The River’s Path; a Chōka

with eyes gently closed
third eye streaming energy
I feel the river
my mind loose and free, follows
its path, moves downstream
flow is effortless and calm
eddy of water
catches twigs, leaves and debris
momentarily
trapped but not knowing struggle
organically
they dislodge and float onward
all moves as it should
no tension is inherent
nothing impedes its
progress, even whilst frozen
and its reflection opaque

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  1. Oh, this is a perfect guided meditation. I should copy it–talk about balance! Thanks for sharing it, Gayle.

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    • I felt meditative when I wrote this, Victoria…it was pretty soothing to write it! I just sent you an email about linking up early. I did link this early but had questions as to whether I put it in the right place. I saw that Lillian had linked up but I saw no identifying meme…such as OLN, or end time, etc. I’ll let you read it and let me know if I linked it up correctly. Thanks, Victoria!

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  2. Just like you comment I could actually feel how you were the river when writing it.. works so well as metaphor as well…

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  3. We are all connected even as we flow from one point to another. Beautiful.

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  4. Very beautiful….I grew so peaceful reading it.

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  5. Wonderful guided meditation Gayle 😀 loved reading this.

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  6. How true this is. When we let go, all the debris flows along. I like this thought and certainly shall take it as part of my relaxation thinking. Peaceful and soothing.

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  7. So peaceful. I felt myself floating along as I read.

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  8. Very soothing and peaceful. I could imagine the words spoken slowly and softly as I drift off to a calmer place.

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  9. So calming, Gayle 🙂

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  10. Well, I’m going to ditto Victoria. I do some guided meditation, lay on the floor, headphones on, listening, eyes closed. This would be a great guided meditation. Feel the river, follow it downstream, feel yourself floating in the water. Beautiful!

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  11. I am lulled by this…love the thought of feeling the river.

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  12. Gayle, your poem gives me a feeling of peace…tension, be gone! Breathe in, breathe out. I enjoyed this.

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  13. Glenn Buttkus

     /  April 28, 2016

    For me, the problem of letting go, is that my human need for balance based on a modicum of control becomes disconnected (as it should be, I’m told). Meditation, like hypnosis, just seems to be fruitless for me. I can never fully silence the words, thoughts, & image poring from me like magma in Hawaii. But, hey, I understand & appreciate the concept regardless. I like your end lines /nothing impedes its/progress, even whilst frozen/ which seems to describe my mind.

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    • Thanks for your thoughts here, Glenn. Many people think that to meditate successfully all thoughts, feelings, images that come up should be stopped. That really isn’t the case. The point, as I’ve been instructed, is to acknowledge those things but not to react to them…either negatively or positively…just notice them and then bring your attention back to your breathing or what other focus you were meditating on. Over a period of practice, the idea is to get to a place of less reaction to outside influences and thus feel more centered or peaceful through all that life can throw you.

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  14. Very calm and refreshing!

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  15. I could close my eyes and flow through this words… so calming… so full of energy… a boat built out of the right words. ♥

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  16. thanks for giving us this gift of peacefulness

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  17. This is beautiful.

    “momentarily
    trapped but not knowing struggle
    organically”

    Love that.

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    • Ms. Thistle Wrists, your link took me to a page saying that your blog is private. So sorry I couldn’t reciprocate by reading your poem and commenting.
      Gayle ~

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  18. your river is soothing We need that

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  19. Too bad life can’t flow like that river Gayle. Your poem has a calming effect I like.

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  20. Beautiful! What a jump from Bjorn’s poem to this one. Grateful I worked it backwards this time as I linked up only this afternoon.

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  21. This is lovely, so peaceful.

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  22. mtw

     /  April 30, 2016

    the serenity in this poem is infectious – i truly enjoyed the glimpse into meditation you provided here. beautiful.

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  23. A very soothing, meditative poem.

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  24. Anonymous

     /  May 19, 2016

    A super great visual, meditative, calming. Love it!

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