Notice Nature by Camilla Downs

Thomas Walking Bartley Ranch Summer 2016“Notice”

Notice nature.
Feel and smell the air.
Study the clouds and the trees.
Listen to the birds.
How many different kinds of songs can you hear?
What kinds of birds are they?
Injoy a sunset.
Notice and smell freshly bloomed flowers.
Notice and study new buds on a tree.
Notice the smell of newly fallen leaves.
Study the moon, stars, and clouds.
Walk barefoot in the grass, dirt, or sand.
Watch the waves in the ocean,
Or the ripples in a lake,
Or the rushing water of a river.
Notice the glimmer of freshen fallen snow.
Watch the sunlight dance and sparkle on the water.
Study all types of trees.
Get up close. Touch them.
Go for a walk for no reason other than to commune with nature.”

-2016 Camilla Downs – Author, Lessons from Nature

 

Drift Into the Knowing by Camilla Downs

Footbridge and Clouds with Poem April 2017

Drift Into the Knowing

As I am in your presence
I feel the weight
Of this body drift
Into the clouds.
My soul melds with
All that we are,
And drifts into the knowing
Of all that is, ever was
And ever will be.
When I’m with you,
The illusion of time
And solidity are no more.
Oh. Glory be.
We are we. We are one.
We are an eternity of
One love.
-2016 Camilla Downs – Author, Lessons from Nature

A Sense of Wonder by Camilla Downs

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“A sense of wonder
Within is awakened
As I admire your beauty.

Imparting your beauty
To you, and mine to me.

To live with wonder
To live with beauty
To live with knowing

This is our divine gift
To one another. -2016 Camilla Downs – Author, Lessons from Nature

Show Me With Pure Eyes by Camilla Downs

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“Great Spirit,
With Your
Grace and guidance
Show me with pure eyes
Let me hear with clarity.

Guide me in the knowing
Of the Way I am
To share Divine Love.

Gently open my heart
To reveal the fire of
Passion that burns within.

For every day is a chance
To begin again,
A chance to live and love.”
– 2016 Camilla Downs – Author, Lessons from Nature

Celebrating World Poetry Day 2017

March 21 2017:

In honor of World Poetry Day, I’m sharing some of my favorite poems. Beginning with a Renga poem that Team TLC wrote together in September 2015. We wrote the poem in TLC order.

Renga is a genre of Japanese collaborative poetry. Poets work in pairs or small groups, taking turns composing alternating three-line and two-line stanzas. To create a renga, one poet writes the first stanza, which is three lines long. [ 501 more words ]

World Poetry Day 2017 – Wadsworth and Dickinson and Millay and cummings

 

You Know Me So Well by Camilla Downs

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“You know me so well,
Mirroring life as it is lived.

Sometimes up,
Sometimes down.

And sometimes the journey
is smooth and level.

Oh, beautiful Mother Earth
We make a great team.

Mirroring for one another
Verily, verily, me make a great ONE.” ~2016 Camilla Downs – Author, Lessons from Nature

It Inspires Me

March 4 2017:

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“It inspires me.” ~Lillian Darnell

Lillian asked this morning why I had not posted anything in an Arts facebook group lately. I explained that I have so much on my to do list. Also, that I felt my poems and nature photography were not inspiring and healing to those within the group.

She then suggested instagram. I explained that it did seem to be more meaningful to those who see them on instagram, yet it takes so long to post combining the photo, the poem and the tags.

She then said, “Your poems and photography inspire me.”

Thank you Lillian for reminding me that what I create is divinely inspired. The creations will touch who they are meant to touch when they are meant to touch. And, I do not need to hear that this has been so.

Why I Choose to Embrace My Shadows

**THROWBACK POST**

February 13 2015:

“Until your knees finally hit the floor, you’re just playing at life, and on some level you’re scared because you know that you’re just playing. The moment of surrender is not when life is over. It’s when life begins.” -Marianne Williamson

The year 2014 was a year of the knees slowly hitting the floor, culminating with a smack down slamming of those knees the last three months of 2014. Deep fears and negative emotions were faced and released like never before.

I began January 2015 with an intent to focus on meditation and love and have stuck to that. I knew that the solutions and answers were inside of me and no where else. I’m nearing the end of a 3 week intensive meditation exercise of meditating for an hour and a half every day.

A miracle has happened as I’ve been opening a heart that went into hiding as a young girl. Love is indeed a magical charm! Meditate on. Love on. xoxo

Thomas and Camilla January 2017 Date Day Part 4 1.31.17 #10

**Update** March 1 2017:  Just when I thought that 2014 was the culmination of the knees hitting the floor! There was more and deeper work to be done. Definitely not because it is fun. I had been harboring deeply buried hurts, pain, anger, and guilt from my childhood. I am currently in the fourth week of an intense five session reflexology and energy work course.

It has been literally kicking my butt. Seriously, physically painful …. Like, I thought I was dying two weekends ago. Holy heck! What webs we weave to not feel uncomfortable feelings.

Yet, absolutely, totally, amazingly, and miraculously freeing … FREEDOM. I have chosen to walk into the fear of my past, my personal shadows and darkness. So as to live my life from each and every present moment; rather than reacting from the past. And, thereby creating my future from the present moments and NOT from the past.

YES!

Walking by Camilla Downs

Thomas at Little Washoe Lake September 2016 #1

Walks of clarity
Walks of peace
Walking for no reason
Walking to get no where
This is the walking
Of which I speak and write.
These are the walks
That become what
One most needs
In the moment.
The walking becomes
The teacher and
Nature the classroom. -2016 Camilla Downs – Author, Lessons from Nature

A Wandering I Shall Go by Camilla Downs

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“A wandering I shall go
Your beauty entices me
Deeper and deeper
I must go.
For time spent
with you is cleansing.
As water rinses the dirt
from this body, so
You rinse the
mind and body
of illusions
Step after step
your beauty mixes love with the intellect
For what is the intellect alone
if not first passed
through the heart of divine love.” -2016 Camilla Downs – Author, Lessons from Nature