Diversity | I am You are Me, we share our humanity, but, so uniquetly. | HartHaiku.com

Diversity | In humanity

One big melting pot for humanity? What a shame it would be to lose the beautiful diversity of various human cultures and history.

Yes, there is great value in mixing, appreciating the sameness and differences, learning to live with each other in harmony. The biggest lessons may be cooperation and universal love.

But in order to do this successfully, respect for each other’s uniqueness and cultural differences is essential. If we ourselves, and our world leaders, require that everything and everyone be “all the same”, then where is that leading us? Conformity is a soul crusher. Observe the world of nature around you. It displays diversity to the nth degree.

This is the challenge that faces us in building new societies: To orchestrate a harmonious blending of humanity, but also retain the valuable diversity. Appreciating the uniqueness of others helps to make life an expansive and rich experience. Travel is a valuable tool for building this understanding.

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Photos courtesy Artem Beliaikin, Pexels

Inspirational Quotes:

“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.” ~ Wade Davis

“Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque.” ~ U. G. Krishnamurti

“Being different will always threaten the institution of understanding of a closed mind. However, evolution is built on difference, changing and the concept of thinking outside the box. Live to be your own unique brand, without apology.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

“The second way of finding a meaning in life is by experiencing something – such as goodness, truth and beauty – by experiencing nature and culture or, last but not least, by experiencing another human being in his very uniqueness – by loving him.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl

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Chimborazo | Oh Father Taita, your majestic mightiness brings me to my knees. | HartHaiku.com

Chimborazo | Earth’s majesty

There is nothing quite like a mountain to remind us of Earth’s power and majesty. Stories and legends abound about mountains, and they are considered sacred in various cultures worldwide. Don’t miss these great photos of 6 of the most sacred mountains on Earth.

The subject of this haiku, Chimborazo, is a dormant volcano and the highest mountain in the Andes mountain chain in Ecuador. At 20,548 ft., its summit is the farthest point on the Earth’s surface when measured from the Earth’s center. The indigenous peoples in Ecuador have dubbed Chimborazo “Taita”, which means father. My ode to Chimborazo is actually comprised of three haiku stanzas:

Oh Father Taita!
Your majestic mightiness
brings me to my knees.

When I am burdened
with the every day mundane,
I gaze heavenward.

And you remind me
of my rightful place here on Earth –
Human free spirit.

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When I visited Chimborazo last year, a guide drove our small group partway up the mountain to a hiker rest station at 16,000 ft. As I stood on the mountain face and looked upward to the peak, I was quite frankly in awe.

There are many indigenous legends around the volcanic mountains in Ecuador. A quote from the Ecuadorian folklore article on the UEX web site:

“For the indigenous people of Ecuador these volcanoes and mountains hold even greater importance in the stories of folklore and mythology. These legends have been passed down through families and communities through story telling. Stories often have themes of love and heartbreak, the volcanoes have been given genders and names…

Ecuadorian folklore stories are important as they value cultural identity and its traditions. They also comment on the universal characteristics of human kind and as indigenous belief suggests we should acknowledge the greater, natural world around us.”

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Rhythm | My mind leaves the grind, scented pine trees whispering in golden sun bath. | HartHaiku.com

Rhythm | Chill out

Time to relax, unwind, chill out, play. I’m very good at work; not so much at play. If you are the same, try to make some time today to soak up some sunshine. Or, dust off that umbrella if need be, and do a little rain. Whatever she’s doing in your neighborhood, get outdoors and enjoy some Nature. She never fails to slow us down and unbend our minds.

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A heavenly slice of nature, courtesy Brandon Montrone, Pexels

Inspirational Quotes:

“Late in August the lure of the mountains becomes irresistible. Seared by the everlasting sunfire, I want to see running water again, embrace a pine tree, cut my initials in the bark of an aspen, get bit by a mosquito, see a mountain bluebird, find a big blue columbine, get lost in the firs, hike above timberline, sunbathe on snow and eat some ice, climb the rocks and stand in the wind at the top of the world on the peak of Tukuhnikivats.” ~ Edward Abbey

“Sunbathe from within.” ~ Dejan Stojanovic

“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” ~ Amit Ray

“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” ~ Jane Austen

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Folly | Mother forgive us, for our eyes too long blind to your lifeblood and love. | HartHaiku.com

Folly | Humanity’s fate

A fundamental belief in Native culture is that we are deeply connected to the Earth. Papatūānuku, Gaia, Pachamama – the Earth Mother goes by many names. Some people reading this are immediately thinking, “Well ya, duh, of course!” We depend on her for food, it is becoming glaringly obvious we are susceptible to changes in her climate, etc.

But wait! There is a second and even more important principle that hooks into this belief. And that is, that by virtue of all the Earth provides for us, we owe her respect. We owe it to live in harmony with her. We owe her gratitude.

We are blowing it. When will we all really open our eyes to the fact that we each play a part in this? That is, the using up of our most important partner and asset, the Earth. It starts with our own attitudes, gratitude and respect.

Progress is not a given simply by a forward movement in linear time. It is not something that is fact because we have more technology. It is measured by the quality of life and harmony experienced by humanity. It is evident in the higher principles of life practiced in any society. And viewed in that way, currently humanity is in a state of devolution. It is up to us to decide our priorities, what is really important in life.

And we must all do it soon. The web of life is disintegrating before our very eyes.

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Inspirational Quotes:

“This we know: The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” ~ Chief Seattle, How can you buy or sell the sky?

“We need acts of restoration, not only for polluted waters and degraded lands, but also for our relationship to the world. We need to restore honor to the way we live, so that when we walk through the world we don’t have to avert our eyes with shame, so that we can hold our heads up high and receive the respectful acknowledgment of the rest of the earth’s beings.” ~ Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

“Every living thing has its own creation song, its own language, and its own story. In order to live harmoniously with the rest of creation, we must be willing to listen to and respect all of the harmonies that are moving around us.” ~ Sherri Mitchell, Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change

“A species and a culture that treat the natural world with respect and reciprocity will surely pass on genes to ensuing generations with a higher frequency than the people who destroy it. The stories we choose to shape our behaviors have adaptive consequences.” ~ Robin Wall

“To understand the Dreamtime, you must understand that we do not own the land. The land is our mother and she owns and nurtures us.” ~ Lance Morcan, White Spirit

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