Aug 28 2011

On Hold for a Week (or Two)

Published by at 3:30 pm under Poetry Chaikhana Misc.

I’ve been dealing with a rough bout of chronic fatigue recently and it’s gotten to the point that I’ve had trouble working at my day job. I never seem to lack the energy necessary to send out the poetry emails, but I’ve decided to put the Poetry Chaikhana on hold for a week or two to allow my system to rebound and also to try bring my income back up in my normal job.

Wish me well. I’ll resume the poetry soon.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
~ Rumi

…And to everyone in the vicinity of Hurricane Irene, be well, be safe, appreciate the majesty.

83 responses so far

83 Responses to “On Hold for a Week (or Two)”

  1. Lesleyon 28 Aug 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Dear Ivan,

    I was moved to send you this saying from Rumi ~

    “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

    Take care and I wish you a speedy recovery of energy and balance.



  2. Deborah Smalleron 28 Aug 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Dear Ivan –

    As someone who has suffered from disabling chronic fatigue in the past, and is still dealing with some chronic health probems, I just want you to know that it is absolutely critical that you respect your health/energy limits, and take care of yourself.

    We will be here when you return.

    Deborah S.

  3. Meliaon 28 Aug 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Feel better soon! Chronic Fatigue sucks!

  4. Roseon 28 Aug 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Take care, Ivan. I am always grateful for your service. Blessings, Rose

  5. Jim Atwellon 28 Aug 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Be well my friend
    Much love
    jim atwell

  6. Deannaon 28 Aug 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Best wishes, Ivan. Get better, feel better, do what is right for you.

  7. Carol Burnson 28 Aug 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Dear Ivan,

    God’s peace and healing to you. Loved the Rumi. Take care, first priority.

    Will look forward to your return to us. Carol

  8. Beverlyon 28 Aug 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I do wish you well and am sending healing thoughts to you. May Gods love help you get well soon. Beverly

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  10. Joey Connollyon 28 Aug 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Ivan, take more than a week or two.
    Eat regular meals according to what you regularly eat. Drink plenty of water. Don’t forget the value of chicken soup and green tea with a little honey.
    Above all rest and dwell on those wisdoms you share with all your readers.
    Does that sound too ‘mothering’?
    ….”let it be” so then. Joey C.
    AND drink plenty of water!!!!

  11. Tiaon 28 Aug 2011 at 7:15 pm

    My thoughts & prayers are with you. My gratitude and appreciation for all you do.

  12. Reenieon 28 Aug 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Be well, Ivan,
    I will hold you in thoughts and heart as you take care of you and yours.
    Your comment on those near hurricane Irene…I happen to be in Boston just this week. It has traveled through, has been fine. But your comment about appreciating the majesty opened me up to that . Thank you! And thank you for your lovely perceptivity!

  13. sparrowon 28 Aug 2011 at 7:33 pm

    dear Ivan

    May you be held in the sweet embrace of love and goodness as you surrender into that which is even deeper…I too spent some time down under with CFS/KMa transformations…May you take this time to nest in the stillness and love of your deep beingness…We understand… take care…thanks for all you share with us through the poetry and your translations… much appreciation…

    in the rain and in the sunshine

  14. K Conanton 28 Aug 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I had Chronic Fatigue-you don’t get points for rushing things. Take it slowly-according to your own health and spirit.

  15. Jackieon 28 Aug 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Sending love and peace your way. Will be thinking about you. Feel better sweet soul.

  16. Karenon 28 Aug 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Please, Beloved, do whatever you need to do. There is a great web sustaining you.

  17. Tom D'Evelynon 28 Aug 2011 at 7:50 pm

    The gifts you have given to us, the least we can do is reinvest them in unconditional hope for your well being. Do not limit what you need to time away. Disappear into the heart of love.

  18. Old Oakon 28 Aug 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Ivan, thinking of you, your labours of love are a lifeline to so many.
    Iodine is great for exhaustion and general upkeep of ‘everything’ . Thats all you need, and its cheap (non patentable) for more info Google: “Brownstein and Iodine” he has some points on Chronic Fatigue. I am not connected to this person in any way but his research has benefited my family considerably 🙂
    “True thoughts make the Beautiful manifest in the world through Art and bring the Good to fulfillment.” RS

  19. Ceciliaon 28 Aug 2011 at 7:58 pm

    You have been the light of my days. Be well soon!

  20. Virginiaon 28 Aug 2011 at 8:08 pm

    My thoughts are with you.

    Take care,

  21. carolineon 28 Aug 2011 at 8:10 pm


    May the positive energy you send out to others through poetry come back in manyfold ways to you.

