Conformity | Society likes its rules and conformity. Dare to think "what if?" | HartHaiku.com

Conformity | Break Out

Creativity, the drive to invent something new and unique, is rooted in nonconformity. Where there is conflict, disparity or lack, answers are not usually found in the norm, or some mildly morphed version of it. Rather, solutions for big problems require creative thinking and big new ideas. It is imperative that we think outside of the box.

The types of conformity and why we do it

This easy-to-read article What is Conformity? is a peek into the types of conformity, and why we do it. I didn’t realize there are types until now. However, what I do know from living in several distinctly different cultures around the world is this. Each one has its own unique group think and a general need in people to fit in. Also, some cultures are less xenophobic than others and welcome outsiders more readily. Groups tend to view outsiders as a threat to the agreed upon group rules.

Stand outside of your culture and just observe

Being the outsider of a group provides a great opportunity to assess it. So, here’s a challenge for you. Pretend for a day or two that you are not part your culture and observe as objectively as possible. What makes it tick? What cultural factors do you agree or disagree with? Then observe yourself and the ways in which you adapt (or don’t) to group think and behavior. If you do observe yourself conforming, ask yourself, “What are my reasons for doing that? Survival? Peer pressure?” Etc.

Of course for a society to work, there needs to be a certain amount of cooperation and agreement within the group. However, let’s be careful not to lose our individuality, critical thinking skills, and creativity within it. These are valuable assets towards creating a truly evolved society.

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Farewell, Friend | Our friend passed away. Now there's a vast boundless void where his smile once was. | HartHaiky.com

Farewell, Friend | Live Fully

I wrote this haiku to honor my friend Robert, who in his younger years successfully climbed to the summit of Chimborazo in Ecuador. (On a whim, with one friend and a guide!) His free spirit, adventurous side was an inspiration to those around him. He loved to travel and experience new places and cultures.

When is the last time you took a risk? That is, to find and/or express an important part of you that is as yet unfulfilled? Society tends to encourage us to “play it safe” at almost any cost. But that safe zone causes us to feel bored, at which point the marketer says, “This new toy will make you feel better”. And the banker says, “You can have that right now! Pay me later”. We’ve been lied to. It’s a deep, insidious trap. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with owning and enjoying nice things. That is, as long as they are not the source of our feelings of self-worth. And, if we’re not going into debt to salve our void.

How often do any of us deeply smile? You know, the kind of smile that comes from a place of “the true essence of me, and why I came here, feels fulfilled”. I look at myself and think not as much as I’d like. But, I’m working on it. Because my smile and your smile, and that pure joy we’ve been waiting too long to claim, will go a long way towards healing this troubled world.

My other post today: Your Contribution

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Truth | Straight as an arrow, truth seeks its spirit target and won't be denied. | HartHaiku.com

The Truth | Within

The truth is the truth. Constant, consistent, it vibrates to the inner core of our being. We feel the truth. Like the straight arrow, the truth hits the bullseye. It does not take a winding path to some ever shifting mark in the sand.

We are good people and we trust that narratives being told to us are the truth. There is no way to readily prove some of it. But, what we can do is watch for the constancy, the consistency, and most importantly, listen to that inner vibe within us. Then we know where to properly place our trust.

If you are not already doing so, it is time to listen to your inner truth. Spiritual warriors do not put blind faith in the consensual narrative. With patience and perseverance, they observe, analyze, and go inward for the answers.

Look for the truth and be the arrow.

In rune stones, Teiwaz the arrow symbol stands for the spiritual warrior. This is your call to be the spiritual warrior. We need you, because ultimately this current COVID-19 experience will reveal itself to be a battle less about biology and more about the spirit.

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Feel the Flow | Learn from the water; time and tenacity smooth the roughest pebbles. | HartHaiku.com

Feel the Flow | of Life

Are you feeling in flow today, or are you head banging? Part of flow is knowing when to stop resisting when things aren’t going quite the way you thought they “should”. You can choose to find another way, or, keep causing yourself grief.

Many of us have a need to control and direct the universe. We have free will and intention, but, sometimes the universe has a different plan for us than we expected. That’s when adaptation and truly understanding flow comes into play.

Flow like the water.

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Inspirational Quotes:

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” ~ Margaret Atwood

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ~ Lao Tzu

“I am rooted, but I flow.” ~ Virginia Woolf

“Taoists do not look upon meditation as ‘practice,’ except in the sense that a doctor ‘practices’ medicine. They have no design to subjugate or alter the universe by force or willpower, for their art is entirely to go along with the flow of things in an intelligent way.”  ~ Alan W. Watts

“A moving door hinge never corrodes. Flowing water never grows stagnant.” ~ Ming-Dao Deng

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Just Let Go | And flow © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020