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Monet Message | Monet soul's passion, graceful lilies of water, blossoms of his heart. | HartHaiku.com

Monet Message | Live Passion

Claude Monet’s driving passion in his later years was creating his garden at Giverny. He captured that passion on canvas, creating what was later recognized as a monumental collection of work, his Water Lilies Series.

Have you ever considered what kind of world would we live in if we all followed our soul’s passion? Do most of us even know how to hear our soul’s messages? Too often we manage to muffle them to the faintest whisper, burying our desire for deep fulfillment in some back drawer of our minds. Maybe later… And then later never comes.

Tuning into our soul’s passion

A quote from Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

“…One of the most important discriminations we can make in this [life] is the difference between things that beckon to us and things that call from our souls…
…When we are connected to the instinctual self,…which is natural and wild, then instead of looking over whatever happens to be on display, we say to ourselves, ‘What am I hungry for?’ Without looking at anything outwardly, we venture inward, and ask, “What do I long for? What do I wish for now?’ Alternate phrases are ‘What do I crave? What do I desire? For what do I yearn?’ And the answer usually arrives rapidly: ‘Oh, I think I want… you know what would be really good, is some this or that… ah yes, that’s what I really want.’
Is that on the smorgasbord? Maybe yes and maybe not. In most cases, probably not. We will have to quest for it a little bit – sometimes for a considerable time. But in the end we shall find it, and be glad we took soundings about our deepest longings…”

Creative people tend to be naturally tapped into their soul’s passion and are driven by a need to speak it to the world. It may be about any number of subjects; for Monet it was his water lilies and the beauty of nature.

But, living passionately is not reserved for the creative ones only. Deep within each of us lies a deep yearning, a need to experience certain things, to feed our souls, and to express our passion to others.

The shift towards living our passion

What dormant passion lies within you, perhaps still untapped and unspoken? Humanity is experiencing a major shift right now, and it is taking place within each of us. Society as it stands says more often than not that we cannot live our passion and practically speaking make a living at it. But what if that’s not true? What if that is an old message, one we can make antiquated, right now?

What is your passion, that thing that makes your soul sing? Use the questions Clarissa Pinkola Estes suggests above, and jot the answer(s) on a paper.

Then start dreaming. Dream big. Claude Monet’s passion for water lilies could not be contained on small canvases, and later his art captured the imagination of the world. Anything is possible within the realm of imagination. Anything.

As the great author Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Dare to tell your deepest story to the world, starting now.

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Monet Message | Live Passion © Susan L Hart 2020

Transcendent | Beyond strife and grind, Nature reveals the divine, I feel the sublime. | HartHaiku.com

Transcendent | In Nature

Happy Earth Day! For transcendentalist writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, the beauty of the Earth was an endless source of inspiration.

When we tune into nature, we hook into the divine energy (whatever we each believe that to be) which breathes in all living things. We feel connected. Our souls transcend the mundane and remember the infinite nature of our own essence.

Today we celebrate the Earth, not only her exquisite beauty, but all that she provides for us and with deep gratitude. Enter the photo of Yosemite National Park just for a moment, and imagine no phones, no crowds, no stress, just blessed beauty, the solitude and peace of nature.

Nature never fails to make my soul sing. How about you?

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Photos courtesy Pixabay and Andy Vu, Pexels

Inspirational Quotes:

“and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.” ~ Ruskin Bond

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~ John Lubbock

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All good things are wild and free.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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

“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.” ~ Andy Warhol

“Everybody needs beauty…places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.” ~ John Muir

“Not just beautiful, though–the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.” ~ Haruki Murakami

“The stars are forth, the moon above the tops
Of the snow-shining mountains.—Beautiful!
I linger yet with Nature, for the night
Hath been to me a more familiar face
Than that of man; and in her starry shade
Of dim and solitary loveliness,
I learn’d the language of another world.”
~ George Gordon Byron

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Transcendent | In Nature © Susan L Hart 2020

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Dragonfly | Gossaner faerie, neon being of lightness, your magic lifts me. | HartHaiku.com

Dragonfly | Lightness & Joy

Legends abound, particularly among indigenous peoples, about the symbolism and teachings of the animal world. They believe that the Earth speaks to us through all living creatures.