    Be well,


  22. lillyon 28 Aug 2011 at 8:23 pm

    ivan. please take care of you for us!

  23. Joumana Minassianon 28 Aug 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Take good care of your self I will hold you in Heart and Keep my vision for your Dood Health.Will be here when you start posting again, until then, Peace be held.

  24. Barbon 28 Aug 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I found I had less and less to say,
    until finally, I became silent,
    and began to listen.
    I discovered in the silence,
    the voice of God. – Soren Kierkegaard

    Some people say they haven’t yet found themselves.
    But the self is not something one finds;
    it is something one creates. – Thomas Szasz

    How loving of you to take this time for yourself. I will miss you greatly and look forward to your return. You have been a blessing in my life.

  25. Erinon 28 Aug 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Do take care of you. Your poetry and insightful commentary add so much to my days.


  26. franceson 28 Aug 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Ivan, take care of yourself, your postings are so valuable

  27. johnon 28 Aug 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Ivan, take time take care, I’ll be waiting for your vitality inducing poems and commentary. Arohanui John

  28. Andrea Freemanon 28 Aug 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Sending healing thoughts your way, Ivan.

    You may have already explored these avenues, but I bet acupuncture, herbs, bodywork (and laughter) could really help in your recovery if you found healers with the true gift to work on you.

    Hope you feel all well and re-energized soon!
    Thank you for your lovely spirit and the poetry you share!


  29. barbaraon 28 Aug 2011 at 9:49 pm

    please take care of yourself
    thank you for your website and emails

  30. Aravindaon 28 Aug 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Dear Ivan,

    The poems you send out every day have increased my love of poetry. There is a lot of love and positive energy in you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take good care of yourself.

    Warm regards,


  31. Rasikaon 28 Aug 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Dear Ivan,
    I have wanted to write and thank you for this wonderful gift so often. I do hope you get well really soon.
    Take care,

  32. Debraon 28 Aug 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I so appreciate reading your Poetry Chaikhana Blog, Ian. I am so sorry that you must deal with chronic fatigue. May energy fill you as you need. Take care of yourself. You are in my thoughts.

  33. Joanon 28 Aug 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Dear Ivan,
    listen to the quiet. It will tell you many things. most importantly, what you need to do. but then again, you know all this…
    may the light of inspiration you send out, come back to enfold you in warm gentle embrace.
    may you be well soon. may you ‘see’ what this time brings you.
    much peace,

  34. MariaLennon 28 Aug 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I wish you well my friend, take care of yourself, send you my love,

  35. Annaon 28 Aug 2011 at 11:28 pm

    So wise of you to know what you need to do for yourself. Blessings to you as you recharge and regain your strength It is good to “pull in your wings” for a time. You will return from the “woods” with pockets full of seeds, and important new stories to tell. We love you, dear friend ~ will miss you.

  36. Aparrnaon 28 Aug 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Oh, I’m sorry Ivan.
    I have realized that i can do without anything but poetry-chaikhana. Your commentaries sustain me…. So for entirely selfish purposes i pray that you get well soon. Sending lots n lots of healing prayers your way…. Catch!!
    Get well soon.
    Love and light (from Chandigarh)

  37. Ana Holubon 28 Aug 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Bless you, Ivan. May peace be with you. I will pray for you.

  38. Harvey Gillmanon 29 Aug 2011 at 12:45 am

    Ivan, you are cherished for your gifts and your giving. Take the time you need. Love.

  39. Ba Khanon 29 Aug 2011 at 1:24 am

    Dear Ivan.
    Take care of your self.. and May God keep you well.

    “Whatever I have is bestowed by Thee,
    Why worry my soul even belongs to Thee.”(Bak)

  40. Ritaon 29 Aug 2011 at 1:54 am

    Ivan I am sorry to hear of your fatigue . I will send you some healing light and energy. In the meantime here is a little exercise that always helps me when I am low on energy: Every day look in the mirror and say out loud, “I am well, I feel fine, I am not sick and my energy level is increasing every day.” Or you can say what you want but it just puts the body in high gear. Take care and I will be looking forward to your poetry when you are up and running again!! Namaste’ Rita

  41. mazhuron 29 Aug 2011 at 2:56 am

    Get well soon!!:)

  42. Janeton 29 Aug 2011 at 2:57 am

    Dear Ivan My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love and kindness, Janet

  43. sandhion 29 Aug 2011 at 2:59 am

    Prayers Blessings & Chants with Love & Compassion Ivan

    Om Gam Ganapayate Namaha(Breaking obstacles)

  44. nasihaon 29 Aug 2011 at 3:01 am

    hi Ivan,
    Thank you the poetry always, wishing you good health, take good care, will be missing Chaikhana for sure !

