pause.

February 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

“The spirit, by its very nature, is Slow.” – Carl Honore’

 

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near Colorado river UT

near Colorado river UT

http://www.simmonsbuntin.com/images/gallery/2006/utah/

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“If the simplest of walks is a stroll to the local park or round one’s garden, the simplest of pauses is the glance out of the window or up at the sky: the glance out at something larger than oneself. Both walking and pausing allow in this larger world, making for a new and more generous sense of perspective.” – Christian McEwen

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Colorado River at Goose Island Campground

Colorado River at Goose Island Campground

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/11101063

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“I am not the only one who finds it difficult to pause. Music teachers report that their otherwise talented students have a hard time playing rests. Technicians excise modest stretches of “dead air” from poetry and concert recordings. ….No less a figure than Oscar Wilde wrote that “to do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual….The contemplative life, the life that has for its aim not doing, but being, and not being merely, but becoming – this is what the critical spirit can give is. The gods live this.”” – Christian McEwen

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Colorado River near Moab

Colorado River near Moab

http://www.ilovehistory.utah.gov/place/land/provinces/colorado_plateau.html

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“If you let the silence of

afternoon pool around you, that serenity

may last a long time….

This whole world is yours, you know. You can

breathe it and think about it and dream after this

wherever you go. It’s all right. Nobody cares.” – William Stafford

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Colorado River in The Big Bend area

Colorado River in The Big Bend area

http://photowalk.mostlyfiction.com/category/places/utah/

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“Much later, I thought back over that day and realized how precisely balanced it had been, how entirely equinoctial…..I’d been quietly responsible in a daily way, and I’d been attentive to the needs of the spirit and the passing of the seasons.  And, in doing so, I had arrived, as so often, at a place of peace.” – Christian McEwen

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