5-Minute-Meditation: Find

By Anne Levin

Transformation involves finding the gain from past pain and moving forward with forgiveness.

(Joanne Klassen)

Maybe that’s what finding my authentic voice is all about. In my very first Transformative Life WritingTM course, I en-visioned my creativity as a secret garden that I’d lost the key to long ago. I feared I’d never return there and was searching and searching for a key. Here I discovered that there was no key—and that the door wasn’t, and had never been, locked. Next a revelation of a kind of spiritual photosynthesis sprang from just a wee green paperclip. And wild nature ran and sparkled through all my notepads, reviving me, sustaining me. My passion tank. My oxygen tank.

They’re all here in this transformative process, pushing me into discomfort. Changed perception leads to understand-ing, leads to forgiveness, and forgiveness is love. I’m not sure I want to go there. I’d like to wallow a while longer in resentment, anger, indignation. When you feel wronged you feel almost deliciously right. My grudges feel as comfy as tatty old slippers. I know they don’t flatter me, but I don’t want to part with them, the longer I’ve had them the more they feel part of me.

Forgiveness takes more. It’s a mountain to climb. But that’s where this road is leading, right to that mountain and up its steep slopes.

I climb the mountain towards

forgiveness and love.

© Anna Levin 2016

Find was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography – Anna Levin

Anna Levin is a writer living in Central Scotland. She trained with Joanne Klassen and received facilitator certification in Life Writing for TransformationTM, through Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. She specializes in natural history journalism, combining her love of words and the wild world. Anna has a special interest in people’s connections to the rest of the natural world and loves working where words and pictures meet.

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What You’ve Been Waiting For

My friend Lorien wrote this today. I was energized by her thoughts. I hope you will be too.

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Always learning,
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Teachers everywhere,
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Just look around you;
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Listen, feel,
taste all these gifts,
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Inhale the scent of possibility,
throw your arms open wide
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of your own becoming.
Look over the edge
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DIVE IN.
There is nothing to fear!
When you take the big leap
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5-Minute-Meditation: Open

By Jayelle Bond

We shall not cease from exploration, 

and the end of all our exploring 

will be to arrive where we started 

and know the place for the first time. 

(T.S. Eliot)

The veranda is a place I can hear the hum and hiss of traffic, the chorus of nature’s ease. A place of unofficial spies and amateur meteorologists. A place of theatre where the audience sits on the stage and watches the play beyond. A place of hollering and guffaws, small talk as large as the world.

Out on the veranda is where geraniums are taken as the first sign of spring. Where children make mud pies and friends. Where the dog curls into a wreath, and birds square dance. Where brandy and thoughts are poured, proposals accepted, stars weighed. Where the creak of a swing can sand the rough edges of a widower.

These days we are sequestered inside, facing the television, not each other. Our own stories lose their breath. I need to exit my home, open the screen door, and step onto the veranda, as balusters shape themselves into arms.

Safe places teach me about myself.

© Jayelle Bond 2016

Open was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography – Jayelle Bond

Jayelle Bond is walking into her prime. She stretched herself by taking the Life Writing for TransformationTM course at Canadian Mennonite University. Poetry is her usual writing; her poems have been published in journals and magazines. A prairie woman who delights in wind-rippled wheat fields and the starry vault of sky, Jayelle engages in watercolour painting, reading, and travelling.

5-Minute-Meditation: Prepare

By Joanne Klassen

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.

(Malcolm X)

It will still be a few weeks before plants can safely be put outdoors, but I want to be ready. For plant-lovers like me, garden centres and greenhouses are the place to be when the earth calls us to participate in the festival of colour whose time will soon arrive.

This week a friend and I drove outside the city to a sprawling garden centre with greenhouses reaching in all directions. As we entered one building, a sea of geraniums in rows of a dozen shades of red, pink, coral, and white greeted us. I stood mesmerized by this ocean of blossoms. How could I choose among so many expressions of perfection?