  45. Claireon 29 Aug 2011 at 3:02 am

    Dear Ivan, promise yourself the two weeks, at least. Try deep relaxation, Jonathan Faust’s tape, The Art of Relaxation, is a wonderful guide. Please regain your health. Many are sending you blessings and light. Claire

  46. Lowellon 29 Aug 2011 at 3:11 am

    Be well…

  47. Ann Kreilkampon 29 Aug 2011 at 3:56 am

    Your postings so treasured, as is your health and life. A good time to reset priorities. I DO wish you well. Thank you.

  48. Manion 29 Aug 2011 at 4:05 am

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, take good care of yourself, will miss your posting. Blessings, Mani.

  49. Jacksonon 29 Aug 2011 at 5:06 am

    Ivan, i’m sure you know this that those who love most usually suffer the most, especially mentally. But know this that mental suffering is many times more difficult to handle. The emotional feeling is greatly tempered by realizing that the word suffering is from the Latin meaning to allow, to let, to accept. Doing this relieves a great deal of worry. so, if you can, “let go, let God. the following is for you from Hafiz:(rendering by Ambrose


    Love is a story without any end
    Of pain and sweet longings full with yesterdays
    Pray tell of tomorrows, will they ever send
    That joy of union to take me away

    O’ lovers of the Friend, harken and listen
    To such a sad tale
    Of Love, of Rose, of nightingale

    Separated from union by the thinnest of veils
    Where hope is abandoned and desire of no avail

    I wandered out of the false dawn’s air
    Found myself in yon garden fair,
    Methought, perhaps to gather roses there

    And lo, instead the nightingale was heard
    Caught awash in the sun’s rising and lustrous glare

    My eyes bedimmed in this shimmering field
    As layers of love began to peal
    Alas, my fate forever sealed
    For the Thief of Hearts had come to steal

    Suddenly! In this Eden-dell
    A pulsating moan from this vibrant bird
    I was cast into the shadows of a Merlin’s spell
    To witness an aching, a longing
    A song of love gone unheard

    The Rose, not a glimmer
    Not a glance would give
    Nor a pearl-drop of nectar
    From her petals of yellow and lavender
    The warbles of longing my heart to shrivel
    And I, lacking the love to hand Her

    O Hafiz, Listen, fail not this eternal scene
    For in all the worlds of creation
    No greater love has ever been

    And pray, O Hafiz, and fail not to ever tell
    This tragic tale of Love, of Rose, of Nightingale

  50. Aaronon 29 Aug 2011 at 5:32 am

    Hello Ivan,

    I’ll be praying for you and sending some postive vibes your way. Thank you for the work you do with the poetry, it is greatly appreciated.

  51. isabel Tippleon 29 Aug 2011 at 5:54 am

    I endorse all that everyone has said before. Take as long as you need and be aware a great community is sending love…

  52. lisaon 29 Aug 2011 at 5:56 am

    Take care of your Beautiful Self. Sending you light and love and healing. Thank you for all the hope and beauty you have inspired in my life. Hope your strength and health returns very soon.

  53. sandeon 29 Aug 2011 at 6:07 am

    Wishing you the best re your health – we all have bad days and weeks – (my 87YO father is having a whole month of bad health) – get well soon!!!

  54. Carleneon 29 Aug 2011 at 6:15 am

    Feel better soon, Ivan. Will look forward to your return. Your service fills my heart every day!

  55. dickon 29 Aug 2011 at 6:41 am

    gain even from this, I hope. you are such bright strength to us.

    In the place that is my own,
    Whose earth I am shaped in and must bear,
    There is an old tree growing.
    A great oak that is a wondrous healer of itself.
    Fences have been tied to it, nails driven into it.
    There is no year it has flourished in that has not harmed it.
    There is a hollow in it that is it’s death,
    Though its living brims whitely at the lip of the darkness
    And flows outward.
    Over all its scars has come the seamless white of the bark.
    It bears the gnarls of its history healed over.
    It has risen to a strange perfection
    In the warp and binding of its long growth.
    It has gathered all accidents into its purpose.
    It has become the intention and radiance of its dark fate.
    It is a fact, sublime, mystical and unassailable.
    In all the country there is no other like it.
    I love it as I have seldom loved anything.
    I recognize in it a principle, an indwelling the same as itself,
    And greater,
    That I would be ruled by.
    I see that it stands in its place,
    And feeds upon it,
    And is fed,
    And is native,
    And maker.

