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Earth | As a mirror

Think of Earth as a mirror, and the decay aspect as a reflection of our lack of caring and respect, not just for the Earth, but also for ourselves. Ask yourself this: Why are we destroying our own nest?

“You wouldn’t think you could kill an ocean, would you? But we’ll do it one day. That’s how negligent we are.” ~ Ian Rankin

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Meaning | Life rushes by us, at eighty we look back and we ask ourselves "Why?" | HartHaiku.com

Meaning | Of your life

You came here to make music, to sing your song, that song that only you can create, the one that is uniquely You. Have you really let loose and had the courage to sing your song yet?

Unless we are naturally musical, most of us are shy to sing out boldly. We worry that we won’t do it well, we’ll sing off key, we’ll look stupid, people will judge us. Your song, is of course, a metaphor for your sense of purpose, the joy in fulfilling what is uniquely you, expressing that special spark within you.

We must, must, must have the courage to “look stupid”! Stupid is subjective; it’s just someone else’s opinion, or, the consensual opinion of society. And the people who would judge and deride us for not doing it “right” are the ones who don’t have the courage to sing their own song. Their point of power is to keep everyone around them the same, so they can feel okay about that.

I’m currently reading a wonderful book called Tuesdays with Morrie. It’s a memoir of the special relationship between a professor and one of his favorite students, Mitch Albom (the author). Morrie is dying, in his 70’s, from ALS. They meet every Tuesday for 14 weeks, before Morrie dies, to talk about what (from Morrie’s point of view, looking in the rear view mirror), makes life fulfilling and meaningful. If you like to read inspirational books, I highly recommend it!

Think about your song, that music that is running around inside of you, crying to come out. Can you feel it? Are you ready to sing it? You owe it to yourself to do so. Because whether you know it or not, your song is the world’s light. And, having the courage to sing it is a huge part of your soul’s growth.

I guarantee, from the point of view of 80 (or whatever age) with death impending, it will make you very sad if you realize that you didn’t sing your song during your allocated time here.

And you will ask yourself, “Why?”

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A Very Big Lie | Just look at us drown, awash in debt and dud stuff, victims of ego. | HartHaiku.com

A Very Big Lie | Our Stuff

I first thought to call this post “The Big Lie” rather than “A Very Big Lie”, but then realized “THE” might suggest the biggest lie ever. It’s maybe not the biggest one in our society, but it certainly is A Very Big Lie. What, you might ask, is it?

That our stuff will make us happy.

And if we buy into that lie, then by extrapolation, new (bigger, better) things will make us even happier. Hence we have the mania called Black Friday. It’s the day (weekend, week, will it soon be a month?) when people choose to hugely buy into their egos, unleash their obsession with stuff, and are even willing to go into debt and stampede their neighbor to save a buck.

Have you ever asked yourself why it is called BLACK Friday? The original reason is apparently that it is the first day in the calendar year when retail stores go into the black – as in, out of the red and making a profit.

The ravenous black monster

I would argue that it’s aptly called black because it reveals the shadow, the dark side, the void that lives within “the collective us.” Because here’s the truth. If we truly felt we were enough without our stuff, there would not be a marketing genius powerful enough to make us behave this way.

To cut ourselves some slack in this, the bankers and corporations have devised this snare to produce more consumers – of things and debt. They make money on us, and a lot of it. We are products of societal programming. And it’s insidious, you know. It sneaks up on us, and even when we (as individuals) think we have it beat, it can still come ’round again to bite us. I have observed this in myself; it’s a hard habit to beat.

On top of all that, not only are we drowning in too much useless stuff, our Earth is now drowning in it too. Because another truth is, we tire of our stuff pretty quickly. The reason? Because that void is a ravenous monster, and there simply is not enough stuff to fill it.

Filling the void is not the answer. We need to vanquish and heal it.

We don’t just hurt ourselves – We hurt the Earth too!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. What could be more more of a vivid truth than the piles of garbage on our oceans, and on our beaches?  Stuff we got tired of, and threw away so we could go out and buy “a new one”. It’s tangible proof not only of our collective void, but, our disrespect for the Earth as well.

There’s still time to turn this around. But to do that, I believe we need a complete re-evaluation, not just of the value systems of our society, but if we are honest, also of ourselves.

If you are worried about our Earth and environment (I am), and your personal power to effect change, here is a positive Black Friday takeaway that I found posted on Facebook this weekend:

“Less is more. The greenest thing you can do is consume less.”

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Perception | What is hiding there 'neath the disarming facade, obscured from plain sight? | HartHaiku.com

Perception | Peel the layers

Always try to look beyond the obvious, no matter what you are observing. Over the years, black-and-white photographs have been a teacher for me in this. Our physical reality exists in layers, and in the case of monochrome images as an example, the top layer of color has been “peeled away”.

Layers of distraction

We strongly respond to color and are very distracted by it. When color is removed from a photograph, the form, line, and texture become much more apparent. The structure, the essence of a thing starts to pop out. There is so much more there that we don’t see at first glance.

The landscape below is a good example. In a color version, most likely the vibrant turquoise water, blazing white sand, and deep blue sky would attract our eyes first. Think of color as the cosmetics of the scene, much as a woman might enhance her face with makeup. But the artist purposely removed color, and hence the tree dominates, in all of its bare bones candor. Beautifully sculptural, the tree is very alive in this picture. I can feel its movement; I am acutely aware of its form.

Peel away the layers, look deeper

The takeaway? This is a simple example of a black-and-white tree. But in every encounter you have, be it with an individual, scenery, or society around you, start to look deeper, beneath the covers. What is hiding underneath what is readily apparent?

Rest assured, it is there, waiting to be noticed. And more often than you might imagine, it is important.

Be aware of, and beware of, the top layer, the facade, the distraction. It keeps us our consciousness on a superficial level. It’s not only what we are observing that is so much more, but so are we!

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