‘How would you describe yourself?’
For most people, this is a highly dreaded question.
If you’ve ever gone to a job interview, created an online profile, or simply needed to introduce yourself to a bunch of strangers, you will be familiar with the anxious scrambling for words that somehow should resemble your inner world.
Talking or writing about yourself can feel like a strenuous task.
But it can also be a very cathartic experience.
When you talk about your experiences, opinions, personality traits... in a poetic form, you give yourself an opportunity for insights that you never knew existed.
To write a poem about yourself, you really need to be ready to meet You.
And that’s not always easy, yet eternally worthwhile.
When you write poems about yourself you are forced to be methodic in your exploration.
Since poetic forms of expression require you to take a good look at your inner being while you...
Language in poems can serve as a powerful tool in translating our inner worlds into physical reality.
But spiritual poetry uses language to peer into a different kind of realm.
The words, patterns, and imagery in a spiritual poem can open the doorway into the non-physical, spiritual world.
When you read poetry, there will be poems that deeply resonate with you, for no apparent reason.
Your inner being understands the message shared in that poem without the need for any conscious effort.
Usually, it’s because the symbolism of the words within the poem connects to a deeper part of you. Your spirit.
So, what makes a poem spiritual?
Spiritual poetry dives deep into understanding abstract concepts. Such as the transience of being, purpose of suffering, and the unexpected causality of events.
Spiritual poems can often talk to, and about, God but they also go beyond religion.
There are endless collections of poems in Persian poetry that spend time ...
Poetry is a subjective experience.
When it comes to writing a meaningful poem you want to translate a feeling into words. Communicate with your reader to create a shared experience. Or your goal may be to do both of those things.
So, it’s natural for you to feel that your deep poem needs to mean something.
Someone can read an entire collection of poetry and not find any meaning they can relate to. While another will be deeply moved by the message shared.
But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a deeper meaning already existent.
No poet has the intention to hide the true meaning from the reader or mislead their audience in any way.
In fact, many people use poetry as a communication tool. When regular conversation fails to express the depth of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, a poem can become your handy interpreter.
Poetry is able to stretch our everyday language to access deeper levels of...
Do you remember that icky feeling after being around a toxic person or environment? Or a sudden wave of anxiety that you can’t find a reason for? Maybe you’ve just been feeling a lot of fatigue, even though you slept well the night before?
Sometimes, the reasons for feeling drained or overwhelmed are not easily resolved with rest alone.
It could be that you are in need of spiritual cleansing.
The act of doing a spiritual cleansing is a practice of ridding the energetic space of negative energies.
Negativity is something that has the ability to stick to you and your spaces, such as your home and your body.
Your body is surrounded by an energetic field (translation: your aura) that protects you and your energetic body.
But when we come into consistent contact with low energies of negative emotion, our aura can become clogged.
As a result, it loses its ability to shield us from future negativity.
Who am I? -- is a timeless question. But not always an easy one.
The exploration of the self is central to the meaning of our lives.
From when we are little, and we see our own reflection in the mirror for the first time. To the times when the world around us starts to reflect back to us new images of ourselves.
An idea forms in our mind: This is me. This is who I am.
At one point or another, everyone finds themselves with the burning desire to dive deep into self-inquiry, to know exactly what this ‘me’ is.
And one way to do that is to write an identity poem.
The word ‘identity is often defined as “the qualities, beliefs, characteristics... that distinguish or identify a person or thing”.
In other words, identity is your description. It is the set of traits you use to present yourself to the world.
These traits can help you understand your role, your motivations, and the way you choose to live your life.
Identity can be...
Love is one of the most common themes you see in poetry.
This can make writing a perfect love poem for the first time challenging. Especially, if you want to avoid cliches and dial-down on sappiness.
For millennia, people have attempted to put into words the intense emotions that accompany the experience of being in love.
So how do you write a love poem that says more than I love you?
When you think about love poems you might remember sappy cliches of ‘roses are red, violets are blue’.
But love poems are versatile because love evokes all kinds of strong emotions.
Love can feel good, and sometimes love can hurt. It can bring you healing or despair, joy or sadness, peace or restlessness.
This array of powerful feelings sometimes struggles to find a verbal outlet. It often may seem that there are not enough words in the world to describe how much you love someone.
The central question becomes but how do you express love...
For many centuries, philosophers have argued that what we experience with our five senses -- color, sound, smell, taste, and touch, are qualities that exist only in our minds.
To illustrate this concept, they proposed the following thought experiment:
If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it fall, does it make a sound?
If there is no living being to experience something, does it really happen? -- The answer to this question is, of course, yes. It still happens.
Whereas, does it make a sound? -- This is where it gets tricky. Because the very definition of sound depends on the experience of a human being.
According to Philosophers, we cannot use our senses to understand the physical reality as it really is.
Things are only as they appear in the mind.
The only thing we can have certainty of is what our mind perceives.
So, we can never know what the true nature of reality looks like. All we have to rely on are the representations in our minds to...
What is intelligence exactly?
At school, we are taught that there is a right and a wrong answer.
You begin to learn that the answer to one plus one is always two, and the correct way to answer the question ‘where is London’ is ‘England’.
In this way, we begin to establish thought patterns.
We also start to learn the concept of intelligence. If you get it ‘right’ you are smart but if you get it ‘wrong’ you have some relearning to do.
But the definition of intelligence is a lot more multidimensional than we like to think. And it starts with Creative Intelligence.
The concept of intelligence has been changing throughout the years.
Psychologists have been gaining a better understanding of our environment and its impact on how we function, decade after decade.
Now, more than ever, there is more access to seeing how the brain works. So, we are able to debate the idea of intelligence.
When we think of artists in the mainstream: your authors, singer-songwriters, poets, painters, filmmakers... It is easy to assume that they spend their days sipping inspiration from the ever-flowing fountain of creativity.
But the truth is, maintaining creativity can be a challenge -- even for the sharp-skilled experts.
That’s why supplementing your inner genius with a creative outlet is necessary, whether you’re a hobbyist or a seasoned creative.
Creative journaling is the type of outlet that can maintain creativity, boost your confidence, and unlock endless inspiration.
Here’s everything you need to know about creative journaling.
The good news is: journaling is not limited to writing words on paper.
In fact, there are many creative ways to journal that, not only, spark inspiration but keep the creative juices flowing.
Simply put, creative journaling is a mix of written words and art, all in one place.
Doodles and diary...
You’ve heard of the creative arts, but how about the erasive? While writing any poetry can be challenging, blackout poetry demands its own special considerations, unlike other poetic styles. At first glance, one may think it easier to start a poem from given words, but it’s quite the opposite. If you’re conscious about the final message, you have to tread carefully.
What is Blackout Poetry?
Blackout poetry is the art of adopting a pre-existing text and erasing words, phrases or sections by physically blacking-out those certain parts, leaving only a collection of chosen content with a new context and meaning. People most commonly take newspaper clippings, but anything will do. Blackout poetry is simply the method of redacting and reimagining a message or story already written.
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Why should I write Blackout Poems?
As with all creative endeavours, blackout poetry offers you the chance to free your mind and keep your...