Recent Reviews for Shervin Hojat, Ph.D.
Tend To Your Garden Within (Book) - 7/20/2009 11:11:23 AM|
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Austin All Natural Review (Page 22)
Fig tree (Article) - 8/19/2013 4:41:53 AM
Very 'observational' ... your thought reminds me of one I toyed with many years ago; that the story of Adam and Eve, fruit of the tree and clothing oneself has little to do with 'sin' and everything to do with becoming (clothing oneself) as the fig. Magical thinking at that prehistoric time, perhaps, but as you point out, having different perspectives permits additional insights (and harvesting of ideas) ... making oneself as the fig is not only a matter of reproduction, but opening one up reveals a multitude of seeds for a fruitful future. Thanks for jogging my memory and re-thinking.
If Only (Article) - 7/12/2013 6:55:36 PM
I enjoyed reding yout well-written poem today. Each verse makes you think clearly of what would you do If you answer the question, If only I? This is something to think about.
If Only (Article) - 7/7/2013 5:36:52 PM
Now there's a mouthful of wisdom indeed, well said too, thank you.
Giving Back (Article) - 5/26/2013 5:14:36 PM
Why thank you indeed.
Listen? (Article) - 2/17/2013 6:06:45 PM
Very intricate truth. Human ego tends to truncate listening, because it is busy formulating the next thing the supposed-listener wants to say. That is a negative habit human beings develope early and tend to exhibit their life-long days. Anyone who has managed to elude this unaware state of conversing, and actually effects 'true listening (Chinese definition), receives astonished recognition from anyone who notices. It is pretty neat. Quiet attentive listening is a gentle power. ~~ Diana
Are You Ready? (Article) - 1/16/2013 12:19:54 PM
I like that segment: feeling are to be experienced, "then expressed responsibly." That is a great wisdome stone. I also like the dragon man story, as well as your whole post. Letting go of identity is Eckhart Tolle's message, too....and it makes me think we need to show our very young children a new way of 'being.' I believe you must be an excellent 'teacher.' ~~ Diana
Size Matters! (Article) - 12/23/2012 4:47:53 PM
Oh my, this is so rich, one should pay for receiving such wisdom, and in such a pleasant write to boot, Shervin, this is one of your best indeed as far as I am concerned, it adresses a universal conondrum, it is good to be reminded, thank you so much, and a very Merry Christmas
Change of Consciousness (Article) - 11/11/2012 5:03:53 PM
It's all a blurr, but I do concour, realizations of any sort, are mind blowing sometimes, but banalities will persist always unresolved for what they are, or why, or what they're importance. A minds eyes colourations I would beg, will still only perceive it in that venue, bless you,
The Door Has Opened (Article) - 10/2/2012 2:27:01 PM
There is much value in these lines. I especially like, "Time is not a variable" and "cannot push the light back out!" Uplifting writing to I would imagine everyone's eyes. Thank you. ~~ Diana
The Door Has Opened (Article) - 10/1/2012 6:25:40 AM
To fully sniff at life's fragrances, but being afraid of the thorns. You have mulched your garden well with such wisdom, bless you for sharing it. Jasmin Horst
Compulsion to Help (Article) - 9/21/2012 2:27:08 PM
Powerful message Shervin,and as usual, it leaves much to think about.
Thank you for your thought provoking and beautifully written work. It is appreciated.
Barbara J Henry
Compulsion to Help (Article) - 9/20/2012 8:39:32 PM
Very appropriate, Shervin, to so many of us, including me. There are labels for this, like 'careaholic' and 'enabler'...but I appreciate the way you wrote this with questions. You ask great questions in your various writings and I like that. Often helping (giving) stems from ego (the desire to be liked or important). It's hard not to fall into that. When pouring from the pitcher into the many outstretched cups, until it is empty to the last drop doesn't let you hydrate yourself for the hike back to the well. Thank you for this. ~~ Diana
Anticipate or Participate? (Article) - 8/21/2012 3:46:29 PM
These are good lines, nicely teamed with the contrast. My favorite two couplets are:
Some anticipate what the next song may be/Some listen to the song." and "Some are numb and protected/Some are sensitive and receptive." I like this very much. It reminds me of 'some think of what they are going to say next while you speak/some are listening to you speak. ~~ Diana
Too Proud to Receive (Article) - 8/6/2012 3:13:25 AM
YES, indeed, guilty of it for the longest time, but then a great guru tought me to behave different; it took a long time to catch on, and still struggling, I carry on, I feel, if one can't receive love, one can't give it either, bless ya!
Accept Me: I’ll Fix You (Article) - 7/24/2012 5:23:04 AM
Spot on Shervin!
For Sale (Article) - 7/23/2012 10:32:08 AM
Adept way to put focus on "...faces of the sellers." Often I study crowds of people's faces and see what you have written here....the void. I believe there is a collective selling of soul that occured when "they locked up the food," which is a concept Daniel Quinn presents in his three books Ismael, Beyond Civilization, and The Story of B. Working for money to buy food I believe has played a huge part in creating that 'void', when we changed from hunters/gatherers to 'agriculture' = locking up the food. What could be more devastating to a creature of the earth who once was as self-sufficient as any other species on this planet? This may tie in with your two writings: "Our Necessities" and "Our Relationship with Money". . . maybe what we need more than anything is to become part of nature again, somehow, if that were ever possible.
