transformation.

July 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Have you ever had one of those moments that felt perfect? Where, despite what was going on in your life, everything seemed to come together in one fleeting moment of contentment, happiness and perfection? Monarch butterfly teaches us that all of life is made up of striving for and increasing the number of these moments that we experience, and shows us how to better value and focus on these fleeting moments.” – Wildspeak

http://www.wildspeak.com/animalenergies/monarchbutterfly.html

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Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterfly Migration

http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/monarch-butterflies-facts.html

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The butterfly is a powerful animal to call when you need support in times of transition, whether it’s at work, in a relationship, or when you’re doing inner work. Great ally during intense periods of personal transformation, it will add ease and lightness to the process. – Elena Harris

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Plano Priarie Garden Monarch Waystation

Plano Priarie Garden Monarch Waystation

http://planobluestem.blogspot.com/2010/06/monarch-waystation-certification.html

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Scientific research has shown that the butterfly is the only living being capable of changing entirely its genetic structure during the process of transformation: the caterpillar’s DNA is totally different from the butterfly’s. Thus, it is the symbol of total transformation. – Birdclan

http://www.birdclan.org/butterfly.html

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Mature Monarch sips milkweed

Mature Monarch sips milkweed

http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2014/11/how_the_gulf_coast_can_save_th_1.html

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To the Native Americans the butterfly is a symbol of joy. They remind us that life is a dance, not to take things quite so seriously……

https://siannaphey.wordpress.com/tag/butterfly-totem/

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North America Monarch Butterfly Migration

North America Monarch Butterfly Migration

http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/Monarch_Butterfly/migration/index.shtml

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Scientific research has shown that the butterfly is the only living being capable of changing entirely its genetic structure during the process of transformation: the caterpillar’s DNA is totally different from the butterfly’s. Thus, it is the symbol of total transformation.  Butterfly represents a need for change and greater freedom, and at the same time it represents courage: one requires courage to carry out the changes necessary in the process of growth. Its Medicine is related to the air and the mental powers. It teaches us to find clarity in the mental processes, to organize projects or to figure out the next step in our internal growth. If Butterfly is your Power Animal or if you feel in any way attracted to it, this means you are ready to undergo some kind of transformation. Examine which stage calls your attention the most: the egg is the beginning, the birth of some project or idea. The larva is de decision to manifest something in the physical world. The cocoon has to do with “going inside”, either through insight or the development of the project or idea. The breaking of the cocoon deals with sharing the splendor of your creation with the whole world. Once you understand the stage you are on, you can discover which is the next step.

http://people.tribe.net/vanessa/blog/c2e2421e-3b6a-40a0-82d0-5e2bf4b1ebad

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2013 Monarch Butterfly Migration

2013 Monarch Butterfly Migration

http://dallastrinitytrails.blogspot.com/2013/10/2013-monarch-butterfly-migration.html

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Hopi Indians used butterfly images on much of their prehistoric pottery, and they even performed a special butterfly dance. The spirit of the butterfly has been widely used in the Hopi Indian’s kachina figures. Kachinas are the spirit essence of everything in the real world.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/160413240/butterfly-medicine-totem-vintage

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alone.

July 27, 2015 § 1 Comment

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” – Louise Erdrich

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Yellow Jacket Canyon

Yellow Jacket Canyon

http://www.archaeologicalconservancy.org/tag/ancestral-pueblo/

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“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.” – John O’Donohue

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Crow Canyon Restored great kiva Aztec ruin

Crow Canyon Restored great kiva Aztec ruin

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60857-d102661-i41714947-Crow_Canyon_Archaeological_Center-Cortez_Colorado.html

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“You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.” – Carl Sagan

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Sand Canyon

Sand Canyon

http://metamorphosisroad.blogspot.com/2013/05/sand-canyon-hiking-through-land-of.html

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“If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.” – Andy Rooney

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Sand Canyon area in Canyons of the Ancients

Sand Canyon area in Canyons of the Ancients

http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nm/canm/artist_in_residence.html

