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Sunshine | Lustrous diamond, blazing star, constant and true, Sol, we adore you. | HartHaiku.com

Sunshine | For Your Soul

Sunshine warms our bones after the long winter. Today I celebrate Spring by bringing you some virtual sunshine, beautiful author quotes to nurture and warm your soul:

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ~ John Muir

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” ~ William Shakespeare

“Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” ~ Thich Nhat Hahn

“The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

“I’ve found that there is always some beauty left ~ in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.” ~ Anne Frank

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ~ Rachel Carson

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Sunshine | For Your Soul © Susan L Hart 2020

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

Rejuvenate | With nature

As I take my daily walks along the river, framed by fragrant eucalyptus trees, I wonder what I would do without this escape hatch, my decompression chamber from the stresses of daily life. I feel in better balance when I return from my walks.

F. Scott Fitzgerald apparently said, “And after reading [Henry David] Thoreau, I felt how much I have lost by leaving nature out of my life.”

Yes, the famous essayist, poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau not only loved nature; he also believed it is an important part of our human experience here on Earth. Thoreau left us a rich legacy of works about life, freedom, and nature.

Here are just a few of my favorite Thoreau quotes about nature:

“I love Nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him. None of his institutions control or pervade her. There a different kind of right prevails. In her midst I can be glad with an entire gladness. If this world were all man, I could not stretch myself, I should lose all hope. He is constraint, she is freedom to me. He makes me wish for another world. She makes me content with this.”

“If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”

“He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.”

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

“Wildness is the preservation of the World.”

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.”

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Rejuvenate | With nature © Susan L Hart 2019

Quiet | No babel yammer, honk, clatter, clang clink clunk din, just blissful silence. | HartHaiku.com

Quiet | Hear yourself think

The world is a busy place. And it’s not just busy; it’s also very  NOISY. Many of us are caught up in the frenetic fray, by necessity, far too much for our health. And that translates to excessive exposure to noise.

A couple of years ago, I became aware of the low grade day-to-day stress effect that traffic noise in my neighborhood was having on me. I realized that I was feeling constantly on edge from it. I did some research, and was appalled at the myriad detrimental health effects that noise can have on us.

My partner and I took measures and moved to a quieter area of the city, and near a large park with a river where we can take exercise in nature. If that is not possible for you, but, you’re feeling the negative effects of noise, here’s an article with 5 great tips for carving out some quiet time for yourself, (and why you should): 5 Ways to Find Quiet in a Chaotic Day

And I have a little treat for you. Pause for just a moment, and walk into this tranquil scene. Ahh, sweet solitude and quiet. Can you feel it?

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Quiet | Hear yourself think © Susan L Hart 2019

Earth's Moods | Sky dons her mood face, sulking clouds mirror my mind, silent I reflect. | HartHaiku.com

Earth’s Moods | Nature therapy

For many years I have practiced daily walking outdoors. It is a meditative quiet time, where I relax and escape from my monkey mind cage.

Ideally immersing in nature is part of the walk. Daily walking requires a certain self-discipline, because realistically, every day does not offer “perfect weather”. (We all have our own definition of that – if we didn’t, people wouldn’t talk about the weather so much.)

I have walked in cold, rain, snow, gloom as much as I have enjoyed sunshine and bright shiny weather. And I have come to love all of it. Every day, and nature herself, has its own nuance and mood.

Here’s the thing: I love sunshine as much as the next person. And when we’re feeling down, it can be a real mood lifter. But depending on what I’m dealing with in my day, sunshine can feel like a good friend trying to jolly me out of my problems, rather than giving me space and really listening to me.

My observation over the years is that those moody, rainy, snowy, cloudy days also have their own merit for solitude and introspection. They are the perfect back drop to quiet my conscious mind. And there inevitably I find the space for the true answers to come through from my subconscious.

Rain or shine, nature is my therapy. I find the beauty, grace, quiet and solitude I need to transcend the rat race. I enjoy communing with nature, and feeling Earth’s every mood.

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Earth’s Moods | Nature thereapy © Susan L Hart 2019