    Wendell Berry

  56. Gerryon 29 Aug 2011 at 7:44 am

    You are loved, dear ivan, and I will miss your offerings. You give us SO MUCH. I will be praying constantly and keeping a candle lit. Give yourself all the time you need to heal.
    Cyber Hugs!

  57. Kaarenon 29 Aug 2011 at 8:39 am

    Dear Ivan,
    You are in my thoughts this morning. I am wishing you good rest and restorative time. Take as much time as you need to take good care of yourself–that is most important! I will explore Poetry Chaikhana a little more on my own in the interim, to which I look forward.
    Blessings and love,

  58. Olga T.on 29 Aug 2011 at 9:33 am

    Hi Ivan,
    Call me selfish but if you enjoy sending out the poetry and have the energy to do so, why quit doing it? Also, I know it is tough in this economy, but maybe you need to change your day job and find something that will “energize” you. Alternatively, maybe a lot of inner work is going on and it is time to listen to that. Take care and thanks for the thoughtful words re Hurricane Irene; preparing for her arrival was quite a ritual but once she was here, she behaved calmer than expected; it is all in the waiting….

  59. Somaiyahon 29 Aug 2011 at 9:45 am

    Blessings Evan,
    Its sad to hear about your condition.
    Hope you get well( really well) soon (really soon).

  60. Barbara Larsonon 29 Aug 2011 at 10:15 am

    Ivan, your dedication to sharing inspirational poetry shines through and through your e-mails. I wish you improved health and renewed energy in the next few weeks. Be well, and take care of yourself.
    Barbara Larson

  61. Tomon 29 Aug 2011 at 10:22 am

    Hi Ivan,

    Please take good care of yourself, I really enjoy the poetry and commentary you send out…I also have a suggestion for some ayurvedic products to consider at I don’t mean to sound like an opportunist because I do work at this company. But I know their efficacy.

  62. Gungeeton 29 Aug 2011 at 11:49 am

    Hi Ivan ,

    Take care your health and rest well.
    You will get better soon.

  63. danielaon 29 Aug 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Be well, Ivan. Hope to see you back soon. Love, Daniela

  64. Maryon 29 Aug 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Dear Ivan,
    I have been so blessed by receiving the beautiful poetry you send me and have shared many of them with my yoga and meditation students. You are providing a much needed service spreading uplifting words and making people aware of such talent, beauty and thoughtfulness. Thank you so very much. If there is such a thing as karma, you are most certainly racking up lots of the good kind.

  65. Cleveland Wallon 29 Aug 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Hope you’re feeling better soon, Ivan!

  66. Seemaon 29 Aug 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Ivan please get well soon – our prayers are with you. Love n hugs !

  67. Louison 29 Aug 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Dear Ivan,
    it seems like some things are getting only too ‘popular’… I say that because I’ve been dealing with the same problem and there are some days when I simply can get myself to merely stand up. But I have never neglected opening ‘Poetry Chaikhana’ and that never failed to take me up a notch . Some time ago I made a small contribution to ‘our site’, hope you have received it. Today I’m going to start to contribute monthly. Well, this is just to tell you how much I like the poems and the subtle-profound knowledge in them. Please, be back soon! Best wishes, Louis

  68. Norman Babbitton 29 Aug 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Hi, Ivan,

    I send you love and blessings and gratitude. I’ve had some difficult physical and emotional issues. The following prayer/poem came through from my inner heart:

    Love’s Lessons Norman Babbitt

    What does any fear or pain teach?
    To love more
    To be more kind
    To increase the spaciousness of my mind
    To open more wide my deepest heart
    To let go of reaction and resentment more fully
    To forgive (especially myself) with absolute abandon
    To expand the arms of my compassion to encompass the entire world
    To empathize with all the multitude of beings
    who suffer and cry out in fear, lack, hatred, despair and pain
    To be a more whole and loving human being
    To connect more truly to my inner Divine Being

    Today, NOW, I take a strong stand!
    I commit my whole self, my entire life:
    to love
    to peace
    to happiness
    to kindness
    to gratitude
    to courage
    to the nurturing of life
    and most of all:
    to forgiveness and compassion for all,
    without exception.
    I choose love!

    Love,. Norman

  69. Shakuraon 29 Aug 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Wishing you well in every possible way!

  70. jagwanton 30 Aug 2011 at 1:55 am

    Wish you all the best, Ivan.

  71. Tom Mcferranon 30 Aug 2011 at 3:21 am

    Fare well Ivan dear friend of my heart, take care to your Self.

