view.

April 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Its all about perspective, that is how you look at things. Your own thoughts and outlook defines whether an experience, event, situation whatever is good or bad. And your definition determines your response.” – Stella Payton

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Narrows Zion NP

Narrows Zion NP

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g143057-d103399-i121998589-The_Narrows-Zion_National_Park_Utah.html

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“I’m convinced that the best solutions are often the ones that are counterintuitive – that challenge conventional thinking – and end in breakthroughs. It is always easier to do things the same old way…why change? To fight this, keep your dissatisfaction index high and break with tradition. Don’t be too quick to accept the way things are being done. Question whether there’s a better way. Very often you will find that once you make this break from the usual way – and incidentally, this is probably the hardest thing to do—and start on a new track your horizon of new thoughts immediately broadens. New ideas flow in like water. Always keep your interests broad – don’t let your mind be stunted by a limited view.” – Nathaniel Wyeth

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Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

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“Memory is like patches of sunlight in an overcast valley, shifting with the movement of the clouds. Now and then the light will fall on a particular point in time, illuminating it for a moment before the wind seals up the gap, and the world is in shadows again.” – Twan Eng Tan

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Zion Lower Emerald Pools Trail

Zion Lower Emerald Pools Trail

http://www.allzion.com/trails/lower_emerald_pools_trail.php

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“I am grateful for the rare opportunities to look at my circumstances from a higher perspective, one detached from the dim outlook I normally insist on seeing. These periodic glimpses show me life’s grandeur.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Zion National Park stream

Zion National Park stream

http://travel.aarp.org/destinations/united-states/zion-national-park/

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“Humor can make a serious difference. In the workplace, at home, in all areas of life – looking for a reason to laugh is necessary. A sense of humor helps us to get through the dull times, cope with the difficult times, enjoy the good times and manage the scary times.” – Steve Goodier

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Zion NP Climbing up to Angel's Landing

Zion NP Climbing up to Angel’s Landing

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“Closing your eyes won’t make the awfulness go away. It may be that nothing will. But dwelling on it, dreading the evil, playing out the misery in your head – doesn’t this feed the monster? You can’t close your eyes to life, but you can choose where your gaze lingers.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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elegance.

April 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Clare Booth Luce

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Ute Mountain

Ute Mountain

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/imported-old/other-resources/2012/03/07/featured-wilderness-ute-mountain-and-rio-grande-gorge

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“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.” – William Henry Channing

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 Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences

http://www.strengthinperspective.com/index.html#/Pictures-USA/NewMexico-51/NewMexico.html

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“Elegance is not an outer quality, but a part of the soul that is visible to others.” – Paul Coelho

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Organ Mountains

Organ Mountains

http://wilderness.org/it%E2%80%99s-official-new-mexicos-organ-mountains-desert-peaks-our-newest-national-monument

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“I want to listen to accomplished women scarred by sexism that still walk in elegance and kindness; hear powerful men that have a heart to serve. I want to talk to the brokenhearted that still believe in love; I want to listen to people that laugh even when they hurt. You live God’s grace without even knowing it and to me, you’re the best of all of us.” – Lee Goff

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Aguirre Spring Campground

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/Landscape_Approach/reas/chichuahuan.html

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“Picture the mind like a waterfall, they said: the water is the torrent of thoughts and emotions; mindfulness is the space behind the waterfall. Again, elegant theory – but, easier said than done.” – Dan Harris

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Organ Mountains

Organ Mountains

http://www.hechoonline.com/omdpdesignation/

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“One of the points of being alive is we get to pay attention. We get to both participate in and observe this weird universe that is simultaneously like stunningly elegant and completely heartless.” – John Green

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New Mexico aerial

New Mexico aerial

http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/aerial-america/701

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“These examples, and those that surround us every day, are why creational thinking, not critical thinking, should be our ultimate goal in education. Critical thinking is a skill that allows us to steer a valuable course through a known problem. It engages a problem-solving skill set but stops short of what is possible. If problem solving and critical thinking are the goals of education, the bar is too low. Creational thinking, the use of content while branching into the unknown, leads to the possibility of truly elegant solutions. That is where the bar needs to be, particularly in light of the challenges that lie ahead for us.” – Grant Lichtman

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Northern New Mexico

Northern New Mexico

http://beyondtaos.com/

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“All I want is to cultivate curiosity. Yes, my old friend remains undiminished even now: the simple yearning to know. If these students cannot tell a xylem from a phloem, it will not unduly handicap their college hopes or impede their careers. But their lives will depend entirely on whether they possess wonder, an eye for beauty. For many people, the unknown is something to fear. Instead I want to give my students the humility to believe that anything they do not understand therefore possesses an elegant magic.” – Stephen Kiernan

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solitude.

