Interview in Tokyo with Leza Lowitz, Writer, Yoga Teacher and Healer on her new book “100 Aspects of the Moon,” poetry and Yoga. (Day 7 of 7 Day Interview – please scroll down to see previous days.)

Day 7 – Q7. Many of the poems are set in Japan. Was being in Japan conducive to writing moon poetry?

Actually, the poems in this book chart forty years of experience, ranging in locale from Japan to America to Croatia, lands I visited or had some connection to friendship or through social action. Some are free verse, experiments in form, homages to writers, artists and jazz musicians. Others are offerings to places of moon-viewing around the world, in times of peace and war.

It’s true that the Japanese culture lends itself to poetry, and it has always embraced the moon’s cycles in its art and literature. Japanese architecture even has special windows for viewing the moon. This is a way to frame and to honor the waxing and waning, a way to reflect on the inner cycles through nature, to illuminate the darkness through the moon’s light. A poem, too, has a way of illuminating the darkness, a way of breaking your heart. Suddenly, you see something in a different light, look at it in a new dimension, feel a moment more deeply, or see something ordinary in an extraordinary way. It’s a portal.

* Erik Bragg on Hypnosis and the 7th Path.
* Angela Jeffs (Japan Times Journalist) on her witing class based on “Drawing on the Writer Within”, her upcoming book and labyrinths.
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.
* Sri Eknath Eswaran’s method of meditation (he is the founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation in California and author of many books).
*Educator/therapist David Howland on applying therapeutic techniques to education, the importance of the arts in our daily lives and how we can learn to understand expressing our creativity to balance physical, emotional and intellectual health.

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