Travel in Darkness (Article) - 7/23/2012 10:16:34 AM
Good healthy way to see this. ~~ Diana
Our Relationship with Money (Article) - 7/23/2012 10:12:03 AM
What a comprehensive way to illustrate the menagerie of definitions for $. This is strong and clear. It feels like holding up a mirror to humanity. This line made me gasp, it was so heavy with truth and substance: "I am here to have a relationship with you till the end of your life." There is a calmness in the wording there that is chilling. Chilling to realize its truth. There are three things I wish had never been invented: guns, money and time. I like that you included the positivity of "....means of healing for many." ~~ Diana
Our Necessities (Article) - 7/23/2012 10:03:32 AM
I read this many weeks ago and did not comment. I read it again today and have a response. This sort of minimalist thinking I truly admire and have held these questions up close also. Your choice of words here is sublime: how good? how many? Needs vs. wants. So, I guess I'd like to answer that very last question: "Are we slaves to our new "necessities"? No, we are slaves to our new "wants"....accessories for our accessories' accessories. Yes that. Quite pathetic and seemingly irreversible. Thank you for your observances, Shervin. ~~ Diana
Being Present (Article) - 7/23/2012 9:53:02 AM
This is absolute truth in my eyes. And giving attention is the greatest gift of all. Forget diamond rings, someone giving full attention shines brighter than any diamond. Thank you, Shervin. ~~ Diana
Accept Me: I’ll Fix You (Article) - 7/23/2012 9:41:57 AM
I like how this wraps judgement and opinion up in the same package. This is inclusive of 'relationship friction points', of 'manipulation for dominance sake' and 'the smugness of being 'right' and 'need to control.' All of those in this presentation. Very insightful. Even 'attempting to "fix" people' is a nonacceptance of what is. I have done many years of what I call "collecting human strays," which included trying to 'help' individuals who appear to me to be 'floundering,' but surprising to me, to no avail. Once realizing that acceptance of 'what is' is the real fix, I can let go of the self-assigned, 'saving' endeavor'. Funny how this realization seems counterintuitive, though, isn't it? ~~ Diana
Our Relationship with Money (Article) - 6/27/2012 5:22:54 PM
Hello Shervin, both the article and poem on money
are so very true,and I wholeheartedly agree with your
assessment of money. Continued success-
Barbara J Henry
For Sale (Article) - 5/29/2012 7:56:38 AM
Another gem- so thankful to have found you today.
Hypnotizing a Lobster (Article) - 5/29/2012 5:04:39 AM
I take people at their word- believe their presentation- and can often just feel all is well. But the truth more often than not is that it is only fine for me. My smile was real, my kindness sincere- there was no need for any facade.
But evidence for truth exists- and I can find it when I look for it.
Living and learning can be a very good thing. I'm just sorry for those who can't be happy and at peace in a real world.
Thanks for sharing.
For Sale (Article) - 5/14/2012 6:09:01 AM
Very well done.
Separated Pieces (Poetry) - 11/11/2013 3:36:02 PM
Beautiful, powerfully thought provoking,Shervin.
Those separated pieces make us who we are,as you so eloquently
stated. Thank you for sharing,and continued success.
Barbara J Henry
Honesty (Poetry) - 10/14/2013 10:30:15 AM
Another powerful and thought provoking poem, Shervin,and it, like the rest of your work, is quite true.
Barbara J. Henry
Honesty (Poetry) - 10/14/2013 5:25:03 AM
Too many questions for which God only knows the answers. Today we don't want to hurt feeling so we "curb" the exact truth or we don't want others to think less of us so we "hide" the truth. Who are we kidding?
Excellent reflective poetry!
Childhood (Poetry) - 9/30/2013 8:55:13 PM
I at times think that I can figure out a persons past by the way they act /react to situations, their responses, in the present. Not sure if that is truly correct. But I've been right on before. If that makes sense. Poem reminded me of that.
Childhood (Poetry) - 9/30/2013 8:05:35 AM
Got me thinking about Michael Jackson and his lost childhood.
Leaving it to the Universe (Poetry) - 9/25/2013 6:12:53 PM
Believe the Universal Law you speak of here is the law of cause and effect.
What You Experience (Poetry) - 9/16/2013 6:48:01 AM
You are a man of much experience––now able to share it with the world.
Life Lesson (Poetry) - 9/2/2013 6:55:06 AM
You've got me. I've often wondered that same thing. I've also observed how people will suddenly change their attitude when forced by circumstance. If only they could see both sides of the coin initially.
Life Lesson (Poetry) - 9/1/2013 7:41:16 PM
Life is a mystery...
Cats hold keys that unlock mystery...
Poetic thoughts are appreciated and welcome...
Well done Shervin!
John Michael Domino
Change Prespective (Poetry) - 8/19/2013 9:09:39 AM
I've looked at life from many sides now, and find that many are very narrow minded.
Change Prespective (Poetry) - 8/18/2013 2:05:09 PM
Nothing like having the right perspective
Knowing Myself (Poetry) - 8/5/2013 8:34:54 AM
A great soul searching poetic song. Yes, most of us come to know our real self. I found out in my spiritual journey in life. It's a wonderful peace to know thy self.
Be Now! (Poetry) - 7/22/2013 6:17:25 AM
As usual, good advice.
Be Now! (Poetry) - 7/21/2013 6:46:34 PM
Be Now! (Poetry) - 7/21/2013 4:47:42 PM
If Only (Poetry) - 7/8/2013 6:04:48 AM
Life is filled with, “if onlys." it's the, “What am I going to do about its," that count. Otherwise we're just plucking petals from daisies.
If Only (Poetry) - 7/7/2013 4:20:32 PM
Another thought provoking poem that has
a powerful message,and I thank you for
sharing it with us here in The Den.
Barbara J Henry
Click Away (Poetry) - 6/24/2013 11:15:54 PM
Great poetic thoughts about a world gone mad.
May you have peace, love and abundant blessings,
John Michael Domino
Click Away (Poetry) - 6/24/2013 6:24:46 AM
Saves a lot of arguments, too. ;-)
Click Away (Poetry) - 6/24/2013 4:49:58 AM
Emotions might hurt the poor things, things that look like humans, are just things, like electrons, and their shallow messages.
You've hit it right on the button my friend, much wisdom in your thoughts Shervin.
How Am I? (Poetry) - 6/6/2013 1:51:55 PM
A landlady I once had used open every conversation with, “How's your liver.” I'm not sure if I ever said it to her, but the proper answer is, “Still livin'.”
How Am I? (Poetry) - 6/5/2013 9:48:51 PM
I just filled in a questionnaire about prospective jury duty in which I answered your question as it relates to how well I might judge whether someone committed a crime. I decided they would not get a fair hearing with me on the jury.
