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Respect for the land and just say “No”

Being born in Canada, a country of vast natural resources and exquisite landscapes, I have always loved the land. In fact, when I became an artist some 35 years ago, I made it my primary subject matter. My goal always was to capture moments in time that I hoped would heighten the viewer’s appreciation of Earth’s beauty.

Gaia the Earth Mother

Little did I realize that 20 years down the road, an even deeper understanding of reverence for the land would come to me in Hawaii. Even someone “out of touch” with the land would find it difficult to deny the existence of Gaia in the Hawaiian Islands. Gaia (or Gaea) is the primal Mother Earth goddess in Greek mythology. In native Hawaiian culture, she is known as Papa (the short version of the Maori name Papatuanuku). Her presence permeated Hawaii and I felt at peace there.

Native peoples show respect for the land

In both Hawaii and New Zealand (where I later spent time), the native peoples are very present and visible in the culture. And, they are very proud of their cultural heritage and their connection to the land. For native peoples the land is not something meant to pillage and strip bare for profit. We are meant to live in cooperation and harmony with it, and preserve its beauty as much as possible.

An excerpt from my article Reverence for the Land and Each Other:

“Early Hawaiians believed that the earth was a living being with its own consciousness. They never tried to dominate or own the land, but believed in taking care of the land and living in harmony with it. In Hawaiian language, this is called ‘pono’, or being in harmony with one’s self and the environment, for they are all elements of one energy… In Hawaiian culture, successful cohabitation with the land depended on several principles; these involved cooperation and a sense of community among the people who worked the land. Caring for the land (malama aina) was accomplished through working together (lokahi) and using many hands (laulima).”

We are at a crisis point

We see an escalating number of articles in the news about pollution and the demise of certain species of animals. A big one is the threat that plastic garbage poses, particularly to the health of our oceans and the wildlife that lives there. For humans it seems it is often a case of “out of sight, out of mind”. If things are not right in our faces, we find it easy to ignore them. But, soon it will reach a stage where it cannot be ignored. Our lack of respect for the land could very well result in our own demise.

What can any one person do?

As individuals, even if we are awake and aware of the problem, a feeling of lack of personal power can result in apathy. But, much of our clout is rooted in our ability to say one small-but-mighty 2-letter word. NO. NO. NO. Say no to products that are derived from rape of the land, and/or, mistreatment of other human beings. And as much as possible, say no to products that are non-recyclable or produced from non-renewable natural resources. As long as we keep supporting these greedy corporations financially, the rape and pillaging and destruction will continue.

Do your research, and just say “no”.

Garbage on oceans,
Pachamama weeps heartbreak.
Her children are lost.

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There is a lot out there on the Internet about our ecological problems. And yes, we need to acknowledge and understand them before we can come up with solutions. But on a positive note, here’s a website to inspire you about what is possible with community. Read about the efforts on the island of Molokai, Hawaii, to preserve the land in reverence of the old ways. And then ask yourself, what can you do personally, and what can your community do, to preserve and honor the land?
Molokai Land Trust – The Future, in Honor of Our Native Past

Respect for the land

Related poem: Gaia the Earth Goddess

Respect for the land and just say “No” © Susan L Hart 2019
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How nature heals us

A “new” Monet & how nature heals us

I’m a huge Monet fan, and although I have yet to visit the Musée d’Orsay in Paris (it’s on my list!), I am familiar with many of his works. So when I discovered this unknown one through a fellow admirer, I was both surprised and delighted. And, I was also struck by how it bears an uncanny resemblance to the feature photo on my Jan. 28th post, Healing power of nature in this moment”.

A “new” Monet (my art lover friends say yay!)

Even people who aren’t art lovers at all may recognize Monet’s most famous paintings, particularly his water lily series. His iconic work from the Impressionist period pervades our world. But for hardcore Monet lovers, a  “new” Monet apparently is big news. My fellow Monet-loving friends on Facebook corroborated this. They were as delighted as me to discover a not-so-famous image on my wall this week. I am also a huge lover of trees and mellow autumn walks, so this may be my new favorite Monet!

