comfort.

May 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

“There’s a sorrow and pain in everyone’s life, but every now and then there’s a ray of light that melts the loneliness in your heart and brings comfort like hot soup and a soft bed.” – Hubert Selby Jr.

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

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

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“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Toiyabe Forest

Toiyabe Forest

http://www.totalescape.com/active/campstuff/NF/toiyabe.html#.VV5HadJViko

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“Even the smallest tender mercy can bring peace when recognized and appreciated.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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 Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada

Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada

http://www.strengthinperspective.com/index.html#/Panoramas/HorizontalPanoramas/panGreatBasin.htm

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“The next time you wish you could find the right words to say to someone who is hurting, just remember that dogs are a man’s best friend without ever speaking a word to them. Simply be present and have sympathy.” – Ashly Lorenzana

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Toiyabe NF

Toiyabe NF

http://corinnesheltren.com/twinlakes/local-sites/toiyabe-national-forest/

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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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Spring Mountains

Spring Mountains

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/about-forest/offices/?cid=fsm9_027001

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“True friends never turn you away when all you need is someone to talk to. Ever. It’s not the only thing that helps, but it’s the only thing that works. Real friends never walk away, letting you slip deeper into the pit of despair.” – Northern Adams

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Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

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

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“There was also something about the smell of bookshops that was strangely comforting to her. She wondered if it was the scent of ink and paper, or the perfume of binding, string, and glue. Maybe it was the scent of knowledge. Information. Thoughts and ideas. Poetry and love. All of it bound into one perfect, calm place.” – Alyson Richman

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Lundy lake California

Lundy lake California

http://www.totalescape.com/destin/lakes/lundy.html#.VV5JXNJViko

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“We read about you to be with you, to walk in someone else’s shoes, to experience another life. Some of those lives are hard, and others are easy, but we’re with you every step of the way. We read about people in impossible situations because we’re dealing with horrible things ourselves, in our lives. And you going through your story helps us with ours, no matter how yours ends.” – James Riley

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Crystal Peak Park, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Crystal Peak Park, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

http://www.panoramio.com/user/7185849?with_photo_id=79939193

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“There’s always books. And the wind through trees.” – Anna Jae

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Sparks NV

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Sparks NV

http://www.panoramio.com/user/6865289?show=all

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“The man who has many answers
is often found
in the theaters of information
where he offers, graciously,
his deep findings.While the man who has only questions,
to comfort himself, makes music.” – Mary Oliver

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Walker River, Humboldt Toiyabe-National Forest

Walker River, Humboldt Toiyabe-National Forest

http://www.panoramio.com/user/1696916?with_photo_id=38271736

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“In the morning light, I remembered how much I loved the sound of wind through the trees. I laid back and closed my eyes, and I was comforted by the sound of a million tiny leaves dancing on a summer morning.” – Patrick Carman

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Toiyable Crest

Toiyable Crest

http://wildernessvagabond.com/toiyabe09/toiyabe09.htm

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“Contrary to what a lot of people believe (or hope), comfort doesn’t take the pain away. Comfort slides in beside the pain, pulling up a chair so that we have something more than sorrow in our hearts. Comfort gently expands our spirits so that we can breathe again. Comfort opens our eyes so that we can see possibility again.

And on those days, whether it is the next day or five years removed, on that day when grief rears its dark head again, comfort helps us remember that pain is not all there is” – Peggy Haymes

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essence.

May 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close can we come to that person’s essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?” – Haruki Murakami

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Quinn Canyon Range

Quinn Canyon Range

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinn_Canyon_Range

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“A lot of things are inherent in life -change, birth, death, aging, illness, accidents, calamities, and losses of all kinds- but these events don’t have to be the cause of ongoing suffering. Yes, these events cause grief and sadness, but grief and sadness pass, like everything else, and are replaced with other experiences. The ego, however, clings to negative thoughts and feelings and, as a result, magnifies, intensifies, and sustains those emotions while the ego overlooks the subtle feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, adventure, love, and peace that come from Essence. If we dwelt on these positive states as much as we generally dwell on our negative thoughts and painful emotions, our lives would be transformed.” – Gina Lake

