day 3 – presence

Welcome to day three of 28 days of Self-Love.

Ready for more?

Let’s continue to cultivate the habit of Self-Love through creativity, breath, and gratitude.


presence.  |ˈprezəns|
noun
the state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present in a place or thing.


“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • Music Inspiration:  Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No. 3 

 

  • Day 3 Exercise: Grounding (Earthing)

I’m sure most of you have heard this term by now, Grounding (or Earthing) is something most of us used to do all the time as children, naturally, but as we grow we conform to more and more societal rules [No shirts, No shoes, No service…] thus losing our innate understandings of what feels good/right. Essentially, grounding is connecting directly to the earth with your bare feet. We literally need to connect with the Earth we live upon, and as adults, we’ve become more and more disconnected.

There are many articles about this (here and here are a few more links) and scientific evidence to back up the many healing benefits.

So, for today’s exercise if you can get outside and take your shoes off and walk around barefoot directly on the grass, dirt, soil, sand, or concrete for at least five minutes (preferably 15 mins) you can gain some incredible energy and insight from this experience. Even if you can only walk barefoot to your mailbox and back (you could incorporate your mindful breathing here as well) it counts. Just ditch your shoes whenever you can. Also, experiment with this and connect with your inner child again. Try this exercise in the rain; it is refreshingly invigorating.

If for whatever reason (i.e. temperatures are too cold still) you cannot get outside you could just use today as a visualization exercise. Visualize you are outside, grounding, until temperatures warm enough for you to try this for real (maybe you walk the beach in your mind).

However, don’t just make excuses either (It was 27°F here the other morning, and I was up at 6 AM grounding outside to take a peek at the Super Blue Blood Moon – lunar eclipse event.) The more excuses you make (trust me, I lied to myself for far too long) only slow your progress and keep you from the actual healing work. Take baby steps. But actually, take them.

As you ground (either for real or through visualization) take note of what you see and experience in your mind and body and all around you. Then jot these notes down in your notebook for the creative part later.

 

  • Day 3 Create: Tetractys

Tetractys, a poetic form consisting of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). So let’s take some of the things we felt or experienced through grounding and try our hands at a Tetractys poem today. You may choose to title the poem or not. Up to you. Have fun!


Don’t forget Shadow Poetry is a wonderful resource to familiarize yourself with different types of poetic form or refresh yourself on the different schemes.

Also, Poetry Foundation has a Glossary of Poetic Terms section you can search. A fantastic resource and site with daily poems for inspiration.

Poets.org and their Poem-A-Day is another wonderful site full of resources and a list of forms.

 

 

I have never experimented with this form before but felt it would be a good fit for today’s exercise.

Here is my creative work as a result of today’s exercise:

presence.
Inspiration:

urgency, soul, moment, time, revealed, explore

Tetractys:

What Time We’ve Left
place
your hand
on the small
of my urgence,
understand me in ways undiscovered

Love and Ink,
Grace


I invite you to share your poems in the comment section below or link to a blog or personal website. Read and comment on others. Introduce yourselves. Get involved. I’m excited to see what all you lovely souls have created.

You should feel more connected and grounded in the creativity you’ve cultivated today! See you back here tomorrow with another day of Self-Love.

58 thoughts on “day 3 – presence

    1. I adore what you’ve written here. Emotive and expressive. However, I would categorize this as free verse.

      In Tetractys, the 5 lines consist of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). Here line 4 contains 3 syllables, and Line 5 contains only 7.

      That said, this is stunning work, and there are no mistakes in art! There is only art. Hope you don’t mind the feedback.

    1. It was new to me as well. But I think I’ve fallen for this form. haha

      Your take nails it! And I love how you incorporated the grounding directly into the poem. Quite lovely!

  1. A great adventure – letting the foot out of the shoe. I remember going barefoot as a kid and never had any thought about how dirty my feet would be until the day I came home with tar on my feet. My mother had to clean them with turpentine. I will be back to write a tetractys.

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  3. Inspiration: Garden in early spring. The damp soil underfoot. The discomfort of cold, an awakening.
    growing anyway

    cold
    just cold
    creeping up
    my knees give way
    as I grow taller under the damp soil

  4. More often than not, if I walk, I walk (or run) along a shore side esplanade. I took the time to walk barefoot on the beach today in order to practice grounding. It wasn’t until I’d walked off the beach to go home that what I’d experienced struck me – it was time and tide (forgive me again for returning to sea based analogies, but it is kinda in my pen name). And so time and tide found their way into my tetractys.

    Shells
    worn by
    time and tide
    washed ashore
    to nurture a life they once knew before

    I posted this one on my IG page https://instagram.com/p/BexW5bAAi1c/

    The previous poem on my page was also inspired by day 2, however wasn’t a haiku, it just came to me when I stopped to take a breath after rolling out of bed far too early this morning.

    1. I think making time to slow down and centre ourselves, to hold everything that pulls at us at bay for a moment, is the hardest thing. We roll out of bed and into the day without a pause. We need the pause.
      I love the sea – live close, but not close enough. I must try to go more often – worn and washed.

    2. Wonderful! I love that you are sharing part of the process and journey with us. And you can write about the sea every day if you so choose. hahah. This is for you! No apologies.

      This is lovely! The flow helps to create the feel of the tide moving, as well. However, if I can mention one thing: Line 4 has only 3 syllables (should be 4 to stay true to the form) We are all learning and experimenting here. Hope you don’t mind that I pointed it out.

      1. Don’t feel like you have to “fix it” it’s lovely as is. Remember we are all just creating and learning together. Art is the process of creating. And in that there are no mistakes. I only pointed it out for reference. We learn the concepts and “rules” and then we break them. That’s the beauty of the process.

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