Nature heals us

Nature heals. Trees are magical, and studies about the Japanese practice of forest bathing prove this scientifically. As a side note, Monet loved Japanese prints and collected many to adorn his home. His famous water lily paintings certainly reflect the same tranquility in nature that the Japanese fully embrace. The deep connections between things never fails to amaze me.

So please, drink in the beauty of Monet’s “The Undergrowth in the Forest of Saint-Germain” (c.1882) , and…

Imagine walking into this beautiful forest right now – luminous, intoxicating, luscious, almost surreal. You are caressed and loved by Nature herself. The magical power of Monet’s art and the Earth Mother have been laid right here at your feet.  Take a moment to feed your soul.

how nature heals us

Related poem: Gaia the Earth Goddess

A “new” Monet & how nature heals us © Susan L Hart 2019
Painting “The Undergrowth in the Forest of Saint-Germain” by Claude Monet.
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Limited definition of beauty in society

Aphrodite is the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty. And in society, don’t we just love to love beauty? Physical beauty, that is. Through generations and decades, the definition of perfect physical looks is constantly changing. Sadly we buy into it, time after time. And most lamentably for women, this translates literally to millions of dollars spent at the cosmetics counter each year. It leads me to wonder, does this perpetually limited definition of beauty indicate an unevolved society?

What about inner beauty?

See with your heart’s eyes.
Beauty has many faces,
when you feel deeper.

In indigenous cultures, a person’s age and facial wrinkles have been signatures of wisdom and stature. In our modern Western societies, they denote “past one’s prime” and “not beautiful any more”. And perhaps even worse, no longer useful where money and “he who owns the most toys” measure success.

Limited definition of beauty through the ages

Out of curiosity, I Googled the phrase “definitions of beauty throughout history”. I was not at all surprised to find that the top listed articles are about desirable physical beauty. And, most specifically in women. It is interesting to peruse articles such as Body Types Through History. They just serve to confirm how fleeting physical standards of beauty really are. And in the long run, one realizes as well how thoroughly superficial they are.

The sociological implications

The only exception I found on the first page of the Google search results was History of Standards Of Beauty, a UK essay commentary about the sociological implications. Now for me, this is thoroughly engaging! It’s a lengthy read, but well worth it if you want an expanded analysis of exactly what I’m talking about here.

To sum up, perhaps it is time to reconsider of our definition of beauty and aging? In midlife I have come up against this wall personally, and I wrote about it in my story Pretty Is as Pretty Does.

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Related story: Pretty Is as Pretty Does

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Start thinking outside the conformity box

Society likes
its rules and conformity.
Dare to think “what if?”

What if the walls don’t have to be at 90-degree angles? Move your mind outside the norm. Stretch, pull, bend, and curve those edges and corners. Distort them until they are unrecognizable. Shun the thought, “It’s always been done that way”. True change is not found within the boundaries of what has always been.

Related article: Owning Your Thoughts

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Many shades of love this Valentine’s Day

Well, it’s almost Valentine’s Day and I couldn’t resist. Roses and chocolates are traditional expressions of love on this special day. And, red roses in particular denote the hot flame of passionate romance. But, in fact, there are many shades of love to consider on Valentine’s Day.

Pink is one of the many shades of love

For example, pink roses are quietly tender, and attributes often associated with them are: grace, harmony, gratitude, and joy. They therefore represent what we hope for in a more universal humanitarian love, what the ancient Greeks called “Agape”. The other types of love named by the Greeks are: Eros, Philia, Ludus, Pragma, Philautia, and Storge. And getting back to romance just for a moment, the love between two partners takes on different shades as their love evolves through the years.

