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.

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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.

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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.

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5-Minute-Meditation: Whisper

By Margaret Harms

And when we whisper, then the stars fall down; to be partakers of our honey talk. (Christopher Marlowe)

I hear the whisper of the snow as it swishes through the frigid air. Its whisper at the window pane seems to tell me to stay inside where it’s warm and snug.

The partridges whisper their soft “kee-uck” to each other under the snow-laden branches of the evergreen tree on our front lawn, wondering when the man of the house will again spread the oats on the ground for their supper.

The black cat comes from the animals’ house to gaze into the garden doors to see what I’m doing. I open the door and welcome him into my arms. I whisper love into his soft, thick, furry coat and his audible purr whispers back, “I love you too.”

When our daughter was a baby, she would wiggle and squirm while I tried to change her diaper. If I whispered sweet nothings in her ear she became very still and the expression of wonder on her face spoke of magic.

My husband and I softly whisper comforting thoughts to each other before falling asleep. With the children all gone from the nest, we don’t need to be concerned about disturbing anyone with our bedtime discussions but we whisper anyway. I’ve discovered that speaking softly, as in a whisper, can be comforting and soothing. It often speaks the language of love.

Today I whisper words of encouragement 

to someone who needs it.

© Margaret Harms 2016

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

Biography – Margaret Harms

Margaret Harms is a retired teacher. After retirement she has travelled to Burkina Faso, Africa, completed a Life Writing course at CMU, and has taken up painting. Margaret writes poetry, memories of her childhood, and stories of her family and her teaching experiences. Her passion is reading. Margaret and her husband live on a small acreage near Lowe Farm, Manitoba, Canada, where they enjoy gardening in summer. She lovingly tends her roses.

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A Taste of Life Writing for Transformation

A Taste of Life Writing for Transformation
— Read on spark.adobe.com/page/3SdH8Dvn4Gk6B/

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April 2018 Classes

This is your invitation to join a Heartspace Transformative Writing™ class

–Learning that Changes Lives

  • Breathe new life into your writing and your relationships

  • Join a light-hearted circle of writers who support and celebrate one another’s courage and writing

  • Discover your strengths and achieve your goals in a stimulating, “no red pens,” writing program

    Each week explore creative channels and topics to enrich your writing and your life by expanding awareness from fresh perspectives.

    Give your words new vitality in this safe “no red pens” course.

    Based on the book Tools of Transformation Infinity Publishing, 2004 by Joanne Klassen

    FREE UP YOUR PEN is limited to the first 10 registrants.

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Instructor: Joanne Klassen is founder of Heartspace Writing School, home of Transformative Life Writing™–Learning that Changes Lives, with centres in North America and Europe. Joanne’s stories appear in the 101 Best Chicken Soup for the Soul Stories; her books have been translated into Greek and Russian. Heartspace writers have published more than 50 books, all Mc Nally-Robinson bestsellers.

Joanne loves paving fresh pathways for life writing.

4 Thursday Evenings April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, 2018 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $225.00 plus GST

New Students Bonus: Receive a FREE E-copy of Tools of Transformation, by Joanne Klassen

Special $25 Discount for Returning Students

Location: Osborne Village area, Winnipeg

For information or to register contact heartspace@mymts.net

 

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5-Minute-Meditation: Touch

By Brian Hay

Seldom, or perhaps never, does a marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothly and without crises: there is no coming to consciousness without pain.

(Carl Jung)

Your touch means so much more than your words. I have longed for your touch these past years, wanted it spontaneously given, during our walks, to reach over and touch my shoulder, or my hip. To hold my hand.

And while we drive, to reach over and with the back of your hand, touch my cheek, let me know that you are thinking of me, glad to be with me.

We have so much pain to work through, and a flood of words seems insufficient to ease that pain.

Instead, it is the touch, your head on my shoulder, my fingers through your hair, my other hand lightly drawing on your bare back, shivers and goose bumps. Your hand on my chest.

Touch is healing.

I embrace the gift of simple touch to express love and tenderness, compassion and care.

© Brian Hay 2016

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

Biography – Brian Hay

Brian Hay is a retired lawyer and a writer. He completed Transformative WritingTM studies at Canadian Mennonite University and received facilitator certification at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center, European Centre for Life Writing for TransformationTM, in Birmingham, England. Brian took motorcycle lessons after he turned 60, consistent with Michelangelo’s motto: “I’m always learn-ing …” He loves reading books about writing and daily personal/spiritual reflection.

 

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