Personal Blossoming in Thailand

Khao Takiab, Thailand photo by Mara

Khao Takiab, Thailand photo by Mara

This marks a new stepping out for me – to be more visible and write more from my own experience!   I originally wrote this post  on my Personal Process Page where I hadn’t written anything since last May. But when I saw it published in the old format, I realized that I wanted to start including these kinds of posts on the main page and plunged into sharing my personal process up front!

The last two HOPE posts blossomed out of our time in Thailand in January and February. It was a time of both making exciting new contacts and having much time for reflection.  Another blossoming in Thailand was the new experience of playing with words to make them into formal poems. These poems seem to reflect both the physical and the spiritual experiences of my time there. They speak to the themes that I am investigating in my own personal development and to what I intuit is trying to evolve in human consciousness at this time.

I must admit that I feel vulnerable sharing these poems but understand that Daring Greatly comes from vulnerability and as Brene Brown says:  “The Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead”.  So here I go and perhaps this may actual transform me and who knows – maybe even encourage you to share your thoughts and personal expressions in the comments box below!  Let’s all be risk takers and show our authentic selves!

 

The Beach

I walk briskly down the beach at low tide

Feeling at one with the breeze and the sky

Splashing a wake in the warm lapping waves

Touched by the sight of the light and blue haze.

 

Suddenly I’m struck with a wild knowing.

Yes- I am a spiritual being

Enjoying physical reality

Not a body seeking spirituality

 

I find myself wishing desperately

That we multi-colored humans could see

That the truth beyond culture’s tyranny,

Is the jewel of connectivity!

 

The Dream Maker

 The Dream Maker awakens me in Thailand,

Weaving a story of my life each day

Out of my experience, small or grand,

Offering me a mirror where I can play.

 

Keep your outer boundaries transparent

Open the gates of your mind and heart wide.

Discover the connection inherent

In everything, although masked in disguise.

 

Is this the mystery we humans must solve?

Learning to read the magic formula,

And understand what’s trying to evolve

From the secrets hidden in trivia?

 

Cease judging both the familiar and strange

Comparing, excluding and acting proud.

Thinking you belong on a higher plane

When everyone is one and the same crowd.

 

I wonder what miracle might occur

If we understood this reality

To meet with openness – even what hurts

And get the whole point of duality.

 

Thai Rain

Thick haze hides the mountains and embraces

The trees with a humid breeze – secret signs

Of weather shifting mood. The sea agrees,

Stirring surf, swelling waves and cresting foam

In early dawn. By breakfast the sky sends

Rain on its way. Tip-toeing in, dripping

through the drain-pipes it takes captive the day.

 

A bright flash of lightning catches my eye

And rain splashes down with force from on high.

A gasp rises from the crowd as daylight

Becomes gloom. To add to the atmosphere

A thunderbolt booms a warning of charge

Scattering bathers at the pool, tourists

Set adrift with nothing to do. All eyes

On the torrents pounding with a clatter

Then abating, a mild pitter-patter.

And rising again with full force, great sheets

Of water crash down around us like wrath

People huddle staying out of its path.

 

What a cleansing and purification!

I wish it could melt my limitations,

Banish the old patterns clogging my brain,

Fully liberate myself with Thai rain.

Mara Senese

About Mara Senese

Mara is a transformational explorer and guide in the field of personal, leadership and organizational development. She has worked in this field for almost 25 years in Norway and around the world. She is also an painter, sculptor and writer. These days, she is semi-retired but busy working with various projects that support the aims of this website.

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6 Responses to Personal Blossoming in Thailand

  1. Marilyn Veltrop March 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    WOW!! Your poems are fantastic, dear Mara! They give me “sprouting feathers” (goosebumps)… evoking strong images, sounds and feelings. Bravo for having the courage to share them. Can’t wait to see/hear you tomorrow!

    Sending love to you and Trygve…

    • Mara Senese
      Mara Senese March 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      Thank you so much, Marilyn! I am very moved by your response. Support does help us all to dare greatly. Sprouting feathers – quite an image :-) Much love

  2. Tor March 26, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Love your poems, Mara! So beautiful and full of depth. HOPE to hear more from the poet side of you!!

    • Mara Senese
      Mara Senese March 26, 2013 at 9:42 am #

      Oh, thank you so much, dear Tor. I so appreciate you taking time to express your response to the poems! Yes! HOPE to wake up my poet again here in Norway :-)

  3. Charlotte March 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Lovely Mara. I am so glad you took the risk and put your personal thoughts on the Main Page. Great poems. I feel inspired by the first. It challenges, in a way, the thing that I have been preoccupied with recently: namely the awareness that I AM AN ANIMAL! I love letting myself really know that I (we ) am an animal – an extraordinary one – but an animal.
    Now you are saying No, we are spiritual beings – just enjoying a period of being an animal. I like the word ‘enjoying’. I will have to sit with that and see how it feels.

  4. Mara Senese
    Mara Senese March 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I love hearing your responses, dear Charlotte! Funny enough I have also been allowing the pleasure of being an “animal” fully into my consciousness these days! Yes, interesting the word “enjoying” came into this poem. It is all unfolding and we are trying to keep up, it seems to me. Thank you so much for taking time to post. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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