Garden Haiku: Raising Your Child with Ancient Wisdom Paperback – 4 Oct 2007
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A key to accept who you are and the way things are is to feel surroundings with our eyes open, but we all know that it is not always easy to do. Garden Haiku, however, leads me to appreciate a true reality that I've never realized before.
Each of her words reflects Wang's inner beauty, her soul, her personality, her sincerity.
We can obtain plenty of wisdoms of life, love and reality from Garden Haiku, as long as we let our mind open. I strongly believe that this book can bring you lots of happiness.
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My two favorite poems from this book happen to be back to back. Both of them capture something from my feelings about my life's work with gifted children. The first is #6 Stone. It reminded me of how important it is for gifted students to make mistakes. There is a tendency for them to not to want to make mistakes and not to be allowed to make mistakes. When they ultimately do, it can be a crashing blow. If gifted students don't have the experience of making mistakes at very young ages, they are not learning all they can learn. Making mistakes is very important for these students and can be very freeing. We need to communicate to them how important mistakes are in the learning process and to cherish mistakes rather than to live in fear of them.
The second poem I really loved follows at #7. Explore really captures what we try to do in our programs through the Summer Institute for the Gifted and the National Society for the Gifted and Talented. Gifted children cannot soar until they are free to do so. Unfortunately, in our schools, there is often a need to control. Teachers may feel that they need to control behavior in the classroom; educators feel that they need to control curriculum by mandating standards. But gifted children really need freedom to go off in directions that intrigue and interest them. They need to be able to follow their passions so that they can find, appreciate, and fulfill their potential. We can all learn from watching them do the things they love to do and can do well. We can all stop, think, and learn from Lily Wang's poetry too as she blends the wisdom of the ancients with our modern day concerns.
As a parent of a fifteen-month-old child, I appreciate "Garden Haiku" deeply and find it inspirational, touching and a great reminder for me. One of my favorites is
Release the need to control--
Join the children's vision
It gives me new perspective about how to parent my kid. Instead of "saying no" all the time, it reminds me to instead be with my child, seeing a lot of wonderful things that I otherwise would have missed.
In this New Age, many children are more sensitive (such as indigo children and crystal children) and we need new ways and principles to educate and guide them. As the following poems describe:
Not the limitation of ego
But omnipresence of Life
Bring the best in children--
Tame not the lion that rules the king,
Ground not the eagle that soars the sky
One morning, when I woke up, I heard my little daughter say very clearly to me "Mom-Mom". At that moment, I was very touched and one of the poems in this book came to my mind and brought a smile to my heart:
From the murmur of waves
Emerge several true words
My mermaid has found her tongue--
"Garden Haiku" is a simple but powerful book. I keep it handy because it helps me transform my parenting from being too serious and stressful to being full of spiritual, enlightened and meaningful moments.
When the light of mercy dims--
In despair of night
I find this poem conveying a sense of moral that sums up the epitome of all virtues: mercy.
When a child is born, his/her heart is good and pure. Social environments and life experiences might be so harsh that they lost their consciences and resort to wrong-doing. But if we can keep a heart of mercy, then evil will not have a chance to breed. Jesus talked about love for all, Confucius talked about love for sainthood and Buddhist talked about having constant mercy in our thoughts. Names may be different but the lesson is one: keep mercy at your heart and that is the best way to change a soul blinded by evil.