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“I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.” – Robin Williams

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Aerial Sand Canyon

Aerial Sand Canyon

http://www.imakenews.com/crowcanyon1/index000189952.cfm

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“Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially “on,” we introverts need to turn off and recharge. My own formula is roughly two hours alone for every hour of socializing. This isn’t antisocial. It isn’t a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: “I’m okay, you’re okay—in small doses.” – Jonathon Rauch

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Pueblo III village of Sand Canyon Pueblo

Pueblo III village of Sand Canyon Pueblo

http://www.crowcanyon.org/EducationProducts/pueblo_history_kids/pueblo_III_houses.asp

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“A man’s dignity isn’t measured by the people he has around him when he’s at the peak of his success, but by his ability not to forget those who helped him when his need was greatest.” – Paul Coelho

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breakthrough.

July 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

“When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner.” – Joyce Meyer

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Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef

http://busterbluth52.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html

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“Love, affection, even attention are not things that need pursuit. If they are not given freely, openly, willingly to you by another person, then stop trying to obtain them from that person. Someone else will gladly share theirs with you.” – Charles F. Glassman

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Road through Capital Reef

Road through Capital Reef

http://fromatob.org/2011/11/01/natural-bridges-national-monument-and-capitol-reef-national-park/

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“Today I acknowledge that I am not in position to judge what mistakes anyone is making or what lessons anyone needs to learn. I don’t know how far someone has come or when that person will have a breakthrough, I simply don’t know what other people should be doing. But when I think I do know, I clearly am not doing what I should be doing, which is taking responsibility for my own life.” – Hugh Prather

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The Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

The Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

http://www.wildnatureimages.com/Utah/Capitol-Reef/Waterpocket-Fold-Photo.htm

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“While extroverts tend to attain leadership in public domains, introverts tend to attain leadership in theoretical and aesthetic fields. Outstanding introverted leaders, such as Charles Darwin, Maurie Curie, Patrick White and Arthur Boyd, who have created either new fields of thought or rearranged existing knowledge, have spent long periods of their lives in solitude. Hence leadership does not only apply in social situations, but also occurs in more solitary situations such as developing new techniques in the arts, creating new philosophies, writing profound books and making scientific breakthroughs.” – Janet Farrall

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Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef

http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/nonscientific_adventures/Capitol%20Reef.htm

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“Don’t they know science doesn’t work like that? You can’t just order scientific breakthroughs. They happen when you are looking at something you’ve been working on for years and suddenly see a connection you never noticed before, or when you’re looking for something else altogether. Sometimes they even happen by accident. Don’t they know you can’t get a scientific breakthrough just because you want one?” – Connie Willis

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Capitol Reef NP

Capitol Reef NP

http://www.scenicbyway12.com/the-byway/parks-forests-monuments/capitol-reef-national-park/

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“I had to be self-sufficient, contented, and balanced before I could attract someone who had the same qualities. This was a key breakthrough: whatever you want in a relationship has to first be in you.” – Regina Cates

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Capitol Reef iron deposits

Capitol Reef iron deposits

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/capitol-reef-national-park/

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“The big miracle you await will likely first appear in a small encounter or chance event. So always be aware and open, you never know what today will bring.” – Charles F. Glassman

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shelter.

July 16, 2015 § 2 Comments

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”  – Philip Pullman

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Little Creek Mountain

Little Creek Mountain

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/st__george/blm_special_areas/areas_of_critical/little_creek_mountain.html

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“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” – Sarah Dessen

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Johns Cnyn Hunt Panel

Johns Cnyn Hunt Panel

http://waa.basketmakeratlatl.com/?page_id=161

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“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead” – Caitlin Moran

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Great Gallery of Horseshoe Canyon

Great Gallery of Horseshoe Canyon

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60724-d3458380-i61419969-Utah_Scenic_Byway_279_Rock_Art_Sites-Moab_Utah.html

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“Dedication: For librarians and booksellers everywhere, who gather books and build shelters for tender souls.” – Tessa Dare