As Spring approaches, I feel an inner impulse to ready myself to blossom too. Which expression will I choose? Will it be through a garden, a poem, a meal, or a song?

It may not matter which I choose as much as making the decision to participate in life—by adding my own colour to life’s bouquet.

I delight in my creative nature.

I bloom where I am planted today.

© Joanne Klassen 2016

Prepare was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography – Joanne Klassen

Author and Heartspace founder, Joanne began facilitating personal development programs in 1975. Her career and life changed in 1998 when she received a vision for Transformative Life WritingTM which is now offered to teens, adults and seniors around the world. Joanne’s ideal day includes writing, singing to a baby, visiting thrift shops and walking along the river with her husband Ted in Winnipeg, Canada.

5-Minute-Meditation: Accept

By Joanne Klassen

Pain is only one face of reality … We may not like reality, but having accepted it we can begin with love and patience, to transform it … by saying, 

“OK that’s the way things are, the way people are— now let’s see what we can do…”

(Eddie Askew, Disguises of Love)

 Dreamers like me sometimes find it hard to come down to earth and face difficult realities rather than float on a cloud of comfort and possibilities. Unpleasant aspects of life can be avoided for only so long. Leaks need to be fixed, clutter managed, conflicts resolved. Acceptance, we are told, is the key on the key ring of choices for moving ahead in these moments.

For example, family members, friends, or doctors can be habitually late. With love and patience can I accept this reality, and then look at what I can do to be comfortable rather than irritable? If I anticipate, rather than judge this reality, I can have a book, magazine, or journal on hand to enjoy moments of unscheduled solitude.

What about facing realities in myself that I would rather avoid? I think of the number on the bathroom scale. Acceptance is the key to help me see the things I can do to move forward beyond my own weighty issues, with patience and love.

I open my eyes and heart to see and accept what is. Patience and love lead to freedom and transformation.

© Joanne Klassen 2016

Accept was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography – Joanne Klassen

Author and Heartspace founder, Joanne began facilitating personal development programs in 1975. Her career and life changed in 1998 when she received a vision for Transformative Life WritingTM which is now offered to teens, adults and seniors around the world. Joanne’s ideal day includes writing, singing to a baby, visiting thrift shops and walking along the river with her husband Ted in Winnipeg, Canada.

5-Minute-Meditation: Cocoon

By Joanne Klassen

Action without reflection is thoughtless;

reflection without action is passive.

(Jonathan Gosling and Henry Mintzberg,

The Five Minds of a Manager)

 I awaken to a white sky; more snow is on the way. I have meetings to attend and driving is going to be a challenge, but not an obstacle. For one hour I can pause, climb back under the covers and cocoon in a cozy space of reflection before the day of action begins.

Today I didn’t awaken to an alarm or need to jump up, prepare breakfasts and lunches and hustle kids off to school and myself off to work, as I once did. I relish the luxury of more time to reflect at this life stage.

Like a caterpillar, I have been crawling along, eyes on slippery gray sidewalks. As I lie here watching the sky outside my bedroom window, rays of sunrise illuminate nearby buildings, painting them a golden hue. I realize it’s time to emerge from my cocoon. There’s a big, beautiful world outside waiting for me to spread my butterfly wings. Pulling back the covers, I decide to wear yellow today.

Reflection transforms my inner and outer worlds. 

I find moments to cocoon in solitude and emerge, 

ready to spread my wings and enjoy a new view.

© Joanne Klassen 2016

Accept was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography – Joanne Klassen

Author and Heartspace founder, Joanne began facilitating personal development programs in 1975. Her career and life changed in 1998 when she received a vision for Transformative Life WritingTM which is now offered to teens, adults and seniors around the world. Joanne’s ideal day includes writing, singing to a baby, visiting thrift shops and walking along the river with her husband Ted in Winnipeg, Canada.