Mindful Poetry for the Heart
Green Olivine is my first venture into publishing my words, ramblings, verses....whatever you would like to call them. I hesitate to call them poems as I have never learnt to write a "proper" poem, not as an adult anyway. These are simply words from the heart expressed in the present moment. They are a celebration of the fruits of mindfulness practice and of an inner-confidence that has come with the passing of time. For many years writing in my journal has been a refuge for me. It has helped me to process and integrate my mindfulness practice into my life. For example, if I felt a surge of anger as a result of a parenting challenge and I was able to press pause on a habitual outburst, I would sometimes retreat to my bedroom and write it out! What happened? What was really going on? What lay beneath the anger? Often the truth would appear just as the ink hit the page and sometimes the truth would take the form of a poem. And with truth comes insight and growth. The final encouragement for me to publish these words came while on family holiday in Lanzarote watching my daughter collect green olivine crystals on a beach of black sand. I hope that you enjoy these simple words and that by speaking my truth in this way I can gently nudge you to do the same. If you would like to order a copy of Green Olivine you can find out more below and know that you are supporting a wonderful community organisation to flourish & grow in the process.
300 years from now
How will you be, my beloved
Baby steps, gentle steps
Value each one
Your ripples of kind intention
Infuse the Earth
They deserve your appreciation
Never doubt the power
Of walking a conscious life
Of planting seeds of compassion
Growing roots of care
Adopt the pace of an Oak tree
Allow your heart to
Over years, decades
"A real treasure of words, of courageous, clear, true words. I loved the humanness that spoke through them, the relatable struggles ... the spaces between and connections, the longing for something other, the brief blessings of being in the midst of it all... beautiful. " K. Janson
"Hi Orla, I received your little book this morning and I L-O-V-E it! You remind me of Mary Oliver style poetry but it’s clear it’s intimately yours. Thank you for sharing your deepest thoughts and observations please continue writing in this beautiful way." L. Gerletti
"I have enjoyed reading your Green Olivine poems. I almost feel I am “ with you or more deeply inside your whole being" when I read some of them- it’s strange in that it feels like me talking but I know it’s your words! There’s a deep resonance of feeling- I hope you continue to produce such lovely thought provoking words in this form." V. Oswald
£5 including postage & packing
To order a copy of Green Olivine please email me at just to check that they are still in stock. You can pay by Paypal or by cash in person. Once the money is received I will post the booklet out to you as soon as I can. £1 from every purchase will be donated to a community enterprise that is close to my heart....The Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery. Find out more here ...
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“If you are lost, write. If you find yourself lost again, go back into your words until you are unlost. Your words are the most powerful sanctuary, and wisdom, you will ever find.”