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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  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

Dragonfly | Gossaner faerie, neon being of lightness, your magic lifts me. | HartHaiku.com

Dragonfly | Lightness & Joy

Legends abound, particularly among indigenous peoples, about the symbolism and teachings of the animal world. They believe that the Earth speaks to us through all living creatures.

Not only are we deeply connected to the heartbeat of nature, it is also constantly teaching us. That is, when we care to pay attention and listen. Nature speaks in its own language.  The key is to move beyond simple observance and feel the reaction within us, listening to the intuitions that come to us as we observe.

Making Time to Tap into our Joy

Joy leads to a feeling of lightness of being within ourselves. It is an expression, I believe, of our true natural state, but too often it gets buried beneath burden. Joy is relief from those heavy feelings that we inevitably must deal with in our daily lives, and particularly right now.

A suggestion: If you cannot do those things that bring you joy right now, then carve out a short calm time in your day to close your eyes and play them like short movies in your mind. As you watch the pictures roll through your mind, tune into the feeling(s) within you as you observe. Let the movie flow throughout your body. Also, imagine yourself doing those things again, if that is something you desire. This will create the reality of it in future. Strong feelings and images are very powerful when combined.

I will leave it up to you to decide what may bring you some light relief right now. This is very subjective and personal. As an example, I am bringing to you something that brings me great joy and makes me feel light of heart, without fail.

The Magic of Dragonfly

The magical dragonfly is a fond girlhood memory of summer for me. Paddling around the lake on sultry afternoons, I loved to watch their iridescent colors flitting among the graceful lily pads. They captivated me. There was a purity and magic about these tiny gossamer creatures. They seemed to be visiting me from some mysterious, unseen faerie world, to which for a few moments I was privy.

Peace and a feeling of the goodness in the world were mine, and they still are when I close my eyes and revisit this memory.

There is extensive symbology attributed to the dragonfly in various cultures. For such a tiny creature, it sure has made a big impression on us. More reading on dragonfly symbology here: The Meaning of a Dragonfly: What Does a Dragonfly Symbolize?

Or, simply sit back, relax, meditate on the beautiful photo. And like the dragonfly, be light in your heart and feel amazement for the beauty of nature that is gifted to us.

Inspirational quote:

“…What if the point is to stop, then,… and listen to the birdsong, to watch the dragonflies hover, to look at your lover’s face, then up at the undersides of leaves moving together in the breeze? What if the point is to invite these others into your movement, to bring trees, wind, grass, dragonflies into your family and in so doing abandon any attempt to control them? What if the point all along has been to get along, to relate, to experience things on their own terms? What if the point is to feel joy when joyous, love when loving, anger when angry, thoughtful when full of thought? What if the point from the beginning has been to simply be?”  ~ Derrick Jensen, A Language Older than Words

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Let it Go | Humor lifts the weight of life's serious problems; new slant with a smile. | HartHaiku.com

Let it Go | with a Smile

There is nothing quite like laughter to ease a burden. It doesn’t change our circumstances, but, it does help us to regain our equilibrium, our perspective, our balance. Laughter is a safety valve for the psyche under pressure. Here is a great article from Psychology Today about the many benefits of laughter, both physical and mental: Laughter: The Best Medicine

I have a friend who many days right now sends me jokes, often poking fun at the Coronavirus. I’m in extreme lock down where I am; she is lesser so. She knows how important freedom is to me, and the jokes help relieve my feeling of restriction. I am truly indebted to her for this kindness shown.

Humor is one of the tools we can use to navigate this new territory in which we find ourselves. Perhaps we can pledge to help each other through it with a little daily dose of humor? Our days, after all, are too precious to live them without some joy and laughter.

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” ~ Steve Martin

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Water | That most essential, for two billion thirsty ones, water is their gold. | HartHaiku.com

Water | Essential to Life

There is nothing like world travel to radically change one’s perspective on life. Living in Asia and South America, poverty has been much more visible to me than it ever was in my middle-class western upbringing. For many people in the world, life is still very much at the survival level, worrying about how to attain just the basics: Food, shelter, clothing. And one of the biggest essentials of life is clean drinking water.

For the past year or so, our household has had intermittent 12-hour water stoppages to service in our home, due to work being done to upgrade the system in our barrio (Spanish for neighborhood). Being the admittedly spoiled westerner that I am, I find it highly inconvenient and frustrating to not take my shower right when I want to, or, not to be able to just quickly turn on the tap to do dishes. But, I have easy access to bottled water and the money to purchase it. I do not go thirsty.

It has given me great cause to think about the value of water, my owned spoiled wants (as opposed to needs), and further about the shifting yard stick in our richer world societies for what is important and essential. When you lose even temporary access to a life essential such as water, it brings you head on with reality. You begin to value more that which about two billion people in the world do NOT take for granted.

Having this wider perspective leads to more gratitude for what one has, and a thought process about what is really important in life. Food for thought for the impending World Water Day this March 22nd.

For more about the value of water and bringing it to those who don’t have it, visit The Waterbearers website. Their estimate that approximately 2 billion people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water at or near home falls into line with my research on other websites. Women and children in poorer nations walk miles daily for that liquid gold, water.

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Water | Essential to Life © Susan L Hart 2020