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What Is Not | What is external that controls you with fear is what is not your friend. | HartHaiku.com

What Is | What Is Not

Fear has a way of dissolving our resolve, when it is strong and threatening enough. Discernment, critical thinking and our wise intuition go quickly out the window. The black ooze of fear grips us in its stranglehold.

To say fear is uncomfortable is an understatement, but as Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said in his first inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

When we are gripped by fear, we become very vulnerable to the manipulations of those who like to control others. We just want relief, in the fastest way possible. People who control are only too happy to spoon-feed it to us, in order to gain their advantage.

When we are fearful is exactly the time when we should not succumb to the “easy and fast solution”. Rather, it’s the time to stand back, take a deep breath, and look for the way that makes sense logically, does not undermine our own moral compass, and perhaps most importantly, what ultimately feels right at a gut instinct level.

Never give over your own power out of fear of the unknown. Look for the truth of “what is” in yourself, rather than succumbing to the manipulations of others that are rooted in your fear of “what is not”.

Believe it or not, that is ultimately what will keep you safe, and you can also take comfort in the fact that you were true to yourself. Comfort derived otherwise is false, and you build your house on shifting sand. The solid foundation you desire is actually to be found within you.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” 
~ Veronica Roth

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do.”  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Through every generation of the human race there has been a constant war, a war with fear. Those who have the courage to conquer it are made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them.” ~ Alexander the Great

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What Is | What Is Not © Susan L Hart 2020

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India's Holi | Spirited sparkle, rich, resonant, resounding, color healing hearts. | HartHaiku.com

India’s Holi | Celebration

Holi: The beloved Hindu festival of color, long celebrated in India, is slowly but surely going viral around the world in many other cultures. And why would it not? Our hearts are aching for more lightheartedness, celebration, playfulness, and most of all, JOY.  We are realizing our essential right to those things, and we are claiming them. (Yay for us!)

A playful ritual of Holi is the throwing of colored powder on friends and family. People just let go and celebrate with color. Each vibrant color has been assigned its own meaning, and more about that here.

At its heart, Holi is a celebration of life, love, springtime (and the anticipated future harvest), and the victory of good over evil.

A wonderful aspect of this festival is the intention to heal connections between people, to mend old hurts and resentments. Holi is a time of joyful renewal in the hearts of everyone who participates. And what could be more holy than that?

You’ll find more about Holi legends and traditions in India here.

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India’s Holi | Celebration © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020

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Spirit | Feed your heart and soul, do not life steal away the joy you deserve. | HartHaiku.com

Spirit | Your Joy

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 personal freedom to bring Western music to the people. It had been banned; only approved Russian classical 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 oppression. It’s a fascinating story, even if you’re not particularly a huge music lover. The story of Bone Music here:

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

So, feed your soul with whatever makes you connect to the joy wave, be it music, dancing, connecting with nature, etc. Joy is good medicine for body, mind, and spirit. It keeps alive our passion for life.

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Civilized | Civilized is not skyscrapers and money pots, it's the care of Life. | HartHaiku.com

Civilized | Are We?

Lately I stand back and ask myself: “How civilized are we, really?”

How can it be in a civilized world that we are increasingly unwell, whether by large-scale viruses or just due to poor diet and personal care? (That is the case even in the richer Western countries.)

How can it be in a civilized world that there is increasing bickering and dissension, every party and camp throwing stones at each other, calling each other liars? Division has been unleashed like a rabid dog, snarling and gnashing its teeth. Coronavirus aside, humanity is being ravaged by a disease called Hate.

How can it be in a civilized word that the Earth who supports and nourishes us is as sick as we are?

The answer is: “It can’t be.”

We are not civilized. The sooner we wake up to that fact and see beyond the delusion, the sooner we can start to build a truly civilized civilization.

The meter is running, and it’s running faster by the minute. Soon we will not be able to afford our blindness. We are very close to bankrupt. Civilizations come and they go, and so will we if we do not change. We do not need a virus to kill us; slowly but surely we are doing that to ourselves.

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