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Your Words | Can Empower

Words and our stories are powerful. We must be very careful with our usage of words, because with them we create thoughts and feelings in others. (That is being done to us all the time by media, in order to influence and sell to us.}

I posted this haiku 9 months ago and it is more relevant than ever. Since that time, COVID-19 entered our lives, and it brought with it a narrative both negative and ugly. The point of this post is the power we have within each of us to transform that to the positive.

The Negative Narrative we need to overcome

Words embedded in this viral story include: Illness, sickness, hospitals, fear, helplessness, hopelessness, isolation, separation, never-ending (future viruses), unprepared, unknown, overwhelmed, real death, projected death, loss, endings, scarcity, lack, confinement, limitations, divisiveness, hatred.

I’m sure I’ve missed more than a few, but you get the picture. All of these words may express the current situation, but, as long as we focus on the negative narrative, our minds keep expanding and confirming that reality. These words are creating at their very root a feeling in us of being weak and reliant. But, we’re not! That is just the story that has been thrust upon us, in this moment. We did not create it, but we are certainly responsible for perpetuating it.

Most people are focused on managing the physical details, such as waiting for a needle, wearing masks, etc. But in the meantime, they are engaging in words and thoughts that are very damaging. We actually do have control over the words that come out of our mouths, and the thoughts that we think.

Selecting Our Words to create the reality WE want

If we truly want to overcome this, it would behoove us to stop sitting back and just waiting for a solution. We need to get in the game, starting right now. A good starting point is to start actively using new words. They aren’t really new; we all have them in our vocabularies. We’ve just been using them much less lately. How is this for a short list, just as a start?

Wellness
Love
Joy
Life
Birth
Creation
Beginnings
Beauty
Expansiveness
Connections
Cooperation
Abundance
Preparedness
Self-reliance
Independence
Celebration

When we use positive words, we raise our vibration and increase our power, as well as that of those around us. Positivity in our minds and hearts does affect the resiliency of our bodies. It keeps us in a healthier state holistically. We are then in a place of taking responsibility for our overall health, and, envisioning and creating a better future.

Of course there are many more aspects to taking care of our health, such as diet, exercise, etc. But being taking responsibility for our words and the narrative is one of the simplest measures we can take. Simple does not necessarily mean easy; this takes some practice and discipline, particularly when we are surrounded by negative narrative. But it can be done, and you and I have the power within us to do it!

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Susan L Hart Author

Your Words | Can Empower © Susan L Hart 2020

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Mindfully Free | Are You?

If you doubt the reach and influence of mass media on our psyches and belief systems, click here for an easy and quick visual overview: “The 6 Companies That Own (Almost) All Media”, (in America, as an example), and the multitudes of big name companies they own that feed millions of people their news and entertainment. *Note, some of the information in the article may be outdated, but it’s to give you the idea.

And after you’ve had a look,.. Do you imagine that each of these six media conglomerates are offering a wide and variant point of view? Or rather, do they offer a single point of view, each time with a different spin and spread over many media outlets to express the same ideology and intent? In corporate culture, the system is based on “top to bottom” hierarchy and policy. So the ideology and intention at the top of the media chain trickles from a handful of people downward to influence the minds of millions. (And the next thing to ask yourself is, who then is directing the people at the head of the media conglomerates?)

We cannot be autonomous, free-thinking individuals who rule our own thoughts and beliefs unless we:

1. Apply discernment to what information sources we give our conscious attention to,

2. Apply critical thinking to information we take in, rather than just accepting it at face value,

3. Commit to decoupling from media channels that knowingly apply negative subconscious programming, and,

4. Combine thoughtful analysis with our feeling awareness of the truth.

Questions to Ask Yourself About the Daily News

The daily news affects our thinking, our emotions, and ultimately our collective belief system. Have you ever taken an objective look at it and asked yourself these kinds of questions:

1. “How much do I rely on just one media source for information on current events?” (One point of view.)

2. “Who owns the media I follow, and what intent lies behind the particular slant or viewpoint in the content they are presenting to me?”

3. “Do I accept information I am receiving as ‘fact’ without question?”

4. “What kinds of beliefs are being reinforced by the media content I am taking in? Do they project an expansive world of joy and possibilities, or a world of fear, control, and limitations?”

5. “How do I feel when I am finished watching or reading about the daily news?”

6. “How much is it preoccupying my thoughts and affecting my own personal sense of empowerment in the world?”