Don’t look for outside love to complete you

Valentine’s Day is lighthearted fun when you’re in love and feeling romantic. But unfortunately the day can also bring out a feelings of lack and unhappiness in people, when they do not have a lover or spouse showering presents and flowers upon them. Love is a powerful force in this universe, but if we are always looking for it from an outside source to complete us, we become prime candidates for bitter disappointment. First and foremost, we must love ourselves. And when we do, we begin to see the world through loving eyes and we become magnets for love, in all of its beautiful forms and colors.

Express the many shades of love

Please, tell someone you love them this Valentine’s, be it lover, friend or family. Express your gratitude for their place in your life. Let’s make it a day not just for romance, but also for building a love that blossoms outward and opens many hearts. Who we are as individuals is not inconsequential in the world. We are all part of One. Let’s choose to be love.

A heart will shrivel
in the cold black hole called hate.
The pink love rose blooms.

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Related story: Miracle in the Park

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Gratitude for the sun that sustains us

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

Just where would we be without the sun? We pretty much know the answer to that, so, the haiku is my little expression of gratitude for the sun. The sun is the biggest thing going in our universe (one site says 1.3 million Earths will fit inside it!), yet we get up day after day and just take for granted that it’s still up there in the sky, doing its job.

Being an astrological fire sign, ruled by the sun and born in summer, I’ve been an avid sun worshiper since way back. So, I thought it would be fun to do a little research on the sun for this post. There’s a little something here for the scientist, the traveler, and/or the astrologer in you:

For the Scientist

I went straight to the NASA site, where I discovered that on Jan. 31st, 2019 (just 9 days ago!) NASA’s Parker Solar Probe reached the point in its orbit farthest from Earth, called aphelion, and started the 2nd of its 24 planned orbits around the sun. (Where have I been, living under a rock?) The entire NASA article here.

And for you science types who feel the need to delve deeper, you’ll find 70 interesting footnoted facts about the sun at theFACTfilePersonally, I was relieved to read that the sun is 4.5 billion years old and only halfway through its lifetime. That means I don’t need to spend a nano-second of my precious worry time on whether the sun will blink out before I do. Whew! And apparently, it’s as bright as 4 trillion trillion 100-watt light bulbs. (The double trillion is not a typo.) So, I’m going to be just a tad more careful about wearing my sunnies going forward!

For the traveler

And speaking of sun worshiping, many ancient cultures have done just that. One of the biggest ceremonies still occurs in our modern times in the city of Cuzco, Peru, near the ancient Incan site Machu Picchu. (I have not been there yet; it’s on my list. But I have been to a smaller such celebration in Ecuador, where there are also Inca ruins.) The Incas were sun worshipers, and Inti Raymi (in the Quechua language Inti means Sun and Raymi celebration) is celebrated each year at the summer solstice in appreciation of the Sun God. More about Inti Raymi at Discover Peru.

For the astrologer

And as you might well imagine, the sun plays an important role in astrological readings. Cafe Astrology says, “the Sun directs us, and can be considered ‘the boss’ of our chart”. (Are we surprised?)

So I don’t know about you, but this all brings me back to a place of gratitude:

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

gratitude for the sun

Related poem: Gaia the Earth Goddess

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Your champions and their importance

Your champions are the people who genuinely care about your well-being. In the game of life, it is absolutely essential to surround yourself with your champions. Here’s why:

Protect your energy

Every day and all around you, there are people expressing their opinion about how you “should be”. It can be extremely crippling when you buy into it, because so often these unsolicited gems of wisdom are negative. These people are not secure in themselves, consequently their chief aim is to demoralize, demotivate, and drain you. They are called “energy vampires”, and this is how they achieve some or all of their personal power. They do not want to see you succeed, because they believe that would somehow diminish them.  There are some great tips in the article Energy Vampires about how to protect yourself from energy theft.

Surround yourself with your champions

Your champions aren’t trying to mold you into their idea of success. Rather, they see your talents and strengths and are encouraging you to embrace and grow your own goals. They are always on the sidelines rooting for you, because they know that your success takes nothing away from them. They offer to share their knowledge and mentor you, when they see it will help you achieve the goals you have set for yourself.

