Haiku Shuukan May 28 2015, Considering, what will serve (G.R.A.C.E. part 4)

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Joan Halifax

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It’s Wednesday again and it’s time for a new bi-weekly Haiku Shuukan episode. Several weeks ago I introduced Joan Halifax’s model for life G.R.A.C.E. to you all. And this week I will look at the C of this acronym.

The C stands for Considering, what will serve. And this is what it means:

Consider what will really serve the other person by being truly present for this one and letting insights arise.

As the encounter with the other person unfolds, notice what the other person might be offering in this moment. What are you sensing, seeing, learning? Ask yourself: What will really serve here? Draw on your expertise, knowledge, and experience, and at the same time, be open to seeing things in a fresh way. This is a diagnostic step, and as well, the insights you have may fall outside of a predictable category. Don’t jump to conclusions too quickly.

In this part of G.R.A.C.E the focus is on the other. Look at him/her with an open mind and heart. What does he/she radiate to you. Is it sadness, wisdom, happiness, hope and so on. Try to come in touch with the other.

It’s like haiku. Imagine a beautiful garden full of flowers in full bloom and in all the colors we know. Walk into that garden … open all you senses and see, smell, hear, touch and taste what you see, what the garden is offering you. Become one with it … step into the energy of the flowers, the bees, other insects and the warmth of the sun. And than … there it is the surprise, the “aha-erlebnis” that short moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water. Maybe it’s a deer or a cat or some bird which triggered your surprise.

You feel the moment … or as I look again to the C of G.R.A.C.E you feel the other, you really feel the other and you come in close contact with his/her energy … there you both are … in contact with each other and with an open heart and mind … on the same level …

butterfliesalmost as one
courting butterflies on poppies –
summer afternoon

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions today, May 28th, at noon (CET) and will remain open until June 10th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, the E from G.R.A.C.E, later on that day.

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