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Sowing | Planting seeds of love, we'll grow humankind's heart to a garden of Grace. | HartHaiku.com

Sowing | Plant the good

It is harvest time in the Northern Hemisphere, and Thanksgiving will be celebrated in some cultures soon. It gives me pause to think, are we cognizant often enough of the seeds we are planting with our words?

Words are seeds, and they have power. The moment they leave our mouths, we have planted a thought or feeling in someone else. When words are rooted in negativity such as anger, jealousy, spite, or a need for control, they can create huge destruction. Sometimes the destruction is intentional, which creates its own karma back to the person who initiated it. For indeed, we reap what we sow.

Sometimes the hurt and destruction are unintentional. We can simply sometimes be careless with our words. We don’t think before we speak.

Perhaps it’s time for each of us to intentionally plant more positive, expansive seeds out there in the world. Words of love. Words of gratitude. Words that initiate cooperation. Words rooted in grace.

At the end of the day, the world will be the garden that we plant. What will it look like? Will it be a world ravaged by war, greed, jealousy, hate? Or will it be a world that flourishes in a state of grace? It is up to us to decide.

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Just Let Go | Learn from the water, time and tenacity smooth the roughest pebbles. | HartHaiku.com

Just Let Go | And flow

Are you feeling your 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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Chimborazo | Oh Father Taita, your majestic mightiness brings me to my knees. | HartHaiku.com

Chimborazo | Earth’s majesty

There is nothing quite like a mountain to remind us of Earth’s power and majesty. Stories and legends abound about mountains, and they are considered sacred in various cultures worldwide. Don’t miss these great photos of 6 of the most sacred mountains on Earth.

The subject of this haiku, Chimborazo, is a dormant volcano and the highest mountain in the Andes mountain chain in Ecuador. At 20,548 ft., its summit is the farthest point on the Earth’s surface when measured from the Earth’s center. The indigenous peoples in Ecuador have dubbed Chimborazo “Taita”, which means father. My ode to Chimborazo is actually comprised of three haiku stanzas:

Oh Father Taita!
Your majestic mightiness
brings me to my knees.

When I am burdened
with the every day mundane,
I gaze heavenward.

And you remind me
of my rightful place here on Earth –
Human free spirit.

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When I visited Chimborazo last year, a guide drove our small group partway up the mountain to a hiker rest station at 16,000 ft. As I stood on the mountain face and looked upward to the peak, I was quite frankly in awe.

There are many indigenous legends around the volcanic mountains in Ecuador. A quote from the Ecuadorian folklore article on the UEX web site:

“For the indigenous people of Ecuador these volcanoes and mountains hold even greater importance in the stories of folklore and mythology. These legends have been passed down through families and communities through story telling. Stories often have themes of love and heartbreak, the volcanoes have been given genders and names…

Ecuadorian folklore stories are important as they value cultural identity and its traditions. They also comment on the universal characteristics of human kind and as indigenous belief suggests we should acknowledge the greater, natural world around us.”

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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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