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Monet Message | Monet soul's passion, graceful lilies of water, blossoms of his heart. | HartHaiku.com

Monet Message | Live Passion

Claude Monet’s driving passion in his later years was creating his garden at Giverny. He captured that passion on canvas, creating what was later recognized as a monumental collection of work, his Water Lilies Series.

Have you ever considered what kind of world would we live in if we all followed our soul’s passion? Do most of us even know how to hear our soul’s messages? Too often we manage to muffle them to the faintest whisper, burying our desire for deep fulfillment in some back drawer of our minds. Maybe later… And then later never comes.

Tuning into our soul’s passion

A quote from Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

“…One of the most important discriminations we can make in this [life] is the difference between things that beckon to us and things that call from our souls…
…When we are connected to the instinctual self,…which is natural and wild, then instead of looking over whatever happens to be on display, we say to ourselves, ‘What am I hungry for?’ Without looking at anything outwardly, we venture inward, and ask, “What do I long for? What do I wish for now?’ Alternate phrases are ‘What do I crave? What do I desire? For what do I yearn?’ And the answer usually arrives rapidly: ‘Oh, I think I want… you know what would be really good, is some this or that… ah yes, that’s what I really want.’
Is that on the smorgasbord? Maybe yes and maybe not. In most cases, probably not. We will have to quest for it a little bit – sometimes for a considerable time. But in the end we shall find it, and be glad we took soundings about our deepest longings…”

Creative people tend to be naturally tapped into their soul’s passion and are driven by a need to speak it to the world. It may be about any number of subjects; for Monet it was his water lilies and the beauty of nature.

But, living passionately is not reserved for the creative ones only. Deep within each of us lies a deep yearning, a need to experience certain things, to feed our souls, and to express our passion to others.

The shift towards living our passion

What dormant passion lies within you, perhaps still untapped and unspoken? Humanity is experiencing a major shift right now, and it is taking place within each of us. Society as it stands says more often than not that we cannot live our passion and practically speaking make a living at it. But what if that’s not true? What if that is an old message, one we can make antiquated, right now?

What is your passion, that thing that makes your soul sing? Use the questions Clarissa Pinkola Estes suggests above, and jot the answer(s) on a paper.

Then start dreaming. Dream big. Claude Monet’s passion for water lilies could not be contained on small canvases, and later his art captured the imagination of the world. Anything is possible within the realm of imagination. Anything.

As the great author Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Dare to tell your deepest story to the world, starting now.

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Monet Message | Live Passion © Susan L Hart 2020

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Transcendent | Beyond strife and grind, Nature reveals the divine, I feel the sublime. | HartHaiku.com

Transcendent | In Nature

Happy Earth Day! For transcendentalist writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, the beauty of the Earth was an endless source of inspiration.

When we tune into nature, we hook into the divine energy (whatever we each believe that to be) which breathes in all living things. We feel connected. Our souls transcend the mundane and remember the infinite nature of our own essence.

Today we celebrate the Earth, not only her exquisite beauty, but all that she provides for us and with deep gratitude. Enter the photo of Yosemite National Park just for a moment, and imagine no phones, no crowds, no stress, just blessed beauty, the solitude and peace of nature.

Nature never fails to make my soul sing. How about you?

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Inspirational Quotes:

“and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.” ~ Ruskin Bond

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~ John Lubbock

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All good things are wild and free.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.” ~ Andy Warhol

“Everybody needs beauty…places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.” ~ John Muir

“Not just beautiful, though–the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.” ~ Haruki Murakami

“The stars are forth, the moon above the tops
Of the snow-shining mountains.—Beautiful!
I linger yet with Nature, for the night
Hath been to me a more familiar face
Than that of man; and in her starry shade
Of dim and solitary loveliness,
I learn’d the language of another world.”
~ George Gordon Byron

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Awakening | Oh divine droplets, part of One great ocean! Feel the surgning wave? | HartHaiku.com

Awakening | We Are

There is a spiritual revolution quietly brewing in the heart of humanity. It is a surging wave, moving ’round the world. Can you feel it?

Isolation has a way of removing our normal distractions. Oh, we can try our best to fill up that newly available time with various projects and more social media. But that nagging feeling that our lives weren’t quite right in the first place, “what are we trying to get back to?“, just won’t go away.

The curtain has been pulled aside, the yawning void has been revealed, and for some people that is scarier than any virus ever could be.

Questioning how we’ve been living our lives

I thought my life had meaning, now I’m not so sure. Why was I busting my butt all those mornings, commuting to a job I hated? Why did I put the dream of a big house before the dream of a happy and cohesive family? Why did I sacrifice my own dreams so I could try to measure up to society’s yard stick of success?

And on it goes. The monologue going on in your head will be different than the next person’s, but you get the idea. We are in a time of extreme self-examination, as well as opening our eyes to what is really going on in the society around us.

Some of it isn’t very pretty, so we are inclined to turn our eyes away. But wait! Isn’t that what we’ve been doing for too long now? Trusting that everything would be taken care of for us by external authority? Trusting that the formula for life that society insisted we adhere to was a good one? Trusting the message that we shouldn’t trust in ourselves, after all, what could we possibly know?

The big opportunity for change

This time is important. Change is a scary proposition; we have a tendency to avoid it at all cost. But this virus has thrown down the gauntlet for you, me, and the rest of humanity. The big question hanging in the air, the elephant in the room is, will we rise to the occasion and create something better for ourselves?

Something to ponder on during these tumultuous times. While you’re searching for the answers, listen not only to your head, but also to your heart and your gut. There’s a wave surging inside of you that is connected to all of humanity. Hear its song; feel its pulse.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”~ Eckhart Tolle

“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.” ~ John O’Donohue

“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus

“You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream, and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number of grains of sand. The path that you are to take is endless, and you will die before you have truly awakened.” ~ Jorge Luis Borges

“You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.” ~ Amit Ray

“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc., is sure to be noticed.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard

“A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.” ~ John Steinbeck

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

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Moonstruck | Sweet silver vision, dark mirror prince kisses you, wooing the Goddess. | HartHaiku.com

Moonstruck | Mystery & Magic

In keeping with yesterday’s post, Remember Your Essence, and that amazing beach walk in Hawaii… What else evokes romance that is quite like moonlight?

I speak not simply of love or lust, but also the quicksilver beauty of everything the Goddess touches.

She works her spell, reviving the mystery and magic of life. Just as the Sun nourishes and energizes, the Moon soothes us and sparks our dreams.

No wonder the lake prince adores her. Which does beg the question, does she love him in return, or, just herself in his mirror? “A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”  (From Walden, by Henry David Thoreau.)

And from another classic, Call of the Wild, by Jack London:

“There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.
This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad in a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight.”

Moonstruck | Night magic

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Moonstruck | Mystery & Magic © Susan L Hart 2020

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