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Gift of Tranquility

Updated on February 19, 2012

Autumn tranquility

Through motionless October
Through motionless October
Colorful "birds" in Canada
Colorful "birds" in Canada

One by One

One by one,

Branch to branch,

Leaves topple.


Through motionless October,


Founder –

Golden Birds

With broken wings

-by Melville Cane 1879-1980

Winter tranquility

The atmosphere of heavy silence let peace linger in every space and crevice
The atmosphere of heavy silence let peace linger in every space and crevice
The beauty life has to offer and the gift
The beauty life has to offer and the gift

Winter reflections



*The snow sparkled with tender ease as if to invite the very existence of happiness. The atmosphere of heavy silence let peace linger in every space and crevice, while the trees preached of freedom. Everything was free to move, yet freedom was the pleasure of stillness. All lay peacefully and undisturbed in never-ending tranquility – with love in their hearts. All alone in the world, yet friends close at hand.

The scene moved my soul and let ‘hard reality’ drift by. The contentment cleansed my being of all impurities no-matter how large or small. Slowly, very slowly, I began to feel natural.

I wanted to run and run, kissing every snowflake and tree as I passed – thanking each one for being what they are. For living as they do and teaching me the facts of life. The beauty life has to offer and the gift of no knowledge beyond happiness.

Deep inside I felt a stirring – something I’d never felt before. Something beautiful and unique. I started to wonder how they grow. How all nature’s children of the forest and fields alike live – how great it would be to discover the secret… The secret of life! *

Then, I stopped all concentration and again let all problems dissolve, like meringue on my tongue - for the thought itself tastes good! I sat and relished it, drinking in the beauty! To describe it, can I? Oh God, I will try – but it’s impossible. Words don’t do it justice. It is much too beautiful for words. But it is something to share. I will try.

P-l-e-a-s-e listen… *The snow sparkled with tender ease…*

-by Sylvia Lada 2-11-1972

Spring Symphony

Motionless water
Motionless water
Tinkled gently
Tinkled gently
Magnificent crescendo
Magnificent crescendo

Eternal symphony

Quiet tranquility

Motionless Water

Sun awakening


Tiny breeze

Greeting dawn

Spring assenting


Winter remnants

Search shore

Tinkle gently


Shards of ice

Build crescendo

Magnificent Melody

quiet - dusk on the water
quiet - dusk on the water

Summer... life

“There’s a Zen story in which a man is enjoying himself on a river at dusk. He sees another boat coming down the river toward him. At first it seems so nice to him that someone else is also enjoying the river on a nice summer evening. Then he realizes that the boat is coming right toward him, faster and faster. He begins to get upset and starts to yell, “Hey, hey watch out! For Pete’s sake, turn aside!” But the boat just comes faster and faster, right toward him. By this time he’s standing up in his boat, screaming and shaking his fist, and then the boat smashes right into him. He sees that it’s an empty boat.

This is the classic story of our whole life situation.”

-by Pema Chodron, “Start Where You Are”

Tranquility of stillness

Captured moments of rejuvination
Captured moments of rejuvination


True tranquility is like the butterfly

The more you pursue it,

The more it will elude you.

But if you are patient, and still

It will come softly

To land on your shoulder

Be still... take it in awhile...

You'll feel, when it makes you smile  That you're welcome to the human race
You'll feel, when it makes you smile That you're welcome to the human race

If I had a song I could sing for you...

"Don't disturb the ladybug,
   Sleeping by the spider's web
And if you see a butterfly,
   Don't try to catch it in your net.

It's taken such a long, long time
   To make this very special place
Open up your soul and mind,
   To all it has to say...

Be still... take it in awhile
Feel the sunshine -

     warm upon your face.

You'll see... when it makes you smile
That you're welcome -

  to the human race."

- Captain & Tenille


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      SEM Pro 

      3 years ago from North America

      What a terrific compliment Sachin - thank you :-) Your comment doesn't have a link - I'll see if I can find you...

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      3 years ago

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      SEM Pro 

      7 years ago from North America

      So delighted you enjoyed it Vera - hope the pics prove to add additional inspiration and encouragement for you to get out there with your camera more often :) You brought the delight of winter to me during the holidays - a time when the Canadian in me "dreams of a white Christmas". For that I thank you!

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      7 years ago from USA

      Sylvia, thank you for the link.

      "...freedom was the pleasure of stillness."

      How beautifully put. How perfect!

      Thank you for this hub and amazing pictures.

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      SEM Pro 

      8 years ago from North America

      Thank you Ken, for accepting the invitation and gift. This seems to remain my hidden treasure in full view. Those who have touched the deepest depths of me almost instantly, find their way here. Perhaps, that is the calm of knowing - we are not alone...

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      8 years ago

      Tranquility at it's finest. I agree let nature do it's own thing and we will see it's true inner beauty. When we disturb it, we don't see this beauty. I felt calm and relaxed as I read your words. Enjoyed each flutter of the butterfly as it flew past my ear to land softly on my shoulder and whisper thank you for the rest. Peace and hugs

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      SEM Pro 

      8 years ago from North America

      Yes, we are kindred spirits indeed my dear friend. From across the globe I can feel you as if you are right here - just cannot share garden goodies :( I always appreciate your visits - glad you commented to let me know :) luv 'n' hugs returning...

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      8 years ago

      Syl..u'v given words to what I feel every winter....



    • SEM Pro profile imageAUTHOR

      SEM Pro 

      8 years ago from North America

      Thank you SuzieCat :)

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      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Very beautiful Hub.

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      SEM Pro 

      8 years ago from North America

      It is such a joy to feel embraced and comforted with acceptance as another describes life in their words > that is the gift of your talent dear Beata. My soul will be smiling as we learn from each other :) Delighted to connect and share the journey! Love returned unconditionally, Sylvia

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      Beata Stasak 

      8 years ago from Western Australia

      Breathtakingly beautiful, you are very gifted writer and photographer...I am honoured to be your follower and 'soulmate' in writing....I am looking forward to learn from from Beata

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      SEM Pro 

      9 years ago from North America

      Thank you so much for such wonderful, heartwarming sentiments Rob :) In k@ri's defense, her comment was before I published my writings with my given name - thus the gift returned. You have now returned it tenfold with your lovely thoughts and reminder of our connection as kindred spirits - I am honored...

      The people who sleep will feel the tranquility from you as you return from the rising sun over the see with the inevitable inner glow of peace. We are all blessed as you touch us - with your incredible writing, with your positive energy, and with that smile of love and wisdom :)

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      Rob Welsh 

      9 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      There is no need to ask who she was.. She is still.

      It is 2.45am and I am preparing to go fishing on a frosty morning. The people here are asleep and so they miss the experience of seeing the tranquility around them and the sun rising over the sea.

      I wanted to read something of quality and power before I left. Her words and her images reminded me how lucky I am to know kindred spirits and the words that last across time. Thank you for you Sylvia and the beauty within.

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      SEM Pro 

      9 years ago from North America

      Thank you so much k@ri!!! I'm Sylvia so your appreciation means much more than you probably realized it would. Until HubPages, that had been buried in my memorabilia for 37 years but was written to share with the world. I wrote a lot of poetry back then - mostly to clarify the teenage turmoil or trying to figure out what life was all about. Your feedback has warmed my soul - the gift returned... Thought I'd mention it in case you were wondering who the heck she was :)

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks! I feel more peaceful already! I really loved the one by Sylvia Lada. That was they all were. :)


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