Aug 10 2012

Recovery and Renewal

Published by at 8:57 am under Ivan's Story,Poetry Chaikhana Misc.

We were dry, but we moistened.

~ Yunus Emre (Turkey, 13th century)

Have you been wondering where the Poetry Chaikhana emails went? They’re just on hold for two or three weeks.

Throughout the summer I’ve been dealing with bouts of ME/chronic fatigue, but in the last couple of weeks they’ve gotten especially challenging, incapacitating me on the worst days.

I support myself and my family primarily through part-time work as a computer programmer, but I’ve had to miss quite a bit of work recently. I’ve had to put my Poetry Chaikhana work temporarily on hold so I can continue earning income through my day job while I recover.

Perhaps there are other good reasons for a brief hiatus, as well. A time to clear the mental and poetic palette. A time for the Poetry Chaikhana to reset its energies. A time for renewal on several levels.

I will definitely resume the Poetry Chaikhana emails and blog posts soon. I appreciate your patience.

This is probably a good time to remind everyone that I need your support to continue doing this work. Donations, even in small amounts, genuinely help – they are still the backbone of Poetry Chaikhana finances. You can do a one-time donation, or sign up for a $2 or $10 per month donation. Every donation truly helps. Also, your purchase of books through Amazon via the links on the Poetry Chaikhana website and in the emails benefit the Poetry Chaikhana. And, of course, the Poetry Chaikhana has just published, Real Thirst. Purchasing a copy of Real Thirst is an excellent way to support the Poetry Chaikhana and let me know that you are eager for future books, including a Poetry Chaikhana anthology. These are all great ways to help out.

One other important way you can help: by sending supportive thoughts and prayers, for the Poetry Chaikhana and for my own personal energies.

Sending much love to everyone. And I’m looking forward to resuming our poetic exploration of the Eternal soon!


War is cut short by a word,
and a word heals the wounds,
and there’s a word that changes
poison into butter and honey.

~ Yunus Emre (Turkey, 13th century)

30 responses so far

30 Responses to “Recovery and Renewal”

  1. Glenda Fieldson 10 Aug 2012 at 9:50 am

    Hang in there and know that your well-being means a lot to me and all who love and care about you and your family.
    Take care, as you must.
    PS Love your book!!!

  2. Yewtreeon 10 Aug 2012 at 9:55 am

    Best wishes for a full recovery. Ivan, I would like to ask all members of the Poetry Chaikhana community to send healing energy / prayers for you. The work that you do is wonderful and valuable to all of us.

  3. Kathyon 10 Aug 2012 at 11:47 am

    Hi Ivan! I have fibromyalgia and these past several months have been particularly brutal, so I can empathize with how you feel. I appreciate your work when you can do it, many times it’s played an important role in keeping me going. Take care of yourself now, knowing many care about you and the value you are to others.


  4. Lysanaon 10 Aug 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you for all you do bringing such wonderful poetry to my attention. I wondered what had happened to the emails, I really missed them.

    I had no idea you suffered from ME. I hope this rest period will restore your energy and that you will have a speedy return to health. It is time to take care of yourself.

    You have done so much for me, now you will be in my thoughts during my singing meditations and I hope good energies come your way.

    With love and gratitude, Lysana

  5. Lindaon 10 Aug 2012 at 12:46 pm

    You have been a source of inspiration to me, sometimes on a daily basis, and I am sure to many many others. May you recover well and soon Ivan. Namaste and blessings from London, UK 🙂

  6. Suzanne Boyer Lalandeon 10 Aug 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Dear Ivan,
    All the very best in your recovery!!! I thank you for your profound thoughts and resounding inspirations. Looking forward to reading you once more and NAMASTE!!! ☆°*”˜❤˜”*°☆

  7. Meghaon 10 Aug 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Dear Ivan,
    Get well soon!!! hope and pray for a speedy recovery!!!
    With Love &Warm Regards,Megha

  8. Cheryl Dzubakon 10 Aug 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Feel better!

  9. Djanion 10 Aug 2012 at 3:25 pm

    hi Ivan do I know you personnaly?no I don’t and yes I do. not receiving a world from you I realize one thing is that you are more important to us than all poetry!Is in’t true guys?Be well and come back to us for dancing and enjoying life to the fullnest more than before!
    – Yunus!I am looking for that world you’r talk about,to tell that to our friend Ivan.Will you help??

  10. Patriciaon 10 Aug 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Yes, take care of yourself first. Love, Patricia xxx

  11. Eliora Jameson 10 Aug 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Blessings and healing to you.

  12. Veronicaon 10 Aug 2012 at 3:53 pm

    take care of yourself and your family. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Veronica

  13. Kimberlyon 10 Aug 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Please do take extra special care of yourself. Sending you my love and best wishes for a deeply rejuvenating time off.

  14. Djanion 10 Aug 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Well ,Yunus suggested me to share with you and with all,A world from my master.[A living one!]
    Something he said recentely in Washington:

    “You have the possibility of being
    in a place where you entertain that
    one singular, beautiful thought of
    gratitude, of fulfillment. Or, you
    have the possibility of
    bewilderment. Bewilderment will not bring you gratification. Never
    has, never will. Knowing, feeling
    and experiencing will.”
    Have a nice day!

