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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work.

January 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

“The world of my work is changing, and my professional identity, direction and security are unsettled.

It seems discouraging to think of all the time and effort I have invested. It seems like a sacrifice. Perhaps I can begin to understand the original meaning of the word: “to make sacred”.

Perhaps this is a sacred passage in which my insecurity is sacrificed for trust in whatever is to come.

As one form dissolves, another takes its place. My work now is to seek and to recognize a new form that will provide the opportunity for growth and reward.” – Noela N. Evans

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Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

http://katiejorentz.blogspot.com/2013/11/kings-canyon-and-sequoia-national-parks.html

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“One source of frustration in the workplace is the frequent mismatch between what people must do and what
people can do. When what they must do exceeds their capabilities, the result is anxiety. When what they must do falls short of their capabilities,
the result is boredom. But when the
match is just right, the results can be glorious. This is the essence of flow.” – Daniel H. Pink

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Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park

http://terraphotographica.com/blog/

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“Whatever you make, base it upon that which is most important to you. Only then will it have depth and meaning, and only then will it resonate with others.” – Christopher Paolini

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Sequoia KCNP

Sequoia KCNP

http://mowryjournal.com/2014/01/07/winter-in-the-sierra/

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“I often think about dogs when I think about work and retirement. There are many breeds of dog that just need to be working, and useful, or have a job of some kind, in order to be happy. Otherwise they are neurotically barking, scratching, or tearing up the sofa. A working dog needs to work. And I am a working dog.” – Martha Sherrill

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Sequoia Grove

Sequoia Grove

http://www.artinnaturephotography.com/photo/snowy-winter-sequoia-grove/

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“Imagine that you are stuck on a long train ride and must choose one of two books to read in order to pass the time: the first is a novel whose main character is an office worker who is essentially working to pay his monthly cable bill; the second is about someone who decides to travel in South America (and of course encounters various setbacks in the process), but who pushes beyond the boundaries of conventional American life. Which… book would you pick up to read? Indeed, which of the two characters would you rather be?” – Mark Thompson

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integrity.

January 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” – Barbara De Angelis

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Pueblo Bonito

Pueblo Bonito

http://www.larrylindahl.com/the-ancients-in-chaco-canyon/

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“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.” – Czeslaw Milosz

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Chaco Sun Dagger

Chaco Sun Dagger

http://discoverhistorictravel.com/archaeoastronomy/

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“Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will. Integrity is not a search for the rewards of integrity. Maybe all you ever get for it is the largest kick in the ass the world can provide. It is not supposed to be a productive asset.” – John D. MacDonald

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Doorway in Pueblo Bonito

Doorway in Pueblo Bonito

http://sarweb.org/?lecture_energy_consumption_and_the_rise_of_chacoan_society

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“A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.” – Jacqueline Bisset

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

http://galleryhip.com/chaco-culture-national-historical-park-camping.html

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“Within the depths of authenticity lives integrity; waiting for our return. When we arrive, we are met with effortless joy, abundant living, peace and wholeness–nothing lacking, nothing broken. This is soul equanimity, the state of pure alignment with will of Source and will of self.” – LeShaun Middlebrooks Collier

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Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon

http://wilderness.org/blog/oil-and-gas-drilling-could-dim-night-sky-chaco-canyon

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“It makes me sad that so many people feel they’re only allowed to show their best face, while their humanity and vulnerabilities are forbidden and hidden. How else do we connect, but by commonality, by mutual understanding and truth in life’s experiences? Whether it makes you smile or cringe, a truth spoken is a healing thing.”  – Jennifer DdeLucy

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Chaco Canyon National Historical Park

Chaco Canyon National Historical Park

http://www.summitpost.org/chaco-canyon-new-mexico/622734

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“Integrity is congruence between what you know, what you profess, and what you do.” – Nathaniel Branden

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try.

January 22, 2015 § 3 Comments

“A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein

 

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Milsap Falls Plumas National Park

Milsap Falls Plumas National Park

http://swimmingholesofcalifornia.blogspot.com/2013/09/milsap-bar-falls-swimming-hole-plumas.html

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“Life requires us to do things anyway, despite what sort of fear or monster or tragedy or suffering lurks behind that anyway.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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 Plumas National Forest

Plumas National Forest

http://ayay.co.uk/background/scenic/snow/Plumas-National-Forest-California/

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“Don’t be afraid to try, because you never look back on life and smile at what you could have attempted. Joy only brightens your countenance over those things you did attempt.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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believe.

January 20, 2015 § 1 Comment

“The patterns we perceive are determined by the stories we want to believe.” – John Verndon

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Lone Pine from Mount Whitney

Lone Pine from Mount Whitney

http://therealoutdoorsman.com/2014/09/03/mount-whitney/

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“When you delete impossible from your thinking, you give yourself permission to imagine, to believe, to try, and to accomplish phenomenal things.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Mount Whitney Crest

Mount Whitney Crest

http://www.sierradescents.com/photos/whitney/mount-whitney-crest.html

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“Nothing profound ever happens in your life when you remain in your comfort zone.” – Bill Courtney

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