During his long walks across the monastery’s vast stretches of woods and field in each of his walk, he develops to write a haiku poetry, a three line, and seventeen syllables. He is Brother Paul. He was inspired to write poetry from Thomas Merton and began his poetry with a haiku gathering in his meditation practice: “Above dim snow fields, lone light of Venus, lone wail of goose, pleading for spring.” On the other hand, Judith Valente was also inspired by Brother Paul in writing haiku’s poetry that made her started to write it too. Every day she takes pauses while sitting down in silence during work. She puts her mind at ease with no distractions, no social media, and begins to write a haiku. With the concept of haiku poetry, the both of them have passed down the tradition from one generation to the next, people have either started or continue on with it. Tradition as one of the three primary sources refers to the collected writings, practices, artifacts, and wisdom that have been handed down by Christians from one era to the next since the time of the Bible in theological concept.
Tradition is not a mystical way of blocking innovation. Much as family traditions are handed down, preserved, and shaped from one generation to the next (think of recipes, family heirlooms, and stories told at the holidays), so too does the faith tradition bear the fingerprints of history, embodying how people have long held and preserved their most sacred notions, relics, and texts.
Tradition, in my perspective, is a set of beliefs people follow throughout their culture learning the do’s and do not customs that carries on from one span to the next. It makes an impact on everyone who values the customs with a show of respect mainly to the elders and ancestors. According to David Whyte, “All of our great traditions, religious, contemplative and artistic, say that you must a learn how to be alone – and have a relationship with silence. It is difficult, but it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.”
The moment when Thomas Merton inspired Brother Paul to start a poetry has made him write a haiku, following along Judith to be inspired with his haiku began too, and others considered Judith ’s pauses during the day speaking about it at presentations as an ongoing tradition trend. Judith makes the tradition more accessible to the reader by speaking her experiences in taking pauses of 10 minutes every day releases the white noise in the background and writing down a haiku poetry also implements pauses. People taking pauses do help intend to reflect back on reminders of their day, or any other situations sometimes ends up either writing it down on a note or having more of a clearer understanding in a situation. The practice among the African tribesmen make on safari, listens to their heartbeat as a pause, while they let their souls catch up with them on their journey.
In time, everyone’s souls will catch up with the rest of their lives is related to Judith, Brother Paul, and other people’s way of silence as it is a different way on how they perform theirs. As Judith and Brother Paul writes down their haiku poetry as it provides taking pauses in their day benefits to living more attentively. Haiku poetry helps the reader to recognize the subject of the nature of simplicity and openness for a short, simple message. With the tradition in passing down from one person to the next adjusts on how they perform on taking their pauses do help them comprehend on themselves to write it down or have a clearer understanding. Being able to take the time to have pauses in life that can help elevate thoughts and expressions relief struggles. As Judith writes down her haiku, she comes away with a better sense of having lived her day.