Haiku-The Sacred Art: A Spiritual Practice in Three Lines

Haiku-The Sacred Art: A Spiritual Practice in Three Lines

by Margaret D. McGee
Haiku-The Sacred Art: A Spiritual Practice in Three Lines

Haiku-The Sacred Art: A Spiritual Practice in Three Lines

by Margaret D. McGee


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594732690
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: The Art of Spiritual Living
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 2.17(w) x 3.35(h) x 0.48(d)

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

Introduction 1

CHAPTER ONE: The Heart of a Moment 9
CHAPTER TWO: A Simple Prayer 25
CHAPTER THREE: A Companionable Form 41
CHAPTER FOUR: A Sense of Time and Place 61
CHAPTER FIVE: Inspired Conversations 83
CHAPTER SIX: Haiku in Community 101
CHAPTER SEVEN: Haiku with Pictures or Prose 123
CHAPTER EIGHT: The Haiku Life 137

Acknowledgments 146
Haiku Resources 148
Notes 154
Suggestions for Further Reading 159
Credits 162
Index of Practices 167
Index of Poets 168

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