friend.

March 22, 2017 § 1 Comment

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Aztec_Ruins_Evening_of_Lights

Aztec, New Mexico

https://farmingtonnm.org/events/evening-of-lights/

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“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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Aztec kiva

Great Kiva at Aztec Ruins National Monument

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“Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.” – Richard Bach

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aztecruins1

Aztec, NM

http://www.yourdurango.com/azgallery1.htm

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“1) I love you not for whom you are,
but who i am when I’m by your side.
2) No person deserves your tears,
and who deserves them won’t make you cry.
3) Just because someone doesn’t love you as you wish,
it doesn’t mean you’re not loved with all his/her being.
4) A true friend is the one,
who hold your hand and touches your heart.
5) The worst way to miss someone is,
to be seated by him/her and know you’ll never have him/her.
6) Never stop smiling not even when you’re sad,
someone might fall in love with your smile.
7) You may only be a person in this world,
but for someone you’re the world.
8) Don’t spend time with someone,
who doesn’t care spending it with you.
9) Maybe God wants you to meet many wrong people,
before you meet the right one,so when it happens you’ll be thankful.
10) Dont cry because it came to an end,
smile because it happened.
11) There will always be people who’ll hurt you,
so you need to continue trusting, just be careful.
12) Become a better person and be sure to know who you are,
before meeting someone new and hoping that person knows who you are.
13) Don’t struggle so much,
best things happen when not expected.”
Gabriel García Márquez

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alignment.

March 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

“You know those moments when everything is exactly the way it was meant to be? When you find yourself and your entire universe aligning in perfect synchronization, and you know you couldn’t possibly be more content? I was inside that very moment, and fully conscious of it.” – Alice Clayton

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Hombolt

Humboldt Toiyable

http://www.boomsbeat.com/articles/8005/20140826/36-beautiful-photos-of-humboldt-toiyabe-national-forest.htm

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“We need a home in the psychological sense as much as we need one in the physical: to compensate for a vulnerability. We need a refuge to shore up our states of mind, because so much of the world is opposed to our allegiances. We need our rooms to align us to desirable versions of ourselves and to keep alive the important, evanescent sides of us.”  – Alain de Botton

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Humboldt Toiyable NF

Humboldt Toiyable NF

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/about-forest/offices/?cid=fsm9_026952

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“Our destiny is aligned with our heart’s innermost longing, a longing embedded within our soul before birth. This longing is a unique pattern or configuration reminiscent of the constellations in the night sky. When we express (press out) our unique configuration, it shines through us with an otherworldly luminosity, manifesting abundance in our lives and the lives of others. Our sole task is to yoke our inner destiny, thread it through our lives and weave it into the world. – Thea Euryphaessa

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5413329

 

 

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“As long as we share our stories, as long as our stories reveal our strengths and vulnerabilities to each other, we reinvigorte our understanding and tolerance for the little quirks of personality that in other circumstances would drive us apart. When we live in a family, a community, a country where we know each other’s true stories, we remember our capacity to lean in and love each other into wholeness.

I want to live under such a practice of compassion. When I forget my place, when I lash out with some private wounding in a public way, I want to be remembered back into alignment with my self and my purpose. I want to live with the opportunity for reconciliation. When someone around me is thoughtless or cruel, I want to be given the chance to respond with a ritual that creates the possibility of reconnection. I want to live in a neighborhood where people don’t shoot first, don’t sue first, where people are Storycatchers willing to discover in strangers the mirror of themselves.”
Christina Baldwin, Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story

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navigate.

March 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.” – Jesse Lee Bennett

 

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Split Mountain

Split Mountain

http://gigapan.com/gigapans?tags=hogbacks

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“Stories are compasses and architecture, we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like arctic tundra or sea ice.” – Rebecca Solnit

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Split Mountain Anticline NE Utah

Split Mountain Anticline NE Utah

http://www.airphotona.com/image.asp?imageid=5648

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“The best way to navigate through life is to give up all of our controls.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky, Love Is Letting Go of Fear

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cosmology.

March 16, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Something deeply hidden had to be behind things.” – Albert Einstein

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Chaco Chanyon Sun Dagger Winter Solstice

Chaco Chanyon Sun Dagger Winter Solstice

Retrieved March 15, 2017 from: http://www.physast.uga.edu/~rls/astro1020/ch3/ovhd.html

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“To our indigenous ancestors, and to the many aboriginal peoples who still hold fast to their oral traditions, language is less a human possession than it is a property of the animate earth itself, an expressive, telluric power in which we, along with the coyotes and the crickets, all participate. Each creature enacts this expressive magic in its own manner, the honeybee with its waggle dance no less than a bellicose, harrumphing sea lion.