Championing is a 2-way street – Promote the win-win

Likewise, one of the greatest gifts you can give another person is to be their champion. When you spend time with them, you celebrate who they ARE, rather than focusing on what they are not. It is about an equitable energy exchange, and a goal of building up rather than tearing down. This behavior extends way beyond individual relationships. How will we ever collectively build a better world, unless we expect the best for ourselves, and also support and treat each other well?

Your life and your time

To sum up, If you’re not living the life that you desire, I urge you to start right now! This is your precious life. At the end of it, no matter how many years you are given, I guarantee it will feel like it wasn’t enough. Who would know better than you, how to live out your time? Believe in your wisdom and your passion, and set a strong intention for your life. Subsequently you will find your true champions gathering around you. Make room for them and express gratitude.

As Delmore Schwartz said in his poem Calmly We Walk Through This April’s Day:
“Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.”

The clock is ticking… What are you waiting for?

Your story is yours,
so don’t let the naysayers
write your life for you.

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Related poem: Tick-tock Madman

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Forest bathing and its healing benefits

I have always been a huge advocate of trees! There is a certain magic about them. Trees factor strongly in my landscape paintings, and a walk among them never fails to nourish me. I return to my workaday routine feeling lighter in spirit, but somehow also physically energized. It’s as though I’ve swallowed an elixir! Well, I just discovered lately that I have been inadvertently absorbing the healing benefits of “forest bathing”.

The Japanese love trees

The Japanese avidly practice forest bathing. You heard it right! Bathing in trees. Spending time around them and soaking up all their great energy. Major studies and experiments have been conducted in Japan to measure the positive effects of trees on humans. The results astound in terms of physical and emotional health. The benefits include improved immune system, lower pulse rate and blood pressure, and reduced incidence of depression. Have I piqued your interest? To find out more, go to this Quartz blog post: The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health.

After you read it, you may just become the next tree bathing convert! And lest you think this is just some weird Asian ‘flash in the pan’ fad, I’m here to tell you, no it is not. In 1982, forest bathing integrated into the national health program in Japan and the studies quoted on health benefits go back as far as 2004. Tree bathing is lately being embraced in our Western culture as an antidote to stress.

The West embraces the healing benefits of forest bathing

A brief excerpt from the Quartz article:

“Julia Plevin, a product designer and urban forest bather, founded San Francisco’s 200-member Forest Bathing Club Meetup in 2014. They gather monthly to escape technology. “It’s an immersive experience,” Plevin explained to Quartz. “So much of our lives are spent interacting with 2D screens. This is such a bummer because there’s a whole 3D world out there! Forest bathing is a break from your phone and computer…from all that noise of social media and email.”

As far as I know, no one has figured out how to bottle this yet. (And I hope they never do.) So, scout around for some trees in your neighborhood real soon, and let them work their magic on you. Happy bathing!

Myriad thoughts and
worries fret my scrambled brain.
Gentle trees soothe it.

forest bathing

Related poem: Gaia the Earth Goddess

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It’s time for a new dream for humanity

Once the door opens,
our minds will explore through it.
Time for a new dream.

We are conditioned to believe in a binary reality, and that the answers to problems lie within the A or the B that we already know. Two choices, that’s it. If A is broken, we move over to B. Or if we don’t like B at all, we try to fix A.

Our world is in a place of extreme fragmentation. What if A and B are both irreparably damaged? What if the solutions just aren’t there?  And yet, we tell ourselves they must be, if we just keep looking hard enough.

Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

Let your mind go free. How about a C? Or better yet, a C, D, E, etc – new ideas and perspectives outside of the same old A and B? To create a better world, it is essential that we divorce ourselves from the binary mind trap and get imaginative.