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Wolfman Panel

Wolfman Panel

http://www.petroglyphs.us/photographs_butler_wash_utah_rock_art_LBW.htm

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“All through your life your soul takes care of you…your soul is alive and awakened, gathering, sheltering and guiding your ways and days in the world. In effect, your soul is your secret shelter. ♥” – John O’Donohue

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Barrier Canyon

Barrier Canyon

http://www.danemarkphotography.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=20&p=1&a=0&at=0

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“They had offered him comfort and shelter, even when he was afraid of taking them, and in accepting he had learned something new. It was as much of a gift to receive as it was to give, requiring as it did both courage and humility.” – Rachel Joyce

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White Wave

White Wave

http://www.dreamlandtours.net/day-tours/kanab-tours/mystical-slot-canyon-white-wave-photography-tour/

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“People open shops in order to sell things, they hope to become busy so that they will have to enlarge the shop, then to sell more things, and grow rich, and eventually not have to come into the shop at all. Isn’t that true? But are there other people who open a shop with the hope of being sheltered there, among such things as they most value – the yarn or the teacups or the books – and with the idea only of making a comfortable assertion? They will become a part of the block, a part of the street, part of everybody’s map of the town, and eventually of everybody’s memories. They will sit and drink coffee in the middle of the morning, they will get out the familiar bits of tinsel at Christmas, they will wash the windows in spring before spreading out the new stock. Shops, to these people, are what a cabin in the woods might be to somebody else – a refuge and a justification.” – Alice Munro

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Near Utah 279

Near Utah 279

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60724-d3458380-i120202686-Utah_Scenic_Byway_279_Rock_Art_Sites-Moab_Utah.html

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“Perhaps love is like a resting place, a shelter from the storm. It exists to give you comfort, it is there to keep you warm, and in those times of trouble when you are most alone, the memory of love will bring you home.” – John Denver

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Sego Canyon

Sego Canyon

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-fremont.html

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“What did a person need to survive? Food. Water. Shelter. Warmth in cold weather. And something else… books.” – Nancy Horan

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Great Gallery

Great Gallery

http://m.deseretnews.com/article/765658938/Renowned-rock-art-in-Utah-is-younger-than-believed.html

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“There’s a saying in Japan, and it has to do with cherry-blossom viewing: hana yori dango (Dumplings over flowers). It basically means that someone should value needs over wants, substance over appearance. As in, make sure you have food and shelter before you burn money on something extravagant. And, you know, choose genuine friends who will be there for you over pretty, shallow ones. Don’t get carried away by beauty if it leaves you empty.” – Amanda Sun

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Uinta Basin Rock Art

Uinta Basin Rock Art

http://www.jqjacobs.net/rock_art/ne_utah1.html

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“Language is a door. Words en-trance and are an entrance; they draw you in. When you read, the book you cradle disappears and the tales within unfold in your mind. Writing is a shelter of words and reading an interior adventure.” – Laurie Seidler

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appearance.

July 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” – Jon Krakauer

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Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/slideshow-photo/mesa-verde-national-park-united-states.html?sid=10104672&fid=upload_12799393665-tpfil02aw-14585

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“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” – Margaret Thatcher

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Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

http://worldheritage.routes.travel/world-heritage-site/mesa-verde-national-park/

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“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Mesa Verde NP

Mesa Verde NP

http://albanykid.com/2013/04/18/mesa-verde-national-park/

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“Persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

http://www.basicplanet.com/mesa-verde-national-park/

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“Whoever you are, bear in mind that appearance is not reality. Some people act like extroverts, but the effort costs them energy, authenticity, and even physical health. Others seem aloof or self-contained, but their inner landscapes are rich and full of drama. So the next time you see a person with a composed face and a soft voice, remember that inside her mind she might be solving an equation, composing a sonnet, designing a hat. She might, that is, be deploying the powers of quiet.” – Susan Cain

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Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/mesa-verde-national-park/

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“My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.” – Anais Nin

