Reflection, Spirit & Soul, The Self

Being elsewhere

Away from the noise of society, to feel free and unburdened... at different points in our life, this is a welcoming notion. The longing to hear our own voice loud and clear, to do our own thing unbounded; ultimately to be our own self without the expectations from others and the obligations to be this… Continue reading Being elsewhere

In relationship, Nostalgia, Reflection

She left

What happens when someone leaves? To those left behind, there will be a period of remembering and reflection. News of her passing is no different. She was larger than life, beyond her physicality. The volatility of her words and actions left indelible prints upon the lives of those around her. I was only young when… Continue reading She left

Being alive, Passion, Reflection

Enough…to consider

For you who needs this now... What is your relationship with enough? When you hear it, how does your mind respond? How does the sacred within you approach enough?   Enough. An exhortation. An admonishment. An assurance. An incantation. A knowing. Enough. ~ FlorenceT     © 2021 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her… Continue reading Enough…to consider

Being alive, Haiku, Poetry

A meditation

Time in time. Breath ever lasting. Time ceases.   When I am feeling the pressure of time, I allow time to meditate on time. I watch time flows in my will and out of my will, once again a reminder of my presence in time. Significant and insignificant. Essential and not. © 2021 FlorenceT Copyright… Continue reading A meditation

Living life, Reflection, The Self

Stories told

She is afraid of how she'll present in a crowd and to anyone - will she falter, will she seem stupid, will she know the best way to be. And she is fearful of what will happen as her mind tells her stories of worst outcomes of any situation. What if she can't cope? What… Continue reading Stories told

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul

Movements and stillness

I am not a physically active person, preferring the comforts of a cozy armchair and a good book. Yet there are still a lot of movements and actions in my life, as a friend reminded me. I was conditioned to strive, to be effortful. A moment of rest deemed wasteful. The do-er in me conditioned… Continue reading Movements and stillness

Being alive, Haiku, Poetry

Time flows #haiku 346

As the clock ticks, Illusion of time, fast, slow, empty, not enough, slip through these fingers.   The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #346. This week's prompt words are slip and time.   If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published every Monday - it comes… Continue reading Time flows #haiku 346

Contemplate, Living life, Music, Reflection

An ordinary path

I understand enough Mandarin, for it to serve me in my travels. So perhaps it is understanding what the lyrics mean that drew me to this song. Perhaps it is the poignant melody. Or both. The unofficial translation of the poetic Mandarin lyrics does not do it justice, yet it is the closest I could… Continue reading An ordinary path

Living life, Nostalgia, Reflection, Spirit & Soul

These things

“You’ve got a nice set-up here,” he said walking in. “Yes, I do spend quite a bit of time here, so it’s got to be comfortable,” I said. He gently touched the ornaments displayed, reading the spines of books which caught his attention. It is not often we get these relaxed times together, a sense… Continue reading These things

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul

Belonging to themselves

The real test is that your truth should be good for yourself… So don’t play the missionary… Let other people belong to themselves and look after their own improvement… If they are really satisfied, then nobody should disturb them. If they are not satisfied with what they possess, they will probably seek something better… ~… Continue reading Belonging to themselves

Contemplate, In relationship, Living life, Music, Reflection

“I love you”

What does it actually mean, for you or another? Perhaps this poem resonates? sometimes I love you means I want to love you sometimes I love you means I'll stay a little while longer sometimes I love you means I'm not sure how to leave sometimes I love you means I have nowhere else to… Continue reading “I love you”

Being alive, Haiku, Music, Poetry, Reminisce

fear/trust #haiku

Been a while since I've written a haiku, more than a little rusty!   She curls by my side A gentle soul, only trust, As fears paw her heart.   The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #335. This week's prompt words are curl and paw.   If you are interested in participating, go to… Continue reading fear/trust #haiku

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul, The Self

We are arriving

Advancing, retreating... ebb and flow. Filling, emptying... replenishing and relinquishing. Deconstructing and reconstructing. This is how life is. Sometimes we are aware of this dynamic process, but often we are just living our daily lives, filled with busy events and tasks. Particularly during this pandemic, things seem a little repetitive and predictable. Sometimes we pay… Continue reading We are arriving

Being alive, Poetry

one who came – a poem by kim sowol

For your contemplation... one who came as i became older the one who kept out of sight, the one who hid in dreams— she came again. her face was flush, as before. her fingers were long and thin, and she lay in my arms as always— calm and unmoving. between us there is only silence.… Continue reading one who came – a poem by kim sowol

Living life, Nostalgia, Reflection, The Self

Which to honor?

I am neglecting her. And with this, attendant guilt. Not all the time, just enough to elevate the stress level. I do not believe that I must attend to her all the time, consistently and regularly. But I’d started out with this intention. And the habit had been long ingrained until recently. A new interest… Continue reading Which to honor?

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul

What good is art?

Music, poetry, and books - all these have held me and continue to do so during these weird times, which are feeling strangely normal. I have long felt the value of artistic expressions and productions. Art has brought a certain gladness, many smiles and a sense of connection to something far greater than I. There… Continue reading What good is art?