Nor is this power restricted solely to animals. The whispered hush of the uncut grasses at dawn, the plaintive moan of trunks rubbing against one another in the deep woods, or the laughter of birch leaves as the wind gusts through their branches all bear a thicket of many-layered meanings for those who listen carefully. In the Pacific Northwest I met a man who had schooled himself in the speech of needled evergreens; on a breezy day you could drive him, blindfolded, to any patch of coastal forest and place him, still blind, beneath a particular tree — after a few moments he would tell you, by listening, just what species of pine or spruce or fir stood above him (whether he stood beneath a Douglas fir or a grand fir, a Sitka spruce or a western red cedar). His ears were attuned, he said, to the different dialects of the trees.” ― David Abram, Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

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precession.

March 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

“For her next birthday she’d asked for a telescope. Her mother had been alive then, and had suggested a pony, but her father had laughed and bought her a beautiful telescope, saying: “Of course she should watch the stars! Any girl who cannot identify the constellation of Orion just isn’t paying attention!” And when she started asking him complicated questions, he took her along to lectures at the Royal Society, where it turned out that a nine-year-old girl who had blond hair and knew what the precession of the equinoxes was could ask hugely bearded famous scientists anything she liked. Who’d want a pony when you could have the whole universe?” – Terry Pratchett

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death valley night

Death Valley

https://www.npca.org/articles/378-10-spectacular-parks-for-stargazing#sm.001usnp6x14pnfm9zh91favza1adh

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“Interestingly, because of the wobbling motion of the Earth’s axis (called “precession”), the celestial pole will draw even closer to Polaris (closest in 2100 AD), but then as time wears on it will gradually draw away from it. In fact, in about 12,000 years our descendants will have Vega as the North Star.” – Peter Geiger

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answer.

March 11, 2017 § Leave a comment

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola

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Brian-Head

Brian Head Peak

http://www.templesquare.com/blog/explore-utah-mountains/

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“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” – Joseph Campbell

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Mount Timpanogos

Mount Timpanogos

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/epic-mountains-in-ut/

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“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” ― Neil Gaiman

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Craner Peak

Craner Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/utah-western-desert-ranges/190033

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“We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.” – Carl Sagan

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topography.

March 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

“This is what we can promise the future: a legacy of care. That we will be good stewards and not take too much or give back too little, that we will recognize wild nature for what it is, in all its magnificent and complex history – an unfathomable wealth that should be consciously saved, not ruthlessly spent. Privilege is what we inherit by our status as Homo sapiens living on this planet. This is the privilege of imagination. What we choose to do with our privilege as a species is up to each of us.

Humility is born in wildness. We are not protecting grizzlies from extinction; they are protecting us from the extinction of experience as we engage with a world beyond ourselves. The very presence of a grizzly returns us to an ecology of awe. We tremble at what appears to be a dream yet stands before us on two legs and roars.” – Terry Tempest Williams

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Green River Utah

Green River

http://dryflyutah.com/tag/utahs-green-river/

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“The world can only appear monochromatic to those who persist in interpreting what they experience through the lens of a single cultural paradigm, their own. For those with the eyes to see and the heart to feel, it remains a rich and complex topography of the spirit.” – Wade Davis

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San-Juan-River-Utah

San Juan River

http://chrisbrownphotography.com/galleries/utah/san-juan-river-photographs/

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“It was magic to be above [the clouds], to see their uppermost contours, the way they caught the light and held it, their vast shadows moving upon the face of the earth. I wished I could open the window and know what the world sounded like at that altitude. I thought about the solitude of that world, how it must be inhabited by the voice of the wind, only. … I thought about what my crows saw as they flew above canyons and treetops, the birds-eye view of life. They would recognize specific trees, perches, and nesting sites from a completely different perspective than I could. Their maps differed from mine; they knew the topography, the contours of the landscape, on a much grander scale.” – Elizabeth J. Church

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Virgin-River

Virgin River

http://utahrivers.org/category/about-us/

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“Though advances in imaging technology have allowed neuroscientists to grasp much of the basic topography of the brain, and studies of neurons have given us a clear picture of what happens inside and between individual brain cells, science is still relatively clueless about what transpires in the circuitry of the cortex, the wrinkled outer layer of the brain that allows us to plan into the future, do long division, and write poetry, and which holds most of our memories.” – Joshua Foer

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