Compassion.

January 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

 

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Wallace Creek Canyon

Wallace Creek Canyon

http://www.troop8.cc/high_sierra_trail_2005.html

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“It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view.

When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn’t matter whether its been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades.

The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before.

Its never too late to take a moment to look.” – Sharon Salzberg

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 Kern River Canyon, which is a habitat for rattlesnakes

Kern River Canyon, which is a habitat for rattlesnakes

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Sierra-Crossing-Sixth-of-an-eight-part-series-2526275.php

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“When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. ” – Rachel Naomi Remen

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Kern Canyon

Kern Canyon

http://cholla.mmto.org/hiking/sierras/trips/shepherd/

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“Simply being with someone is difficult because it asks of us that we share in the other’s vulnerability, enter with him or her into the experience of weakness and powerlessness, become part of the uncertainty, and give up control and self-determination. ‘ – Henri J.M. Nouwen

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 Kern River Valley

Kern River Valley

http://kernriver.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.html

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“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” – Pema Chodron

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Light Rapids Along The Kern River

Light Rapids Along The Kern River

http://www.chayacitra.com/2010/03/point-mugu-camping/

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“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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North Fork Kern River

North Fork Kern River

http://www.summitpost.org/kern-retreat/628007

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

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 Kern Canyon

Kern Canyon

 

http://jason-parks.com/public/backpacking/trip_reports/high_sierra_trail/High%20Sierra%20Trail.html

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“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” – Rainier Maria Rilke

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steep passes before a long rolling descent into the Kern River Canyon

steep passes before a long rolling descent into the Kern River Canyon

http://www.snowyphotos.com/2010_04_01_archive.html

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“All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile.” – Chris Hart

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§ 2 Responses to Compassion.

  • I have to say, I don’t like rattlesnakes…

  • southwestdesertlover says:

    Oh Chrissie, me neither. I guess we have to walk tip-toe very carefully in areas like that one. I once stepped on a garter snake with bare feet in a field in Ocean City, Maryland back in 1968. My feet didn’t seem to touch the ground until I ran out of that field! :^)

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