Tag Archives: spirit

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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Farewell, Friend | Live Fully

I wrote this haiku to honor my friend Robert, who in his younger years successfully climbed to the summit of Chimborazo in Ecuador. (On a whim, with one friend and a guide!) His free spirit, adventurous side was an inspiration to those around him. He loved to travel and experience new places and cultures.

When is the last time you took a risk? That is, to find and/or express an important part of you that is as yet unfulfilled? Society tends to encourage us to “play it safe” at almost any cost. But that safe zone causes us to feel bored, at which point the marketer says, “This new toy will make you feel better”. And the banker says, “You can have that right now! Pay me later”. We’ve been lied to. It’s a deep, insidious trap. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with owning and enjoying nice things. That is, as long as they are not the source of our feelings of self-worth. And, if we’re not going into debt to salve our void.

How often do any of us deeply smile? You know, the kind of smile that comes from a place of “the true essence of me, and why I came here, feels fulfilled”. I look at myself and think not as much as I’d like. But, I’m working on it. Because my smile and your smile, and that pure joy we’ve been waiting too long to claim, will go a long way towards healing this troubled world.

My other post today: Your Contribution

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Farewell, Friend | Live Fully © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020

Feel the Flow | of Life

Are you feeling in 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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Just Let Go | And flow © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020

Seeing | The Beauty

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” These words from Plato may be one of the most quoted phrases ever. It has morphed more commonly into, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Either way, we all know its meaning. One person’s idea of beauty may differ widely from another person. We look, judge, categorize and label everything around us.

Perhaps we all see everything through a pinhole lens. My Hart Haiku post Beauty Defined | How We See delves into the attributes we immediately assign to that which we find beautiful or ugly. One of our challenges is to broaden our perspective; it makes for a richer life experience.

Startlingly, I realized during my travels that I DO have an unconscious rating system for landscapes. That’s right, the scenery I see around me. You see, I’m an artist of landscapes. A certain picture of “beautiful” has evolved in me for many years.

How did that change? I began to travel. I removed myself from seeing the same old view, over and over again. Particularly a little dirt road in Australia taught me about seeing beauty in a broader way. The full story at my Susan L Hart post: Seeing Beauty in Australia

Beauty beholder,
open your eyes wide, look deep.
It’s everywhere.

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Inspirational Quotes:

“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Each person is worth the value put on them by the affection of others, and that is where popular wisdom has found that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” ~ Machado de Assis

“Beauty begins in the eyes of the beholder; Reality ends in the mind of the observer.” ~ Joey Lawsin

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Most of my beholders are blind.” ~ Basith

“The beauty of life is in the eye of the beholder. Open your minds eye and see the true beauty of life. Rid yourself of the negative, and rejoice in love and consciousness.” ~ Kenneth G. Ortiz

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Seeing | The Beauty © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020