Healthy and Healing and Peaceful and Love Vibes and Trees and Holding Space

May 28 2018:

Sunset walk yesterday. Nature = Healthy, Healing, Peaceful, Love Vibes

including one accidentally zoomed in photo that turned out pretty cool!

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May 30 2018:

…. from yesterday’s walk … I love these trees. And, found a friend on the pedestrian bridge. Love, love, love …….

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June 2 2018:

Trees holding space for the sun … from a walk a couple of days ago. Forgot I made this photo. I can hardly walk by these trees and this spot and not take a picture.

Trees Holding Space for the Sun 6.2.18

The Walk of Alchemy by Camilla Downs

May 20 2018:

I went for walk this morning.

Not unlike many mornings over the past 17 years. The meaning and depth of the walk has shifted throughout the years. What began as a way to exercise and get fresh air has shifted to be much deeper than that.

I have experienced many mindful walks. Walking slower than usual, listening, feeling, and smelling in silence.

Yet, this morning I knew it was …

The Walk of Alchemy

Reflections and Let It Roll and Neither Side and Awaken the Imagination and Holding Space

May 14 2018:

…. from a walk this morning …… Reflections. Cloudy and clear at the same time? Ahhhh. Such is it.

 Solo Walk Vintage Lake Reflections 5.14.18

Don’t hold onto it. Let it roll right off your back.

Nature always has a perfect message for us when we stop, be quiet, and listen. I mean, look at those cute little water droplets. How could I not stop, take it in, and capture the moment? …. from a walk this morning …

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May 15 2018:

This side. That side. Neither side holds the answer. That lies within.

….. from a walk with Thomas yesterday afternoon.

Thomas and I spent quite some time in this spot discussing things that were on his mind. Approaching from the other side was a group of wildly loud and profanity spewing kids ranging from a toddler to teenager.

They stopped to throw huge rocks at the geese and goslings. I could not sit idly by and observe this. I felt anger brewing, yet knew this not to be the answer as that must be all these kids know to be behaving in such a manner.

They dispersed from scaring the geese and goslings as I approached. Fortunately, none were injured. I do not remember the exact words that came forth. Yet, I channeled my inner Buddha and asked them to search for the love and kindness in their heart. And I pointed out that the geese are living beings and should not be treated in this way.

Some scattered. Some stood tall and laughed. Yet, if my calmness and non-threatening communication touched just one of them. Then, that’s one. They need a different way modeled. xoxo

As I attempted to fall asleep last night I mulled over and over how I could have handled this differently, perhaps more effectively, and even woke up thinking about it. I finally “woke up” and let it go knowing that I did the best I could do. xoxo

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May 16 2018:

This found me on a walk yesterday morning. Lots of goose quills around, yet have never seen two like this before.

I just had the chance to research online a bit and found that the quill of a goose has long been a preferred writing instrument. Apparently it awakens the imagination and intuition flows. The writer travels through time capturing stories of past, future and present.

I’ll take it! Time to write more. I’ll imagine my fingers are goose quills and that I’m writing like the wind as I type. My fingers and hand begin to hurt after about 5 minutes of handwriting so I just can’t do it.

Solo Walk Vintage Lake Goose Feathers 5.15.18

May 17 2018:

More reflections ….This time with trees …. xoxo

Solo Walk Vintage Lake Reflections 5.17.18

May 19 2018:

Trees holding space for the moon ….. xoxo

Trees Holding Space for the Moon 5.19.18

Amazing Sky and Amazing Grace and Dramatic and Beautiful and Love and Magical

April 30 2018:

Wonderful walk this morning. Amazing sky. Amazing grace. xoxo …

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May 2 2018:

Thomas wanted to go for a walk yesterday before heading to the airport. We didn’t have time for a full walk around, so instead we walked to the lake and stood for a few minutes. Such dramatic clouds and sky lately. Incredibly beautiful.

Thomas to Vintage lake before leaving for surprise 5.1.18

May 3 2018:

Sunset walk with Lillian. Such a celebrity. We passed a couple who have bought and read her book (one of them a special education teacher) and another person who has seen her on TV. I love connecting with others. Love is beautiful. Love is magical. xoxo

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The Space Within by Camilla Downs

There is a space within
A space occupied, it was.

Occupied with judgment
Occupied with harshness
Occupied with unkind thoughts
towards others.

There is a space within
where the darkness
of judgment used to live.

Judgment lives
here no more.
Evicted.
It has been.

There is a space within.

A soft space of love
of compassion
of empathy
of understanding.

For a journey
of a thousand miles has …. Go below to read further …

Poetry and Photography: The Space Within

Fun and Pinecones and Windy and Beautiful and Quiet and Egret and Shadows and a Crow and Blossoms

March 25 2018:

Lillian and I had a fun walk this afternoon. Kicked pinecones for half of the walk … that’s a workout!! It was a wee bit windy, yet beautiful and quiet.

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March 26 2018:

Solo walk this morning …. The egrets are back! YaY!!! Just adore the variety of visitors to the lake. He posed for me too. Good job handsome! It was a cold, yet beautiful walk.

Solo Walk Vintage Lake Egret March 2018

March 29 2018:

Solo walk this morning. Shadows, a crow, and blossoms. That’s definitely a story and I’m in the midst of it. Nature speaks loudly of silence and Knowing.

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High Energy and Low Energy and Wild and Crazy Wind

January 14 2018:

Solo walk yesterday. It was a high energy day yesterday. Complete opposite today. Feel like I was up all night doing strenuous work. And I slept hard all night. HA! This interesting and magical thing called life …. I will have to request the night off tonight from whatever I was working on in my sleep!!

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January 18 2018:

Solo walk this afternoon. Wild and crazy wind kicking up itty bitty white caps in this tiny lake. (Pictures a tad blurry as I couldn’t hold my arms still from the wind blowing so hard!!) This walk felt so incredibly good. Gratitude and love overflowed and blew away in the winds. Amazing!! The wind was Wild!! Suited me and my inner Wild Woman! xoxoxoxo

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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 ….

Go here to read more …

Poetry and Photography: Shining Star Bag

Time to Nourish the Soul

**THROWBACK POST**

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.

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