    They that wait upon The Mother shall renew thier strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint . . . for thier delight is in The Mother, the sustainer and preserver of all the worlds.


  72. Toril Rokeneson 30 Aug 2011 at 4:47 am

    Dear Ivan. I have the same problem, last 2 months, so weak.Let us do it together, the most imortant thing ever, be transformed in stillness while we still are in our earthly existence and have a body. Create heaven on earth, it starts in our body.God bless you my spiritual brother.

  73. jawahar lal goelon 30 Aug 2011 at 4:57 am

    dear Ivan,
    Wish you fast recovery & a good rest .

    About two years ago I caught up with a terminal illness . Treating physicians did not
    expect me to last till this day . The most important realisation to me was about my body remaining ill , whereas all that was my own self ,not only did not become ill but
    became more focused and if I may say, more at ease with oneself than ever before.

    I am sure this is not an isolated experience .

    You will surely be back stronger and better .

    Time is always poetry .

  74. scotton 30 Aug 2011 at 8:37 am


    the poetry i receive from you is medicine. thank you a million times.

    balance and health to your life!!!!! i am glad you are healing!!!


  75. shiraon 30 Aug 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Ivan, be well, , listen to your heart about what is most right and balanced to your life.
    Take care.

  76. Gisele Guimaraes Serra Salumon 30 Aug 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Dear Ivan,

    Greetings from São Paulo! Thank you for emailing me and the other readers who subscribe to Poetry Chaikhana to let us know about the health problems you’re struggling with nowadays. I’m very sorry to know you are not doing too well. Energy is no doubt one of our most precious assets and making changes in our routine to recharge our batteries is a very sensible course of action. Indeed your priority at the moment should be to work less, do less and focus on improving your health.

    Although I subscribed to the site just some days ago, I confess that when I noticed I had stopped receiving poems, it made me kind of sad and disappointed. I just love the element of surprise and novelty, and the possible synchronicity of the poem with our current life situations. I will be very happy the day my inbox once again continues getting visits from Poetry Chaikhana. In the meantime, I know I can access the site and browse at my leisure. If only the day had thirty six hours : )

    About the chronic fatigue problem you are going through at the moment, I’m aware that health-related issues have many facets and one must be careful before paying heed to general, one-size-fits-all get-well recipes. In any case, based on the knowledge I have been able to gather thus far in this lifetime, I suggest a vegetarian/vegan diet with special emphasis on fresh raw foods – heat and processing harm and destroy many nutrients. Don’t forget to include some sort of physical exercise, meditation, breathing, contact with nature, good music, nurturing relationships, laughter, gratitude

    Speaking of which, thank you for the lovely lines by Rumi.

    Hope you get better soon!

    Take care of yourself,


  77. zahraon 31 Aug 2011 at 12:54 am

    I hope you get well, I cross my fingers indeed. I get used to having your daily emails. Thanks for your good job.

  78. Bobbion 31 Aug 2011 at 3:04 am

    Ivan, Give yourself all the silence, solitude and simplicity that your mind/body/spirit longs for. I am renting a cottage near the sea on the Isle of Skye for two weeks before going to Iona. In my solitude, I will be praying for you. Bobbi

    Deep peace of the running waves to you
    Deep peace of the flowing air to you
    Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
    Deep peace of the shining stars to you
    Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you

  79. Jacquion 31 Aug 2011 at 6:06 am

    Get well soon Ivan, peace and healing to you…..

  80. Maheshon 31 Aug 2011 at 8:20 am

    Dear Ivan,
    You need n deserve all the rest. Take care, get well & come back soon. We will miss you & the poetry. All the best.

  81. Marthaon 31 Aug 2011 at 8:57 pm

    With loving thoughts, healing blessings and sincere well wishes for a rebalancing of your life energies, Ivan.


  82. Lakshmion 10 Sep 2011 at 2:31 am

    Take care and all the best.

  83. Rod Lon 28 Sep 2011 at 5:22 am

    Hi Ivan,
    Sorry to hear of your illness.
    Many good suggestions here, which you probabaly have tried out many. CFS is debilitating.

    Here’s another aspect/possibility to check out if you haven’t before:
    The “hidden epidemic” of low levels of magnesium. We DON’T get enough from our diet and a lot is not absorbed because of modern diet. Poor mineral levels in foods with modern farming etc.
    Numerous things slow down absorption, including too much calcium as it competes.
    Involved in 300 bodily processes and especially muscle and nerve conduction.
    Mentioned in relation to CFS. Worth giving supplementing a try.

    Just a thought, helped me with my heart arrythmias.

    Take care and hope you feel better real soon.

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