Roadside Chats (1) 9/1/15

 I promised my mate Pete from Southern Response I’d keep in touch on my travels.
Hi Pete! You will be pleased to know I’ve now got a mountain bike cradled up against the spare tire of the Camper. I’ve even ridden it! I hope ‘Roadside chats’ becomes a way of keeping in touch with friends; both old and new.

 Finally the Camper speaks

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 Camper becomes teacher. I have a lot to learn about living on the road. There’s only so much room in a 6½ meters long Isuzu Rodeo. Simplicity is of the essence. The Camper speaks of my need for planning. Food & belongings need to be packed where I can find them! Practicality is vital. It’s not something I am naturally good at! A couple of days back I bought a lettuce. I then realised the lettuce will not fit in the tiny Camper fridge. I need to think through future purchases. One more lesson from Swami Camper 🙂

 As start my travels my central focus is on completing the book of meditations I am writing. I also want to continue to write the small haiku-like poems I’ve been writing over the last six months. These ‘little poems’ seek to capture ‘soul moments’ from everyday life.

 Lemon light kissing Godley Head

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 (Written morning of departure from; 24 Rawhiti Street, Diamond Harbour (19/12/14)

 I have 5 books of haiku with me. I’m re-reading ‘Narrow Road to the Interior by Matsuo Basho. ‘Narrow Road’ is a wonderful ‘heart feeding’ book. Basho combines; outer travel & inner travel; poetry and travel journal as he writes. I like the combination!

 Basho is a helpful teacher:’ ‘What is important is to keep our mind high in the world of true understanding and returning to the world of daily experience to seek therein the truth of beauty.’ Basho – quoted Pg 54 ‘The Healing Spirit of Haiku; David Rosen & Joel Weishaus.’

What an attractive phrase: ‘The truth of beauty.’ Beauty is a magnet to the opening heart.

Basho reminds me that a travelling poet is always setting out on journeys. He or she is always opening to new challenges and new discoveries. But of course it is not only the poet who journeys.  All who seek the life of soul and spirit make unique & challenging journeys. ‘Basho was always leaving home, always entering a liminal state, each journey an initiation, a deepening of insight, poetry and wit.’ Basho – quoted Pg 54 ‘The Healing Spirit of Haiku; David Rosen & Joel Weishaus.’

 I am also enjoying; ‘The Healing Spirit of Haiku.’ It’s a soul feeding book. Now that’s what I want to write; a soul feeding book! I met one of the authors; David Rosen, a Jungian Analyst, when he came to speak in Christchurch. I experienced him as a gracious man of depth and integrity. I’d previously enjoyed his books; ‘The Tao of Jung; the Way of Integrity (1997) and Transforming Depression; Healing the Soul through Creativity (3rd Edition 2002). I have his book ‘The Tao of Elvis’ on order. Now there’s an intriguing title!

 My travelling begins with a journey to ‘Convergence.’ Convergence is a gathering of around 300 people held annually at the ‘Journey’s End’ campsite North of Loburn in North Canterbury. The gathering centres on: Love, Nature, Healing and Community. I really enjoyed the experience. It reminded me of the importance of maintaining links with friends, family and community.

 There were lots of opportunities at Convergence for small poems to pop up. One lunch time, as my plate was being filled with delicious vegetarian food, I noticed a dragonfly sitting on the cheek of the server.

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With Blessings & Aroha – Kevin

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