7. “Is it really serving me well to immerse myself in it day after day?”

Taking back ownership of our own minds is an important first step towards creating a new world. Our minds are powerful tools of creation, and as long as we allow them to be governed by an externally programmed, single point of view, that is all we will ever experience. What will you choose to focus your mind on tomorrow? Mass media’s projection of the world, or you own autonomous, creative and expansive vision of it?

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Susan L Hart Author

Mindfully Free | Are You? © Susan L Hart 2020

Monet Message | Monet soul's passion, graceful lilies of water, blossoms of his heart. | HartHaiku.com

Monet Message | Live Passion

Claude Monet’s driving passion in his later years was creating his garden at Giverny. He captured that passion on canvas, creating what was later recognized as a monumental collection of work, his Water Lilies Series.

Have you ever considered what kind of world would we live in if we all followed our soul’s passion? Do most of us even know how to hear our soul’s messages? Too often we manage to muffle them to the faintest whisper, burying our desire for deep fulfillment in some back drawer of our minds. Maybe later… And then later never comes.

Tuning into our soul’s passion

A quote from Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

“…One of the most important discriminations we can make in this [life] is the difference between things that beckon to us and things that call from our souls…
…When we are connected to the instinctual self,…which is natural and wild, then instead of looking over whatever happens to be on display, we say to ourselves, ‘What am I hungry for?’ Without looking at anything outwardly, we venture inward, and ask, “What do I long for? What do I wish for now?’ Alternate phrases are ‘What do I crave? What do I desire? For what do I yearn?’ And the answer usually arrives rapidly: ‘Oh, I think I want… you know what would be really good, is some this or that… ah yes, that’s what I really want.’
Is that on the smorgasbord? Maybe yes and maybe not. In most cases, probably not. We will have to quest for it a little bit – sometimes for a considerable time. But in the end we shall find it, and be glad we took soundings about our deepest longings…”

Creative people tend to be naturally tapped into their soul’s passion and are driven by a need to speak it to the world. It may be about any number of subjects; for Monet it was his water lilies and the beauty of nature.

But, living passionately is not reserved for the creative ones only. Deep within each of us lies a deep yearning, a need to experience certain things, to feed our souls, and to express our passion to others.

The shift towards living our passion

What dormant passion lies within you, perhaps still untapped and unspoken? Humanity is experiencing a major shift right now, and it is taking place within each of us. Society as it stands says more often than not that we cannot live our passion and practically speaking make a living at it. But what if that’s not true? What if that is an old message, one we can make antiquated, right now?

What is your passion, that thing that makes your soul sing? Use the questions Clarissa Pinkola Estes suggests above, and jot the answer(s) on a paper.

Then start dreaming. Dream big. Claude Monet’s passion for water lilies could not be contained on small canvases, and later his art captured the imagination of the world. Anything is possible within the realm of imagination. Anything.

As the great author Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Dare to tell your deepest story to the world, starting now.

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Susan L Hart Author

Monet Message | Live Passion © Susan L Hart 2020

Transcendent | Beyond strife and grind, Nature reveals the divine, I feel the sublime. | HartHaiku.com

Transcendent | In Nature

Happy Earth Day! For transcendentalist writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, the beauty of the Earth was an endless source of inspiration.

When we tune into nature, we hook into the divine energy (whatever we each believe that to be) which breathes in all living things. We feel connected. Our souls transcend the mundane and remember the infinite nature of our own essence.

Today we celebrate the Earth, not only her exquisite beauty, but all that she provides for us and with deep gratitude. Enter the photo of Yosemite National Park just for a moment, and imagine no phones, no crowds, no stress, just blessed beauty, the solitude and peace of nature.

Nature never fails to make my soul sing. How about you?

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Inspirational Quotes:

“and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.” ~ Ruskin Bond

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~ John Lubbock

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All good things are wild and free.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.” ~ Andy Warhol

“Everybody needs beauty…places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.” ~ John Muir

“Not just beautiful, though–the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.” ~ Haruki Murakami

“The stars are forth, the moon above the tops
Of the snow-shining mountains.—Beautiful!
I linger yet with Nature, for the night
Hath been to me a more familiar face
Than that of man; and in her starry shade
Of dim and solitary loveliness,
I learn’d the language of another world.”
~ George Gordon Byron

Susan L Hart Author

Transcendent | In Nature © Susan L Hart 2020

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