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Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul

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“If haiku is the sashimi of poetry, tanka is its heartier hand roll cousin.” Ben Huberman

Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul - 10 Healing Symbols

Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul – 10 Healing Symbols

disease comes calling
Seeps through tissues, organs, bones
Hands raised in prayer…
Answers found, test-tube culture
Tanka from a grateful soul

On hospital beds
The terminal and the “well”
All one step from death…
A doctor’s smile, a grimace
Each offers a doorway home

All of life is ephemeral. We come to truly understand that statement when we or someone we love is battling a life threatening illness. It is for that reason that the sages and wise ones advice us to live our lives with grace and gratitude. Take a moment to make someone happy. Take the time to hug your loved ones and smell the fresh air around you. All around us are new and ancient symbols that lift us up or bring us down. Embrace those that lift you and heal you. Stop and take in the symbols in your space. What symbols are in your surroundings? Add some light. Find things that add joy to your space. Share and be grateful for them.

Some of us never stop to look around us or take a moment to digest things. Why the rush? What do we think would happen if we stopped for a moment and spent some time in silence, in prayer or meditation? We rush to shut others out, bring some in, secure our temporary hold on XYZ. In the end, what matters is the love and goodwill we shared with others… I’ve created a collage of healing symbols above. Stop, inhale, and take a look at them. What’s your rush?

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“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared” Gautama Buddha

Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul  - Above; Diwali Oil Lamp

Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul – Above; Diwali Oil Lamp

Candles lit for hope
As time and strength fades away
Outside, life goes on…
Bad things invade good bodies
The outcome sometimes unknown

disease comes and goes
doctors interventions hold
Healing prayers help…
Thanks rise from a grateful heart
What’s left, a test for the soul

I chose a Diwali oil lamp to add above because it is a special celebration that symbolizes the rejuvenation of the human spirit in a festival of lights. ““Diwali also known as the “festival of lights”, is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year.[2][3] The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.”via Wikipedia.  Healing comes in many forms and adding light to the mix is important.

When we recover from a challenging period in our lives, it is important to be grateful and share our thanks in whichever way we see fit; spiritual celebrations, charitable acts, honoring loved ones, and quiet or public proclamation of thanks. Our positive efforts bring more of that healing energy into our lives… Key is to keep up the fight and never give up or feel ashamed. You are not what ails you. Remember: We are all spirits in human form!

This post was inspired by a Daily Post Prompt: Write a Full Tanka. You can keep a tanka journal this week — where you’ll condense each day’s actions and thoughts into one tanka. You could publish each entry separately, or collect them all in one post which you’ll publish at the end of the week.

Another source of inspiration this month is BlogHer’s NabloPoMo blogging theme  – Healing   If you’d love to join in, Sign Up
Get the Healing Badge, and check out the Prompts

Positive Motivation Tip: Healing begins within, and each moment we utter a thank you or share our gratitude, the universe lights up to bless and help us.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: Collage of healing symbols, Oil Lamp  via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

64 Comments leave one →
  1. 05/09/2014 3:13 pm

    “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared” Gautama Buddha What a brilliant quote! I think we can all learn somehting from this!

  2. Elizabeth Copeland permalink
    05/09/2014 3:22 pm

    To continue on the theme, I like family dinners, and gratitude journals for this very reason. Both force us to slow down and enjoy the present.

  3. 05/09/2014 3:25 pm

    Beautiful writing pieces

  4. bonniegowen permalink
    05/09/2014 4:04 pm

    I know I always seem in a rush. I will have to slow down someday before it kills me. I used to meditate and should get back into doing so.

  5. 05/09/2014 4:31 pm

    You’ve got some powerful poetry here. Inspirational!

  6. 05/09/2014 4:56 pm

    All experiences are good. They mold you and change you. You just have to remember which ones you do not want to repeat.

  7. 05/09/2014 4:58 pm

    Your statement “Some of us never stop to look around us and take a moment to digest things.” is so true. I have been enjoying regular meditation to slow down and really take a good look at my life and the beauty around me.

  8. 05/09/2014 5:07 pm

    Great post. Great read. I love the written word, and you do great things with it.

  9. 05/09/2014 6:52 pm

    Healing does come from within. Great motivational post.

  10. 05/09/2014 6:57 pm

    I really enjoyed this post.. it had a very soothing and calming effect. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Lenze permalink
    05/09/2014 7:03 pm

    Great post. I love that part about when we recover from a challenge. It is s easy to praise and be happy when things are easy an going well. We often fail to give thanks and count the blessing during the storm.