How Am I? (Poetry) - 6/5/2013 2:00:54 PM
I'm afraid of asking myself that, cause then I'd have to be honest with my self in my answer...e
Giving Back (Poetry) - 5/30/2013 7:00:09 AM
Shervin, this is wonderful in my eyes~ What a great way to convey this message....in a vignette just as you have created here. I truly appreciate the conclusion and the way you have capitalized and underlined and exclamation-pointed the word: "Yourself!" For I understand this whole poem, but especially that word "Yourself!" to be speaking of 'authenticity.' I like to spin that outward to be saying we ARE the wind, sun, land and therefore need not be beholden (especially obligatorily) to parts of ourselves which are together and one with all of life. Totally insightful. Thank you. ~~ Diana
Giving Back (Poetry) - 5/27/2013 5:46:14 AM
I hope to accept a kindness with grace. But I do not want to accept stuff. Stuff fills my world and I want to give it back.
I've had my share of good fortune and I'm glad for that. There's no way that I could pay back anyone or anything for that.
Giving Back (Poetry) - 5/26/2013 5:28:27 PM
Great lesson Shervin and shared in a most convincing and memorable way.
Happy Memorial Day to you and your loved ones and continued success.
Barbara J. Henry
Love Me! (Poetry) - 5/13/2013 7:36:45 AM
Your poem offers the right approach to dementia.
Love Me! (Poetry) - 5/13/2013 4:07:26 AM
So much love needed, a wonderful insightful write, especially on mothers day, those most giving of souls now lost themselves, bless you!
Love Me! (Poetry) - 5/12/2013 5:20:52 PM
Reality for many, I have worked in a nursing home and have seen first hand the helplessness in their eyes.
Love Me! (Poetry) - 5/12/2013 4:42:26 PM
I have seen the blank stares, looking to find what they do not know is lost.
For The First Time (Poetry) - 4/29/2013 7:19:43 AM
My younger brother experience that angst. For some reason, I never did ask my parents argued, mostly over money. Still, they stayed together for 62 years and enjoyed life for most of it. The arguing became much less in later years as they came to understand one another better.
Unfortunate Events (Poetry) - 4/22/2013 2:10:47 PM
This work, like so many of your other pieces Shervin, is thought provoking and contains great advice.
Thank you for sharing it.
Barbara J. Henry
Unfortunate Events (Poetry) - 4/15/2013 11:30:35 AM
our feelings come as a results of our experiences...we must be honest with ourselves and face them, otherwise they haunt us.
Unfortunate Events (Poetry) - 4/15/2013 7:53:30 AM
I lost my sole, but took my lost sole and my shoe to a shoemaker and got put back on again. ;-) Only cost me an arm and a leg; not bad for retrieving a sole.
Emotional By-Pass (Poetry) - 4/1/2013 6:14:15 AM
How do I feel?
With my hands and think with my brain. ;-)
Emotional By-Pass (Poetry) - 3/31/2013 11:51:17 AM
My friend, unless I burn out, the only way to view the real world at this moment is exactly that, and most needed, and no I don't not know the impact, but I will be useless to myself and others if I don't, but thank you for reminding me, bless ya,
Healing Crises (Poetry) - 3/20/2013 11:29:50 AM
This poem,like many of your wonderfully written thought provoking works, provides another opportunity for me to read a beautiful poem and to ponder over it long after the reading has ended.
Thank you for sharing, and continued success.
Healing Crises (Poetry) - 3/18/2013 12:51:33 PM
sometimes we just don't know how real love should spawn.
maybe we get used and brused and that's all we know...Bob-
Healing Crises (Poetry) - 3/18/2013 7:54:03 AM
If only it could be that easy to console a woman.
Shame of Being (Poetry) - 3/4/2013 5:11:08 PM
sometimes those voices are ours, which we rue... Bob-
Shame of Being (Poetry) - 3/4/2013 7:21:33 AM
Sadly far too many have to go through this process, bless you!
Listen to Me (Poetry) - 2/18/2013 5:41:48 AM
Wise words in this world of multitasking, minimal listening.
Listen to Me (Poetry) - 2/17/2013 5:58:40 PM
This is a wonderful message and the lyrics and arrangement shape it in an appealing delivery. The two lines: "Observe my facial expressions as I speak./They have a story that mere words may not convey." are precious messages, culminated in the very next line, "Observe me with your attention, as if we have just met for the first time." Splendid way to present this essence of human kindness and positive-energy connection. Thank you! ~~ Diana
Will You? (Poetry) - 2/4/2013 11:18:30 AM
A tall order that some can handle and most cannot. That's how you find out who your real friends are.
Balcony People (Poetry) - 2/4/2013 6:29:06 AM
If you have created this term, "balcony people," I commend that concept. It not only infers 'audience,' but it infers 'watching over,' which transcends to 'angels,' and I like that image. Especially wonderful to me is your question, "Are you your own balcony person?" Very good. Thanks. ~~ Diana
Will You? (Poetry) - 2/4/2013 6:18:16 AM
A most profound question, that encompasses the human frailty and the need for love external to himself. Another wonderful addition to your valuable insights, bless you!
Balcony People (Poetry) - 1/27/2013 2:15:43 PM
Another great, thought provoking work Shervin,and I thank you for reminding me of "my balcony people," those who have been there to cheer me on,as I cheer for myself and others.
Barbara J Henry
Balcony People (Poetry) - 1/21/2013 11:10:04 AM
I was waiting in the wings until I reviewed five novels last year and posted their reviews from my balcony.
Balcony People (Poetry) - 1/21/2013 6:19:28 AM
Boy, what truth indeed, yes a little love and cheering sure does the trick for most beings doesn't it, bless ya, wonderful write.
Are You Ready? (Poetry) - 1/6/2013 2:14:34 PM
What control Shervin, I amd married to the dragon, what are you saying man, Hugs!
Size Matters (Poetry) - 12/24/2012 7:53:01 AM
Well presented reminders of that which we often perceive only as a blur of our experience.
Little Red Bag (Poetry) - 12/9/2012 9:26:21 PM
a bag of talented thoughts
Undeveloped Talents (Poetry) - 11/26/2012 7:29:43 AM
You got me thinking about my parents' talents. Except for my father's gift for playing music by ear, I am quite good at what both my parents were good at, and never felt any pressure, growing up to match their skills as I forged mine.
