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Rejuvenate | When city voids me, I flee to garden refuge ~ Hummingbird dances. | HartHaiku.com

Rejuvenate | With nature

As I take my daily walks along the river, framed by fragrant eucalyptus trees, I wonder what I would do without this escape hatch, my decompression chamber from the stresses of daily life. I feel in better balance when I return from my walks.

F. Scott Fitzgerald apparently said, “And after reading [Henry David] Thoreau, I felt how much I have lost by leaving nature out of my life.”

Yes, the famous essayist, poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau not only loved nature; he also believed it is an important part of our human experience here on Earth. Thoreau left us a rich legacy of works about life, freedom, and nature.

Here are just a few of my favorite Thoreau quotes about nature:

“I love Nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him. None of his institutions control or pervade her. There a different kind of right prevails. In her midst I can be glad with an entire gladness. If this world were all man, I could not stretch myself, I should lose all hope. He is constraint, she is freedom to me. He makes me wish for another world. She makes me content with this.”

“If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”

“He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.”

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

“Wildness is the preservation of the World.”

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”

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


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Sunrise | Golden rays reaching for first kiss on our faces, ambrosial hello. | HartHaiku.com

Sunrise | New beginnings

Here Comes The Sun. This classic Beatles song never fails to make my heart sing. According to Wikipedia: “As of September 2019, it was the most streamed Beatles song in the United Kingdom, with over 50 million plays.”

The song is 50 years old, written in 1969 by George Harrison. So why the sustained popularity?

There is something about the arrival of the sun that is energizing and uplifting to us. The song is about spring, respite from a cold, bleak winter, when the sun becomes stronger in the Northern Hemisphere. We turn our faces to the sun in gratitude, eager to embrace the fresh start.

This is why each sunrise also feels like a special gift, deep in our souls. It is a tangible sign of each day’s new beginning, and all of the opportunity that comes with it.

From my Hart Haiku post Sun Worship:

Grateful for you, Sun,
your ceaseless radiance greets
and anchors my day.

Inspirational quotes:

“Watch the sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline, don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity’s sunrise.” ~ William Blake

“Egyptians believe in the power of the sunrise. They believe each morning begins not just a new day, but a new world.” ~ Rick Riordan

“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

“Every sunrise is priceless, and you can experience the richness that life holds only when you live life to the full instead of just being an onlooker.” ~ Stephen Richards


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What's Real | When life's craziness pushes me way off-center, nature pulls me back. | HartHaiku.com

What’s Real | Nature is

I’m a big fan of Henry David Thoreau’s wisdom. As he points out in one of my favorite quotes, nature reminds us of our organic humanness, where we came from, and what we are naturally connected to. It brings us back into balance with our human center.

I daresay I cannot express this idea as beautifully as Thoreau:

“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal – that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little stardust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Thank you, Henry.


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Earth's Moods | Sky dons her mood face, sulking clouds mirror my mind, silent I reflect. | HartHaiku.com

Earth’s Moods | Nature therapy

For many years I have practiced daily walking outdoors. It is a meditative quiet time, where I relax and escape from my monkey mind cage.

Ideally immersing in nature is part of the walk. Daily walking requires a certain self-discipline, because realistically, every day does not offer “perfect weather”. (We all have our own definition of that – if we didn’t, people wouldn’t talk about the weather so much.)

I have walked in cold, rain, snow, gloom as much as I have enjoyed sunshine and bright shiny weather. And I have come to love all of it. Every day, and nature herself, has its own nuance and mood.

Here’s the thing: I love sunshine as much as the next person. And when we’re feeling down, it can be a real mood lifter. But depending on what I’m dealing with in my day, sunshine can feel like a good friend trying to jolly me out of my problems, rather than giving me space and really listening to me.

My observation over the years is that those moody, rainy, snowy, cloudy days also have their own merit for solitude and introspection. They are the perfect back drop to quiet my conscious mind. And there inevitably I find the space for the true answers to come through from my subconscious.

Rain or shine, nature is my therapy. I find the beauty, grace, quiet and solitude I need to transcend the rat race. I enjoy communing with nature, and feeling Earth’s every mood.


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