animal crowd

May 13, 2011

Loneliness hunts people often but for no true reason. People are only one dimension of feeling the completeness. If they are not with us, that never means that we are left and deserted. Again we hardly see what nature is offering us and fall to desperation. We are never alone when we look at the nature but we hardly do so. Soil is teeming with a myriad of creatures, walking, running, laughing, fighting. Above we are praised by the presence of many animals we often fail to notice. Birds are there if you can’t appreciate the soil, just look above. Everywhere we are surrounded by animals who breathe, sweat and talk. And many would welcome us willingly. One should wait a second before saying “I’m alone” and try to hear the unnoticed crowd. The animal chorus would say “You are never alone”.

sprout

May 11, 2011

rise above your dark grounds like a sprout, pushing, pushing with vigor
what holds you gives you strength
what stops you shows you the way
like earth that carries the sprout to heavens
you are carried to your heavens and dreams
with your dark grounds beneath
what enemy you have under your feet
is in fact your home
what hands and arms that hold you tight and
imprison
are in fact your guides
be a sprout
and rise above your dark grounds
for they are what carry you on.

can’t beat flowers

May 1, 2011

The city is full of flowers. Cordoba is famous for its month of May when every resident puts himself/herself to work: embellishing their houses with pots of flowers. They compete, they sweat under sun, they get theirs hands dirty and they stain their white walls with the unbeatable colors of flowers. There is so much delicacy, so much care in the intimate flower-human relation here as we notice. People are welcoming summer with pinks and reds and yellows. For therapy, flowers offer a tremendous potential. Actually not much can beat them for their miracle touch.

I remember feeling the immense joy from seeing my tulip bud in the little pot I had in the gray city of Ankara. It was difficult times with too much trial and disappointment. Too much rain in heart. But the tulip offered me the will to continue the day, continue breathing and keeping hope. Its color shined into my room.

Flowers, sticking out of the dark soil, with their naughty colors, should remind us how we can ourselves rise and shine from the darkness we reside in, from the crevices we hide in. We should take heed in seeing their green bodies, full of vigor and hope, going high and wide. We should rejoice in seeing their petals tingling with wind as we go with the flow of life. We should learn how they use waters and lights of mother earth, to understand ourselves what She is offering generously. And we should imitate flowers in their efforts of rejoicing others as we heal and help others. Touch the petals of a flower today and feel the softness in your heart.