Change of Consciousness (Poetry) - 11/19/2012 8:26:55 AM
This is intriguing and I hope that our physical death WILL feel the same as a change of consciousness. Neat experience of which you speak, Shervin. ~~ Diana
Change of Consciousness (Poetry) - 11/12/2012 8:44:14 AM
Body Electronics sounds like another bit of quackery, but I can find the references to that on the Internet. It has been said that we remember everything, it is just that digging it out it out sometimes is difficult because it is hidden behind other, more prominent memory.
Perhaps I should engage in it so that my autobiography will be 4000 pages instead of 400––already too much.
Volcano Within Me! (Poetry) - 10/31/2012 8:05:33 AM
Wonderful poem,Shervin, very powerful and thought provoking.
Thanks for sharing it.
Barbara J Henry
Volcano Within Me! (Poetry) - 10/28/2012 8:38:12 AM
A very expressive way to let your passion out. I will be reading you on your journey to new territory.
You may be connected to mother Earth, because the Kilauea volcano is about to crest its cauldron for the first time in a very long time. When she flows over it will create many more miles of beautiful Hawaii and fertile earth.
Volcano Within Me! (Poetry) - 10/28/2012 7:50:17 AM
OH wow! You sure have a nack to visit and stir this couldron boiling in all of us, bless you!
Song Bird (Poetry) - 10/15/2012 9:02:56 PM
A poem for all ages, Shervin, a sing-sang tune of slavedoom... In every age/millennium which was and will come, it's a continuing wonder, the bird is still there.
Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Song Bird (Poetry) - 10/15/2012 7:54:40 AM
A hard hitting metaphor indeed, we should take heed, most of us live in a cage, and this in a so called free society, bless ya!
Song Bird (Poetry) - 10/15/2012 7:22:32 AM
A metaphor for our time, so wisely written. In times of trouble, people tend to be more conservative. But what they don't realize is the conservative ends up restricting their freedom to be who they are when they rely on someone else to protect them.
Compulsion to Help (Poetry) - 10/2/2012 2:40:36 PM
I greatly appreciate your writing. Especially effective I find, are your questions. They are posed, not imposed. There is a large difference in the hearing of words treated those two different ways. I like your way and the words you convey. Tending the Garden Within is certainly a healthy place to be. Thank you ~~ Diana
The Door Has Opened (Poetry) - 10/1/2012 10:12:23 AM
I'm thinking of a certain someone who is walking the line right now. Often besieged by half-truths and innuendo, that still maintains his cool.
Am I right?
The Door Has Opened (Poetry) - 9/30/2012 3:26:02 PM
such wonderful words of inspiration flow gently from this write, for those 'walking at the edge of darkness and light'...a glimpse of moving forward...nice work ...pmedlin
Compulsion to Help (Poetry) - 9/27/2012 3:18:45 AM
This brought back to me feelings of desperation I experienced when my cousin was drowning and I tried to save her. She pulled me down and a life guard saved us both. It's just sometimes time to let go and let the life guard do his job. Great poem, wise and thought provoking.
Compulsion to Help (Poetry) - 9/17/2012 11:41:44 AM
You don't read like a engineer, you read like a psychologist. As always, great advice.
Compulsion to Help (Poetry) - 9/16/2012 1:45:02 PM
That is where I am at now Shervin, bless ya for this timely comment.
Be Enthusiastic! (Poetry) - 9/3/2012 10:08:41 AM
Lest it be forgotten, transforming a lazy "mind" into enthusiastic pursuit of empirical knowledge is of no less importance in transmuting "...your emotion into life force energy and love."
Be Enthusiastic! (Poetry) - 9/3/2012 7:02:39 AM
It's hard to be enthusiastic about pain. But I love to be enthusiastic about things. Thanks for sharing.
Be Enthusiastic! (Poetry) - 9/2/2012 5:09:15 PM
I was filled with enthusiasm just reading this
Powerful work! Continued success-
BaRbara J Henry
Anticipate or Participate? (Poetry) - 8/20/2012 2:38:52 PM
Ah! Grasshopper! A kind of Zen lesson that Kwai Chang Kane would have appreciated. Sorry if that's a touch obscure for you - I'm showing my age! I like it.
Anticipate or Participate? (Poetry) - 8/20/2012 10:24:13 AM
How do I feel? With my hands And fingers. ;-) In one short poem, you have spanned the spectrum of human existence. I would say in spite of some people suffering, most futile and quite well.
Anticipate or Participate? (Poetry) - 8/19/2012 7:27:27 PM
As most of your work proffers, to think is sublime. Decisions, some easy, some with challenges some might not want to accept. The mind, feeling with the mind with a confirmation by the heart is the way I think, as I believe as Descartes posited: beware of the senses as they are capricious.
Anticipate or Participate? (Poetry) - 8/19/2012 3:42:05 PM
Another wonderful,thought provoking work,Shervin,thanks for sharing it with us. Continued success
Barbara J Henry
Too Proud to Receive (Poetry) - 8/7/2012 5:49:03 AM
just read 'permeate' by susie palmer...interesting. so i guess that old cliche, '...one hand washes the other...' should take the elevator back up...? thanks for share
Too Proud to Receive (Poetry) - 8/5/2012 8:15:58 PM
indeed, it takes a very open heart to receive
Too Proud to Receive (Poetry) - 8/5/2012 2:25:48 PM
Straight to the heart.
Too Proud to Receive (Poetry) - 8/5/2012 2:08:13 PM
Perhaps, you have peeped iside the soul of many as you walk along the paths of such a subject. This is one to ponder while reading each line.
Too Proud to Receive (Poetry) - 8/5/2012 2:06:16 PM
As your check list of whys and wherefores suggest, our ability to receive is tainted by distorted views of self and the nature of reciprocity where the heart and mind conjoins to remain open and compatible. It took me over 60 years of adulthood before I felt I was worthy of receiving, so I am very empathetic to your premise here.
Accept Me: I’ll Fix You (Poetry) - 8/3/2012 5:00:12 AM
I agree completely. The world would be a better place if more had this philosophy.
Accept Me: I’ll Fix You (Poetry) - 7/28/2012 11:15:38 PM
we can see others...but refuse to see ourselves. often, 'we' are our biggest problem. thanks
Accept Me: I’ll Fix You (Poetry) - 7/25/2012 5:26:23 PM
AMEN! This hits the nail on the head. People want to change others when they themselves should look in the mirror. This is a keeper!