March 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.” – May Sarton

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Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

http://conservationlands.org/conservationlands/red-cliffs-national-conservation-area

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“As soon as we are alone,…inner chaos opens up in us. This chaos can be so disturbing and so confusing that we can hardly wait to get busy again. Entering a private room and shutting the door, therefore, does not mean that we immediately shut ou all our inner doubts, anxieties, fears, bad memories, unresolved conflicts, angry feelings and impulsive desires. On the contrary, when we have removed our outer distraction, we often find that our inner distraction manifest themselves to us in full force. We often use the outer distractions to shield ourselves from the interior noises. This makes the discipline of solitude all the more important.” – Henri J.N. Nouwen

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Gold Butte

Gold Butte

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“Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.” – Brennan Manning

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Grand Canyon Parashant NM

Grand Canyon Parashant NM

http://www.bogley.com/forum/showthread.php?37985-Grand-Canyon-Parashant-National-Monument

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“Since the age of five I had been one of those people who was an indefatigable reader, more inclined to go off by myself with a book than do any of the dozens of things that children usually do to amuse themselves. I never aged out of it.” – Anna Quindlen

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Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

http://conservationlands.org/conservationlands/grand-canyon-parashant-national-monument

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“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” – Albert Camus

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Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

http://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/grand-canyon-parashant-national-monument

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“When you cease to fear your solitude, a new creativity awakens in you. Your forgotten or neglected wealth begins to reveal itself. You come home to yourself and learn to rest within. Thoughts are our inner senses. Infused with silence and solitude, they bring out the mystery of inner landscape.” – John O’Donohue

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coincidence.

March 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Synchronicity is the soul’s reminder of authorship.” – Eric Leventhal

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Saguaro National Momument

http://taylorbasecamp.com/2015/01/31/lost-in-a-sea-of-saguaros/

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“Yesterday when I got off the bus, I walked to your taxicab first. I was attracted to the black-and-white squares along the roof and the bright green paint, but otherwise, there wasn’t any reason for my choice, was there?”
“No,” he said.
“Was there a reason that you were at the bus station rather than somewhere else in the city?”
“I guess not.”
“This is the charming coincidence. When things in the world that are unconnected suddenly connect, and a pattern emerges.”
He exhaled. “But what if the pattern wasn’t what you’d call charming?”
“It’s not the pattern that’s charming,” she said. “It’s that there is a pattern at all.” – Lisa Tucker

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Saguaro forest and Waterman Mtns

Saguaro forest and Waterman Mtns

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/40798736

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“When we’re interested in something, everything around us appears to refer to it (the mystics call these phenomena ‘signs’, the sceptics ‘coincidence’, and psychologists ‘concentrated focus’, although I’ve yet to find out what term historians would use).” – Paul Coelho

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gentle.

March 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

“The most irresistible beauty is the radiant glow from a kind and gentle heart.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

 

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Sarvis Creek Wilderness

Sarvis Creek Wilderness

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r2/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5354204

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“When it comes to the crusty behavior of some people, give them the benefit of the doubt. They may be drowning right before your eyes, but you can’t see it. And you’d never ask someone to drown with a smile on his face.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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heart.

February 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

“The journey I’m taking is inside me. Just like blood travels down veins, what I’m seeing is my inner self and what seems threatening is just the echo of the fear in my heart.” – Haruki Murakami

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Kaibab National Forest

Kaibab National Forest

thetrail.com/stage-ii-fire-restrictions-go-into-effect-on-the-kaibab-coconino-forests/

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“A daily dose of daydreaming heals the heart, soothes the soul, and strengthens the imagination.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Kaibab Plateau

Kaibab Plateau

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/kaibab-plateau/

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“The true story of every person in this world is not the story you see, the external story. The true story of each person is the journey of his or her heart.” – John Eldredge

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nature.

February 9, 2015 § 1 Comment

“The highest truths a person could discover were rooted in the natural world.” – Anne Rice

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Carruthers Cove and Gold Bluffs Beach

Carruthers Cove and Gold Bluffs Beach

http://www.redwoodhikes.com/RNP/Coastal.html

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“It was the cool gray dawn, and there was a delicious sense of repose and peace in the deep pervading calm and silence of the woods. Not a leaf stirred; not a sound obtruded upon great Nature’s meditation […] Gradually the cool dim gray of the morning whitened, and as gradually sounds multiplied and life manifested itself. The marvel of Nature shaking off sleep and going to work unfolded itself to the musing boy […] All Nature was wide awake and stirring, now; long lances of sunlight pierced down through the dense foliage far and near, and a few butterflies came fluttering upon the scene.” – Mark Twain

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Redwood NP coastal drive

Redwood NP coastal drive

http://www.nps.gov/redw/parknews/coastal-drive-in-redwood-national-and-state-parks-re-opens-to-one-way-traffic.htm

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“[T]he old stories of human relationships with animals can’t be discounted. They are not primitive; they are primal. They reflect insights that came from considerable and elaborate systems of knowledge, intellectual traditions and ways of living that were tried, tested, and found true over many thousands of years and on all continents.

