human responsibility to ourselves and the world were expressed in his ‘Letter to a Young German’ and in his 1946 anthology If the War Goes On…, which was published the year he received the Nobel Prize, from both of which some of the quotations in the article were taken. My favourite quotation about solitude is:”

‘Solitude is not chosen, any more than destiny is chosen. Solitude comes to us if we have within us the magic stone that attracts destiny.’

“For this week’s Haibun Monday, write about solitude: it could be meditative solitude, solitude in nature, or just plain old sitting alone in your room solitude. That’s up to you. But you should write no more than three tight paragraphs about solitude, followed by a traditional haiku that includes reference to a season.”

Winter solitude, and Summer solitude differ from each other.  In Winter, I sit curled up, mug of coffee at my side, reading poems, and daydreaming.  Two sleeping dogs.  In Summer, outdoor morning suits me.  I can hear birds waking and singing, as I drink my coffee, and read poems.

Those differing seasons and my time alone has not changed, however, since I have added meditation to my mornings in my own space, I enjoy this new solitude that washes over me, and prepares me for the day.  It has become a lovely extension of morning solitude.

monk’s eyes are closed, smiles
at sounds of summer birdsong
meditates at dawn



About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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17 Responses to Morning Meditation

  1. rothpoetry says:

    There are definitely differences between summer and winter solitude. Eyes closed hearing bird songs and smiling. That is summer solitude!


  2. robtkistner says:

    This was a nice contemplation on the impact seasons have on seeking solitude. The ending haiku was great. That’s cool that you are meditating Sara. I did Transcendental Meditation for about ten years. But I didn’t meditate for many years after that, and I should have been. Might have avoided my three heart attacks. Even light meditation would have been beneficial. I am now doing cardiac rehabilitation, 30 mintes uninterrupted pedaling a stationary recumbent bicycle. So I am using a zen technique of relaxed mind. Not the same peaceful meditation as TM, but very stress relieving.


  3. kim881 says:

    I can see that difference, Sara, and I enjoy both winter and summer solitude, in similar ways. I love your mediation haiku!


  4. V.J. Knutson says:

    Ah, meditation – like the icing on the cake. Beautiful.


  5. But poetry is part of both summer and winter solitude… so maybe they are also quite similar.


  6. Gina says:

    i like your sweet perspective Sara that you will adapt to the seasons, solitude is how your heart finds its place, lovely haibun


  7. Mike Bayles says:

    Sarah, I like this haibun.


  8. I can relate to the solitude seasons you describe and the meditation –albeit at night… smiles…


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