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Transcendental | Nature

My grandmother raved many times to me about the majestic Rocky Mountains of Canada. She was a woman whose soul deeply craved travel and adventure, but alas, her life circumstances largely prevented it.

However, a one-time serendipitous trip to those mountains became indelibly imprinted on her heart. For the rest of her life, she held the vision and feeling of that place within her like a precious gold nugget. It fed her soul. She called the Rockies “God’s country”.

Transcendentalist writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau would agree with my grandmother. When we really tune into nature, we hook into the divine energy (whatever we each believe that to be) which breathes in all living things. We feel connected. Our souls transcend the mundane and remember the infinite nature of who we really are.

The divine is evident in the tiny dragonfly, but sometimes it takes a mighty mountain to awaken our souls. When we gaze upward at those magnificent rock faces, we feel small and big, all at the same time. The sublime grandeur within and without is undeniable. If such a thing as this exists in the world, then surely anything must be possible. And indeed, it is.

Take a moment to read the few quotes by Emerson and Thoreau, then enter the photo and imagine drifting on that tranquil lake in the tiny red canoe. No phones, no crowds, no stress, just blessed beauty, solitude and peace, the fullness of nature.

Do you hear your soul singing yet?

Inspirational Quotes by Emerson & Thoreau:

“In the woods is perpetual youth. In the woods we return to faith and reason.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I have a room all to myself; it is nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All good things are wild and free.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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

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Transcendental | Nature © Susan L Hart 2020 – Dedicated to Frances

Drop | "Just" small ocean drops, but what we think, feel, and do ripples into waves. | HartHaiku.com

Drop | In the ocean

Did you know? You have great power to affect change in this world. I know, the big problems of the world get us down at times. Individually and collectively, we tend to feel disempowered by them. After all, what affect can one tiny drop have on a great big ocean?

Plenty! One way you can make a difference is simply by taking care of your own energy field. When you do things that give you a feeling of personal fulfillment, you increase your own happiness quotient, and people actually feel it whenever you walk into a room. You don’t necessarily have to do anything other than be around them. They pick up your vibe.

And that positive vibe ripples outward. It uplifts them, then they send it outward, and on it goes, until it eventually it becomes a veritable wave. And then we all feel like we have the energy to face and overcome those bigger problems.

This is not an “airy fairy” idea; it is backed up by pure science. Our bodies are 50-75% water, and this recent article from Science Daily explains how it works: How our body ‘listens’ to vibrations

Basically, we pick up and transmit messages from and to other drops in the ocean. So, it behooves us to to do our “little part”, because it actually becomes big in the overall scheme of things. Together, we can create a joy wave!

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Drop | In the ocean © Susan L Hart 2019

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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Earth | Garbage on oceans, Pachamama weeps heartbreack, her children are lost. | HartHaiku.com

Earth | As a mirror

Think of Earth as a mirror, and the decay aspect as a reflection of our lack of caring and respect, not just for the Earth, but also for ourselves. Ask yourself this: Why are we destroying our own nest?

“You wouldn’t think you could kill an ocean, would you? But we’ll do it one day. That’s how negligent we are.” ~ Ian Rankin

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Earth | As a mirror © Susan L Hart 2019