I found an article on using haikus as an exploration tool on the Workplace Spirituality site. The article focuses on using haikus as a form of workplace exploration to identify and move through blockage, but it seems like it would work just as well for individual exploration. For the record, I haven't tried it - I just think it's a fun idea.
Here's what the author has to say...
My research, with over one hundred people in various managerial capacities has shown that using this concise form of inner exploration leads to startling truths. In the repertoire of responses the following emerged: charting new strategic directions, helping one see life anew, healing those unseen psychological wounds, and giving one the strength to move forward with a spring in one’s step and a sparkle in the eye. Haiku served to illuminate those psychological processes that enable people to function positively, with energy and well-being. These are themes which psychologists Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, of Claremont Graduate University, would call Positive Psychology.
Haiku has as its essence an issue that one is dealing with which must be expressed with brevity in exactly seventeen syllables. The imagery of nature is used, and the final line generally has a twist, a bit of satire and provokes thought.
She goes on to give some suggestions about how to go about it (again, in an organizational setting) and some examples of what kinds of results have come from using haikus as an exploration tool.
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