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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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