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

Forest Bathing | Your Health

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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You Create | Your reality is a construct of. your mind; careful what you build. | HartHaiku.com

You Create | Your World

That which we focus on expands. What will you choose to create with your thoughts today? Your dreams and aspirations, or your worries and fears?

There is so much power in our thoughts, and therefore in our own hands. This goes way beyond our personal lives. It extends to the world.

We are inundated daily with negative news, even under “normal circumstances”. Over the past few months it has ramped up to extreme levels.  If we are not careful, it strongly affects our thinking and beliefs about what is possible. We disempower ourselves every time we buy into “this is too big for me, it is out of my hands”, or, “there are only the same old A or B solutions to choose from, oh well, I’ll just pick what seems best”, or, “authorities external to me have all the answers and power”.

Be observant of your thoughts, the words that are running around like little monkeys in your mind. Take control of your them. What messages are playing in your head? Are they a replay of the media hype you just watched on the news? Resist letting your mind become a slave to someone else’s idea of what reality “should be”. Our minds are being programmed constantly by external forces that want to own us. They know our minds are powerful tools of creation. They don’t want us having independent thoughts, or we will become too free.

Humanity is awakening. Whether you realize it or not, you hold a wealth of wisdom within you. Start to trust in the power of that and create with it. Become a player in building a positive new reality for humanity. Every positive thought, vision, and action that comes from you can help to outweigh the negative force in this world.

That is no small thing. It is HUGE and important. You create your world.

Inspirational Quotes:

“However small we are, we should always fight for what we believe to be right. And I don’t mean fight with the power of our fists or the power of our sword… I mean the power of our brains and our thoughts and our dreams.
And as small and quiet and unimportant as our fighting may look, perhaps we might all work together… and break out of the prisons of our own making. Perhaps we might be able to keep this fierce and beautiful world of ours as free for all of us as it seemed to be on that blue afternoon of my childhood.” ~ Cressida Cowell

“Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft,wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?” ~ Rumi

“Are we our bodies? Is a small person less than a big person, then? If we were our bodies, then when we lost an arm, or a leg, would we be less, would we begin to fade from existence? No. We are the same person.
We are not our bodies; we are our thoughts. As they form, they define who we are, and create the reality of our existence.” ~ Terry Goodkind

“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” ~ Alan Watts

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Freedom is a mindset, the answers are within YOU, who owns the shackles? | HartHaiku.com

Mindfully Free | Are You?

If you doubt the reach and influence of mass media on our psyches and belief systems, click here for an easy and quick visual overview: “The 6 Companies That Own (Almost) All Media”, (in America, as an example), and the multitudes of big name companies they own that feed millions of people their news and entertainment. *Note, some of the information in the article may be outdated, but it’s to give you the idea.

And after you’ve had a look,.. Do you imagine that each of these six media conglomerates are offering a wide and variant point of view? Or rather, do they offer a single point of view, each time with a different spin and spread over many media outlets to express the same ideology and intent? In corporate culture, the system is based on “top to bottom” hierarchy and policy. So the ideology and intention at the top of the media chain trickles from a handful of people downward to influence the minds of millions. (And the next thing to ask yourself is, who then is directing the people at the head of the media conglomerates?)

We cannot be autonomous, free-thinking individuals who rule our own thoughts and beliefs unless we:

1. Apply discernment to what information sources we give our conscious attention to,

2. Apply critical thinking to information we take in, rather than just accepting it at face value,

3. Commit to decoupling from media channels that knowingly apply negative subconscious programming, and,

4. Combine thoughtful analysis with our feeling awareness of the truth.

Questions to Ask Yourself About the Daily News

The daily news affects our thinking, our emotions, and ultimately our collective belief system. Have you ever taken an objective look at it and asked yourself these kinds of questions:

1. “How much do I rely on just one media source for information on current events?” (One point of view.)

2. “Who owns the media I follow, and what intent lies behind the particular slant or viewpoint in the content they are presenting to me?”

3. “Do I accept information I am receiving as ‘fact’ without question?”

4. “What kinds of beliefs are being reinforced by the media content I am taking in? Do they project an expansive world of joy and possibilities, or a world of fear, control, and limitations?”

5. “How do I feel when I am finished watching or reading about the daily news?”

6. “How much is it preoccupying my thoughts and affecting my own personal sense of empowerment in the world?”

7. “Is it really serving me well to immerse myself in it day after day?”

Taking back ownership of our own minds is an important first step towards creating a new world. Our minds are powerful tools of creation, and as long as we allow them to be governed by an externally programmed, single point of view, that is all we will ever experience. What will you choose to focus your mind on tomorrow? Mass media’s projection of the world, or you own autonomous, creative and expansive vision of it?

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Smoke | Fear's ugly head raised, dragon unleashed breathes his fire, and smoke clouds our eyes. | HartHaiku.com

Smoke | and Numbers

Do you remember the wizard in Wizard of Oz? He used the classic “smoke and mirrors” magic act props to create the illusion of an all-powerful, omnipresent ruler of Oz.

What was his most powerful tool to manage people? FEAR. But when Dorothy’s dog Toto pulled back the curtain, a single little old (but power hungry) man was revealed, frantically pulling the levers to create the giant illusion in the great hall of Oz.

Right now our greatest fear, DEATH, has permeated every day existence with its grim presence. That fear has become tangible in the form of a daily burgeoning number. The monster is growing from a mouse to a roaring dragon right before our very eyes, its yawning mouth ready to swallow us in flames.

And strangely, we are putting complete faith in those numbers, even though every country admits there is no consistent testing method and way of reporting the numbers worldwide. It is literally and figuratively “all over the map” globally. (For those not familiar with this expression, the definition from the dictionary: (All over the map, North American informal: in a disorganized or confused state.)

Consider that we are being consumed by something much more dangerous than any biological threat. Fear of death is expanding in the consensual collective mind.

We have the power to vanquish this dragon. We may not have control over the virus, but we do have the choice about our fear. We own it. And we have the right to question. As Virginia Woolf said, “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” 

When we allow ourselves to be ruled by fear, we become paralyzed, we do not see clearly and our perception and judgement are clouded. In the final analysis, what you believe and I believe about the viral numbers, our own mortality, and the fate of humanity, could make all the difference in the outcome of this.

Smoke and numbers.

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