Tag Archives: change

In Flow | The stream does not heed the hard sharp gashing boulder. It glides smoothly round. | HartHaiku.com

In Flow | Navigate your life

Fluidity: The ability to flow easily. | The characteristic of elegance or grace. | The state of being unsettled or unstable.

When we are in touch with who we really are and our purpose for being here, we begin to flow effortlessly within it. Our head bashing comes from resistance, from listening too much to others who want to mold us into their idea of being. The river cares not for the opinion of others. It is river.

When we flow, we enter a state of elegance and grace. Labels, material things, all the incidental clutter falls away. We discover that we are elegant, just as we are. And as the river does, we move around and through, in a state of grace, smoothing roughness along our path.

And when we embrace change (that which is unsettled and unstable), we move towards new vistas, experiences, states of being. Growth does not occur within stability. River desires that which facilitates its flow in and towards newness.

Be fluid and in flow, like the river.

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Double-edged | Victory wraps you like a warm fuzzy blanket. Now where's the challenge? | HartHaiku.com

Double-edged | Your changes

Golden nuggets of wisdom. Sometimes they come to us in small conversations that at the time seem inconsequential. Then later on a light bulb goes on and we realize “Yes!”

Embracing change & its challenges

One such nugget came from my father years ago. It was about change. He said to me, “Susan, adaptability to change is absolutely crucial to succeeding in life. It is pointless to resist it. Learn to not only adapt to it, but also welcome it. There is growth in change.”

Down the road I sold everything I owned, and my partner and I set out to do some world travel. I don’t think he expected that. But I will tell you, it has been an extreme exercise in embracing change.

Challenges are where the growth awaits

Change presents new challenges for us. But it seems that in Western society we value comfort and safety above all else. It is what we are programmed to yearn for and work towards. Then what happens when we have all the material comforts that our hearts desired? We’re bored, and usually on to buying the next new toy to cover our soul’s discontent.

Do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with achieving some comfort in life. I do not believe we are born for suffering and hardship. But, I would suggest that when we’ve achieved our comfort zone, it’s time to look for a new experience to challenge us. That’s where the growth of our souls exists.

Challenge v.s. comfort. It’s a razor’s edge, a double-edged sword.

This is a very good article from Lifehack about change, and why it’s actually good for us:
How the chaos in your life builds character

Inspirational Quotes:

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ~ Helen Keller, The Open Door

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ~ E.B. White

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” ~ Paulo Coelho

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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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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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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Respect Earth | Garbage on oceans, Pachamama weeps hearbreak. Her children are lost. | HartHaiku.com| HartHaiku.com

Respect Earth | She needs us

Our ability on this planet to deal with the unimaginable garbage we produce will require a different mindset. I don’t like the idea that solutions to problems are so great that they are “out of our hands”. You will see that as a recurring theme in my writing. We have power within us to create change. We have just been increasingly conditioned to believe that we don’t!

Waste is a result of our mindset

This issue is global, but particularly in affluent Western society, a throwaway mindset has developed over several generations. Our grandparents or great-grandparents who lived through the Great Depression would shudder at the waste mentality. They hoped we would live a better life, and yes we do. Or do we? Look where it has taken us.

Every problem has a root cause. Waste starts at home. It begins with gross consumerism and an instant gratification mentality. And, that we need things to make us happy. There is a vast internal void in humanity, represented by the wasteland of junk in our garbage dumps. Did you know that recycling (at least in its current rendition) cannot keep up? (See two articles below.) It is right there in front of us! How can we miss it?

Re-evaluating our core values

Consider this as a takeaway today: In what ways are the core values that we embrace as a “good way of life” and “success as a human being” contributing to the global problem of waste? We can blame large corporations (and yes, they play their part). But as long as we feed our own insatiable need for “stuff”, we will be faced with this dragon.

Just say “NO”. More thoughts at my previous post: Respect for the land

Two good recent blog articles about the changing face of recycling:

America has a recycling problem. Here’s how to solve it.
The problem of recycling and the key to moving beyond it

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Virtual Reality | Technoloty lacks heart and soul and humanness. Put it in its place. | HartHaiku.com

Virtual Reality | Technology

How much of your reality is becoming virtual? Cell phone? Apps? TV? Computer? Technology is taking over our lives, slowly but surely. It used to be that when friends and family spent time together, it was direct human contact in shared physical space. During conversation, we picked up on each other’s vibes and energy. We shared our stories, activities, and we enjoyed the outdoors together.

Technology creates a void within us

Technology gives the illusion of “more connected” because we “know” more people, but it is distant and cold. Technology has its place, but we need to take care with it. If we are too dependent upon it for all of our human interaction, it creates a lonely void within us.

A must-watch commentary about how technology is destroying our attention span and critical thinking skills: the 13-minute video in Feel Like Time Is Speeding Up Lately…?

Inspirational Quote:

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”  ~ Albert Einstein

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