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Mesa Verde Kiva

Mesa Verde Kiva

http://www.mesaverde.com/

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“When you look at fainted stars, you’ll notice that they often appear brighter from the corner of your eye. Averted vision, we call it. Same with the answers you seek, you won’t find them by staring until your eyes fall out. They’ll come when you’re look somewhere else.” – Jeri Smith-Ready

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Mesa Verde at night

Mesa Verde at night

http://www.mesaverdefoundation.org/About-Us/About-Mesa-Verde-National-Park.aspx

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“With humility comes the willingness to stop trying to control or change other people or life situations or events ostensibly ‘for their own good’. To be a committed spiritual seeker, it is necessary to relinquish the desire to be ‘right’ or of imaginary value to society. In fact, nobody’s ego or belief systems are of any value to society at all. The world is neither good nor bad nor defective, nor is it in need of help or modification because its appearance is only a projection of one’s own mind. No such world exists.” – David R. Hawkins

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discernment.

July 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Sometimes you can tell what something is by what is isn’t.” – Kenneth Copeland

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Parashant National Monument

Parashant National Monument

http://www.conservationfund.org/projects/grand-canyon-parashant-national-monument

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“According to ayurveda, we become what we surround ourselves with. And so it stands to reason that we have to be discerning about what we surround ourselves with.” – Dani Shapiro

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Parashant National Monument

Parashant National Monument

https://roadtrippers.com/us/st-george-ut/camping-rv/grand-canyon-parashant-national-monument?lat=40.80972&lng=-96.67528&z=5

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“One of the first things we learn from our teachers is discernment: the ability to tell truth from fiction, to know when we have lost our center and how to find it again. Discernment is also one of the last things we learn, when we feel our paths diverge and we must separate from our mentors in order to stay true to ourselves.” – Anne Hill

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Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

http://michael1111.blogspot.com/2011/06/arizona-strip-grand-canyon-parashant-nm.html

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“One must find rhythms others’ ears don’t hear.” – David Anthony Durham

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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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“Discernment is trust put into practice.” – Peter Santos

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Gold Butte

Gold Butte

http://www.friendsofgoldbutte.org/

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“Surely arrested development consists not in refusing to lose old things but in failing to add new things.” – C.S. Lewis

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Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

http://www.nationalparklover.com/gc-para01.htm

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“If we experience any failures or setbacks, we do not forget them because they offend our self-esteem. Instead we reflect on them deeply, trying to figure out what went wrong and discern whether there are any patterns to our mistakes.” – Robert Greene

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Havasu Falls & Mooney Falls

Havasu Falls & Mooney Falls

http://www.everytrail.com/destination/grand-canyon-parashant-national-monument

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“We all become well-disguised mirror image of anything that we fight too long or too directly. That which we oppose determines the energy and frames the questions after a while. Most frontal attacks on evil just produce another kind of evil in yourself, along with a very inflated self-image to boot.” – Richard Rohr

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safe.

June 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Sometimes it all becomes too much. Your body and mind will just give way. Part of you may want to blissfully fade into nothing, but you never do. After a while all the memories and emotions make you shut down but never fully disappear—it’s safer for you this way, to be excluded. It’s a time to be alone, to heal, and to find yourself. It doesn’t mean you’ve given up or stopped trying; it just means you know what’s best for you. Breathing is medicine. I forgot how to breathe, but I’m learning all over again.” – Mandi Lynn

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Little Colorado Confluence

Little Colorado Confluence

http://savetheconfluence.com/environment/confluence-sacred-according-navajo-publications/

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“If we stay where we are, where we’re stuck, where we’re comfortable and safe, we die there. We become like mushrooms, living in the dark, with poop up to our chins. If you want to know only what you already know, you’re dying. You’re saying: Leave me alone; I don’t mind this little rathole. It’s warm and dry. Really, it’s fine.

When nothing new can get in, that’s death. When oxygen can’t find a way in, you die. But new is scary, and new can be disappointing, and confusing – we had this all figured out, and now we don’t.

New is life.” – Anne Lamott

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