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Holi Joy | Spirited sparkle, rich, resonant, resounding, color healing hearts. | HartHaiku.com

Holi Joy | Heart of India

Holi: The beloved Hindu festival of color, long celebrated in India, is slowly but surely going viral around the world in many other cultures. And why would it not? Our hearts are aching for more lightheartedness, celebration, playfulness, and most of all, JOY.  We are realizing our essential right to those things, and we are claiming them. (Yay for us!)

A playful ritual of Holi is the throwing of colored powder on friends and family. People just let go and celebrate with color. Each vibrant color has been assigned its own meaning, and more about that here.

At its heart, Holi is a celebration of life, love, springtime (and the anticipated future harvest), and the victory of good over evil.

A wonderful aspect of this festival is the intention to heal connections between people, to mend old hurts and resentments. Holi is a time of joyful renewal in the hearts of everyone who participates. And what could be more holy than that?

You’ll find more about Holi legends and traditions in India here.

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Enchantress | Fetching butterfly, flitting fluttering frolic, flashing your magic. | HartHaiku.com

Enchantress | The butterfly

The beautiful butterfly never fails to charm us. Just as a pretty woman in a red dress turns many heads at the party, so does the butterfly entrance us. We just can’t help ourselves… Her gorgeous colors, graceful movement, and flirtatious flitting grab our attention, time after time.

So, it is any wonder that so many cultures have attached positive symbology to butterflies? Change, growth, joy, potential and transformation are just a few of the meanings attributed to these gossamer creatures. If you would like to know about mythology and symbolism, this article is an easy read and a good start: Butterfly Symbolism Facts & Meaning: A Totem, Spirit & Power Animal.

Or simply pause here, just for a moment, and feel gratitude for the butterfly’s grace. Our world sorely needs more beauty, lightness and enchantment.

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Trill | Oh! Sweet trill refrain, feathered emissaries sing a song of heaven. | HartHaiku.com

Trill | Heavenly songs

As birds cam transcend the ground and fly towards the heavens, they have been revered in various cultures (particularly indigenous) as messengers between Deity and man. What a lovely thought! Feathered beings with wings of angels, speaking to us on this Earth.

I have written previously about the healing effects of forest bathing, but apparently research is showing the postive effects of bird song. For my part, I remember the way my spirit lifted in springtime at the first sound of the robin’s call. “They’re back!”, and my heart sang along with them.

Nature has a language that we understand when we empty our minds and enter a state of simply being. Our hearts assimilate the messages, and our souls delight in them.

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Trill | Heavenly songs © Susan L Hart 2019

Rhythm | My mind leaves the grind, scented pine trees whispering in golden sun bath. | HartHaiku.com

Rhythm | Chill out

Time to relax, unwind, chill out, play. I’m very good at work; not so much at play. If you are the same, try to make some time today to soak up some sunshine. Or, dust off that umbrella if need be, and do a little rain. Whatever she’s doing in your neighborhood, get outdoors and enjoy some Nature. She never fails to slow us down and unbend our minds.

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A heavenly slice of nature, courtesy Brandon Montrone, Pexels

Inspirational Quotes:

“Late in August the lure of the mountains becomes irresistible. Seared by the everlasting sunfire, I want to see running water again, embrace a pine tree, cut my initials in the bark of an aspen, get bit by a mosquito, see a mountain bluebird, find a big blue columbine, get lost in the firs, hike above timberline, sunbathe on snow and eat some ice, climb the rocks and stand in the wind at the top of the world on the peak of Tukuhnikivats.” ~ Edward Abbey

“Sunbathe from within.” ~ Dejan Stojanovic

“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” ~ Amit Ray

“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” ~ Jane Austen

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Rhythm | Chill out © Susan L Hart