But perhaps the truest story is with the animals themselves because we have found our exemplary ways through them, both in the older world and in the present time, both physically and spiritually. According to the traditions of the Seneca animal society, there were medicine animals in ancient times that entered into relationships with people. The animals themselves taught ceremonies that were to be performed in their names, saying they would provide help for humans if this relationship was kept. We have followed them, not only in the way the early European voyagers and prenavigators did, by following the migrations of whales in order to know their location, or by releasing birds from cages on their sailing vessels and following them towards land, but in ways more subtle….. ‘It is often done by a woman or a group of women. The dance is supposed to come from the wolves. There are different versions of its origin and different songs, but the words say something like, ‘Your name is widely known among the wolves. You are honored by the wolves.’

In another recent account, a Northern Cheyenne ceremonialist said that after years spent recovering from removals and genocide, indigenous peoples are learning their lost songs back from the wolves who retained them during the grief-filled times, as thought the wolves, even though threatened in their own numbers, have had compassion for the people….

It seems we have always found our way across unknown lands, physical and spiritual, with the assistance of the animals. Our cultures are shaped around them and we are judged by the ways in which we treat them. For us, the animals are understood to be our equals. They are still our teachers. They are our helpers and healers. They have been our guardians and we have been theirs. We have asked for, and sometimes been given, if we’ve lived well enough, carefully enough, their extraordinary powers of endurance and vision, which we have added to our own knowledge, powers and gifts when we are not strong enough for the tasks required of us. We have deep obligations to them. Without other animals, we are made less.

(from her essay “First People”)” – Linda Hogan

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Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach

http://www.shannontech.com/ParkVision/Redwood/Redwood6.html

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“Animals had carried me all my life. I was a crossover–carried along in the generous and instructive slipstream of other species. And I had always navigated my life with them in mind, going between the human and animal worlds–a crossover myself. By including animals in my life I was always engaging with the Other, imagining the animal mind and life. For almost half a century, my bond with animals had shaped my character and revealed the world to me. At every turning point in my life an animal had mirrored or influenced my fate. Mine was not simply a life with other animals, but a life because of animals.

It had been this way since my beginning, born on a forest lookout station in the High Sierras, surrounded by millions of acres of wilderness and many more animals than humans. Since infancy, the first faces I imprinted, the first faces I ever really loved, were animal.” – Brenda Peterson

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Old growth redwoods

Old growth redwoods

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/michael-fay/

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“In Nature, things are broken with a purpose—clouds break to pour rains, rivers break to water fields, fields break to yield crops, seeds break to yield plants … so if ever you feel broken, understand that you must be part of a better and more beautiful purpose…” – Debashis Dey

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Redwood NP

Redwood NP

http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/none/5-redwood-national-and-state-parks-california

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“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news” – John Muir

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Redwood NP

Redwood NP

http://www.americawestmotorcycletours.com/california-coast-and-yosemite-gallery/

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“When I feel clumsy or lost, I remind myself that nature, including me, was created by a a far wiser mind than mine. There is something in the cosmos – God, Spirit, Consciousness, Life Itself, call It what you will – that created and orchestrates nature, and did a pretty good job of it. Nature might just know what It’s doing. Even when I don’t.” – Jeffrey R. Anderson

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Redwood NP

Redwood NP

http://redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=475

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Time and time again I am astounded by the regularity and repetition of form in this valley and elsewhere in wild nature: basic patterns, sculpted by time and the land, appearing everywhere I look. The twisted branches in the forest that look so much like the forked antlers of the deer and elk. The way the glacier-polished hillside boulders look like the muscular, rounded bodies of the animals- deer, bear- that pass among these boulders like loving ghosts. The way the swirling deer hair is the exact shape and size of the larch and pine needles the deer hair lies upon one it is torn loose and comes to rest on the forest floor. As if everything up here is leaning in the same direction, shaped by the same hands, or the same mind; not always agreeing or in harmony, but attentive always to the same rules of logic and in the playing-out, again and again, of the infinite variations of specificity arising from that one shaping system of logic an incredible sense of community develops…

Felt at night when you stand beneath the stars and see the shapes and designs of bears and hunters in the sky; felt deep in the cathedral of an old forest, when you stare up at the tops of the swaying giants; felt when you take off your boots and socks and wade across the river, sensing each polished, mossy stone with your bare feet. Felt when you stand at the edge of the marsh and listen to the choral uproar of the frogs, and surrender to their shouting, and allow yourself, too, like those pine needles and that deer hair, like those branches and those antlers, to be remade, refashioned into the shape and the pattern and the rhythm of the land. Surrounded, and then embraced, by a logic so much more powerful and overarching than anything that a man or woman could create or even imagine that all you can do is marvel and laugh at it, and feel compelled to give, in one form or another, thanks and celebration for it, without even really knowing why…” – Rick Bass

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park

http://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/redwood-national-park

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“There is one thing that all true spirituality has in common, whether that spirituality is derived from faith, from science, from nature or from the arts – a sense of wonder.”  – Andrew Schneider

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