Shining Star Bag by Camilla Downs

You can take
All the hearts
Nature puts forth

And put them 
All in a bag
Made of stars
Wrapped in a
Bow of beautiful
Green grass.

But there’ll be
Days when no
Matter the beauty
No matter the love
No matter the
Depth of knowing
How the Light
Shines within.

There’ll be days
When a heaviness
Envelops and that
Shining star bag
Full of love ….

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Poetry and Photography: Shining Star Bag

Those Who Challenge Us


November 10 2015:

This morning I found myself sending an email message that began with this:

“My philosophy is that those who challenge us should be seen as welcome teachers to further our own growth. For this reason I am grateful for having these students ebb and flow into my life. They teach me as much or more than I teach them.”

My intuition immediately after sending this, coupled with the timing of beginning a conversation I’ve put off since July 2014, was that the timing was right to publish this post written just over a month ago ….. “How to Peacefully Experience Life’s Lessons” …

May it appear in front of the ones that will benefit from it. And, should you feel moved, I would be grateful for good thoughts and prayers that I remain at peace and in the present moment for this upcoming conversation. Oceans of gratitude to YOU! xoxo 

How to Peacefully Experience Life’s Lessons

I’ve Been a Crazy Wild One for Years – HA


November 9 2012:

Just in case anybody else needs to know this …

This house has a built in sprinkler system and hanging in the garage is some type of long handle thingy that is supposed to be used to turn the sprinklers on and off. Well … I have found that this can also be used to unplug the shower drain!! Works perfect!

Unscrew the drain lid, stick the handle thingy in as far as it goes, twist it, pull it out with a gigantic ball of icky hair stuff and you’ve just unplugged the drain! YAY!! Mine happened to have chunks of glass too …. One of the glass shower panels mysteriously shattered this past week. Had fun taking a shower with my aqua sock shoes on this morning so I didn’t get tiny bits of glass in my feet!!!! There ya go!!

How Would I


November 8 2012:

On this windy day, I am grateful for the storms of my life, the tough times, the trials that I chose and still choose to bring into my life.

If not for these times, how would I learn and grow? How would I have discovered my strength and courage?

If not for these times, I would not have awakened to my true authentic self and my purpose. How would I have learned to find peace and remain content no matter what? How would I learn that fears are just an illusion?

Without these times I would not become aware that there are still a few things I need to work on within myself. How would I have gotten to the point where I can stop right when the storm begins and say, “What am I to learn from this?”, know the answer, and calm the storm before it even begins … Hugs and smiles y’all!

Do You Listen to the Messages

November 27 2017:

I am supposed to write. I know this. I receive signs and messages constantly.

I received another sign on Friday when I received an email from one of the largest eastern spiritual blogs in the world asking me to write for them.

They discovered the post I wrote for elephant journal in March 2016 and loved what I wrote. It was the post that I wrote to Lillian’s meltdowns titled, “Dear Meltdown: Meet My Friend Mindfulness”.

At times I feel …. Go here to read more …

I Am Supposed to Write


The Broken Heart by Camilla Downs

Heart Shaped Rock - The Broken Heart 2017

And sometimes
It feels as if
The broken heart
Will never mend.

Lo, take heed.
The broken heart asdf
Lies patiently
in waiting.

For the glorious day
When compassion
And unconditional
Love return to
The broken-hearted.

For that glorious day
When all the the
Broken-hearted ….

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Love and Hearts: The Broken Heart


Time to Nourish the Soul


November 6 2012:

Time to nourish the soul ….

As the butterfly swoops by, as the last remaining leaves rustle, as the sounds drift by, as the sun shares it’s warmth with me, as the soft breeze cools my face…

Pondering, accepting, releasing …. Soaking it in ….

As we choose to believe we must always be “doing” so hard and “doing” so much and choose to believe in lack and that we need something or someone to make us happy, the belief and obsession to have more and more ….

All we need do is return to nature so as to feel and see and know the abundance that surrounds us …. The abundance that is ours once we choose to live a true and authentic life.

Peace is ours once we discontinue to identify with what we have and what we accomplish. The search for this peace is a worthwhile quest. Knowing that we are valuable just because we ARE and not believing that we are valuable only when we have accomplished something … This is a concept that brings instant peace when we truly grasp it and live our life knowing this.

Add the ingredient of resilience …

Add the fortitude to stay true to this thought pattern when old negative thoughts and thought patterns rear their ugly head …. AND

Joy, Happiness, Contentment and Peace is YOURS.

Mt. Rose Damonte Ranch View 11.6.12

Isolation and Loneliness and Beauty and Confidence

November 21 2017:

Solo walk on this cloudy and cool morning.

This beauty caught my eye. Hanging out all alone while the other leaves are off playing in the distance.

On the one hand it displays beauty and confidence … and on the other, isolation and loneliness.

Speaks and mirrors how I have felt recently. Nature is so amazing. Nature also presented a beautiful heart shape too, yet I wanted this to have its own post. xoxoxo

Solo Walk and Solo Leaf 11.21.17

Loads Lightened and Encouragement – D iz for Different Review


November 6 2012:

“Finally read your book – you are such an inspiration. It is my prayer lives will be touched, people will be changed, hearts will be softened, kids will be raised to their full potential, parents will be encouraged, loads lightened, and joy embraced through your inspiring story and advice and direction. You truly are making a difference. You share so freely, may blessings come back many fold!” – Terry Vasenden, Reno, Nevada