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Free Spirits | When the world burdens, nature's there to remind us; We're meant to live free. | HartHaiku.com

Free Spirits | Your essence

There was a time in Hawaii – I’ll never forget it – when the ocean spoke to me of freedom. A storm was blowing in from Japan, and word was that within a couple of days the surfing would be stellar. My partner and I awoke at midnight to the thunderous sound of pounding waves. Makena Beach was several miles away, so we leapt into the car and raced over to check it out.

Makena is about 2/3 of a mile long, wide and undeveloped. It is not a main surf beach; the big surfing happens elsewhere on Maui. But, the waves were uncommonly large for Makena that night. 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 the essence of me

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.

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Pinnacle | My head in the clouds, the wind whispers its wisdom. My soul sings its bliss. | HartHaiku.com

Pinnacle | Soaring spirit

Mighty Chimborazo! If you have never heard of it, Chimborazo is a dormant volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador, and the highest peak near the equator. At 20,548 ft., its summit is the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s center. The indigenous in Ecuador have dubbed Chimborazo “Taita”, meaning father.

Chimborazo takes my breath away

Last year I was fortunate to visit Chimborazo National Park. A guide drove our little group about three-quarters of the way up the mountain to a rest station, at about 16,000 ft. We got out of the van to walk around, and we all experienced dizziness and shortness of breath with very little exertion. I was quite frankly in awe. That is, of the power and majesty of this mountain, and also the fact that a friend had climbed from base to summit some years ago. What an accomplishment! Our guide told us that this is one of the most dangerous mountains in the world, and other climbers have perished attempting to conquer it.

The feeling of freedom

As I stood at our rest point and gazed upward to the summit, my spirit soared. I have experienced this at other spectacular nature spots in my travels. I was lost in the magnitude and grandeur of the space. In that moment, I was simply a human being connected to the Earth, unencumbered by what I am required to be in our civilization.

It was just the sky, the mountain, and me.

And I was free.

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Forest Bathing | Myriad thoughts and worries fret my scrambled brain. Gentle trees soothe it. | HartHaiku.com

Forest Bathing | Trees heal

Did you know? The Japanese are avid tree lovers and forest bathers. You heard it right! Bathing in trees. Spending time around them and soaking up all their great energy.

Trees are powerful medicine

Major studies and experiments have been conducted in Japan to measure the positive effects of trees on humans. The results astound in terms of physical and emotional health. The benefits include improved immune system, lower pulse rate and blood pressure, and reduced incidence of depression. Have I piqued your interest? To find out more, go to this Quartz blog post: The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health.
After you read it, you may just become the next tree bathing convert!

Forest bathing moves West

And lest you think this is just some ‘flash in the pan’ fad, I’m here to tell you, no it is not. In 1982, forest bathing integrated into the national health program in Japan and the studies quoted on health benefits go back as far as 2004. Tree bathing is lately being embraced in our Western culture as an antidote to stress.

A brief excerpt from the Quartz article:

“Julia Plevin, a product designer and urban forest bather, founded San Francisco’s 200-member Forest Bathing Club Meetup in 2014. They gather monthly to escape technology. “It’s an immersive experience,” Plevin explained to Quartz. “So much of our lives are spent interacting with 2D screens. This is such a bummer because there’s a whole 3D world out there! Forest bathing is a break from your phone and computer…from all that noise of social media and email.”

As far as I know, no one has figured out how to bottle this yet. And I hope they never do! I urge you to scout around soon for some trees, and let them work their magic.

They’re waiting for you…

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Sun Worship | Grateful for you, Sun. Your ceaseless radiance greets and anchors my day. | HartHaiku.com

Sun Worship | Gratitude

The Summer Solstice is just around the corner. (Yay!) The sun has taken some real bashing in the past few years. But as with everything in life, it’s all about balance. After all, how can something that is so life-sustaining be all bad? These articles agree on at least 6 good reasons to make sure you get enough sunlight:

From Forbes: Why Sunlight Is Actually Good For You
From Self: 6 Reasons You Need More Sun, According To Science

Gratitude for that which nourishes us

Gratitude is an amplifier for abundance. Yes I know, you may be thinking… “It’s the sun’s job to be up there in the sky, keeping me alive! So just do your job, Mr. Sun. I have enough to worry about.”

But wait. When we take a few moments in our day to say “thank you” here and there, life starts to feel better. We become more consciously aware of the good. We feel blessed. And there’s another big bonus. Metaphysically speaking, the universe also responds by sending us more.

Heaven knows, the media is always there to remind us of the bad or troubling. It’s our job to fill our minds and souls with the good stuff too. Balance keeps us healthy. So, next time time you step outside into sunlight, stop for just a moment and practice this. Close your eyes, tip your face upward, and feel the blissful warmth. And think to yourself, “Ah, yes… Thank you, Sun. You are one of the good things, constant and true, that I can count on to make me feel good.”

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Rejuvenate | When city voids me, I flee to garden refuge. Hummingbird dances. | HartHaiku.com

Rejuvenate | Your energy

It’s the weekend! For many people (and hopefully you), this means a little reprieve from work. I know,… there are chores to do, shopping to get done – the demands of life are never ending.

But I urge you, if you possibly can – walk, run, drive to the nearest garden, park, or conservation area – and breathe in some green. Listen to the wind in the trees, feel the sun on your face (or the rain, if that’s the case). Surround yourself with the splendid beauty and abundance of Nature. Whether you know it or not, you are very connected to her. And nothing pleases her more, than to please and heal you.

There are many good articles about the benefits of spending time in nature. Here’s a quick read for you, 11 Scientific Benefits of Being Outdoors.

If you’re a city dweller and don’t even know where the nearest park is, it’s been way too long! And if you won’t take my word for it, then perhaps you’ll heed the wisdom of these famous people:

Inspirational Quotes:

Look deep into nature, and then you understand everything better. ~ Albert Eienstein

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. ~ Aristotle

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

The earth has music for those who listen. ~ William Shakespeare

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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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