Not only are we deeply connected to the heartbeat of nature, it is also constantly teaching us. That is, when we care to pay attention and listen. Nature speaks in its own language.  The key is to move beyond simple observance and feel the reaction within us, listening to the intuitions that come to us as we observe.

Making Time to Tap into our Joy

Joy leads to a feeling of lightness of being within ourselves. It is an expression, I believe, of our true natural state, but too often it gets buried beneath burden. Joy is relief from those heavy feelings that we inevitably must deal with in our daily lives, and particularly right now.

A suggestion: If you cannot do those things that bring you joy right now, then carve out a short calm time in your day to close your eyes and play them like short movies in your mind. As you watch the pictures roll through your mind, tune into the feeling(s) within you as you observe. Let the movie flow throughout your body. Also, imagine yourself doing those things again, if that is something you desire. This will create the reality of it in future. Strong feelings and images are very powerful when combined.

I will leave it up to you to decide what may bring you some light relief right now. This is very subjective and personal. As an example, I am bringing to you something that brings me great joy and makes me feel light of heart, without fail.

The Magic of Dragonfly

The magical dragonfly is a fond girlhood memory of summer for me. Paddling around the lake on sultry afternoons, I loved to watch their iridescent colors flitting among the graceful lily pads. They captivated me. There was a purity and magic about these tiny gossamer creatures. They seemed to be visiting me from some mysterious, unseen faerie world, to which for a few moments I was privy.

Peace and a feeling of the goodness in the world were mine, and they still are when I close my eyes and revisit this memory.

There is extensive symbology attributed to the dragonfly in various cultures. For such a tiny creature, it sure has made a big impression on us. More reading on dragonfly symbology here: The Meaning of a Dragonfly: What Does a Dragonfly Symbolize?

Or, simply sit back, relax, meditate on the beautiful photo. And like the dragonfly, be light in your heart and feel amazement for the beauty of nature that is gifted to us.

Inspirational quote:

“…What if the point is to stop, then,… and listen to the birdsong, to watch the dragonflies hover, to look at your lover’s face, then up at the undersides of leaves moving together in the breeze? What if the point is to invite these others into your movement, to bring trees, wind, grass, dragonflies into your family and in so doing abandon any attempt to control them? What if the point all along has been to get along, to relate, to experience things on their own terms? What if the point is to feel joy when joyous, love when loving, anger when angry, thoughtful when full of thought? What if the point from the beginning has been to simply be?”  ~ Derrick Jensen, A Language Older than Words

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Photos courtesy of Pixabay, Pexels

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Dragonfly | Lightness & Joy © Susan L Hart 2020

Enchant | Us

There are these magical moments with nature. The soft sweet scent of a certain flower and a golden apricot sky at sunset are just two that most of us have commonly experienced.

And then there are more extraordinary moments, ones that stand out with a real glow. For me, one such example is the time a lone sea turtle swam along with my partner and I on a snorkeling excursion. He came out of nowhere to join us, and swam for a long, long way, as if giving us a guided tour of his underwater world.

The feeling of connection between that turtle and my partner and I was magical in a way that is impossible to express in words. But, although almost 20 years ago, that encounter still stands out like a precious jewel in my mind.

Sometimes nature conspires to uplift us, to show us the magic and enchantment of life, lest we forget it. And days when we are feeling fear, strife, or disillusionment, a little enchantment here and there is welcome respite.

Sunlight filtering through the clouds has become a classic symbol of ethereal connection, sometimes in a biblical context. Personally, I see tangible expression of the nurturing sunlight that warms our world. Whenever I see it, my heart lifts up just a little bit in witness to that every day magic.

Enchantment is in the heart of the beholder, and it is found not only in nature. It’s all around us, every day, but we must have some sense of wonder to see and appreciate it. Enchantment is part of our childhood stories. Why do we give up that idea in adulthood? Is life so serious that we cannot acknowledge and enjoy it in our grown up lives?

Look for those magical uplifting moments that are all yours and hold them close. Delight in them. Let them be your measuring stick, your inspiration, for what you would like life to feel like, more of the time.

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Photos courtesy of Arnie Chou and Pixabay, Pexels

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Enchant | Us © Susan L Hart 2020