Rhapsodomancy (in honor of National Poetry Month)
Go. Go now to your bookshelf (do you have one in your home or office? I sure hope so.). Quickly glance at your books of poetry or literature, and pick the first one you find (no more than 5 seconds) Close your eyes (6). Open the book to a random page (7). Open your eyes, and wherever they focus, read (8,9,10). What hits you? What word or phrase stuck with you? Was there some magic or message for you? Just this act alone can bring a sense of peace very quickly. In 10 seconds. You might want to take more seconds, but the initial action to change the moment, the first ten seconds is the most important. You can change how you feel with ten seconds of effort. Evolving your mindset gets easier with practice.
This practice of randomly picking a poetic passage and finding meaning is called: Rhapsodomancy. Besides being an awesome word, it was once a great poetry reading series run by a favorite writer of mine, Wendy Ortiz. Rhapsodomancy captures two of my loves: poetry and random magic. I practice this kind of whimsical divination often; it is great for curing the blues.
Today’s 10 seconds–from the book I selected off my work shelf…
The Great Religions (by Hafiz)
Great religions are the
Poets the life
Every sane person I know has jumped
That is good for business
If you have never tried rhapsodomancy, try it today. It might just give you a little weekend peace!