A Sunny River Day in January

Ok, my second try at posting pictures.  Another River day in the kayak, this time on January 15, 2015.   Though it is sunny, it’s the middle of Winter here and the air is quite nippy!  There was ice bordering the shallower ponds with little current.  This, again, is a quieter little side channel to the main River – making it easier to keep up to the current and still handle the camera.  Looks can be deceiving with water: I flipped over here in the Autumn of 2014.  That was a cold experience!  By the way, that is not snow on those rocks.  It’s their natural coloration.  This area is known by rock hounds for its beautiful stones polished and washed down from the Fraser Canyon by the River.

You don’t see the kayak here, but it’s important to remember that kayaking involves long hours of repetitive, rhythmic motion, and you can make those motions into suitable repetitions of life-affirming mantras.  One of those I like to use while paddling goes like this, and each word is a stroke, left, then right, then left…  “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control” then repeat.

This list of “virtues” found in the Christian New Testament is freely available to anyone looking for something truly good to help focus and change one’s life for the better.  The key is listening.  Sure, we can pray, repeat mantras, chant, say all kinds of things: we can talk and we can hear… but most of the time we’re not listening.  Remember the song by Simon and Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence”?  “People talking without speaking, people hearing without listening, people writing songs that no one ever share…”

One of the great curses of the age is that it produces so much noise and so many words that turn into a cacophony of meaninglessness, or worse, give utterance to uncertainty and fear.  A day in the kayak on the River brings it all back into focus – though it is not the only way, just a way that I chose for myself.


8 thoughts on “A Sunny River Day in January

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you for the comment. I find my pictures lack definition: time for a “new and improved” digital camera? Even if I do that, it won’t improve the quality of the existing archives, will it! 🙂


  1. poeturja

    I live near the Gulf of Mexico but rarely go to the beach, anymore. Too disheartening. Red Tides, pollution from a sewer plant in the next town, on and on. Still, on the days when I MUST go, I still feel the negative ions working their magic on my mood, decompressing me, and feel energized enough to face the day. Perhaps when one of nature’s elements is endangered, the other three pitch in and work extra hard to balance the Earth…


    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      There was a time when I dreamed of, one day, visiting your world, perhaps even living there. I heard the old songs and read many stories of your area. That would have been 60 years ago, or a bit less, but how much has changed. Thank you for expressing your thoughts on how the earth makes you feel. There is a part of us that remains connected to the earth, however much our beliefs and technology try to separate us from it.



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