Accept Me: I’ll Fix You (Poetry) - 7/24/2012 7:44:01 AM
I don't know. I just like pair o' duckses. ;-)
Accept Me: I’ll Fix You (Poetry) - 7/23/2012 12:19:55 AM
Sounds like marriage?! :)
Our Necessities (Poetry) - 7/11/2012 6:42:59 AM
“Are we slaves to our “new necessities”? Yes!
Seeing as the world moving God out of the picture
Sins and materialism are gaining much ground
And in the mean time destroying life
Due to too much stress by reason of hard worked
To take care of all the new necessities!
Our Necessities (Poetry) - 7/11/2012 6:14:56 AM
Oh I concur with the flavor of this writing. Most any poem of all questions is a good one to me; and your questions are equivalent to a word that means "more than appropriate," if there were such a word. I even value your introductory thought. And this great line: "Do you need good meals? How good?" emits a Ghandi-like aura.....the "How good?" part. Thank you for this. ~~ Diana
Our Necessities (Poetry) - 7/10/2012 8:38:33 AM
So many good question. David Carvell put it concisely this morning when he said that, “Americans have gone from being makers to buyers.” When we value ourselves in what we buy, we end up with a lot of “necessities.” But what is really necessary is much less. Advertising and the media have contributed to our dependency on “stuff.” Much of which we don't need.
Our Necessities (Poetry) - 7/9/2012 6:05:23 AM
I think it's safe to hold media and politics accountable for today's overly emphasized needs-syndrome. In reality, they are "wants," fueled by an exponential tidal wave of "fear" posited to keep us grasping for--as you say--happiness that is in the final consensus (at least for those of us remaining conscious) within. Thank you for the timely and insightful reminder, sprinkled with just the right amount of sub-textual discovery.
For Sale (Poetry) - 6/29/2012 9:11:03 AM
As suggested on a previous review: Let go of your attachment to things, stuff and the wontedly superfluous trappings we drag behind as baggage (habit) we're afraid of losing. As your poem adroitly points out with its subtext, one can't lose what one doesn't have. Much of what we value is of no value to the longevity of the inner self.
Soft Spots (Poetry) - 6/29/2012 9:06:21 AM
The observation of this writer suggest that such anesthetizing is largely set upon us today from twittering and social networking, that "stroking" along the backs of our egos that falsely suggests we are appreciated, we are recognized, we are loved. Oy vay. "Recognize your hypnotic trance before it is too late" indeed. Another pin prick to our consciousness. Thank you.
I Am Not (Poetry) - 6/29/2012 9:00:30 AM
Would that more thoughtful minds could accept the rewards of such inner-songs as the true reward of living constructively. Beautifully proposed.
Money (Poetry) - 6/29/2012 8:56:37 AM
Zen masters would be proud of this. You advance the intrinsic value of money to a level of "modifier" "connector" and most importantly, "a choice." Respect for its essence abounds in this laundry list of potential identities, and within its subtext is the often ignored maxim: the root of all evil IS NOT money. It is the ATTACHMENT to it. I for one only partially subscribe to that posit, and suggest the species also include as part of their association/relationship with money the idea that it is but ONE source of exchange. One mustn't forget how many values of exchange exist beyond money, although money, more often than not, provides the basis and foundation for much of our peace and relaxed nature as humans. This was a well crafted alert. I hope many read it. Thank you for posting.
I Am Not (Poetry) - 6/12/2012 10:13:42 AM
There's always a song in my heart. And I really like the blues.
I Am Not (Poetry) - 6/12/2012 8:33:06 AM
to lose...is to gain. well done. thanks for sharing
I Am Not (Poetry) - 6/10/2012 3:43:59 PM
Another great work Shervin,and, as usual, quite thought provoking.
Barbara J. Henry
Soft Spots (Poetry) - 6/7/2012 9:35:28 PM
The internet adverts make me numb. I have work to do and the "Pop up" out of nowhere. A very good write Shervin!
Soft Spots (Poetry) - 6/5/2012 10:28:56 AM
I like the whole premise of this poem. I interpret your 'soft spots' as 'blind spots.' Because of this numbing, we can no longer see. I like your opposites you use here: noise/quiet, legal/illegal, superiority/inferiority, which splash the distractions in every direction. I enjoy poetry that asks questions. ~~ Diana
Soft Spots (Poetry) - 5/29/2012 4:55:30 AM
Very good points!!! This meant a lot to me today.
I'm OK- having recognized much of the above- but I see people being torn down and always wonder why they are so easily led astray. I just have to remember I was just as easily taken in my past.
Soft Spots (Poetry) - 5/28/2012 9:06:46 AM
for some to lose is to gain...and weakness is strength. guess it depends on how one looks at it. thanks for share.
Soft Spots (Poetry) - 5/28/2012 7:54:38 AM
Sound words. A lot of hypnotism going around. So far, I've avoided catching it. I am soft, however, when it comes to helping the down and out. It's wonderful to see someone turn their life around because I helped them. If only because I gave them a little shove like this poem.
For Sale (Poetry) - 5/14/2012 2:47:27 PM
Thought provoking and very powerful poem,one that speaks to the heart and soul.
Barbara J. Henry
For Sale (Poetry) - 5/14/2012 6:36:46 AM
As usual wise, and counseling words.
Magical Me (Poetry) - 4/18/2012 12:34:34 PM
A very welcome write that others should read. Especially those poets who seem to want to always take us down with their continual personal problems.
Magical Me (Poetry) - 4/18/2012 1:04:27 AM
you found 'you' again. makes me hopeful. thanks
Magical Me (Poetry) - 4/17/2012 7:18:57 AM
I love this poem. It is magnificently shining into my eyes. You have described the taking away of "Zen" in a child, which society has perfected to unconsciousness, and you finish your work of art with revelation and jubilance. It sings. ~~ Diana
Magical Me (Poetry) - 4/16/2012 4:34:47 AM
this was most interesting to read...leaves one wondering what circumstances precipitated the change from 'joyous' to 'lifeless' and from 'lifeless' back to 'joyous'
Lucky (Poetry) - 4/10/2012 12:02:37 PM
my momma always says that to be blessed is better(smile). i'm sort of getting use to the term and the idea. thanks for sharing
Lucky (Poetry) - 4/2/2012 7:49:30 AM
The fact is, most wealth is inherited. However, it's better for those who make their own. Good health, on the other hand, is a matter of choice. You can blame your ancestors for your bad behavior, but it won't do anything for your health, except good behavior.
