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Farewell, Friend | Live Fully

I wrote this haiku to honor my friend Robert, who in his younger years successfully climbed to the summit of Chimborazo in Ecuador. (On a whim, with one friend and a guide!) His free spirit, adventurous side was an inspiration to those around him. He loved to travel and experience new places and cultures.

When is the last time you took a risk? That is, to find and/or express an important part of you that is as yet unfulfilled? Society tends to encourage us to “play it safe” at almost any cost. But that safe zone causes us to feel bored, at which point the marketer says, “This new toy will make you feel better”. And the banker says, “You can have that right now! Pay me later”. We’ve been lied to. It’s a deep, insidious trap. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with owning and enjoying nice things. That is, as long as they are not the source of our feelings of self-worth. And, if we’re not going into debt to salve our void.

How often do any of us deeply smile? You know, the kind of smile that comes from a place of “the true essence of me, and why I came here, feels fulfilled”. I look at myself and think not as much as I’d like. But, I’m working on it. Because my smile and your smile, and that pure joy we’ve been waiting too long to claim, will go a long way towards healing this troubled world.

My other post today: Your Contribution

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Farewell, Friend | Live Fully © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020

Feel the Flow | of Life

Are you feeling in flow today, or are you head banging? Part of flow is knowing when to stop resisting when things aren’t going quite the way you thought they “should”. You can choose to find another way, or, keep causing yourself grief.

Many of us have a need to control and direct the universe. We have free will and intention, but, sometimes the universe has a different plan for us than we expected. That’s when adaptation and truly understanding flow comes into play.

Flow like the water.

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Inspirational Quotes:

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” ~ Margaret Atwood

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ~ Lao Tzu

“I am rooted, but I flow.” ~ Virginia Woolf

“Taoists do not look upon meditation as ‘practice,’ except in the sense that a doctor ‘practices’ medicine. They have no design to subjugate or alter the universe by force or willpower, for their art is entirely to go along with the flow of things in an intelligent way.”  ~ Alan W. Watts

“A moving door hinge never corrodes. Flowing water never grows stagnant.” ~ Ming-Dao Deng

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Just Let Go | And flow © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020

Sun-kissed | Gratitude

Gratitude for that which nourishes us

Gratitude is an amplifier for abundance. 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 to our gratitude by sending us more.

Heaven knows, the media is always there to remind us of the bad or troubling. We have a responsibility to ourselves to fill our minds and souls with the good stuff. 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 always count on to help me feel good.”

This article outlines 7 good reasons to make sure you get enough sunlight: Why Sunlight Is Actually Good For You

My other blog post today: The Spirit of Aloha

Inspirational Quotes:

“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

“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

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

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

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Mr. Sun | Nourishes Us © Susan L Hart 2020

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