Related article: Owning Your Thoughts

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Power of compassion to heal the world

Learning the power of compassion

We know the word and its meaning, but how often do any of us stop to think about the power of compassion? There was once a young woman named Poom, who was an immersion course in compassion for me. When my partner and I lived in Thailand, every day we’d go out for coffee at a modest little restaurant. Traveling and living abroad was not without its challenges. There were many. But, it was opening up worlds and experiences that were enriching and growing us greatly.

Arriving in Thailand was an eye-opener. Having grown up in Western culture and a middle class family, I had previously been insulated from poverty. Asia was my first experience with it being highly visible. It was right in my face, most of the time.

Unless it was her one day off per week, Poom served our coffee. She was a beautiful, young, and apparently intelligent woman, somewhere in her twenties. Day after day, I would pick up on Poom’s moods and rhythms. There was a quiet, yet dignified, air of hopelessness about her. I could tell she felt imprisoned where she was, and worse, she could see no way out. My mind burrowed around the circumstances of Poom’s life, and mine.

Being mindful of differences and feeling gratitude

I realized how much I had taken for granted the opportunities with which I had grown up. They had created a mindset of “anything is possible”. The world was wide open, if I wanted it badly enough and worked for it. On the other hand, Poom’s life circumstances had conditioned her mind to believe in very limited possibilities. She was likely never going to see firsthand the world I was born into. And yet there I was, drinking coffee in hers.

It is very sad for anyone to be in a situation that feels hopeless. And yet, these are the trials of the soul that force us to grow. We dig deeper to find a way out of the darkness, stretching towards the light. While we are doing that, it helps if someone reaches out a hand to show us the way.

Exercising more compassion in a troubled world

The world is in major flux right now. There are entire populations struggling with even meeting the necessary requirements of life – food, shelter, clothing. Venezuela is just one example. There has always been economic disparity in the world, but it is growing. In first world countries, there are individuals battling with their inner demons, products of a stressful society where those basics are usually attainable, but the pressure of acquiring them can break a person psychically. And society is building more walls to manage it, literally and figuratively. Our technologies, although they seemingly connect us, can also promote feelings of isolation in people.

Now more than ever, it behooves us to exercise the power of compassion. I believe that in the long run, the human race will not survive without it. We each need to find ways to heal the things that separate us from other human beings, and build on the connections that unite us. Compassion is an important tool to reach that goal.

Everyone you meet
is a chance to love better.
Open your heart wide.

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Related story: Eduardo & the Green Obsidian

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Mountains tell us we are free spirits

Chimborazo is a dormant volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador, and the highest peak near the equator. At 20,548 ft., its summit is the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s center. The indigenous in Ecuador have dubbed Chimborazo “Taita”, which means father. And just as a father would, I do believe this mountain taught me that we are free spirits.

Chimborazo knows, we are free spirits

I visited Chimborazo last November, along with my partner and a couple of close friends. A guide drove us partway up the mountain to a rest station, which is at about 16,000 ft. We got out of the van to walk around, and we all experienced some dizziness and shortness of breath with very little exertion. (Even our guide, who was younger, fitter and a regular hiker.) I was quite frankly in awe. That is, of the power and majesty of this mountain, and also the fact that a friend climbed from base to summit some years ago. What an accomplishment! Our guide told us that this is one of the most dangerous mountains in the world, and other climbers have perished attempting to conquer it.

Feeling the magnificent power

As I stood at our rest point and looked up to the summit, my spirit soared. I have experienced this on a few previous occasions in my travels. I was lost in the magnitude and grandeur of the space. And in that moment, I was simply a human being connected to this beautiful Earth, unencumbered by what I am required to be in our civilization. It was just the sky, the mountain, and me.

And I was free.

Ode to Chimborazo

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.

we are free spirits

Related blog post: Bereft

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Healing power of nature in this moment

Shafts of golden light
shine softly through crimson leaves.
My soul steeps in now.

Imagine walking into this beautiful forest right now – luminous, intoxicating, luscious, almost surreal. You are caressed and loved by Nature herself.