  12. Mrs. Mashed Up permalink
    05/09/2014 7:11 pm

    Greta piece. How true that in the end will look back on the people, and experiences we had in life–not the rush, rush, rush and it’s results! Greta piece produced for this prompt!

  13. Catherine S permalink
    05/09/2014 7:19 pm

    What a great post. I think we all need to stop and slow down sometimes. It can allow us time to reflect and appreciate those around us.

    • 05/09/2014 9:25 pm

      Exactly! I find that of late, plenty of wannabe social media gurus, advice us to do this, that and the other. There is little time for reflection.

  14. mrenkema79 permalink
    05/09/2014 7:41 pm

    I like that – happiness never decreases by being shared!!

  15. bri permalink
    05/09/2014 7:46 pm

    Taking more time out of my day to pray would be extremely beneficial to my overall well-being.

  16. 05/09/2014 8:05 pm

    Love this tip: Healing begins within, and each moment we utter a thank you or share our gratitude, the universe lights up to bless and help us.

  17. 05/09/2014 8:06 pm

    What a beautiful and inspiring post!

  18. 05/09/2014 8:52 pm

    It’s usually because of a loss that I remember to savor each moment.It’s much nicer to stop worrying about what’s ahead and relax in the moment.

  19. 05/09/2014 10:31 pm

    I learned the hard way to savor each moment. I had a massive heart attack 3 years ago. Time stops and all you can think about is what you should have did. I loved this post!

  20. patranila (@patranila) permalink
    05/09/2014 11:03 pm

    Great post. So inspiring!

  21. 05/09/2014 11:39 pm

    Moving tanka and a very powerful set of symbols Eliz, thank you.

  22. Robin (Masshole Mommy) permalink
    06/09/2014 3:28 am

    I am always in a rush, but that is how we are raised here in Boston.

  23. Jeanette permalink
    06/09/2014 8:44 am

    Great post! It is always nice to read something original like this.

  24. FamiGami (@famigami) permalink
    06/09/2014 10:39 am

    I like your use of vocabulary. You express yourself very eloquently! Good job!

  25. 06/09/2014 10:49 am

    This was really beautiful. I know I have overcome many difficult periods of my life and each time, I become more grateful!

  26. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    06/09/2014 2:29 pm

    Inspiring post indeed. I think we all need to slow down and count our blessings. Diwali oil lamp sounds amazing and I will have to check this out. Thanks for sharing.

  27. 06/09/2014 9:08 pm

    I have a lot of fun writing haiku, so I think I would enjoy tanka too. When I have some time, I will sit down and try a few out.

  28. Ronda Ogilvie permalink
    06/09/2014 9:12 pm

    Great post! I love the positive motivation tip!

  29. Owen's Mom permalink
    06/09/2014 9:41 pm

    Sadly, something noteworthy usually has to happen before I really take time to think about and reflect on my day. Great idea to do it more regularly.

  30. 07/09/2014 6:34 am

    thank you for sharing this post. I really enjoyed the quote about happiness and how it will not be diminished if it is shared.

  31. 07/09/2014 7:37 am

    stop and seize every moments of our lives is very important. because that is the reason why we are alive today. in my family we always make sure to eat in the table and have the weekends to be just for family and have fun. Make everyone feel so love and blessed.

  32. Melissa Smith permalink
    07/09/2014 4:27 pm

    I love your writing. It always seems to take me to a different place, no matter what’s going on around me.

  33. 07/09/2014 5:24 pm

    Very well written post. Before today I had no idea what a tanka was.

  34. mom4jules permalink
    07/09/2014 8:55 pm

    Thanks for the reminders, you write beautifully. I especially like your thoughts on going thru trials. I have had some pretty significant trials in my life but learning to learn from them, grow and change has made me appreciate the struggle:)

  35. Ann Bacciaglia permalink
    08/09/2014 8:48 am

    I think we should all take a few minutes a day to think about all the positive things in our life. It can be to easy to get lost in all the negativity that we encounter everyday.

  36. 08/09/2014 10:28 am

    I always have to remind myself to slow down. I am afraid that I miss important things by racing everywhere!

  37. 08/09/2014 5:35 pm

    I take daily pictures with the same intention, looking for beauty in my daily ordinary life. The camera is my tool instead of the pen (or in this case keyboard 😉 )

  38. paulinasmiles16 permalink
    09/09/2014 8:42 am

    Amazing writing great job.


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