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Sentinel | Guard of yonder field, feeling earth, air, sky and sun. Do you seek forest? | HartHaiku.com

Sentinel | Living our purpose

When I see a solitary tree in a field, I wonder… Are you lonely out there? Do you yearn for the other trees, your family?

But wait, when the farmer cleared the field and if there were others, why did he not cut you down too? Perhaps there was something in you that he felt. A will to live? A purpose not yet fulfilled?

Were you the one tree that looked strong enough to withstand the solitude, to be staunch and strong through every harsh climate imaginable, to guard his field?

But wait,…you are NOT alone. Earth, air, sky and sun. You are nurtured, cradled and loved by all of it.

Perhaps you’re here to teach that not just simply survival, but dare we hope great joy?, is found in your ostensibly lonely journey.

But still I wonder,.. DO you miss your trees? Your family?

Hmm. Perhaps not. Perhaps you also teach that it is ALL family.

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Related to my post: Tree Secrets | Nature’s Wisdom

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Stereotypes | Labels condemn us to limited perception. See past your bias. | HartHaiku.com

Stereotypes | View beyond

Stereotypes propagate a full spectrum of negative, divisive and destructive effects. We know the usual ones, based on race, color, gender, economics, political affiliation, etc. The list is long and goes on.

It is a challenge for each of us, every day, to see past and overcome the stereotypes we carry within us. Otherwise, how will we ever bridge to a world based on tolerance and understanding?

Inspirational Quotes:

“….. it would be interesting to find out what goes on in that moment when someone looks at you and draws all sorts of conclusions.”  ~ Malcolm Gladwell

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Once you label me you negate me.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard

“A stereotype becomes a stereotype when a significant percentage of the population appears to conform to it.” ~ Kelley Armstrong

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Tree Secrets | Majestic sages, keepers of ancient wisdom, whisper to me please. | HartHaiku.com

Tree Secrets | Nature’s Wisdom

There was a magic moment, one summer day long past, when a flash realization hit me. I was bicycling down a beautiful avenue, lushly lined with mature trees, and it was blatantly clear – they were reaching out for each other across the road.

“Hey, the trees are talking to each other!”

It wasn’t just that the branches were growing over the road. The massive old trunks were bending towards the trees on the other side, and the upper branches from each side interlaced over the road, as if the trees were holding hands. The trees formed an almost perfect continuous arch over the road. There was something magical and almost sacred about it.

Ah-ha, I thought, trees talk to each other. It was more of an intuition than a thought, and deep down I knew I was right. I mentioned this to a few friends, who of course gently told me I was crazy.

Majesty of the old redwoods in Muir Woods

Flash forward a few years, and I had the privilege of visiting Muir Woods in California. The majesty of the old redwoods took my breath away. I was awe struck! Although a fairly recent Humboldt State University research study showed they are not quite as old as previously thought, hundreds if not thousands of years is still a darned long time. As I gazed upward to the distant canopy, I wondered, What have you seen? What do you know?

Scientific research reveals the secret life of trees

Apparently other people with the same sorts of crazy intuitions have acted on them. Ecologist Suzanne Simard’s career evolved out of an accident with her dog, which uncovered a fascinating underground tree root system. She got hooked on trees, and for the past 30 years has made her career researching them. This is a fascinating read about her journey and findings: Trees Talk to Each Other in a Language We Can Learn

A short quote from the article: “Trees are much more like us humans that you may think. They are extremely social and depend on each other for their survival. Communication is vital, and a massive web of hair-like mushroom roots transmit secret messages between trees, triggering them to share nutrients and water with those in need.”

Other researchers worldwide are revealing similar findings. So, it seems, I am not so crazy after all… And I’m thinking, we could learn a lot from trees about the value of community.

For more on the magic of trees, see my post Forest Bathing.

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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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Your Champions | Your story is yours, so don't let the naysayers write your life for you. | HartHaiku.com

Your Champions | They’re gold

What would you do without the people who are in your corner, cheering you on? They are your champions, and here’s why they are so important:

Every day and all around you, there are people expressing their opinion about how you “should be”. It can be extremely crippling when you buy into it, because so often these unsolicited gems of wisdom are negative. These people are not secure in themselves, consequently their chief aim is to demoralize, demotivate, and drain you. They are called “energy vampires”, and this is how they achieve some or all of their personal power. They do not want to see you succeed, because they believe that would somehow diminish them.

Your champions, on the other hand, aren’t trying to mold you into their idea of success. Rather, they see your talents and strengths and encourage you to follow your own unique path. They offer to share their knowledge and mentor you, where it is appropriate. They truly care about your success!

So believe in your dream, intend to succeed, and work at it passionately. You will find your true champions gathering around you. Hold them close, treasure them, express gratitude to them often. Your champions are pure gold.

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We Are One | Oh tiny droplets, all part of one Great Ocean! Feel the surging wave? | HartHaiku.com

We Are One | Connectedness

During my early 20’s, I began reading many books on metaphysics and spirituality. Ideas that my mind had independently explored for years demanded it. I voraciously absorbed the knowledge logically, but there came a moment in Point Reyes, California, when I assimilated it all at a feeling level. As I stood on a tiny platform looking out over the vast azure Pacific, my body tingled all over. I felt deeply my bond with this seemingly boundless body of water, and I understood the infinite nature of my soul and our connection to everything.

The wisdom we are born with can become lost

Looking back I realize that my childhood self had already known this, but the logical world around me at the time did not support it. So, I had constantly questioned my own intuitive wisdom. Later, reading and exploring the ideas written by other people brought me into alignment with truths that already existed within me. In fact, that visit to the ocean brought me full circle back to myself. I do believe we are born with wisdom that is inherent. But our society values logic first and foremost, which can cause us to lose touch with it as adults.

Quest for meaning outside the box

Fast forward another few years, and my partner and I sold everything we owned and began traveling. We almost immediately befriended a free spirit surfer/photographer named Jim Welch. When you are passionately searching and you ask, the universe will work its magic and bring the right things and people to you. We were all on a similar quest, to find some meaning in life outside the standard formula. I interviewed Jim about his personal experiences and philosophies, and wrote my first story during our travels (published by Escape Artist), called One Wave. And the journey continues…

Related story: One Wave

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