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Sunflower Metaphysics

It gives me great pleasure to grow things, although it’s been a few years since I’ve maintained large gardens. There is something so satisfying about dropping tiny packet seeds of life into the ground, then nurturing them to their full-blown potential. Sunflowers were among my favorite annuals, and a few of them always graced my back garden among the perennials.

Sunflowers are magnificent in full bloom, but as an artist I am also attracted to their waning fall beauty. I have drawn and painted them many times, as did Vincent Van Gogh. The other day I was searching for a few Van Gogh images for a short book I am now just finishing on self-realization. There are several large museums worldwide that have given open access to images of their collections. One of them is The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (Also affectionately known as simply “The Met”.)

They have a few nice Van Gogh pieces, including one of some withered sunflowers lying on a table (Sunflowers, 1887). I have among my own art images several of withered sunflowers at the end of the season.

So here’s a question for you: Is one of the images below a “Van Gogh à la Susan Hart”, and the other “Susan Hart à la Van Gogh”? You may snicker at the suggestion of Van Gogh imitating me, however, that amusement would be based on several faulty assumptions: a) that time is linear, and since he lived before me, how could he “know about me”, and b), that he is famous and I am not, so again, even if time could move backwards linearly, how could he “know about me”?

Fame is not really the point here, as Vincent Van Gogh was not famous while he was alive either. My message is really about our perception of time, and our conscious awareness of everything. So…

Since time is not really linear (we just measure our lives that way) – all time actually exists at once, and our consciousness can connect to all ideas and knowledge in the ether throughout all time – it is not entirely impossible that he also “knows about me”. We are both huge lovers of sunflowers, so perhaps our conscious minds are connected simply in that shared passion for giant yellow flora.

It’s a metaphysical puzzle for your Sunday, one that may hopefully make you question why we live in a world that is so intent on keeping our conscious awareness, and therefore our experience of life, so small…

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“Sunflowers”, Vincent Van Gogh

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A clip from “Waning Beauty”, Susan L Hart

BTW, I will soon be releasing a book about a drawing course I designed and taught back some years ago. If you’re interested, stay tuned for the announcement, here on my blog and/or by my newsletter if you’d prefer.

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The Life We Love

There are two essential things, I believe, which bring happiness to people. One is to love and be loved. The other is to feel productive, to have a sense of purpose in life.

If we are lucky, we do work that we love. If we do not love our work (I have been
there, done that, and likely most of us have at some point in our lives), nonetheless, there is satisfaction in the expending of energy to build a life.

Building a life. Within the current scenario in society right now, let’s not lose sight of our desire, and our right, to build lives that we love. Much of our sense of fulfillment is rooted in our deep human drives.

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Nature’s Sensibility

Nature presents to us constantly the reminder of our roots, our organic selves, our place in the natural and creative world.

It also brings us back to what is real and sensible. In short, we are able to retrieve our commons sense and sanity in what is increasingly an insane society.

I’m feeling a little soul weary this morning, so I’m keeping my own words short. But I thought I’d bring you some fave quotes from Henry David Thoreau, on which to ponder today. After this, I’m heading to my park and the river to recharge… I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

I’ll be launching a book on the Earth and nature very soon, which incorporates both my writing and my art. Please sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to be notified.


Nature quotes by the transcendentalist writer, Henry David Thoreau:

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

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“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.”

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“I have a room all to myself; it is nature.”

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“He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.”

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“Every blade in the field – Every leaf in the forest – lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.”

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“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

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“Wildness is the preservation of the World.”

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Nature’s Sensibility © Susan L Hart 2021 |Friendly comments welcome | Photos courtesy of, danfador, jplenio, Simon, epicantus, Free-Photos, PublicDomainPictures, Comfreak, Piixabay

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Monday’s Courage

How much courage does it take to get up on a Monday and face another week of LIFE? Today, for some people, it will take quite a lot…

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Just remember, if life’s feeling much better than that for you right now, then look around and see who you can inspire and/or help out. Even just one small act of kindness could go a long way towards helping someone who is struggling to keep their head above water.

We are all connected. What you send out will always come back to you, so aspire to send out the very best that you can. Acts of kindness should be given with love and without thought for any return, but nonetheless, some day you may be the one who needs a little fortification of courage!


Inspirational Courage Quotes:

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston S. Churchill

“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” ~ Erica Jong

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anais Nin

“Be brave to stand for what you believe in even if you stand alone.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

“Courage is grace under pressure.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone.
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.”
~ Adam Lindsay Gordon


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Reinventing Yourself

How many times in your life have you reinvented yourself? It is likely much more often than you realize. Every time you adapt to different external circumstances, the changes may be subtle, but you have become a slightly different person. Other times, the change may be dramatic.

Big or small, that’s the whole idea behind living. We are meant to change and grow. Our souls were not born into this life to just take up space.

Sometimes we make a conscious decision to “remodel” ourselves, whether that be through a physical weight change, learning a new skill, buying a new wardrobe to project a different image… You get the idea. Changing something on the outside of ourselves can help us change internally. It’s the “behave as if” concept.

However, often life brings us an external circumstance we were not expecting, which causes us to examine our internal characteristics and values. We can ignore it and stay the same. That’s what our ego wants; it wants stability and what it knows. It doesn’t like unexpected surprises.

But when we are brave enough to go with the change, to grow, then we are fulfilling not the ego’s desire, but rather the soul’s desire.

Have the courage to reinvent yourself, over and over again. When you listen to your heart’s desire, you may be astonished at what is waiting to be discovered inside you, if only you give it a chance.

As for George Bernard Shaw’s quote below, I’d say life is a mix of both. What do you think?

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