Gaia has this way of revealing what is steadfast and true. She shows us ourselves, and she heals us. Have you given yourself a nature break lately? The path is waiting. Enter the portal and lose yourself, even if only for a few seconds. This moment – right now – is connected to the Infinite. If you listen carefully, she’s calling you. And she is potent medicine.

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Related poem: Gaia the Earth Goddess

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Our connection to everything around us

Oh tiny droplets,
all part of One Great Ocean!
Feel the surging wave?

During my early 20’s, I began reading many books on metaphysics and spirituality. Ideas that my juvenile mind had already been exploring for years demanded it. I voraciously absorbed the knowledge logically, but there came a moment in Point Reyes, California, when I assimilated it all at a feeling level. As I stood on a tiny platform looking out over the vast azure Pacific, my body tingled all over. I felt deeply my bond with this seemingly boundless body of water, and I understood the infinite nature of my soul and our connection to everything.

The wisdom we are born with can become lost

Looking back I realize that my childhood self had already known this, but the logical world around me at the time did not support it. So, I had constantly questioned my own intuitive knowings. Later, reading and exploring the ideas written by other people brought me into alignment with truths that already existed within me. In fact, that visit to the ocean brought me full circle back to myself. I do believe we are born with wisdom that is inherent. But our society values logic first and foremost, which can cause us to lose touch with it as adults.

Quest for meaning outside the box

Fast forward another few years, and my partner and I sold everything we owned and began traveling. We almost immediately met and befriended a free spirit surfer/photographer named Jim Welch. When you are passionately searching and you ask, the universe will work its magic and bring the right things and people to you. We were all on a similar quest, to find some meaning in life outside the standard formula. That is, “outside the box”. I interviewed Jim about his personal experiences and philosophies, and wrote my first story during our travels (published by Escape Artist), called One Wave. And the journey continues…

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Related story: One Wave

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Live life boldly and farewell to a friend

Our friend passed away.
Now there’s a vast boundless void
where his smile once was.

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. Robert knew how to live live boldly.

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.

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Related story: Making Friends with Fear

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Intentions or wishes for the New Year?

A wish is a wisp,
an elusive piece of smoke.
Intention creates.

How many people do you know that have already broken their New Year’s resolutions? Likely we all know at least one, and in equal likelihood, that one may be ourselves. And that’s due to the difference between intentions and wishing.
“Wishing”: To feel or express a strong desire or hope.
“Intending”: To have a plan or course of action as one’s purpose.

True intention is crucial to manifesting

A wish is an idea or vision you have in your mind, attached to a hope that somehow a genie in a bottle, a fairly godmother, or some other external power is somehow magically going to deliver it. An intention, on the other hand, combines that same desire with a plan. And, YOU make it happen! You have the power, with your creative mind and your intentional actions. The catch is, this requires self-discipline (focus and commitment) and self-love (the belief you deserve it), combined with some good old-fashioned elbow grease.

So, rewind to January 1st. Did you set an intention, or simply make a wish? It’s never to late to make adjustments. Your can begin your New Year with a revised foundation right now.

I wish you a happy and abundant 2019! And the intention to make it happen is all up to you.

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Learn from mistakes let go and do better

We are all human. We are all works in progress. Learn from mistakes, let go, and do better.

In past I have been a person who beats myself up for making mistakes. Not just in the moment, but for some time after the event. Do you do that too? Somewhere along the way, I realized how absolutely counterproductive this is. I was cluttering my mind with regret. So, here’s what I figure. My mind has time to process only so many thoughts in a day. So why not make those thoughts full of positivity, with intention to create a future based on what I’ve learned, not what I regret?  I’m not perfect at this yet – I’m still working on smoothing out those rough edges. But, that’s okay.

You are human. You are a work in progress. Choose to love yourself today. Then give yourself a break. Learn from mistakes, let go, and do better.

Learn from the water.
Time and tenacity smooth
the roughest pebbles.

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Related poem: I Am Ocean

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