I am a regular listener of Gretchen Rubin's Happier podcast. Each week, Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth share stories and suggestions about the little things we can do to bring more happiness into our outlooks and our lives.
A couple of weeks ago, Gretchen and Elizabeth talked about writing a daily haiku in their "Try this at Home" segment. By writing a daily haiku - a super simple and accessible type of poetry - you can focus your attention on some little segment of your day, bringing a bit of mindful attention and happiness into your life.
This idea resonated with me -- and I decided to give it a try. I've challenged myself to write a daily haiku during the month of June -- and it's been so much fun, I decided to share a few.
(A haiku is a 3-line poem following a specific formula: Line 1 - 5 syllables; Line 2 - 7 syllables; Line 3 - 5 syllables. The lines seldom rhyme.)
Sunrise over lake
Coffee steaming in my cup
Bird joy all around
Cloudy, grey morning
Makes me want to sit and knit
While sipping coffee
So fast down the hill
Not even pedaling . . . but
Uphill coming home
Turns out daily haiku is a really fun exercise! Give it a try and see for yourself.