Lucky (Poetry) - 4/2/2012 5:05:24 AM
I like this poem, it's very inspiring; even so, I think that the blessings of God will always out live luck! Well done, Shervin!
Fantasy or Dream? (Poetry) - 3/22/2012 2:28:00 PM
Great work Shervin,and very thought provoking!
I am pleased to say that I have begun to act on my dreams.
Continued success -
Barbara J Henry
Fantasy or Dream? (Poetry) - 3/19/2012 10:23:14 AM
My bad dreams, I leave on the bed. My good dreams I take with me and some a good short stories.
Fantasy or Dream? (Poetry) - 3/18/2012 4:09:40 PM
indeed our choice. either we play, or we go for it. me? i'm going for mine. thanks for sharing.
I Have a Dream (Poetry) - 3/4/2012 8:11:22 PM
This is awesome! Thank you.
I Have a Dream (Poetry) - 3/4/2012 6:30:38 PM
to get out of jail and never go back. to raise my daughter to be a beautiful young lady. to be successful in every sense of the word.
thanks for sharing. asa
Tenants (Poetry) - 2/6/2012 11:53:32 AM
Great advice. Sometimes we need to clear our heads and the clutter in our lives so that we can move ahead.
Raccoon (Poetry) - 1/9/2012 10:18:08 PM
Too many to name. Patrick
In My Pack (Poetry) - 1/9/2012 10:14:32 PM
Yes sir, emotions packed away merely grow into something unpleasant, not to mention heavy. Lighter packs are best. Patrick
In My Pack (Poetry) - 1/9/2012 1:27:45 PM
I travel with a monkey, but there is no difference. A wise little ditty that I have had the pleasure to read.
In My Pack (Poetry) - 1/9/2012 8:52:23 AM
Empty out your pack, Shervin Hojat, and allow Jesus to help you! Remember, His yoke is easy and His burdens light. Hopefully, this poem may inspire others to empty their pack too. Blessings!
In My Pack (Poetry) - 1/8/2012 11:05:08 PM
Great poem. We all carry burdens at one time or another and it is so important to share and be honest, but oh so hard.
Inner Healing (Poetry) - 12/30/2011 8:27:59 AM
A wonderful poem to rejuvenate the life force!
Happy New Year,
Inner Healing (Poetry) - 12/28/2011 9:39:44 PM
good advice ...
Inner Healing (Poetry) - 12/25/2011 6:08:45 PM
You have much wisdom my friend, all learning and knowing if not passed through the heart also, is much knowing without wisdom, and usually much knowing without love. Thank you for sharing this gift, especially on Christmas day. Blessings! Jasmin Horst. Merry Christmas
Inner Healing (Poetry) - 12/25/2011 2:47:21 PM
EVEN THOUGH I DO NOT AGREE WITH YOU(JER 17:9-10)I LIKE THE STYLE AND IMAGERY IN THIS WORK. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Bird in the Glass Hous (Poetry) - 12/12/2011 6:52:28 AM
Indeed Shervin, you have captured the here and there world beautifully. It reminds me of, like us banging our heads against the wall. I rescued many a bird from my skylight, yes all good admonishment did not work, there a plenty of false window lights bidding us to the open skies, sometimes exhausted to weak to protest our will, helping hands of angels place us in the hands of freedom. Bless ya!
Wardrobe Change (Poetry) - 11/14/2011 8:20:49 AM
Indeed,"So Many Choices....", and then owing to the confusion in choosing; it could cause many people to forget the main thing, which is to say Lord do keep me safely through this day. Nice job, Shervin!
Wardrobe Change (Poetry) - 11/13/2011 5:25:19 PM
I thought this was a simple poem about your outfits at first, but, as it progressed, I found it was much more. To a large extent, we do choose what we will be each day. You've given a lot to ponder as we examine ourselves.
Painful Thoughts (Poetry) - 11/2/2011 4:07:11 PM
angst augury of an animated art
Painful Thoughts (Poetry) - 10/30/2011 5:03:30 PM
Deep into the morrass of all of our aquired little hangups, you have said it well Shervin, few people though only bother searching inside of themselves to see what makes them tick and why, that's why the world is in such a mess, mass phobias and belief systems foisted on the first innocent, and then for lack of searching like yourself, bring mass hysteria of one sort or another. Enjoyed, Jasmin Horst
Do Not be Fooled (Poetry) - 10/16/2011 2:00:17 PM
Thoughtful. It is inspiring. Liz
Companions (Poetry) - 10/3/2011 10:39:55 AM
A wise and therapeutic reflection ~
Companions (Poetry) - 10/3/2011 4:35:06 AM
Yes and No With Ease (Poetry) - 9/25/2011 1:40:34 PM
Great poem and so very true!
Barbara J. Henry
Guarantess (Poetry) - 9/25/2011 1:38:29 PM
Such a powerfully poignant work,and I agree: We must first love ourselves in order to love others: Because we can not give what we do not have.
Barbara J. Henry
Seemingly Calm (Poetry) - 9/25/2011 4:38:53 AM
This is wonderful!Much spiritual wisdom here. Thanks.
Seemingly Calm (Poetry) - 9/18/2011 4:04:53 PM
This is inspiring to me, Shervin, wonderful reflection!
Guarantess (Poetry) - 9/10/2011 9:18:43 PM
How true. We must first learn that to share it with others. :)
Being Present (Poetry) - 8/23/2011 11:35:05 PM
Yes, yes!! I totally agree! i have written a poem called Being Present too.. How wonderful!
With Love and Kinship,
Suzie xox :-D
Being Present (Poetry) - 8/21/2011 1:45:27 AM
Your lines dwindle down like the verse does to the reader... the repetition carries you and your message is point blank... Thanks for sharing...
