Have a "haiku moment"when your mind stops and your heart moves.
“Writing haiku offers the chance to honor, hold, and fully experience a fleeting moment that takes you out of yourself, a moment that hints at the deeper unity that lies beneath the surface of things.”from Chapter One
In this encouraging guide for both beginning and experienced haiku writers, Margaret D. McGee shows how writing haiku can be a consciously spiritual practice for seekers of any faith tradition or no tradition.
Drawing from her experience as a spiritual retreat leader and published haiku writer, McGee takes the mystery and intimidation out of beginning to write haiku. For those already on their way, she provides helpful hints and exercises to broaden and deepen both your haiku artistry and your appreciation of haiku as part of your spiritual life. With humor and encouragement, she offers step-by-step exercises for both individuals and writing groups, and shows how haiku can help you:
- Pay attention to the world around you to connect with sacred moments
- Overcome fear and self-doubt to access your innate creativity
- Explore and use haiku together with spiritual practices in your own faith tradition
- Make haiku a spiritual part of your daily routine
About the Author
Margaret D. McGee, a writer, teacher and leader of spiritual workshops and retreats, is author of Sacred Attention: A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment (SkyLight Paths), and Stumbling Toward God: A Prodigal's Return. Her haiku have been published in journals such as The Heron's Nest, bear creek haiku, and Wisteria. Her website, www.IntheCourtyard.com, hosts a forum to write and share haiku in response to the sacred writings of world religions.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE: The Heart of a Moment 9CHAPTER TWO: A Simple Prayer 25CHAPTER THREE: A Companionable Form 41CHAPTER FOUR: A Sense of Time and Place 61CHAPTER FIVE: Inspired Conversations 83CHAPTER SIX: Haiku in Community 101CHAPTER SEVEN: Haiku with Pictures or Prose 123CHAPTER EIGHT: The Haiku Life 137
Acknowledgments 146Haiku Resources 148Notes 154Suggestions for Further Reading 159Credits 162Index of Practices 167Index of Poets 168