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Your Words | Can Empower

Words and our stories are powerful. We must be very careful with our usage of words, because with them we create thoughts and feelings in others. (That is being done to us all the time by media, in order to influence and sell to us.}

I posted this haiku 9 months ago and it is more relevant than ever. Since that time, COVID-19 entered our lives, and it brought with it a narrative both negative and ugly. The point of this post is the power we have within each of us to transform that to the positive.

The Negative Narrative we need to overcome

Words embedded in this viral story include: Illness, sickness, hospitals, fear, helplessness, hopelessness, isolation, separation, never-ending (future viruses), unprepared, unknown, overwhelmed, real death, projected death, loss, endings, scarcity, lack, confinement, limitations, divisiveness, hatred.

I’m sure I’ve missed more than a few, but you get the picture. All of these words may express the current situation, but, as long as we focus on the negative narrative, our minds keep expanding and confirming that reality. These words are creating at their very root a feeling in us of being weak and reliant. But, we’re not! That is just the story that has been thrust upon us, in this moment. We did not create it, but we are certainly responsible for perpetuating it.

Most people are focused on managing the physical details, such as waiting for a needle, wearing masks, etc. But in the meantime, they are engaging in words and thoughts that are very damaging. We actually do have control over the words that come out of our mouths, and the thoughts that we think.

Selecting Our Words to create the reality WE want

If we truly want to overcome this, it would behoove us to stop sitting back and just waiting for a solution. We need to get in the game, starting right now. A good starting point is to start actively using new words. They aren’t really new; we all have them in our vocabularies. We’ve just been using them much less lately. How is this for a short list, just as a start?

Wellness
Love
Joy
Life
Birth
Creation
Beginnings
Beauty
Expansiveness
Connections
Cooperation
Abundance
Preparedness
Self-reliance
Independence
Celebration

When we use positive words, we raise our vibration and increase our power, as well as that of those around us. Positivity in our minds and hearts does affect the resiliency of our bodies. It keeps us in a healthier state holistically. We are then in a place of taking responsibility for our overall health, and, envisioning and creating a better future.

Of course there are many more aspects to taking care of our health, such as diet, exercise, etc. But being taking responsibility for our words and the narrative is one of the simplest measures we can take. Simple does not necessarily mean easy; this takes some practice and discipline, particularly when we are surrounded by negative narrative. But it can be done, and you and I have the power within us to do it!

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Your Words | Can Empower © 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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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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Awakening | Oh divine droplets, part of One great ocean! Feel the surgning wave? | HartHaiku.com

Awakening | We Are

There is a spiritual revolution quietly brewing in the heart of humanity. It is a surging wave, moving ’round the world. Can you feel it?

Isolation has a way of removing our normal distractions. Oh, we can try our best to fill up that newly available time with various projects and more social media. But that nagging feeling that our lives weren’t quite right in the first place, “what are we trying to get back to?“, just won’t go away.

The curtain has been pulled aside, the yawning void has been revealed, and for some people that is scarier than any virus ever could be.

Questioning how we’ve been living our lives

I thought my life had meaning, now I’m not so sure. Why was I busting my butt all those mornings, commuting to a job I hated? Why did I put the dream of a big house before the dream of a happy and cohesive family? Why did I sacrifice my own dreams so I could try to measure up to society’s yard stick of success?

And on it goes. The monologue going on in your head will be different than the next person’s, but you get the idea. We are in a time of extreme self-examination, as well as opening our eyes to what is really going on in the society around us.

Some of it isn’t very pretty, so we are inclined to turn our eyes away. But wait! Isn’t that what we’ve been doing for too long now? Trusting that everything would be taken care of for us by external authority? Trusting that the formula for life that society insisted we adhere to was a good one? Trusting the message that we shouldn’t trust in ourselves, after all, what could we possibly know?

The big opportunity for change

This time is important. Change is a scary proposition; we have a tendency to avoid it at all cost. But this virus has thrown down the gauntlet for you, me, and the rest of humanity. The big question hanging in the air, the elephant in the room is, will we rise to the occasion and create something better for ourselves?

Something to ponder on during these tumultuous times. While you’re searching for the answers, listen not only to your head, but also to your heart and your gut. There’s a wave surging inside of you that is connected to all of humanity. Hear its song; feel its pulse.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”~ Eckhart Tolle

“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.” ~ John O’Donohue

“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus

“You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream, and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number of grains of sand. The path that you are to take is endless, and you will die before you have truly awakened.” ~ Jorge Luis Borges

“You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.” ~ Amit Ray

“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc., is sure to be noticed.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard

“A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.” ~ John Steinbeck

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

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Awakening | We Are © Susan L Hart 2020

Remember | When the world burdens, song bird sings to remind us, in essence we're free. | HartHaiku.com

Remember | Your Essence

There was a time in Hawaii – I will never forget it – when the ocean spoke to me of freedom. A storm was blowing in from Japan, and word in the community was that within a couple of days the surfing would be stellar. That same night, my partner and I awoke at midnight to the thunderous sound of pounding waves. We headed out immediately to check it out at a beach somewhat nearby.

This was one of the calmer beaches, not a surfer hangout. The waves were already spectacular! There were no man-made lights, save for several small dots twinkling way off in the far distance.

Uncommon Wild Beauty

When we arrived, the scene that lay before us took my breath away. The beach and the water were lit brilliantly by a magnificent full moon. Light clouds flitted in and out in the strong breeze. The rolling huge waves frothed white in the blazing moonlight, crashing wildly on the shore.

We took our shoes off and walked. The beauty and power of the scene were intoxicating, and my soul was unleashed in a way I had never experienced before.

Nature Speaks to our Essence

I felt what it means to be just a human being on the Earth, and the inherent freedom of my soul. For just a little while, the pulse of nature ran through me like a jolt of electricity. I felt the wildness and joy of my essence. I was completely alive, and I did not want that feeling to end.

The wild, untamed places discovered in my travels without fail have this affect; they speak to my soul. And I have come to understand this:

Our essence is freedom, and we must never let that go.

A quote about freedom from Shawshank Redemption:

“Sometimes it makes me sad, though… Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

Claim Your Bright Feathers

Too many people don’t realize that their feathers are too bright to be caged. When that changes, the world also will change. It’s time to claim your bright feathers, if you have not done so already.

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Remember | Your Essence © Susan L Hart 2020