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Free your Love | Love is not something we manufacture or make, Love already IS. | HartHaiku.com

Free your Love |We’re the keys

Infinite love already exists in everything that is alive, including you and me. Our love lessons are about removing the obstacles to love. They teach us out how to access, express and live it. That is, if we choose to learn.

Fear, anger, prejudice,… there are a myriad of padlocks with which we hold our love hostage. The experiences we have around love are all opportunities for self-examination, so we can learn to love better.

This can feel difficult in a world that is expressing so much dissension and “un-love”. But each of us is a potential key to healing it. Consider that perhaps the high tension in the world right now is a challenge to each of us. That is, to say no to the un-love, and to help unleash a world of love that has never been seen before.

We have free will, and we decide.

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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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Chimborazo | Earth’s majesty © Susan L Hart 2019

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Smile | Curved lips, welcome eyes, lift every heart they meet, spread infectious joy. | HartHaiku.com

Smile | The power gift

A smile is one of those powerful tools in our life toolbox, but sometimes we forget to use it. Distracted with our own thoughts, we easily disconnect into our own head space. But a smile is a gift, a little piece of light and hope we can send out to others, and it does not cost us anything but a little conscious thought and effort. And before we know it, it becomes an easy habit.

Even if you don’t feel like it, send a smile to at least one stranger on your path today. Perhaps you won’t get one back; maybe that person is in a place that they are simply unable return it. But you gave them a little love offering, one that may positively impact them in ways you will never know. And that’s okay.

It is also as likely you will receive a smile back that will light up your own world, even just for a moment. Each smile is full of possibility, the potential to create something good. There is a reason smiles are curved. Yours and the ones you receive back make a circle, a never-ending ripple effect of infinite joy.

Smile, and spread some joy today.

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Inspirational Smile Quotes:

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” ~ Mother Teresa

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” ~ John Lennon

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” ~ Mark Twain

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”  ~ Marilyn Monroe

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” ~ Phyllis Diller

“Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.” ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

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Water Nymph | Lily you enchant, Monet muse immortalized, etrancing the world. | HartHaiku.com

Water Nymph | Monet’s Muse

Many great masters in art history had their muses, their sources of inspiration. For a male artist this often meant a particular woman; Picasso collected a veritable harem. For Monet, his greatest muse was not a woman at all, but rather a beautiful flower. “Her” name was Lily.

Water Lily, to be specific. The scientific name for water lily is “Nymphaea”, derived from from the Greek word numphé, meaning nymph, which takes its name from the Classical myth that attributes the birth of the flower to a nymph who was dying of love for Hercules. Monet’s sprite muse resided in the extensive Japanese-inspired water gardens he created on his property in Giverny, France.

During the last 30 years of his 86-year-life, Lily became Monet’s burning obsession. He painted almost 300 works of his beautiful muse, over 30 being very large format, immortalizing “her” beauty for all time for the world to love. And we do.

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Inspirational Quote:

The crowning glory of the water lily collection may be the 8 monumental canvases that reside at the The Musée de l’Orangerie. Quote from the The Musée de l’Orangerie website:

The Musée de l’Orangerie  houses 8 of the great Nymphéas [Water Lilies] compositions by Monet created from various panels assembled side by side. These compositions are all the same height (1,97m) but differ in length so that they could be hung across the curved walls of two egg-shaped rooms. The artist left nothing to chance with this set of paintings that he had long pondered over and that were displayed according to his wishes in conjunction with the architect Camille Lefèvre and with the help of Clemenceau. He planned out the forms, volumes, positioning, rhythm and the spaces between the various panels, the unguided experience of the visitor through several entrances to the room, the daylight coming in from above that floods the space when the sun is out or which is more discreet when the sun is masked by clouds, thus making the paintings resonate according to the weather..

…Thus, the representation of a continuum in time and space is materialized. In an equally suggestive way, the elliptical shape of the rooms draws out the mathematical symbol for infinity… More here.

You’ll find a mini virtual look at the l’Orangerie gallery collection here.

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Water Nymph | Monet’s Muse © Susan L Hart