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5-Minute-Meditation: Attune

By Bertha Fontaine

In each of us, there lies a divine connection to a power… Today is the day to attune to that power and use it… (Marianne Williamson)

Upon awakening this morning, I felt a slight difference in myself. I wasn’t sure what was happening but I fatefully left for work.

I had to give a short presentation later to a group of people at a meeting. I found it difficult to keep my emotions in check. I stopped a couple of times in the middle of a sentence to contain myself. I shed a few tears before completing my talk, all the while asking myself, “What is wrong with me?”

Later in the day, I realized that it was my deceased father’s birthday. He would have been 96 years old. All day long, without realizing it, I had felt his presence in my mind, my body, and my spirit.

I reflected on how important he was to me, and yes, the world, even after being gone to the spirit world over eighteen year ago.

I take time to listen to my body, 

my mind, and my spirit today.

© Bertha Fontaine 2016

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

Biography –Bertha Fontaine

Bertha Fontaine is currently a manager and counsellor at an addiction treatment centre in Winnipeg, Canada. She attended a Transformative WritingTM program at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) and other writing classes led by Joanne Klassen. This helped Bertha realize the healing power of writing. Bertha loves being with family, especially her two sons, daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren. She believes and practices the Ojibway and Cree traditional ways of her ancestors.

5-Minute-Meditation: Sense

By Ray Ede

In awareness is healing; in awareness is truth;

in awareness is salvation; in awareness is spirituality;

in awareness is growth; in awareness is love;

in awareness is awakening.

(Anthony De Mello)

To be aware, to know the power of awareness, I have to use all my senses. But how can I truly see, hear, smell, taste, feel? Unless I look, listen, scent, savour, and touch, I will sense little. So when I actively do these sensing activities, the sights and sounds, tastes, odours, and tactile experiences are revealed anew. I become more aware of my surroundings and its wonders, and I grow. Others, encouraged to do likewise, can share with me their own insights from their own awareness experiences. They aid my growth.

Can I do more? Of course. Having opened myself to the world outside, shall I also open my inner world? As an introvert, I spend a lot of time here, much of it in imaginings of fictional worlds and sometimes these find expression to be shared with others. What else is in here? Truth?

Might this be hard to look at or to sense in all the ways I applied to the world outside? Yes, and it can lead to dark nights of the soul. But by persevering, I become more aware of who I truly am, what my inner voice is saying and what it —my soul—wants the world to know.

Creatively looking, listening, savouring, scenting, touching, I move towards awareness of all around and all within; towards wholeness.

© Ray Ede 2016

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

Biography –Ray Ede

Encouragement from a supportive English teacher was Ray’s original impetus to write. He discovered Trans-formative Life WritingTM on a course at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, UK. Joanne Klassen and Eleanor Chornoboy later trained him as a facilitator. Ray’s eclectic interests include Jungian Psychology, horticulture, detective novels, and the links between creativity and spirituality. He is married to Denise and is savouring their retirement together in North Wales.

5-Minute-Meditation: Step

By Rebecca Hubbard

At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experiences of life:

the thorns should never be plucked from the roses.

(Ellen Key)

It’s doggedness that’s kept us,

my son and me,

on course across the river,

first him a baby on my hip

next running after

to catch his arm as he teetered

then chasing the metallic clatter

of football studs on rock

and lately, as we near the bank,

I’ve traced size 12 foot prints,

damp marks on the flat stones

that creep across at three a.m.

and evaporate by dawn.

So for now I keep steady,

set my course straight to the other side,

but tomorrow I’ll step off, swing wide

I’ll head to where foam rises

and the river roars,

I’ll step

where my foothold might be lost,

where spray and noise exhilarate,

water sliding clear and cold

over the weir, at home on the brink,

down river, up river

never straight across again.

I embrace all stages of my life as I stand

in this moment with gratitude and daring.

© Rebecca Hubbard 2016

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

Biography –Rebecca Hubbard

The Garden of Shadow and Delight is Rebecca Hubbard’s collection of prose poems on gardens (Cinnamon Press 2014). She lives in a small Hertfordshire village but her family roots are both Welsh and English. She combines gardening at a Camphill Community with teaching writing. Rebecca has degrees in art history and creative writing, and she offers workshops using images, myths, gardens, and landscapes. She practices a silent meditation of the heart and sits with the Quakers.

5-Minute-Meditation: Appreciate

By Joanne Klassen

We see things not as they are

but as we are. (The Talmud)

Four-year-old Joey is more interested in action than art. He’d rather ride his bike fast or race cars on an imaginary speedway. Still, he created a large yellow, blue, and brown portrait of his mum that he held with pride at his school’s Mother’s Day parade.

When I showed a photo of Joey’s art to Joey’s seven-year-old cousin, Ben, he said, “That’s very good work. It looks like George Washington.”

Although the adults chuckled, and this story may be repeated in the family for years, what stays with me is something deeper, “a pearl of great price.” We all saw the same art with different eyes.

Ben’s honest, unbridled appreciation of his younger cousin’s creation and his affirmation of Joey helped me see and celebrate the excellence he saw.

How often do I see only a fraction of the beauty in others and our limitless world? I want to hang on to the joyful energy of Ben’s spontaneous appreciation as I move through the day ahead.

With wide-open eyes, I look deeply and appreciate 

the beauty and excellence that surround me.

© Joanne Klassen 2016

Appreciate 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.