Poetry conforms things to thought. Thought plus Sensory Input = Stimulation to the brain. Poetry makes pictures of the whole world in words. "The idea of calm exists in a sitting cat." Jules Renard If stretching were wealth, the cat would be rich. Enjoy the calming effect of holding a pose in the ode to cat Missy. In Mark Twain's classic "Huckleberry Finn" he expects you to admire Colonel Sherburn because he has proved himself calm. The big question: does that make him just? Important to understand
because Americans love courage and justice. Mark Twain's remedy for fear is attention on the present:
Practice keeping your attention on the here and now with some poetry tips.
Missy Karate Cat Poem
Poet Andrea Jackson
Beautiful black fur
Amazing soft purr
Loving green eyes that can hypnotize
Moving gracefully through the house
Footsteps so soft you can hear a mouse.
Laying peacefully in her chair
Sitting in her spot, she’ll give you a deadly stare The talents she possessed no other can compare Sweet loving and the last one is so true One wrong move and she’ll karate chop you.
She is the queen of her castle
She’ll never give you too much of a hastle She’s never too busy
Her name is Missy.
Laying on her pillows and sleeping peacefully What she
dreams, only she can see.
Survival instincts most definitely
she has Never dwelling on the past.
The beauty that she brings
When she leaves this earth
church bells will ring.
Spiritual Dance and Poetry:
Stimulation to the Brain
Andrea Jackson brings us the liberty message through dance. This allows the eternal feminine energy to draw us upward (Goethe).
Dancing opens the energy and the intuitive process to flow as she praises
"Break every chain"
She is a poet gazing into space- the heavens seeking inspiration from Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha Messiach.
Enjoy the Haiku poem about Andrea:
Rare, shy, butterfly Out of the grass--dance, speak, fly Color the earth and sky.
DAILY PRAYER with Andrea Jackson
GOOD MORNING KINGS AND QUEENS. THANKING THE ALMIGHTY ABOVE FOR ALLOWING MY LOVED ONES AND I TO WAKE AND SEE ANOTHER DAY. TOMORROW IS NOT PROMISED TO ANYONE. LORD I THANK YOU FOR COVERING US WITH YOUR BLOOD AND SHIELDING US FROM ALL HURT HARM AND DANGER. I THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE DOING IN MY LIFE. I PRAY FOR THOSE WHO MAY HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE AND THOSE WHO MAY HAVE A SICKNESS. I PRAY FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE GOING THROUGH SOMETHING RIGHT NOW AND THOSE WHO MAY NOT HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE AND ARE ON THE STREETS. I PRAY FOR THE CHILDREN IN THIS WORLD LORD KEEP THEM SAFE. I PRAY FOR EVERYONE. I PRAY THAT EVERYONE HAS A SAFE AND BLESSED DAY. DON'T FORGET TO THANK THE MAN ABOVE FOR WAKING YOU UP BECAUSE HE DIDN'T
FORGET ABOUT YOU
Golden Ratio Energy
A poem about keeping traditions
The Calf Path
(About tradition: Matthew 15:3 and going beyond to the life of God 1 Peter 2:5)
One day, through the primeval wood,
A calf walked home, as good calves should;
But made a trail all bent askew,
A crooked trail as all calves do.
Since then three hundred years have fled,
And, I infer, the calf is dead.
But still he left behind his trail,
And thereby hangs my moral tale.
The trail was taken up next day,
By a lone dog that passed that way.
And then a wise bell-wether sheep,
Pursued the trail o'er vale and steep;
And drew the flock behind him too,
As good bell-wethers always do.
And from that day, o'er hill and glade.
Through those old woods a path was made.
And many men wound in and out,
And dodged, and turned, and bent about;
And uttered words of righteous wrath,
Because 'twas such a crooked path.
But still they followed - do not laugh -
The first migrations of that calf.
And through this winding wood-way stalked,
Because he wobbled when he walked.
This forest path became a lane,
that bent, and turned, and turned again.
This crooked lane became a road,
Where many a poor horse with his load,
Toiled on beneath the burning sun,
And traveled some three miles in one.
And thus a century and a half,
They trod the footsteps of that calf.
The years passed on in swiftness fleet,
The road became a village street;
And this, before men were aware,
A city's crowded thoroughfare;
And soon the central street was this,
Of a renowned metropolis;
And men two centuries and a half,
Trod in the footsteps of that calf.
Each day a hundred thousand rout,
Followed the zigzag calf about;
And o'er his crooked journey went,
The traffic of a continent.
