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Happy | Are you?

The ever-elusive quest for happiness. Western society programs us to yearn for external stuff to be happy. When we have approval from others, that new computer game, the bigger house,… then we’ll be happy. Or so we think.

I grew up in a generation where moms actually did say, “Eat your broccoli, there are kids starving in Biafra”. Guilt management of children and eating their vegetables aside, they had a point. In a backhanded, control freak sort of way, they were also trying to teach us about gratitude.

If traveling the world (particularly Asia and South America) has shown me anything, it is that poverty exists on a scale that I could not have imagined at age 25, let alone age 7. There are multitudes in the world who yearn for the simple basics: Food, potable water, adequate shelter.

Always striving for “bigger, better, faster” on which to build our house of happiness, in fact dooms us to eternal unhappiness. We build on shifting sand. When we reach a solid place of feeling internal wholeness and peace without any of the “add-ons” (Would you like to upgrade your fast food today?), then true, sustainable happiness is possible.

Happiness is a state of mind, and a choice, at any given moment. It’s not a destination.

Inspirational Quotes:

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

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Sigh | Sun dips in glass lake, apricot clouds color me. | Loon's call haunts my heart. | HartHaiku.com

Sigh | Sweet memories

sigh | |(sigh for) feel a deep yearning for (someone or something lost, unattainable, or distant).

In my case, a nostalgic remembrance of summer vacations at the lake, close to nature and family, release from worry or care, just being. Why does the loon’s call haunt me? In short, the significance to my parents. Loons mate for life. And the loon’s call over the lake during those sweet summer days.

Try to “just be” today, if you possibly can, and make some sweet memories. Embrace the ones you love. Feel gratitude for all of life’s gifts.

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Lifetime | Your life is precious, so spend your moments wisely. Tick-tock, tick-tock, oops they're gone! | HartHaiku.com

Lifetime | Cherish now

“Time is the school in which we learn, Time is the fire in which we burn” are the profound last lines of the poem, Calmly We Walk through This April’s Day, by Delmore Schwartz. It’s a beautiful philosophical ponderation on the passage of time, with a particularly great wrap-up last stanza.

The seconds, minutes, hours tick away relentlessly. Our lives are busy, and inundated with many distractions and responsibilities. Lately I’m looking at my age and the years that have passed, and thinking, “Wow! It’s going faster than I ever could have imagined at age 18.”

Realistically, we don’t have time to sit around and ponder endlessly about the value of time and our lives. But, it’s useful to carve out a little time (from time to time) for such introspection. Because your life IS precious, and the clock IS ticking. Ask yourself in this moment, are you spending it the way you would really like to? In reply to that, I will close with the beginning lines of my own poem, called Tick-tock Madman:

That round evil man
with his shallow pretty face
leers from my wall.
Cruelly and incessantly
he chips away at my life
with his sharp little pick-axe.

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

My days mete out
in an endless dribble of
task and responsibilities.
And he watches me.
Be on time, get it right!
Get up again, do it again.
And again, and again, and again.

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

The rest of the poem here:  Tick-tock Madman.  Food for ponderation, when you have time.

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Dragon Sprite | Gossamer faerie, neon being of lightness. A fire-breathing fly? | HartHaiku.com

Dragon Sprite | Being light

The magical dragonfly is a fond girlhood memory of summer. Paddling around the lake on sultry afternoons, I loved to watch their iridescent colors flitting among the graceful lily pads. They captivated me.

Legends abound, particularly among indigenous peoples, about the symbolism and teachings of the animal world. They believe that the Earth speaks to us through all living creatures.

Being named after the legendary dragon, there are many meanings (including lightness of being and symbol of change) attributed to the dragonfly in various cultures. More reading on dragonfly symbology here: The Meaning of a Dragonfly: What Does a Dragonfly Symbolize?

Or, simply sit back, relax, meditate on the beautiful photo. And like the dragonfly, be light.

Inspirational quote:

“…What if the point is to stop, then,… and listen to the birdsong, to watch the dragonflies hover, to look at your lover’s face, then up at the undersides of leaves moving together in the breeze? What if the point is to invite these others into your movement, to bring trees, wind, grass, dragonflies into your family and in so doing abandon any attempt to control them? What if the point all along has been to get along, to relate, to experience things on their own terms? What if the point is to feel joy when joyous, love when loving, anger when angry, thoughtful when full of thought? What if the point from the beginning has been to simply be?”  ~ Derrick Jensen, A Language Older than Words

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Free Mind | Freedom starts with thought. The answer is within you, unshackle your mind. | HartHaiku.com

Free Mind | Path to freedom

We live in an information society unprecedented in history. Constantly bombarded with images and words from radio, television, print media, and the Internet, we have scarcely a moment of quiet solitude to hear our own inner voices. And therefore by extension, to be in touch with our innate wisdom. Whatever our conscious minds are not aware of, or care not to deal with in the moment, our subconscious is absorbing and filing away. Let’s face it; there are many external forces at work vying for a piece of our minds.

We cannot be autonomous, free-thinking individuals who rule our own thoughts and beliefs unless we (a) apply discernment to what information sources we give our conscious attention to, (b) apply critical thinking to information we take in, rather than just accepting it at face value, (c) commit to decoupling from media channels that knowingly apply negative subconscious programming, and (d) combine thoughtful analysis with our feeling awareness of the truth.

More here: Owning Your Thoughts

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Evolving | Time cannot erase the many lessons we share. Love is eternal. | HartHaiku.com

Evolving | Your soul mates

The term “soul mate” is often thought of solely as fitting the ideal of romantic love. That is, finding that one perfect person that will “complete us”, and with whom we live “happily ever after”. We believe life will be smooth and comfy and blissful, if only we could meet that magic person.

But wait! Your Perfect Soul Mate may not feel perfect

Consider for a moment that your ideal soul mate(s) may rather be people who push you to your most and best soul growth. And that may be uncomfortable. And it may not feel perfect. Too often in our society we are encouraged to believe that comfort = happiness.

But, consider this important equation: discomfort = growth. Personally, my view of life is that growth = happiness in the long run. (See my related post, Germinate: Grow your soul) After all, why did we come here? It was not just to accumulate the best stuff and take up space!

Our feelings of connection to familiar souls

We each have various close soul connections, and those relationships may be ones we are exploring in other lifetimes too. Consider that may be why we resonate immediately with those people when we meet. We are inexplicably drawn to them. They feel familiar to us from the get-go.

For me, even as a child and attending a Christian church, it has never made sense that we do all of our learning in one lifetime. How could we ever hope to evolve spiritually within that scenario?

If you would like to read further about soul mates, this article is a good start:

How Relationship Experts Define the Word “Soulmate’

Inspirational Quotes:

“Our universe grants every soul a twin – a reflection of themselves -the kindred spirit – And no matter where they are or how far away they are from each other- even if they are in different dimensions, they will always find one another. This is destiny; this is love.” ~ Julie Dillon

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“I don’t know how you are so familiar to me – or why it feels less like I am getting to know you and more as though I am remembering who you are. How every smile, every whisper brings me closer to the impossible conclusion that I have known you before, I have loved you before—in another time, a different place, some other existence.” ~ Lang Leav

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