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Sunrise | Golden rays reaching for first kiss on our faces, ambrosial hello. | HartHaiku.com

Sunrise | New beginnings

Here Comes The Sun. This classic Beatles song never fails to make my heart sing. According to Wikipedia: “As of September 2019, it was the most streamed Beatles song in the United Kingdom, with over 50 million plays.”

The song is 50 years old, written in 1969 by George Harrison. So why the sustained popularity?

There is something about the arrival of the sun that is energizing and uplifting to us. The song is about spring, respite from a cold, bleak winter, when the sun becomes stronger in the Northern Hemisphere. We turn our faces to the sun in gratitude, eager to embrace the fresh start.

This is why each sunrise also feels like a special gift, deep in our souls. It is a tangible sign of each day’s new beginning, and all of the opportunity that comes with it.

From my Hart Haiku post Sun Worship:

Grateful for you, Sun,
your ceaseless radiance greets
and anchors my day.

Inspirational quotes:

“Watch the sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline, don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity’s sunrise.” ~ William Blake

“Egyptians believe in the power of the sunrise. They believe each morning begins not just a new day, but a new world.” ~ Rick Riordan

“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

“Every sunrise is priceless, and you can experience the richness that life holds only when you live life to the full instead of just being an onlooker.” ~ Stephen Richards

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What's Real | When life's craziness pushes me way off-center, nature pulls me back. | HartHaiku.com

What’s Real | Nature is

I’m a big fan of Henry David Thoreau’s wisdom. As he points out in one of my favorite quotes, nature reminds us of our organic humanness, where we came from, and what we are naturally connected to. It brings us back into balance with our human center.

I daresay I cannot express this idea as beautifully as Thoreau:

“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal – that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little stardust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Thank you, Henry.

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Wonderland | Crystal masquerade, Snow White blemish concealer, winter's perfection. | HartHaiku.com

Wonderland | Winter dream

“Walking in a winter wonderland…” Every year at Christmas time, this classic song has a way of making Northern Hemisphere dwellers slip into nostalgic myopia. After all, what could be more romantic than a fresh snowfall for the big holiday?

Being a hopeless romantic myself, when I began traveling I would still pine for snow during the holiday season. Hmm. The classic White Christmas. I miss it. Even in places that never have snow, a white Christmas seems to be the eternal dreamy ideal.  I’ve seen fake snow sprayed on many a shop window around the equator. Yep, it’s the big dream.

The reality? I loved snow during my childhood winters. Skating, tobogganing, building ice forts, snow ball fights – winter was my fave season. It was fun. As an adult, not so much!

Adults are the ones who shovel snow and scrape ice and commute bad roads to and from work, day after day after grueling miserable freezing day. Winter can surely be a grind. That’s why I feel deep empathy right now for my friends Up North. Much to their chagrin, winter is setting in early (again) this year.

Oh yes, I will grant you there were days when a fresh powdery snow would cover the tree branches so magically, it would take my breath away. And all that horrible shoveling and winter driving would almost all seem worth it.

Almost. 😉

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Quiet | No babel yammer, honk, clatter, clang clink clunk din, just blissful silence. | HartHaiku.com

Quiet | Hear yourself think

The world is a busy place. And it’s not just busy; it’s also very  NOISY. Many of us are caught up in the frenetic fray, by necessity, far too much for our health. And that translates to excessive exposure to noise.

A couple of years ago, I became aware of the low grade day-to-day stress effect that traffic noise in my neighborhood was having on me. I realized that I was feeling constantly on edge from it. I did some research, and was appalled at the myriad detrimental health effects that noise can have on us.

My partner and I took measures and moved to a quieter area of the city, and near a large park with a river where we can take exercise in nature. If that is not possible for you, but, you’re feeling the negative effects of noise, here’s an article with 5 great tips for carving out some quiet time for yourself, (and why you should): 5 Ways to Find Quiet in a Chaotic Day

And I have a little treat for you. Pause for just a moment, and walk into this tranquil scene. Ahh, sweet solitude and quiet. Can you feel it?

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