What is the Outcome? (Poetry) - 8/13/2011 8:48:01 PM
You are correct. Self-fufilling prophecy. Negative self-talk only breeds that in our lives. Very positive piece. Most of us need to be reminded of this, too.
Yes and No With Ease (Poetry) - 7/26/2011 1:00:09 PM
Wow! Sweet poem thanks
Self Acceptance (Poetry) - 6/27/2011 4:50:39 AM
Accepting the dark with the light. We are all multifaceted beings. The hate and the love, they are one.
Self Acceptance (Poetry) - 6/26/2011 3:10:03 PM
Great questions...thoughts to ponder.
A few weeks back, I pondered the thought... Who or what validates who I am? (Your thoughts here in this poem very similar to questions I asked of myself.) Do I let people validate my worth? Do I let "things" validate who I am and how I act? Validation...where does it come from...my thoughts on validation..not necessarily concluding thoughts, but my thinking for now. Validation of who I am always comes from within... it goes deep into that very core of what drives me to be me. I can allow others or things to validate me, but those same things or others can turn me into someone that I'm not. All comes down to me and what I carry within and what I consider worth validating for myself.
Your thoughts here in this poem, led me back to what is within today, thank you for your writing. Windswept
Honoring A Friend (Poetry) - 6/20/2011 3:17:05 PM
Shervin, I want to leave a legacy when I am gone...Not for who I am you see, but for the seeds I've sown. To make an impact in the lives of others is the greatest gift that we can leave loved ones. After all, life on earth is simply training/boot camp for eternity. Blessings...Frances
Ok To Cry (Poetry) - 6/12/2011 1:27:56 PM
A fine line: "Get ready to welcome joy." God less!
Turn Your Attention (Poetry) - 6/8/2011 8:57:12 AM
Wonderful, true advice Shervin,and it it is written so beautifully.
Thanks for sharing,and continued success/
Barbara J. Henry
Turn Your Attention (Poetry) - 5/31/2011 12:12:42 PM
NOT THAT SIMPLE TO DO, BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE AND IF ACHIEVED, DEFINITELY, VERY POWERFUL! THANKS FOR SHARING AND GOD BLESS. LOVE AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Turn Your Attention (Poetry) - 5/31/2011 5:52:21 AM
Very good, Shervin! Accorging to Scriptures, sin that is not forgiven can hinder one's prosperity in life; then it's better for one to adapt the habit of forgiving each other, when there is a need to do so.
No Fear (Poetry) - 5/21/2011 6:28:34 AM
yes indeed, controlled fear is power ...
Bathing in Love and Gratitude (Poetry) - 5/2/2011 6:51:43 PM
Yes- thank you, I take this bath- with much gratitude.
It is Going to be Easy (Poetry) - 4/7/2011 8:23:11 PM
Beautiful!!! Just what I need to practice....
Uncomfortable Dream (Poetry) - 4/7/2011 8:20:38 PM
Uncomfortable Dream (Poetry) - 4/4/2011 7:24:08 AM
Well-crafted poem of enlightening insights, Shervin!
Honoring A Friend (Poetry) - 3/22/2011 6:18:11 AM
THis is quite a poem "Honoring A Friend", Shervin! Only I would like my friends to honour me by telling my godly deeds to all generations.
Hard Shell (Poetry) - 3/20/2011 5:21:20 PM
Valuable advice, and I think badly needed.
Honoring A Friend (Poetry) - 3/20/2011 5:17:45 PM
Thought-provoking, this is just how it was for me when a friend died. As I thought about her life, I wanted to emulate her dedication to spreading good words and living with integrity. Amazing how much impact a friend can have! Good job, Shervin.
Shattered Mirrors (Poetry) - 3/5/2011 4:26:37 AM
This helped me too...to feel a gentle cooling breeze- and take my first steps- into tomorrow.
Filters (Poetry) - 3/4/2011 9:33:52 PM
Interesting observation, but living without most filters is a much better way to be. Be who you are and embrace it...
Be always safe,
Filters (Poetry) - 3/4/2011 12:50:10 PM
Great food for thought- thank you.
I Found You (Poetry) - 2/13/2011 2:23:53 AM
VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
I Found You (Poetry) - 2/6/2011 5:31:15 PM
Such a stirring and intimate awakening within your poem, Shervin! I so enjoyed this...
Fear of Loss (Poetry) - 1/24/2011 6:24:20 AM
"Fear Of Loss" it's a great poem, Shervin. It covered lots of grond regarding fears. Yet I'll say this: The God of heaven who says fear not, for I am with you always, He has to be the Man with the only anti-dote for all fears and no one or nothing else is. Nonetheless, gratitude is also very good. Thanks!!
New Reality (Poetry) - 1/23/2011 7:26:42 PM
Brilliantly challenging, Shervin.
It is Going to be Easy (Poetry) - 1/9/2011 6:34:17 PM
I second your feelings in "It is Going to be Easy."
So often, the old things did "suck" but we hang on to them. Time to let go. Happy New Year.
It is Going to be Easy (Poetry) - 1/9/2011 4:54:54 PM
You certainly have a winsome way with words, and with making personal affirmations, well... personal. Thanks for the encouragement. May your tomorrow be a terrific today!
Shattered Mirrors (Poetry) - 1/1/2011 7:13:24 AM
strange when mirrors are broken they still reflect the fragments of the entire reflection ... when you think about it, mirrors need to be more than shattered, they need unmitigated erasure from the soul ...
powerfully penned ...
You Matter (Poetry) - 12/25/2010 11:45:17 AM
Another good and powerful write Shervin!
Barbara J Henry
Holiday Season (Poetry) - 12/25/2010 11:42:48 AM
This poem is powerful because it is very true.
It blends easily with my poem - "The Greatest Christmas Gift."
I believe you'd like the poem.
The best of the season, and continued success.
Barbara J Henry
Fear of Loss (Poetry) - 12/14/2010 2:07:44 AM
gRATEFUL FOR THE GOOD THINGS IN lIFE THAT COME MY WAY. yOU EXPRESS IT VERY WELL HERE TOO.
