Just a Feeling | My head's full of doubt, but my heart wins whispering, "Magic's over there". | HartHaiku.com

Just a Feeling | Trust yourself

Do you use both your head and your gut instincts to make decisions in life? Logic and reason are valuable, but limited. They do not hold all the answers. When we work with our intuition too, we are tapped into the universal consciousness, the infinite.

Here is a very good Psychology Today article, which explains why we should rely on both: What Is Intuition, And How Do We Use It?

Life’s too short. Follow the magic!

Inspirational Quotes:

“I believe in intuitions and inspirations… I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.” ~ Albert Einstein

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Intuition is seeing with the soul.” ~ Dean Koontz

“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.”
~ Paulo Coelho

“When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.” ~ Kahlil Gibrán

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Tree Secrets | Majestic sages, keepers of ancient wisdom, whisper to me please. | HartHaiku.com

Tree Secrets | Nature’s Wisdom

There was a magic moment, one summer day long past, when a flash realization hit me. I was bicycling down a beautiful avenue, lushly lined with mature trees, and it was blatantly clear – they were reaching out for each other across the road.

“Hey, the trees are talking to each other!”

It wasn’t just that the branches were growing over the road. The massive old trunks were bending towards the trees on the other side, and the upper branches from each side interlaced over the road, as if the trees were holding hands. The trees formed an almost perfect continuous arch over the road. There was something magical and almost sacred about it.

Ah-ha, I thought, trees talk to each other. It was more of an intuition than a thought, and deep down I knew I was right. I mentioned this to a few friends, who of course gently told me I was crazy.

Majesty of the old redwoods in Muir Woods

Flash forward a few years, and I had the privilege of visiting Muir Woods in California. The majesty of the old redwoods took my breath away. I was awe struck! Although a fairly recent Humboldt State University research study showed they are not quite as old as previously thought, hundreds if not thousands of years is still a darned long time. As I gazed upward to the distant canopy, I wondered, What have you seen? What do you know?

Scientific research reveals the secret life of trees

Apparently other people with the same sorts of crazy intuitions have acted on them. Ecologist Suzanne Simard’s career evolved out of an accident with her dog, which uncovered a fascinating underground tree root system. She got hooked on trees, and for the past 30 years has made her career researching them. This is a fascinating read about her journey and findings: Trees Talk to Each Other in a Language We Can Learn

A short quote from the article: “Trees are much more like us humans that you may think. They are extremely social and depend on each other for their survival. Communication is vital, and a massive web of hair-like mushroom roots transmit secret messages between trees, triggering them to share nutrients and water with those in need.”

Other researchers worldwide are revealing similar findings. So, it seems, I am not so crazy after all… And I’m thinking, we could learn a lot from trees about the value of community.

For more on the magic of trees, see my post Forest Bathing.

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Sigh | Sun dips in glass lake, apricot clouds color me. | Loon's call haunts my heart. | HartHaiku.com

Sigh | Sweet memories

sigh | |(sigh for) feel a deep yearning for (someone or something lost, unattainable, or distant).

In my case, a nostalgic remembrance of summer vacations at the lake, close to nature and family, release from worry or care, just being. Why does the loon’s call haunt me? In short, the significance to my parents. Loons mate for life. And the loon’s call over the lake during those sweet summer days.

Try to “just be” today, if you possibly can, and make some sweet memories. Embrace the ones you love. Feel gratitude for all of life’s gifts.

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Unlock the Door | Hate sentences us to a cold locked down prison. Love forges the key. | HartHaiku.com

Unlock the Door | Hate & Love

What could I ever say about hate and love that would rival the words of one of the greatest visionaries for humanity, Martin Luther King Jr.? The below quotes are reminders from this great man. And make no mistake, this post is not meant to be simply a commentary about rascism. It is broader than that.

We all grapple with the dark nights of our own souls. Hate has the potential to rear its ugly head in various situations, small to big. And, each of us holds the key to overcome the world’s hate. It is not in “someone else’s hands”. Unless we overcome our own darkness, the world will not be survive its darkness.

Inspirational Martin Luther King quotes:

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.”

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.”

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Lifetime | Your life is precious, so spend your moments wisely. Tick-tock, tick-tock, oops they're gone! | HartHaiku.com

Lifetime | Cherish now

“Time is the school in which we learn, Time is the fire in which we burn” are the profound last lines of the poem, Calmly We Walk through This April’s Day, by Delmore Schwartz. It’s a beautiful philosophical ponderation on the passage of time, with a particularly great wrap-up last stanza.

The seconds, minutes, hours tick away relentlessly. Our lives are busy, and inundated with many distractions and responsibilities. Lately I’m looking at my age and the years that have passed, and thinking, “Wow! It’s going faster than I ever could have imagined at age 18.”

Realistically, we don’t have time to sit around and ponder endlessly about the value of time and our lives. But, it’s useful to carve out a little time (from time to time) for such introspection. Because your life IS precious, and the clock IS ticking. Ask yourself in this moment, are you spending it the way you would really like to? In reply to that, I will close with the beginning lines of my own poem, called Tick-tock Madman:

That round evil man
with his shallow pretty face
leers from my wall.
Cruelly and incessantly
he chips away at my life
with his sharp little pick-axe.

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

My days mete out
in an endless dribble of
task and responsibilities.
And he watches me.
Be on time, get it right!
Get up again, do it again.
And again, and again, and again.

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

The rest of the poem here:  Tick-tock Madman.  Food for ponderation, when you have time.

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Instant Gratification | True self-fulfillment can't be purchased with money. The real stuff takes work. | HartHaiku.com

Instant Gratification | The lie

Inspirational Quotes:

“Because money permits a constant stream of luxuries and indulgences, it can take away their savor, and by permitting instant gratification, money shortcuts the happiness of anticipation. Scrimping, saving, imagining, planning, hoping – these stages enlarge the happiness we feel.”  ~ Gretchen Rubin

“The problem of society today: An absolute lifestyle of entitlement. People gauge everything by “feeling”, meaning whatever they feel like doing or whatever they don’t feel like doing. Passion is valued over dedication. Instant gratification is prized over true fulfillment. They don’t know that more than feeling; intuition is the better key. They don’t know that more than passion; fulfillment and dedication are the better keys. True passion will produce dedication and ultimately, fulfillment. If not, then it should not be called passion; it should just be called a lack of self control/ immaturity.”  ~ C. JoyBell C.

“It’s often suggested that as a culture, we’re only interested in immediate gratification. Fast food. Self-checkout. Downloadable music, movies, books. Instant coffee, instant rebates, instant messaging. Instant weight loss! Shall I go on?” ~ Stephanie Perkins

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