  15. Prabhjot Kauron 10 Aug 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Surrender…to what is…as i have heard before and try to do it myself…
    Nothing but the best always…you surely will shine through all this.
    Gratitude and Love always to you and your family.

  16. patricia tayloron 10 Aug 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Ivan, It’s easy to empathise right now as I’m in one of my ‘episodes’. August is a windy and cold month here in Melbourne, Australia, and seems to be a problem for me and CFS. Don’t ask me why, don’t ask me how…it’s such a weird condition. So i’m sending you bunches of rainbows and masses of blessings. Redemptive suffering is such a difficult concept but one that is embraced by most religions and thinkers. I know I can do without it… what a naughty thing to say!!!
    Ah, there’s still much work needed upon this frail being.

    Cheers & Chocolates

  17. Nasseron 10 Aug 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Dear Ivan Hi,
    I pray and earnestly wish that you recover very fast and very soon to tend your very day full time job enabling you to feed a family.
    I have the same hard situation here in Tehran trying to meet the ends and in the meantime to lead a cheerful life full of hope and inspiration especially from you and your charismatic accounts on the way you look at life and its ups and downs.
    Be big and on the move,

  18. Nasseron 10 Aug 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Dear Ivan,
    I pray and earnestly wish that you recover very fast and very soon to tend your very day full time job enabling you to feed a family.
    I have the same hard situation here in Tehran trying to meet the ends and in the meantime to lead a cheerful life full of hope and inspiration especially from you and your charismatic accounts on the way you look at life and its ups and downs.
    Be big and on the move,

  19. Anaon 11 Aug 2012 at 12:03 am

    Hi Ivan,

    I’m thinking of you with gratitude for all you do to uplift the world…with poetry and with lots more, too. I will include you in my daily prayers. Goddess bless you!

    Sending you love, health, joy and relaxed abundance,

  20. Gillon 11 Aug 2012 at 3:09 am

    Sorry to hear you are under the wather and challenged, hope the rest will do you good.
    I go on Tuesday to find out if they are going after four years to do a major op on my spie.Bridge

  21. Joanon 11 Aug 2012 at 3:11 am

    Dear Ivan,
    Get well soon. Do what you have to do. You are strong and capable and inspiring.
    Rest when your body and soul asks, without guilt.
    Many blessings will take you to new places as you do.

  22. bharation 11 Aug 2012 at 3:28 am

    I vas alone
    But now I C
    I’s thinking too mistakenly.
    Prablems I vas holding tite
    Hiding hard from other’s site
    I cride, yet smiled to fool de worl.
    Then Ivan wrote, and then I nose:
    R lives are woven Very close.
    Sum cheer; no cheque, no get-well rose?
    No, only this vun rhyming prose…
    Words of love, pleez bring real smile;
    We’s bubbles floting tiny while.
    Grace enters rare lucky hearts that feel:
    Ivan’s heart’s feelier than most I’ve seen.
    Grace protects and sure will heal
    Ivan, and with him zillionz
    Of youz and M E s

  23. marrobon 11 Aug 2012 at 6:30 am

    Dear Ivan,

    I join so many others in sending you wishes, blessings and prayers
    for renewal and recovery. Chaikhana means ‘teahouse’, doesn’t it?
    A place of soothing rest. In the Circle of Chaikhana may your
    energy and good health return.

  24. Ceciliaon 11 Aug 2012 at 7:22 am


    Soon recover my friend for all the words that are awaiting to be release and heard are missing you now.
    Daimoku is going your way for the return of your health and energy.



  25. Kathy Stewarton 11 Aug 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Love and prayer dear one…

  26. Maria V.on 12 Aug 2012 at 8:30 am

    Dear Ivan,
    The following prayer helped me recover, I hope it will do the same for you!

    Dear God – the God within,
    From your grace and greatness,

    Heal this your body,
    From discomforts, disease, and ailments;

    Heal this your emotions,
    From needs, wants, and fears;

    Heal this your mind,
    From doubts, elusions, and weaknesses;

    Heal this your soul body,
    From wanders, desire, and wish;

    And then with the eternal bonding of love,
    Let us unite in complet oneness
    Of God in human expression,
    So that we may be the humble servant
    Of God in man”.


  27. Barbaraon 12 Aug 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Bless your heart. I wish you healing and strength. I miss your powerful poems and hope you’ll soon be fit and sending them again.

  28. bharation 13 Aug 2012 at 11:13 pm

    that’s a beautiful prayer, Maria, healing at all levels…

  29. Mimion 15 Aug 2012 at 6:48 am

    Hi Ivan,

    Sending you many healing mantras and blessings. As you breath in – imagine you are breathing in healing energy and as you breath out – imagine you breathing out all your worries, feelings of pain, un_wellness in the aspect of black smoke….Letting go and allowing the love of the Enlightened Ones to bless your mind and body.

    Much Love,


  30. Lakshmion 23 Aug 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Take care and all the best Ivan.

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