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Spring Valley NV

Spring Valley NV

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“Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: Chi sa più, meno sa—Who knows most, knows least.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Worthington Peak (NV)

Worthington Peak (NV)

http://www.summitpost.org/worthington-peak-nv/874231

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“For many scientists less divinely gifted than Einstein,the chief reward for being a scientist is not the power and the money but the chance of catching a glimpse of the transcendent beauty of nature.” – Freeman Dyson

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Worthington Range north of Rachel

Worthington Range north of Rachel

http://www.summitpost.org/worthington-peak/718051

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“You are a cosmic traveler; your body is temporary, but its essence is eternal…” – Dave Zebian

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Worthington Peak NV

Worthington Peak NV

http://www.summitpost.org/worthington-peak/718051

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“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true science. He who knows it not, and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead. We all had this priceless talent when we were young. But as time goes by, many of us lose it. The true scientist never loses the faculty of amazement. It is the essence of his being.” – Hans Selye

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epiphany.

April 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Looking into the spirit of others is sometimes like looking into a pond. Though we aim to see what’s deep in the bottom, we are often distracted by our own reflection.” – Katina Ferguson

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Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g32769-d532014-i66461760-Havasu_National_Wildlife_Refuge-Needles_California.html

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“Do you ever feel that way?”
“Lonely?”
I search for the words. “Restless. As if you haven’t really met yourself yet. As is you’d passed yourself once in the fog, and your heart leapt – ‘Ah! There I Am! I’ve been missing that piece!’ But it happens too fast, and then that part of you disappears into the fog again. And you spend the rest of your days looking for it.”
He nods, and I think he’s appeasing me. I feel stupid of having said it. It’s sentimental and true, and I’ve revealed a part of myself I shouldn’t have.
“Do you know what I think?” Kartik says at last.
“What?”
“Sometimes, I think you can glimpse it in another.” – Libba Bray

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Mt. Tipton Wilderness in the Cerbat Mountains

Mt. Tipton Wilderness in the Cerbat Mountains

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/WhiteHillsWind.html

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“Blessed are those with cracks in their broken heart because that is how the light gets in.” – Shannon Alder

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Hualapai Peak

Hualapai Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/hualapai-peak/291817

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“As I turned to leave, I looked down. Beside my foot, a sprout of greenery was clawing its way through the pristine nothingness to begin anew. It was later that I realized my haven had sent me a message, and it had shown me that nothing is ever completely lost, unless you cease searching.” – J.D. Stroube

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Mount Tipton Wilderness Marble Canyon

Mount Tipton Wilderness Marble Canyon

http://www.wildernesslandtrust.org/news/mount-tipton-wilderness-areas-marble-canyon-to-remain-a-hikers-haven/

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“We fit the pieces of our life together in a pattern,
but there is no image on the puzzlebox to guide us.” – Michael Hogan

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Indian Point on Hualapai Reservation

Indian Point on Hualapai Reservation

http://www.aaanativearts.com/united-states-tribes-a-z/ustribesh-j/2199-hualapai-indian-tribe-index.html#axzz3YnmSgBv1

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“Well, sometimes love seems easy. Like … it’s easy to love rain … and hawks. And it’s easy to love wild plums … and the moon. But with people, seems like love’s a hard thing to know. It gets all mixed up. I mean, you can love one person in one way and another person in another way. But how do you know you love the right one in every way?”

“I’m not sure, but I think you’ll know. I think if it’s the right person, it’ll be better than rain and hawks and wild plums. Even better than the moon. I think it’ll be better than all that put together.” – Billie Letts

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Mount Tipton Wilderness

Mount Tipton Wilderness

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/WhiteHillsWind.html

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“Whereas life separates meaning from emotion, art unites them. Story is an instrument by which you create such epiphanies at will, the phenomenon known as aesthetic emotion…Life on its own, without art to shape it, leaves you in confusion and chaos, but aesthetic emotion harmonizes what you know with what you feel to give you a heightened awareness and a sureness of your place in reality.” – Robert McKee

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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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