Tag Archives: belief

It's Time | Once the door opens, our minds will explore through it. Time for a new dream. | HartHaiku.com

It’s Time | Your world vision

We are programmed in society to believe in duality, that the solutions to problems, the rightness, the truth, must lie within either an A or a B. Two choices, that’s it. They are usually extreme opposites, such as in gender, politics, race, etc. And they are too often pitted against each other.

Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. And yet we keep hoping to find the answers within the same two A and B extremes.

Let your mind go free. How about a C? Or better yet, a C, D, E, etc – brand new ideas and perspectives outside of A and B. Or at the very least, a new middle ground, a place of cooperation between A and B.

Albert Einstein also said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Inspirational Quotes:

“Somewhere beyond right and wrong, there is a garden. I will meet you there.” ~ Rumi

“Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld

“Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

“You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don’t use logic when I do it. Logic’s the first thing you have to get rid of.” ~ J.D. Salinger

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Intention or Wish? | A wish is a wisp, an elusive piece of smoke. Intention creates. | HartHaiku.com

Intention or Wish? | Decide

We’re almost halfway through 2019. How are your New Year’s resolutions going? (Wait! Is that a multitude of groans I’m hearing from afar?) Yes, many of us make them, and almost all of us break them. Why, you may ask? Is it that mostly we lack true resolve? Are our resolutions simply too big and we give up early? Some of that may be going on, but the real essence of it may be the difference between wishing and intending.

“Wishing”: To feel or express a strong desire or hope.
“Intending”: To have a plan or course of action as one’s purpose.

See the difference here?

A wish is an idea or vision you have in your mind, attached to a hope that somehow a genie in a bottle, a fairly godmother, or some other external power is somehow magically going to deliver it.

An intention, on the other hand, combines that same desire with a solid plan. And, YOU make it happen! You have the power, with your creative mind and your intentional action. The catch is, this requires self-discipline (focus and commitment) and self-love (the belief you deserve it), combined with some good old-fashioned elbow grease.

So, rewind to January 1st. Did you set an intention, or simply make a wish? There’s still time…

In any moment,
you can change the path you’re on.
“New Year” is always.

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Beauty Defined | See with your heart’s eyes. Beauty has many faces, when you feel deeper. | HartHaiku.com

Beauty Defined | How we see

Beauty. It’s still one of the most highly valued attributes in our society, and particularly in women. Of course, beauty is a wonderful thing to behold and enjoy. But are you aware of positive deeper attributes we automatically apply to an attractive face?

Here’s a great Psychology Today article on beauty and its effect on our psyche: The Surprising Power of a Beautiful Face. A short quote: “[what psychologists call] the halo effect causes one trait (e.g., beauty) to drastically color your perception of all other traits. If you think someone is beautiful, you are also likely to assume they’re smart, ambitious, interesting, etc. We’ve all made these assumptions before, for good or ill.”

We are hard-wired to judge based on appearances

The assumptions we make are evidently hard-wired labels in our brains. So we can be forgiven – at least a little bit. As an interesting exercise, the next time you see a beautiful or handsome face, observe your thought process. Do you quickly assume the person is also intelligent, educated, polite, nice, etc? Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love, is laughing in her heaven. She knows, beauty has exerted power for eons.

Beauty is a big subject, with many facets (faces?) to be explored. More about the ever-changing definitions of beauty in society in my previous post: Limited Definition of Beauty

Inspirational Quote:

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” ~ Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

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Conformity Box | Society like its rules and conformity. Dare to think “what if?” | HartHaiku.com

Conformity Box | Escape it

Creativity, the drive to invent something new and unique, is rooted in nonconformity. Where there is conflict, disparity or lack, answers are not usually found in the norm, or some mildly morphed version of it. Rather, solutions for big problems require creative thinking and big new ideas. Thought outside of the box.

The types of conformity and why we do it

This easy-to-read article What is Conformity? is a peek into the types of conformity, and why we do it. I didn’t realize there are types until now. However, what I already did know from living in several distinctly different cultures is this. Each one has its own unique group think, and a general need in the people within it to fit in. Also some cultures are less xenophobic than others, and will welcome an outsider more readily. Groups tend to view outsiders as a threat to the agreed upon group rules.

Stand outside of your culture and just observe

Being the outsider of a group provides a great opportunity to assess it. So, here’s a challenge for you. Pretend for a day or two that you are not part of the culture you live in, and observe as objectively as possible. What makes it tick? What cultural factors do you agree or disagree with? And then observe yourself, and the ways in which you adapt (or don’t) to group think and behavior.

Of course for a society to work, there needs to be a certain amount of cooperation and agreement within the group. However, let’s be careful not to lose our individuality, critical thinking skills, and creativity within it. These are valuable assets towards creating a truly evolved society.

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Possibilities | Explore the limits that your heart and mind allow. Now soar beyond them. | HartHaiku.com

Possibilities | The infinite you

Your potentiality may be a good subject for Monday morning. Why, you say? Well, did you just drag yourself to a job that you hate in order to pay the rent and get by? Or, did you get up today with excitement, looking forward to work that fulfills you and gives you joy?

I know. This is a big thought, and if your answer is “I dragged myself to…”, it can be a depressing one. But consider this: Waking up and honestly addressing what may be making you unhappy is the first important step to changing it. It’s just too easy to gloss it over, or numb it with small pleasures.

This article outlines six factors that require just a little effort and are likely to increase your happiness quotient. If you don’t want to read the whole article, scroll to the bottom: The formula for a happy life… 

Big changes require baby steps. And the good feeling you get from a small change grows into desire to do more. It’s the ripple effect.

The sky is not the limit. You are full of INFINITE possibilities. Now, isn’t that a great thought for a Monday morning?

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Live Boldly | Dig for your daring when faced with new challenges. Boldness begets growth. | HartHaiku.com

Live Boldly | Your best life

Life is full of choices. Some are small, others large. And the big ones inevitably present us with trials that embody one fear or another. Based on my experiences, I believe that facing our fears and moving through them does in fact help us to build a “courage arsenal”.
More at my story… Making Friends with Fear

Inspirational Quotes:

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anais Nin

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