Haiku and Mindfulness

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Mindfulness: the new buzzword for those promoting peaceful and thoughtful lifestyles. But, what does it really mean? What is the point? How do we become ‘mindful’?

Our own Brother Toby suggests in one of his Friday Reflections that the point of mindfulness, or awareness as he prefers to call it, is

“to find ways of reminding ourselves that we are humans living with other humans — and also living in a community of other beings and things.”

Read more here.

We remind ourselves to be aware of ourselves and of everything around us every day in a variety of ways, including haiku and meditation.

Haiku is an ancient form of Japanese poetry that focuses on the small and the natural. We here at Starcross find that writing and sharing haiku soothes and centers us. Here, we share with you the history and philosophy of haiku, as we practice it. Please read on below:

Here is additional information on our other mindful practices and activities here at Starcross. Click theses links to read more:

Tools for Good Works

Words for Use in the Liturgy of Living