No going back – On Listening and Not Listening to your Inner Voice

This seed is from Leza Lowitz.

Leza Lowitz is an accidental global citizen–bicultural mother, modern yogini, and multi-genre, award-winning author of twenty books. This post is adapted from her memoir about her journey of adapting and adopting in Japan, a quest for motherhood that stretched across two continents, two decades and two thousand yoga poses: Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras.

Her Young Adult novel in verse about Japan’s March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Up from the Sea, was just published by Crown Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House. Her book Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By is an amazon best-seller, over a decade after publication.

 Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Wanderlust.com, Elephant Journal, The Manifest-Station, Shambhala Sun, Best Buddhist Writing, the Huffington Post, and the Japan Times.  Lowitz lives in Tokyo where she runs the Sun and Moon yoga studio, tends her century-old garden and cares for her young son, husband, and two half-wild wolf dogs. Please visit her at www.lezalowitz.com and www.sunandmoon.jp.


 

I never thought I’d open my own yoga studio, let alone one in a foreign country. Years ago, while I was meditating at a yoga retreat in Haiku, Hawaii, a voice had said, “You must move to Japan and open a yoga studio in Tokyo.” Was it my inner voice? The voice of island’s Goddess Pele? It didn’t matter. I didn’t listen. Continue reading “No going back – On Listening and Not Listening to your Inner Voice”

A Haiku Seed

This seed is from Simone K. Busch

Simone is from Germany and lives currently in Tokyo with her family. She loves to write Haiku poems and is a very talented photographer. If you like to read more haikus from her, please check out her haiku blog: simonekbusch.blogspot.jp


Some years ago, a book full of haiku in English found its way into my hands in a bookshop in Monterey, California. I was deeply impressed by the truth lying in these tiny poems and as a writer and teacher for Creative Writing I had to try to write them by myself. Haiku were born in Japan but are written all over the world today in many different languages and styles. Authors exchange via internet and publish their work in journals, e-zines, competitions or elsewhere. Compared with poetry in western tradition haiku don’t tell, rather they just show what the author experienced and leave space to be filled with the reader’s own thoughts and emotions. So haiku can be seen as a seed which hopefully blossoms with the reader.


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Feast on your Life

This seed is from Rashmi Aggarwala Zimburg, who lives currently in Tokyo. Rashmi is a global citizen, mother of two daughters and passionate about food. She has lived many different lives with careers in Finance, Cross Cultural Training and now as a Life Coach.


 

This poem is one of my most favorite. I reach out and read it over and over when life and I find ourselves in the doldrums.

A time will come when with elation you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door in your own mirror and each will smile at the others

welcome and say, sit here, Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was yourself.

Give wine.

Give bread.

Give back your heart to yourself, to the stranger who has loved you all

your life, who you have ignored for another. Take down the love letters

from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the

mirror.

Sit.

Feast on your life.                   (Derek Wolcott)

 

So, loving oneself and feeling compassion for oneself, is a ritual that we all forget! Sometimes, words of a poem like this, or a wonderful yoga practice or a meditation may help us remember.

Every time, I have moved to a different country, feeling alone has been the gift that allows me to spend the time to stop and look again. To access the tools of coping that I hold within me. And then miraculously all that is in chaos around me falls into place. The resources appear, the solutions are visible and life continues.


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Increased Awareness

 

This seed is from Katja Otter


 

We humans think our way of communicating is unique, but the more we study other species, we realize they are communicating on a deeper level than we know. There is a theory about the “Hundredth Monkey Effect”, based on a study of monkeys conducted in the 1950s by Japanese scientists on Koshima Island. Continue reading “Increased Awareness”