Haikus can serve as much more than a style of poetry originating in Japan. They are actually quite beneficial when it comes to gaining clarity and simplifying your feelings and thoughts. Haikus are only three lines and express a vivid and direct messages in only 17 syllables. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables and the last line has 5 syllables. I find it much easier to write a haiku when I count the syllables on my fingers.
Sometimes we can over analyze and over complicate our feelings, thoughts and ideas. I’ve used haikus to get to the heart of a the matter and when I’m feeling blocked creativity, they are a fun and simple way to get the ball rolling again.
“New Year’s Day
The desk and bits of paper
Just as last year”
They are a great way to observe the nature of the world around you, providing you with new perceptions and most importantly, placing your in the present moment.
“Loves of the cat;
Forgetful even of the rice
Sticking on his whiskers”
Don’t worry if you find it a little difficult at first to make a haiku, they take practice because they offer a whole new way of thinking to whoever makes them.