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Harvest | of Love

It is harvest time in the Northern Hemisphere, and celebrations of gratitude are occurring in some cultures. It gives me pause to think, are we cognizant often enough of the seeds we are planting with our words? For indeed, we harvest what we sow.

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 create huge destruction.

Sometimes the destruction is intentional, which creates its own karma back to the person who initiated it. Other times the hurt and destruction are unintentional. We are sometimes simply careless and do not think before we speak.

Particularly with the current turmoil in the world, it’s behooves us to intentionally plant more positive, expansive seeds. 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 fear, 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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Harmony | With intention, yes, together we might create One beautiful song. | HartHaiku.com

Harmony | Starts with Us

What a wonderful vision, a more harmonious world. Let’s not let go of that. Sometimes it’s discouraging to me though, to see how increasingly divisive the world is becoming. Does it feel that way for you too?

Intention is the key word in this haiku. Without humanity’s intention to create it, more harmony will never happen. Intention requires seeing the other point of view, extending an olive branch, forgiveness and understanding, and cooperation. These seem in short supply in the world at large today. The mandate seems more like “make war to have peace”, and, “see it my way or die”.

What happened to the middle ground? Can we find it? Or is humanity completely lost?

Every group has its own “group think”, be it small or large. Attitudes in large corporations tend to be “top to bottom”. The thinking and the culture is determined by management and filters downward. We see that as a trend in society at large as well.

How about a change to a “bottom to top” model? As individuals we have great power to create positive change with our own thoughts, intentions, and actions. It can begin with us. But, bottom to top will require that we practice autonomous critical thinking, and see beyond the group think. It will also require an intention to use tools that build bridges rather than destroy “the opposition”.

Will we rise to the challenge? Or, will much more need to be destroyed before people wake up and get it?

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It's Time | Once the door opens, our minds will explore through it. Time for a new dream. | HartHaiku.com

It’s Time | A New Paradigm

We are programmed in society to believe in duality, that the solutions to problems, the rightness, the truth, must lie within either an A or a B. Two choices, that’s it. They are usually extreme opposites, such as in gender, politics, race, etc. And they are too often pitted against each other.

Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. And yet we keep hoping to find the answers within the same two A and B extremes.

Let your mind go free. How about a C? Or better yet, a C, D, E, etc – brand new ideas and perspectives outside of A and B. Or at the very least, a new middle ground, a place of cooperation between A and B.

Albert Einstein also said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Related post today: A Free Mind

Inspirational Quotes:

“Somewhere beyond right and wrong, there is a garden. I will meet you there.” ~ Rumi

“Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld

“Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

“You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don’t use logic when I do it. Logic’s the first thing you have to get rid of.” ~ J.D. Salinger

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Conformity | Break Out

Creativity, the drive to invent something new and unique, is rooted in nonconformity. Where there is conflict, disparity or lack, answers are not usually found in the norm, or some mildly morphed version of it. Rather, solutions for big problems require creative thinking and big new ideas. It is imperative that we think outside of the box.

The types of conformity and why we do it

This easy-to-read article What is Conformity? is a peek into the types of conformity, and why we do it. I didn’t realize there are types until now. However, what I do know from living in several distinctly different cultures around the world is this. Each one has its own unique group think and a general need in people to fit in. Also, some cultures are less xenophobic than others and welcome outsiders more readily. Groups tend to view outsiders as a threat to the agreed upon group rules.

Stand outside of your culture and just observe

Being the outsider of a group provides a great opportunity to assess it. So, here’s a challenge for you. Pretend for a day or two that you are not part your culture and observe as objectively as possible. What makes it tick? What cultural factors do you agree or disagree with? Then observe yourself and the ways in which you adapt (or don’t) to group think and behavior. If you do observe yourself conforming, ask yourself, “What are my reasons for doing that? Survival? Peer pressure?” Etc.

Of course for a society to work, there needs to be a certain amount of cooperation and agreement within the group. However, let’s be careful not to lose our individuality, critical thinking skills, and creativity within it. These are valuable assets towards creating a truly evolved society.

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