words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

As We Live Our Lives Moments In a Day Stand Apart

Whitewater and chakra flowers for meditation, journey and insight (detail)

June 18th 2009, a day that stands apart.

On the Nantahala river in Western North Carolina in celebration of
my 53rd birthday the following day on the 19th of June.

A contemplative day full of energy and colors….

A view of the Nantahala river

We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the
sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its
wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the
thunder-cloud, and the rain. …Henry David Thoreau

I love this quote because during our 3 hour trek rafting down the river,
it began to rain hard with severe thunderstorms. What an incredible experience battling the
elements as we faced the challenge of the rapids.

We found our courage, our laughter, on the river

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of
grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of
nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. …Eleonora
Duse (1858-1924)

Nature always sets itself apart

Notes for chakra flowers

Our thoughts are like the waves of a whitewater river. They rise
and fall relentlessly. Our minds, like the lower depths of the river, become
increasingly more settled as we immerse ourselves in our meditation practice. …Walter W. Smith

In a new day that stands
apart, we remove ourselves from yesterday’s trials (the painful past and
uncertain future) and find insight in the quiet of the present moment. We are in
touch with our bodies—moving the energy through the chakras.

Our day ends as it began---finding meaning in the present moment

Today, hold the past in your
hands.  Hold your two hands out in front of you and allow them to fill
with the past, your past, every moment of it.  All that happened and did
not happen, all that was wonderful and all that simply was.  Let it all
fill your hands.

And now, as you continue to hold
your past in your hands, turn your inner vision to your heart.  See how
your heart is clean and clear, free of any regret or longing.  Your heart
is beating in this moment and this moment only. …author unknown

As we live our lives we find ourselves standing apart---living in the moment

As the details of our lives become memories and the moments of
life stand apart, what brings joy, peace and happiness to you? What are some of
your experiences that you embrace with fondness and love? What are your
thoughts? Please do share a moment or two with us.

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18 responses

  1. There was a moment as a child that I was in New Orleans, on a boat called the Creole Queen, gliding along the Mississippi. As we coasted along, I stood at the rail and peered over, looking at the deep green water and throughly letting the ripples hypnotize me. I can’t remember what I was thinking, I just know that it was relaxing. It may have been the first time I realized how beautiful nature was.

    By the way, happy belated birthday!

    August 4, 2011 at 12:04 am

    • Thank you Diva, for that moment in your life. I was transported to that day with you, feeling the ripples of the river and your amazement as you stood at the rail peering over. Your thoughts are well appreciated.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm

  2. Beautiful, hypnotic poetry… May your summer days be productive and bright… 🙂

    August 4, 2011 at 9:46 am

    • Thanks Elizabeth, I am finding that like you, poetry is a beautiful form of prose that transports our thoughts and uplifts our spirit.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm

  3. Very nice Walter. There’s perfection in nature, just the way it is. It’s a soothing thought.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    • Thanks Bunny, sharing with you, and getting your comments on all things beautiful like nature (we know bunnies love nature) 🙂 keeps mie going.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm

  4. Great thoughts and quotes, Walter.

    But . . . the theme and digital photos are too “busy” for me. Made me feel agitated rather than calm. 😯

    August 5, 2011 at 2:31 am

    • Thanks Nancy, I can always count on you for a meaningful critque. The thoughts and quotes do pull you towards a place of calm, while the images are more a reflection of that moment in time…standing apart from others.

      August 6, 2011 at 2:41 am

  5. The beach has always been the magic calming place for me. I should have been born there. No one else in my family likes the beach like me. Right now my brand new granddaugther brings me so much joy and peace. She melts my heart. I can’t stare at her enough. At the same time all the troubles in the world are really making me sad and I am having a hard time with it.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:42 am

    • Loving the beach say it all. There is something about the space, sky and waves that calms you.

      August 6, 2011 at 2:38 am

  6. So very inspirational this post is. When one gets entrenched amidst the daily grind ,hatred and bigotry , such refreshing pics and quotes on nature serve to rejuvinate one’s soul.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:42 am

    • ilmanafasih, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. It is refreshing to find beauty all around us.

      August 6, 2011 at 2:37 am

  7. And many happy returns of the day. May you have a long, healthy life. 🙂

    August 5, 2011 at 4:47 am

  8. I like:
    your photo with the sub-title: “We found our courage, our laughter, on the river”

    August 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    • Thanks Frizz, it really was a moment in which to find some courage as we were being bombarded with heavy rain, raging rapids, and just plain getting wet 🙂

      August 11, 2011 at 5:16 am

  9. The brown cast on the two photos of the river looks incredible, the highlights are a little too bright.

    The yellow text on the second photo is a little bit ugly, though. Perhaps it should be a brown? On that photo, I love the grungy boarder, but the vignette is a little bit too intense.

    That’s my $0.02.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

  10. I really appreciate you comments on this post. It brings to mind the need for simplicity. In some ways this post is a little to busy, and perhaps would have worked better with just one or two images.

    August 11, 2011 at 5:10 am

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