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Spirit Just Smiles September 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Poetry.

The roads are many
The destination is one
Spirit lights the way

We search for the truth
Hastening along our path
To learn who we are

Obstacles abound
Opportunities for growth
Spirit won’t falter

We are here to learn
It won’t always be pleasant
Just enlightening

Spirit perseveres
And starts all over again
Each time we fall short

Watch that monkey mind
Racing, racing, all the time
Sit still and just be

The inner critic
Passes judgment too quickly
Learn to ignore it

Accept the “what is”
Even amid pain and tears
Smiles release joy

The thinking brain frets
No snub or slight it forgets
Spirit just smiles

Aah . . . that’s better!

Artwork available at Roderick MacIver Arts.  The beauty of Rod’s art lies in his ability NOT to control all aspects of the water ~ he allows it latitude to do its thing while he does his. The result speaks for itself.


1. Cindy - September 8, 2011

Are you OK Nancy?

nrhatch - September 8, 2011

Better than OK . . . smiling with spirit. 😀

As soon as I go within, a smile forms on my lips and a wellspring of Joy ripples through my being . . . filling me with love, laughter, hope, peace, and all good things.

2. Naomi - September 8, 2011

Mmmm, lovely words and images, Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - September 8, 2011

Thanks, Naomi. Relaxing into spirit fills me with inner peace and effervescent joy.

3. SuziCate - September 8, 2011

Very nice.
Ah yes, the monkey mind…I sometimes have to keep mine in check!
Often it takes time to accept what is and realize we were right where we needed to be.

nrhatch - September 8, 2011

My monkey mind used to chatter at me constantly . . . often with non-productive thoughts.

It’s calmer these days . . . most days. 😉

4. granny1947 - September 8, 2011

That is beautiful NR.

nrhatch - September 8, 2011

Thanks, Granny!

It seems that no matter what is happening around me . . . calm abounds within me. _/!\_

5. 2e0mca - September 8, 2011

Went to the dentist today. Only for a clean but I’m terrified of dentists – I’d rather fly a light aircraft through the centre of a thunderstorm than be there! This is very uplifting. thanks for posting 🙂

nrhatch - September 8, 2011

Thanks, Martin.

At the dentist, I transport myself to the beach ~ the light is the sun beaming down on me and the motorized tools are the sound of the surf.

And if that doesn’t work . . . there’s always laughing gas:


Aah . . . that’s better.

6. kateshrewsday - September 8, 2011

Sounds like a mission statement to me 🙂 Lovely words, beautiful meter, and how about those pictures? Enchanting post 🙂

nrhatch - September 8, 2011

Ooh . . . enchanting. I like that! Thanks, Kate! 😎

It is a bit of a mission statement for me ~ the on-going challenge to master my thoughts, my mind, and my life.

7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - September 8, 2011

Ah yes, the inner critic is the harshest.

nrhatch - September 8, 2011

Yes, indeed. Paying attention to the inner editor keeps us on an inner keel. The inner critic just throws us off balance.

8. souldipper - September 8, 2011

Love your poem, Nancy. I can’t help but grin. You bubble out all over.

My monkey mind is also the Committee of Idiots! Judgmental-ism is a ruddy trickster – luring the ol’ ego out like a lamb to the slaughter. Oh well, it keeps me humble which means I remain teachable.

Ah….resilience. That feels good!

Those paintings are exquisite.

nrhatch - September 8, 2011

Thanks, Amy. I feel bubbly today. Spiritual resilience keeps us bouncing back into the ring. 😀

9. Pocket Perspectives - September 8, 2011

Ah…Nancy…I’m so happy to hear that you’re back to bubbly! Spiritual resilience is remarkable!

nrhatch - September 8, 2011

Thanks, Kathy. It is, indeed. 😀

10. ElizOF - September 9, 2011

Beautiful watercolors… Love the poetry blended with art… 😉

nrhatch - September 9, 2011

Rod’s painting are meditative. He captures moments and portrays eternity.

11. andalibmarks - September 9, 2011

Such beautiful imagery and poetry!

nrhatch - September 9, 2011

Glad you enjoyed, Andi.

Haiku/Senyru journaling is one of my favorite forms of poety ~ condensing thoughts into 17 syllables distills them to the essence.

12. LittleMissVix - September 9, 2011

Are those your paintings? Lovely!

nrhatch - September 9, 2011

Alas . . . they are not. Rod MacIver at Heron Dance paints and sells them. My paintings are another calibre entirely. 😉

13. misswhiplash - September 9, 2011

Keep the Spirit smiling and alive in your heart

nrhatch - September 9, 2011

Thanks, Patrecia. It’s been a sad day today . . . sorrow crowded out the joy. It’s hard to say good-bye.

14. ceceliafutch - September 9, 2011

The poetry and the art are soothing to the soul. . . I need that this morning! (Heading into finals week…) Thanks. I’ll check out the artwork seeing as I’m looking for something to “decorate” our apartment. 🙂

nrhatch - September 9, 2011

Thanks, Cecelia. Heron Dance sells beautiful and soothing prints and originals. Good luck on your finals.

15. Linda - September 9, 2011

Beautiful images.

nrhatch - September 9, 2011

Thanks, Linda. I’m glad I posted this yesterday . . . a reminder that my smile will return as soon as the sorrow dissipates a bit.

16. gospelwriter - September 9, 2011

Words to live by… The purple egret image (especially) is awesome!

nrhatch - September 9, 2011

That’s one of my favorite paintings by Rod . . . the colors capture the joy of flight.

17. Christine Grote - September 10, 2011

Very nice, Nancy.

nrhatch - September 10, 2011

Smiles give way to tears give way to smiles. The sun is back! 😎

18. enermazing - September 11, 2011

your poems and the watercolours are so beautiful and inspiring! Thank you very much for posting them and the link!

nrhatch - September 11, 2011

Glad they resonated with you . . . I find that poetry and art pair beautifully and often become more than the sum of their parts.

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