A Hundred thousand men were led,
By one calf near three centuries dead.
They followed still his crooked way,
And lost one hundred years a day;
For thus such reverence is lent,
To well established precedent.
A moral lesson this might teach,
Were I ordained and called to preach;
For men are prone to go it blind,
Along the calf-paths of the mind;
And work away from sun to sun,
To do what other men have done.
They follow in the beaten track,
And out and in, and forth and back,
And still their devious course pursue,
To keep the path that others do.
They keep the path a sacred grove,
Along which all their lives they move.
But how the wise old wood gods laugh,
Who saw the first primeval calf!
Ah! many things this tale might teach -
But I am not ordained to preach.
A poem with only one line about a mental image formed into a sentence: "I have tasted the best water in the world." -- The mystery of the hermit -- a universal blessing in all people explained in "theater of the mind" by Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar and human rights activist.
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered and influential teachers in the world today on the art of mindful living. Just as Apollo, the Greek God of poetry, music and meditation brought the attention of these to humanity in the west, the Vietnamese monk shows their importance in the practice of mindfulness going back 1,000 years in his culture. Harmony exists when we help each other grow. Pictures inspire associations in the brain like in the Chinese language where the word “leisure” is written with the character for door or window. It means that only when you are truly at leisure do you have time to see and enjoy the moon. The teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh gets into his present mindfulness enjoying food, bamboo thickets,and a dog and cat as he did when young. The Biblical image of Christ, living water, standing at the door of our hearts and knocking is impactful of the peace and leisure available when time is spent with Him.
Spiritual Geometry Nature and Math
When all is said and done the essence of Mindfulness, knowing yourself, can only be captured in poetry, and in the silence of your own mind and body at peace. As you cannot look at a sleeping cat and be tense, you can enjoy the calming of a moment in the journey of life and be cradled in the vision of the great
Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda.
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the earth,
let's not speak in any language; mimic
let's stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the dark, doing nothing.
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
If we were not so single-minded
about keep our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.
Now I'll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.
The poem on "Keeping Quiet" was selected by Jon Kabat Zinn, MD for inclusion at medical centers world wide in his book "The Catastrophe Life." Albert Schweitzer, MD, foremost medical missionary to Africa, was quick to note the importance of cats: "Two refugees from the misery of life--a cat and music." After the Civil War in the United States, foremost author, Mark Twain spoke of the condition he saw with reference, to both poetry and cats:
"Its a civilization that has destroyed the simplicity and repose of life, its poetry, its soft romantic dreams and visions, and replaced them with a money fever, shorted ideals, vulgar ambitions, and a sleep that does not refresh. Civilization is defined by the essence of cats"
Poet Thomas Merton speaks of the benefit of silence in the monastic life "What I needed was the solitude to expand in breadth and depth and to be simplified out under the gaze of God more or less the way a plant spreads out its leaves in the sun. That meant that I needed a Rule that was almost entirely aimed at detaching me from the world and uniting me with God, not a Rule made to fit me to fight for God in the world.":
Make it a ritual to have a few minutes of quiet time every day and breathe deeply to relax. I will slow you down to feel centered and grateful..
Cataphatic Theology: God is good - all the time!
The Three Cats of War --Martial Arts cats from the Great Wall of China represent Aikido for Mindfulness (seeing an opponents point of view), Karate and Yoga for breath and balance, and Tai Chi for movement with body, mind and brain coordination.
“All of mans' problems stems from man’s inability to sit in a room alone. Reflection can only be done in a quiet place.” Blaise Pascal. - Catholic
Theologian who invented the calculator and measurement for barometric pressure.
Go a step farther, allow yourself to be bored, even for an hour--or--and don't fight it, the feelings of boredom will be replaced with feelings of peace. After a little practice, you'll learn to relax. When you allow your mind to take a break, it comes back stronger, sharper, more focused and creative.
Watching a cat stretch upon waking from a cat nap is a lesson in stretching with tension known by doctors today PNF "Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation" and brain science reveals chemical serotonin increases the connection between sensory and motor neurons. Accompanying PNF with massage, MET "Muscular energy technique;" is available in Denver, CO at Back to Motion (BacktoMotion.net). Both are useful for counteracting neurological disorders; the exercises using the contract-relax-stretch (isometric contraction) is useful for athletes and those wanting to increase range of motion. For faster reflexes anywhere, anytime increase your serotonin by punch boxing out straight 10 times and then up in the air ten times.