Summer’s Mindful Camp Smiles

“In a true you-and-I relationship, we are present mindfully, non-intrusively, the way we are present with things in nature. We do not tell a birch tree it should be more like an elm. We face it with no agenda, only an appreciation that becomes participation: ‘I love looking at this birch’ becomes ‘I am this birch’ and then ‘I and this birch are opening to a mystery that transcends and holds us both. “ ~David Richo

summer smiles 13

summer smiles 13 ~ d nelson

At camp we discover our true potential,
unburdened by pressures
from peers or external media,
supported by friends
and nature’s nurturing.

summer smiles 7

summer smiles 7

How natural we play
peacefully & happily together
when curious minds
and open hearts
are in balance.

painting nun

painting nun

Creativity blooms
along with the bright
smiles on our faces.
The teen in us
always vital
& willing to share
the enjoying of his
or her freshness.

Lets play


60 thoughts on “Summer’s Mindful Camp Smiles

    1. smilecalm Post author

      kids of all ages having fun!
      while there was no phone reception in those mtns, the kids managed to take thousands of selfie memories during camp 🙂

  1. The GMLA

    I like your retreat posts. I wonder what the ones in charge would think of my last post on afterlife. I have to be curious here on the open minded thing.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      zen masters would say
      something like:
      nothing is born
      nothing dies;
      all manifests
      when conditions
      are sufficient;
      life is a continual
      process of change.

  2. Michael

    So many beautiful smiles… In this collage of inspiring faces, the smiles look to me like glimpses given straight through… straight through every thought to the soft lumens of being. We peek through one another, through smiles given and received, into the great and glorious movement of the world…


  3. Jet Eliot

    Absolutely ebullient photos, filled with smiles, color, joys, talents, abilities and the richness of summer. And your words added a pleasant balm to it all. 🙂


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