Mind Massage is effected through poetry. This is because as physical massage benefits the body; poetry benefits the mind. In order for this to happen, the poems should be beautiful and uplifting. Numerous articles agree on poetry’s beneficial effects.
Regions of the brain linked to memory showed more activity than the general reading network while reading poetry. The world today is dominated “left-brain tyranny,” focusing on details, logic, and metrics. On the other hand, the right-brain focuses on “context, empathy, and the big picture,” according to the award-winning playwright and creative consultant William Ayot. I believe that poetry is as therapeutic for the mind as massage is for the body. By analogy we say, poetry is the art of massage applied to the mind.
Enter my book of poetry, “The Oquaga Spirit Speaks.” Oquaga Lake is perched almost 2,000 high in the Catskill Mountains. Almost every guest at the Lake House senses an immense spiritual presence around the lake. I became personally acquainted a particular spirit on hikes. In addition to being the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House, I often led daily”walks”. One of my favorites was to the peak of Bluestone Mountain. We would trek up to a mountain top quarry. Slabs and slates such in the picture below were everywhere. All would take home a prized piece of Deposit bluestone. The spirit’s poetry would be added to the hike. Below is her relevant poem:
Mind Massage at Bluestone Mountain
A mountain of magical stone.
A giant wall of rock,
Quarried in antiquity
To build an ancient clock.
Shaped into evolving circles
By which lunar cycles were timed
And with it the arc of the Sun
Was harmonized in rhyme.
This mandala, wrought of Bluestone
A mystery yet it be;
Is called by the name Stonehenge
That so many still flock to see.
On a mountain of such stone dwell I,
Next to Oquaga Lake’s shore.
For the harmonious peace all around
It seems like Stonehenge at its core.