Take a Deep Breath: The Haiku Way to Inner Peace

Take a Deep Breath: The Haiku Way to Inner Peace

by Sylvia Forges-Ryan, Edward Ryan
     
 
What happens when one of America's best-known haiku poets joins forces with her psychologist husband to write a book? The answer: Take a Deep Breath: The Haiku Way to Inner Peace -- a unique collection of guided meditations, drawn from and experienced through the appreciation of haiku. Sylvia Forges-Ryan, an award-winning poet, and Edward Ryan, a Yale psychologist,

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What happens when one of America's best-known haiku poets joins forces with her psychologist husband to write a book? The answer: Take a Deep Breath: The Haiku Way to Inner Peace -- a unique collection of guided meditations, drawn from and experienced through the appreciation of haiku. Sylvia Forges-Ryan, an award-winning poet, and Edward Ryan, a Yale psychologist, have teamed up to introduce an original and heartfelt technique for relaxing: a combination of restful haiku with clear and simple instructions on how to draw out the insights each one contains, and use them for one's own well-being. Haiku are the perfect form for their exercises because they are the shortest of poems, with the longest of echoes. A good haiku distills a great deal of experience into a few phrases, and sets off a chain of thoughts that expand like the ripples in a pond. Each haiku here makes that little splash which creates a ripple of thought explored in the short commentary that follows. In today's fast-paced, high-pressure world, Take a Deep Breath can help anyone learn to slow down and take stock, relax and focus on the present moment, and find poetry and depth in their own lives.

Editorial Reviews

FrogPond
I recommend this nicely produced book...for anyone looking to develop more mindfulness and compassion in everyday life.
Summer 2003
Publishers Weekly
A husband and wife (he's a psychologist, she's a poet) align meditation with haiku in this accessible if sometimes facile volume of poems and commentary. Spiritual knowledge, the Ryans maintain, comes from within: enlightenment is simply "paying attention to just this, whatever it may be," and both haiku and meditation are designed to help a person "see a particular moment with compassion." Sylvia's 44 haiku are arranged by season and accompanied by suggestions for how to fully appreciate their meaning. "Snapshots scattered/ in a drawer-/ the autumn wind" should remind readers that "[n]ature won't let us stop life, capture it, hide it away" and that "we have to let go of the 'me' we've made an elaborate mental catalog of." The authors' expertise and the power of their convictions are apparent throughout this volume, but the reflections that follow the haiku often meander and sometimes stumble. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784770028853
Publisher:
Kodansha International
Publication date:
02/20/2003
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
7.46(w) x 6.64(h) x 0.59(d)

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