Saturday, 9 March 2019

The Listener

The listener doesn’t need to hear
For his soul is already attuned;
To the sounds that encase him
Like a blanket that fits,
Snuggly over his shoulders
Right down to his finger tips.

She already notices the changes within each season.
Sang by the winds whinge amongst the trees and
While the cuckoo hammers strong,
The other birds raise up their voices in a collective, glorious song.

Yet it’s the muffled sound held in the decaying movements 
of last autumn’s leaves that
harold’s springs approach;
like a soft sigh of release
from the soles beneath ones feet.

I hear your approach.
I need not prick up my ears to hear for your foot fall.
Rather I notice your presence
In the orchestral call 
in all which surrounds me;
from bunches of snowdrops 
and flouncy pussy willow
From tender dandelion leaves
to the soft yellow hues in the daffodils.

The listener hears because he is here.
She is attuned to being present
I need only

to be.

Your Koru

Life is like a bonbon … so unwrap it with care.


Some of you feel that to get the most out of a moment, this moment, a detailed plan is needed, which lays out all you need to accomplish or reach a tranquil state. 
Others of you say that a seminar or retreat weekend provides you with the needed resources to put you back on track. And some people feel that making lists to tick off what has been accomplished is the golden rule to getting things done and being productive in completing a bucket load of things.

What is with just standing still and taking a moment to look about you? What is with just being in this span of time present, without needing to do anything? 

We are inundated with advertising from the outside world in the form of social media, talk shows, forums and guru workshops, all enticing us to run after peace, search for solitude and buy into awareness and in some case enlightment. The idea is feed to us through suggestive manipulation that we are unable to be fulfilled without the newest fad gadget that gives your physical body and senses a state of the so much needed rest. No wonder so many people feel always drained, tired and restless.  We have truly forgotten how to be here without something pulling, tugging or winding us up to reaching calmness.

Yes, in many respects we have entered the age of not being able to “just be” without a crouch of some sort supporting us. It’s not a matter anymore of just making the decision to go for a stroll in the woods and breathe in the atmosphere that nature has create there. Viewing the small signs of the seasonal transitions, as dry bare branches from the winter months create small buds from which later, as the suns warmth bares down upon them, they will expand into a lush green foliage. Appreciating this rotating process of reclusive recuperation that evolves into a rejuvenating awakening requires only your observational skills. 

No, before even venturing into nature you required to make the journey first to the nearest outdoor store to deck yourself out, from head to toe, in the latest Gore-Tex clothing, hiking shoes and Nordic walking poles. Probably even a backpack to hold the energy giving virtualizing health snacks that should provide you with the nutrition your missing to get you through this walk; oh, and a thermos made from bamboo strands, which holds your herbal tea to quench your thirst for peace. All this has been sold to you on the pretense it will help support you to make the correct stride into gaining stability as you venture out into tuning the mind, body and soul into being effectively present on your trip into the wild unknown. What crap! Let’s honestly hope that after spending the time and energy preparing yourself to go for a walk you actual do it.

To really get the most out of any moment you only need yourself to want to do it. To take ownership of wanting to be here now. To breathe in the air around you. To accept your limitations and still move into the space given to you to exist and be. Simply take note of what you are doing now, and view it through your senses of touch, smell, hearing, taste and sight. You have all you need for fully living in this moment on and in you already. It is the truth that is not sold to you because it would mean there would not be a profit made in the bank account of the entrepreneur, tinker or tailor.

Therefore, be grateful for everything your living now no matter whether it is uplifting or simply the pits. It’s all part of experiencing what it means to live. Tomorrow might not be your future; so today is all you have to work with hence enjoy every single fantastic, bombastic moment. Explore your surroundings, live your experiences and walk through your moments with what you already own. Believe me when I say it will be enough for you to tap into the majestic presence of what is called being present.

Life is like a bonbon … so unwrap it with care and enjoy it. 

Your Korus

The Listener

The listener doesn’t need to hear For his soul is already attuned; To the sounds that encase him Like a blanket that fits, Snuggly over ...