Regeneration | Out of charred remains glimpses of green restore faith; Life's will to survive. | HartHaiku.com

Regeneration | Of Life

It’s the classic story of the Phoenix rising. This morning I came across this Bright Vibes article about regrowth beginning after the recent devastating Australian fires: Life finds a way: pictures after the Australian bushfires. I urge you to take just a moment to open the article; no reading required, just amazing photos of the miracle of regeneration after devastation. They will light up your day.

I was reminded and heartened by the strength of will of all life on this planet to survive and endure. Some days it just feels like it’s all falling apart, so photos like this restore faith in the eternal cycle of life, a welcome beacon in a night of growing despair.

To take it a step further, the will of the human spirit to endure and overcome hardship is also a source of amazement and inspiration to me. It seems like humanity is really being challenged at the moment. It’s our moment to step up to the plate and prove that we can do it better, for the Earth, and for each other.

It’s time for a regeneration of the human spirit.

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Spirit | How can something which gives us joy be deemed by them "Unacceptable"?

Spirit | Uncrushable

Someone once told me, “Music is part of the joy wave”. This is not hard to grasp, when you consider that each generation has its music, its sound, that special combination of notes, words and beat that resonates and speaks to its heart and soul.

Post WWII in Russia, there were citizens who risked their own personal freedom to bring western music to the people. It had been banned; only particular Russian music could be possessed and played. This is a story about more than music. It is one of freedom, and the will of the human spirit to overcome soul crushing oppression.

It’s a fascinating story, even if you’re not particularly a huge music lover. Rest assured, there is something that you love as much as they loved music, that you would fight not to lose. The story of Bone Music here:

Bone music: the Soviet bootleg records pressed on x-rays

In freer western societies, it may be hard for people to comprehend not having the simple access to music they love. That basic freedom of choice just is. And yet, is it? Right now there is heated dispute about who should decide and dictate what people can think and say. And I stand back from it and I think, why is this even in debate? Were we not born with the inalienable right to think our own thoughts and express them freely?

Food for thought for your day.

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Enchant | Us

There are these magical moments with nature. The soft sweet scent of a certain flower and a golden apricot sky at sunset are just two that most of us have commonly experienced.

And then there are more extraordinary moments, ones that stand out with a real glow. For me, one such example is the time a lone sea turtle swam along with my partner and I on a snorkeling excursion. He came out of nowhere to join us, and swam for a long, long way, as if giving us a guided tour of his underwater world.

The feeling of connection between that turtle and my partner and I was magical in a way that is impossible to express in words. But, although almost 20 years ago, that encounter still stands out like a precious jewel in my mind.

Sometimes nature conspires to uplift us, to show us the magic and enchantment of life, lest we forget it. And days when we are feeling fear, strife, or disillusionment, a little enchantment here and there is welcome respite.

Sunlight filtering through the clouds has become a classic symbol of ethereal connection, sometimes in a biblical context. Personally, I see tangible expression of the nurturing sunlight that warms our world. Whenever I see it, my heart lifts up just a little bit in witness to that every day magic.

Enchantment is in the heart of the beholder, and it is found not only in nature. It’s all around us, every day, but we must have some sense of wonder to see and appreciate it. Enchantment is part of our childhood stories. Why do we give up that idea in adulthood? Is life so serious that we cannot acknowledge and enjoy it in our grown up lives?

Look for those magical uplifting moments that are all yours and hold them close. Delight in them. Let them be your measuring stick, your inspiration, for what you would like life to feel like, more of the time.

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Pulsing | With Life

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for an important break.

A nature break, that is. Nature’s poetry brought to your doorstep. Just breathe in the green and feel the gentle pulse of the sweet soul of the Earth…

Inspirational Quotes from John Muir:

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” 

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.”

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.”

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