Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry that uses sensory language to present images of directly observed objects or occurrences. Haikus are written through keen observation of nature, emotional experience, and encounters with life.
Haiku captures the essence of mindfulness as it condenses observation of the inner and outer world through the five senses. It is based on awareness alone—devoid of judgment, analysis, or assumption.
The following haikus follow the traditional 17 syllable structure written in three lines—5/7/5 respectively—but centers its subject matter on mindfulness themes, such as beginning anew, turning toward that which is difficult, beginner’s mind, the three truths of reality, thoughts as mental formations….. Consider using the haikus as a kind of meditation. Each haiku is partnered with a quote and a practice to cultivate the various gifts mindfulness has to offer. Enjoy!