Holiday Season (Poetry) - 12/14/2010 2:06:43 AM
YOU SEEM TO HAVE COVERED THE GIFTS WE NEED TO GIVE EACH OTHER THIS hAPPY hOLIDAY SEASON, MAY YOU HAVE A VERY MERRY cHRISTMAS. aLWAYS A JOY TO READ YOUR WRITES.
Hard Shell (Poetry) - 11/1/2010 12:19:46 AM
You gotta be some kind of nut' not to get this message..lol
But yes. I do like it. Great work.
Unplug (Poetry) - 10/17/2010 6:27:59 PM
Wise and fine, Shervin.
Unplug (Poetry) - 10/17/2010 3:31:28 PM
Excellent advice, and a very relaxing poem!
Golden Rule - Flip Side (Poetry) - 10/4/2010 7:59:13 AM
Ditto...Great writing dear man..stay safe and well..Hugss
Golden Rule - Flip Side (Poetry) - 10/3/2010 6:12:48 PM
So true ~ Thank you as I started feeling better the farther I read and at the end I was ready for a blissful cup of tea!
Questions (Poetry) - 7/22/2010 6:30:01 PM
Not just fine poetry as usual Shervin, but yes so helpful in every day life, bless you for sharing!!!!!! Jasmin Horst
Questions (Poetry) - 7/22/2010 2:08:16 PM
I love this wonderfully pensive poem ~
just the kind of cogitations I gravitate towards and questions can come bearing gifts ~
Knowing (Poetry) - 7/12/2010 2:46:29 AM
Very well thought-out poem.
Knowing (Poetry) - 7/11/2010 3:21:07 PM
A sad situation it be, should we ever know all that we seek.
I love what you are saying, and how you say it, a deep wisdom embedded here, thank you! Jasmin Horst
Knowing (Poetry) - 7/11/2010 3:18:14 PM
PERHAPS, YOU ARE RIGHT...'WHEN WE THINK WE KNOW IT, WE WILL SEEK NO MORE. I SAY THIS, BECAUSE IT IS ONLY WHEN WE 'KNOW' THAT WE KNOW IT, THAT WE CONTINUALLY SEEK AND SEEK...UNTIL WE SEE 'HIM' FACE TO FACE. WELL DONE, SHERVIN, ENJOYED. THANKS FOR SHARING, LOVE AND BLESSINGS, JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Running Away From Emptiness (Poetry) - 6/28/2010 11:19:49 AM
So true. Never knew why some are so afraid of empty rooms and empty time. Everything has to be filled to the brim. So stressful, if you ask me.
Leaving it to the Universe (Poetry) - 6/14/2010 6:37:37 AM
I like your optimism and your last two lines. The Universe however still holds four aces to our pair of deuces. Patrick
Leaving it to the Universe (Poetry) - 6/13/2010 7:50:22 PM
Yes, Yes, Yes!!! You have said it well and I applaud you on this magnificent poem of wisdom and cosmic energy...
Trust in the Universe, but trust in yourself first.
Much peace, love and light,
Mental Trap (Poetry) - 5/26/2010 3:19:43 PM
These are traps that are sadly known to all, a useful reminder.
Prison Guards (Poetry) - 5/26/2010 5:26:35 AM
An intriguing write. All through I had that impression of "a prison of your own making." Also, can't help being reminded of the scripture verse, "If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed." In Him is true freedom.
Rose (Poetry) - 5/19/2010 4:26:55 PM
A rose by any other name is a prickly bush.
Very nice rose rendering...
Rose (Poetry) - 5/16/2010 3:08:32 AM
Delightful work, Shervin
Rose (Poetry) - 5/15/2010 4:45:39 PM
This is nice. Great metaphors!!
Sandie Angel :o)
Re-incarnation (Poetry) - 5/12/2010 2:05:40 AM
I See You (Poetry) - 4/25/2010 8:14:15 PM
This is Awesome! Thank you, Carin' Spirit
Welcome The Conflicting Companions (Poetry) - 4/14/2010 2:23:12 AM
I have often thought that we are far too focused nowadays on whether a person is a "winner" or a "loser". These labels mislead us. First, they can easily become self-fulfilling prophesies. Second, they can paralyze us. We can be so terrified of making a mistake or looking like an idiot that we do not learn what we need to learn to move forward. If I look at anyone I know whom I would consider to be successful, their road to success is strewn with failures, false starts, dead ends and quite a few downright awkward characters who have made life difficult. This piece expresses it all so well: by embracing our confusion we find our way to clarity.
Gifts (Poetry) - 4/10/2010 7:12:13 PM
I was once told that some people come into our lives as a gift , some as a project! I have been blessed with many gifts, and many projects, but I see that you have many ifts as well and this is one of them loved the poem!
Gifts (Poetry) - 3/31/2010 12:19:17 AM
Excellent writing, Shervin
Gifts (Poetry) - 3/26/2010 6:36:05 PM
Love this. . .and the greatest gift, to me,
Is unconditional love - so rare in humanity.
Unconditional Love (Poetry) - 3/12/2010 1:55:16 PM
Great stuff' Keep writing.
Our Daily Choices (Poetry) - 3/2/2010 3:04:15 AM
This is a great poem.Everybody can learn from what you said.take care
Our Daily Choices (Poetry) - 3/1/2010 6:52:28 PM
This is a most excellent write,helpful,encouraging,and one with which I am in complete agreement.Continued success
Valentine's Day (Poetry) - 2/11/2010 10:21:35 AM
How very refreshing such a poem, then usual gushing and efusing literature one sees on this day, and so much more true and enlightened, so much more needed to counter the spillage, the garbage, from the commercial market, it has almost become a religion in a the sense, many are caught in it's idiot rampage. Tend to your inner garden says a great deal, many are too lazy to tend it, and are all too willing to share their weeds instead. Unless one does tend it lovingly, and in turn receives the beauty grown in it, and then is actually able to share a boquet of love, some last a life time, independend of any one day a year approbiation. Hurray for romantic love, but let's keep it that way, let's not make it the end all and be all of everything, another Hollywood, etc,
Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Valentine's Day (Poetry) - 2/10/2010 8:20:45 PM
And a bright Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours too and keep spreading the love everywhere you go to every life you touch...
Be always safe,
Mental Trap (Poetry) - 1/28/2010 5:56:53 AM