An Opportunity For Self-Reflection
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Embody is a collection of thought-provoking poetry organized in the form of the seven chakras. What inspires you to write poetry?
Everything and anything, ranging from tea to goddesses. I don’t know when, where, or under what circumstances I will get the call to write poetry. It just comes and I heed the call, no matter the time of day, where I am, or what I am doing. Of course, I won’t do it when I’m driving, but as soon as I can, I write it down, and I do so on notebooks, scraps of paper, on my phone, or whatever I find at hand. I can get inspired from what I am streaming, what I read, something outside my window, a conversation, an event, or anything that stirs my thoughts and emotions.
My favorite poem from this collection is ‘Security’. Do you have a favorite poem from this collection?
That’s an interesting question because there are many poems that have evoked quite strong feelings in me, given what was happening at the time I wrote them. Those are my favorites. One such example is “How I Feel.” I wrote it after realizing that I didn’t make an effort to connect with my emotions. Interestingly, writing poetry opened up that door for me—that of being in touch with my feelings.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this collection?
Writing this collection of poetry was an opportunity for self-reflection and introspection. Embody was about being in touch with myself, being present with what was happening in the moment and how that felt in my being. We don’t often take the time to pause, be still, and be ok with whatever is going on—whether it is positive or negative—and do so without judgment. Writing this collection of poetry was a chance for me to be at peace with where I was and what was happening, and allow whatever needed to come up to rise.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
There are two more books of poetry that are in the works that will follow Embody. These are Embrace and Embolden. They follow the next steps of the emotional journey, which for me was acceptance and then finding a way forward. These will be available soon.
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Embody by Sonee Singh is a rousing and inspired collection of poems exploring the common theme of healing, organized in the form of the seven chakras – Muladhara (Root), Svadhisthana (Sacral), Manipura (Solar Plexus), Anahata (Heart), Vasudha (Throat), Ajna (Third Eye), Sahasrara (Crown). The chakras are an ancient energy system having roots in ancient India, the birthland of Yoga. A blocked chakra can manifest itself in the form of several mental and physical diseases. Thus, Singh’s idea of classifying her poems in the form of seven chakras coincides with her overarching theme of healing.
The best feature of this collection of poems is that they are not forced and seem to be flowing from the inner self as any good poem should. As Singh mentions, while writing the book, she did not have the theme in mind, and it was only after finishing that she realized that they had a common theme and a hidden structure. The simple short poems flow easily and carry readers along with their easy-to-understand and straightforward form and a free-flowing rhyming scheme.
The book, in itself, is aesthetically pleasing and offers a treat to the eyes with its colorful water paint illustrations, white background and uncluttered, minimalist layout. I feel that the knowledge of Chakras is not well known, so one feature that I would have liked to have had in the book is a bit of an introduction about the focal point of the chakra and its manifestation.
Embody is a collection of simple poetry that I think will be very appealing to average readers as it contains thoughtful but stimulating poetry that is easy to understand and is powerful because of it.
Pages: 235 | ASIN: B09GP4GJ9K
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