Pattern Recognition (a process poem)

Look deeply
In stillness
At the patterns
You follow

Look for:
Repetition
Habitual rhythms
Fixed beliefs

Choose one
You want to work with

Measure its worth
With one yardstick:
The degree to which
This pattern of thinking
And behaving brings you
Ease, expansion, benefit and flow.

If you find anything that is opposite of these
Then you almost certainly know
This pattern is less helpful
Perhaps limiting

Now that you see this you can ask:
What more do I need to observe?
What do I need to see that I have not yet seen?
What is the Attachment?

Once you’ve spent time with these questions
observing as an observer and inquiring as an inquirer;
gaining insight through prolonged observation and inquiry

You can then ask yourself

Now that I know what I know and see what I had not before seen,
What will I do with this?
What is the opportunity here for me?
What do I need to let go?
What do I need to let come?

The next step takes courage

Agency and authorship

Yes

Being the change you need to be

Martinos @ 2018

Fire Place

for Beau, Mark & Jan 

take embers
place them in your memory
and think of the times
when you sat side by side
in friendship,
and with those kindred
stared silently and simply
into a campfire or fire-place
while night’s fortress
held you bound and
kept you wanting
to stay close to
that source
of warmth and light,
held your quietness and focus
with the glow and dance
of embers as they provided their
ancient solace, and
in deepening stillness
how in contemplation together
and in solitude
you found yourself returning
to the hearth at the heart of it all

 

Martinos © 2018

When I Venture

If I fail
With courage
I learn

If I succeed
With humility
I grow

As I learn and grow
With generosity
I contribute

Martinos @ 2018

Reflection

Had I been kinder

She thought of her love

Long passed

 

In the fading light of our

Last circadian rhythm

An epitaph might ask

Had we all

 

Martinos @ 2018

Realising Your Life Purpose at 60

to let the wind blow me

where I need to be

and to do good

when I get there

 

PS: other possible titles

  • An Ambiguous Vision
  • An Authentic Way to Meander
  • The Goal to Set When You’re Not Into Goal Setting

Martinos @ 2018

Human Reality

the moment you

realise there is

no end in sight

and no solution;

and all you have

is one another

 

Martinos @ 2018

This Journey

for Toke Paludan Møller

 

Open the flower

Load the camel

Kiss the lion

Trust the child

Dance your truth

Return the stone

 

Martinos © 2018

To the End

(for Pam)

She said
of his passing

‘You know
nothing is seen to change
and yet,
everything does’

Later at the window

She spoke with the wind

Sharing her invisible

Sweetly to the end

 

Martinos @ 2018

At Evening’s Fall

Our words were mesmerised, unable at
each attempt to describe the end of day
the sun took its story – a spectacle of hues and
ribbons between gold fire and greyblack crimsons
beyond Wolumbin – reclining grandmother
crag head facing skyward – omniscient
pausing inbreath grandeur

Taking our gaze, the cloud hummers went westerly
tribal souls migrating in unison
their mentor and guide a following breeze
and curiously the stars appeared above them
as if flying in formation against the trend
missiles or satellites – not afraid – in awe
we saluted the spectacle – swaying in silence and wonder

 

 

 

Martinos © 2018

 

On Funicular Stairs

I climbed down through coastal scrub

Sandstone nub and turkey scratch,

Purposefully counted into the hundreds

And then became distracted for caution

And for possible misstep. On safe arrival

The foreshore held its mysteries

Within wash and cliff and ancient sands,

I did not inquire or pause to study, yet

committed and turned again to climb

knowing afore each rise I would by needs,

descend

 

Martinos © 2018

Mother’s Stories

Rarely as I recall, in truth,

Did she speak expansively of herself

Or tell us stories of her young adventure

She reserved the detail and the admiration for others,

Others who were remote to me, in interest and in caring,

I never knew, and always assumed she thought them

more worthy or entertaining or greater than herself

 

And now I wish I’d asked her

And told her this was for me

Furthest from the truth

 

Martinos @ 2018

Fishing Trip

The fisherman’s mate
Left by the road

Twenty feet back onto the verge
Waited patiently awatch in the shade

Waited adjacent to where
the dinghy and trailer were parked

One side chocked up
One wheel waiting for its mate

 

Martinos © 2018

After Immersion

You have outstretched arms
You are on the beach
You are receiving the towel that
will wipe the sting of salt and glare away
You are relieved in the moment this occurs
And look back to the waves that have just released you

Later that day after bathing
You recall the moment
Your skin
Your nature
And what has washed away

 

Sandon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martinos © 2018

Firmament

in the sea

of night

each star

a flood

of light,

the milky way

a riptide

of delight

 

 

 

 

 

Martinos  © 2018

 

Aligned to Your Purpose

People are not inspired and influenced just by what you say.

They are inspired and influenced by: what you say, how you say it, why you say it and their sense of where you’re coming from – you’re Purpose.

As your Purpose grounds and energises you it will also ground and energise others.

MC / GB

Contemplation on Choice

At the centre
Of every thought
Pivoting
Holding, poised to act, if but momentarily
Is Choice

Often unattended
And more often, habitually led
Is Choice

On a filament of fine decision
Delicately placed between this and that
Are the constructions to build or
The consequences to tear down
Worlds, hearts, minds
And all that’s in between

Does my my mind make me? or
Do I make my mind? Or
Is it both together?

My desire, in either case, is to become agent and author

The one that knows it knows
The one considered and considering
The one spontaneous
The one informed

The one conscious and aware that it
Is Choice

Martinos @ 2017

The Possibility

In the homecoming

joy

in the barring

regret

 

of letting go

freedom

of craving

imprisonment

 

at the welcome

belonging

at the termination

abandonment

 

with waking up

insight

with shutting out

ignorance

 

in kindness

compassion

in aggression

self harm

 

upon reflection

knowledge

upon dogmatism

blindness

 

with helpfulness

endless option

with ill-will

limitation

 

and

remarkably

within each experience

the possibility

of discovery

 

 

Martinos @ 2017

5 Principles of Pattern Catching

Learning to listen to your brain from the position of a nonjudgmental witness may take some practice and patience, but once you master this awareness, you become free to step beyond the worrisome drama and trauma of your story-teller.

When I become conscious of what cognitive loops my brain is running, I then focus on how these loops feel physiologically inside my body. Do I feel alert? Are my eyes dilated? Is my breath deep or shallow? Do I feel tightness in my chest? Do I feel lightness in my head? Is my stomach upset? Do I feel antsy or anxious? Are my legs jiggling? Neuronal loops (circuits) of fear, anxiety or anger, can be triggered by all sorts of different stimulation. But once triggered, these different emotions produce a predictable physiological response that you can train yourself to consciously observe.

Jill Bolte-Taylor (Page 150 – My Stroke of Insight)

 

First Principle: Mental Maps are Patterns

Second Principle: Patterns are observable and can be caught

Third Principle: Patterns are identifiable and can be named

Fourth Principle: Patterns are assessable and can be evaluated

Fifth Principle: Observing, identifying and assessing patterns enables awareness and choice.

 

Martin Challis 2017

A Thought

What the mind

Tries to work out

The heart already feels

And the soul has always known

Martinos © 2017

5 Insights for Life

Your thoughts are your prison
Or your prairie

Your body is a signature
Of the decisions you make

Your family
Is humanity

The expanding universe
Is a metaphor for your consciousness

Breath and space in your heart and mind
Becomes an infinite resource

 

Martinos © 2017

sit with him

for guy

when the child comes to you as the voice of disquiet
will you sit with him? will you hold his heart in yours?
will you say to him – you are loved and i will hear you?
and will you tell him that he can come again
as often as he needs – until a time when he does not?
will you show him love and kindness, and have him know
emerging from that new quietness
you are sure to find the solace and the guidance
you both seek?

martinos © 2017

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