spiritual.

December 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Schweitzer

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Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument

http://www.aguntherphotography.com/on-location/hovenweep-national-monument.html

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“Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there exist contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than others who have lived their lives purely externally.” – Fernando Pessoa

 

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Lowry Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients

Lowry Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients

http://www.annestravels.net/lowry-pueblo/

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“Perhaps the most “spiritual” thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” – Job Zabat-Zinn

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Canyon of the Ancients

Canyon of the Ancients

http://memespp.com/pueblo-co-mountains/

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“Each person you meet
is an aspect of yourself,
clamoring for love.” – Eric Michael Levanthal

 

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Canyons of the Ancients

Canyons of the Ancients

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/03/30/714828/-Good-News-Omnibus-Public-Lands-Bill-is-now-Law

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“…real care means the willingness to help each other in making our brokenness into the gateway to joy.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen

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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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“Grace is darkness and light, peacefully co-existing, as illumination.” – Jaeda De Walt

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Grand Staircase National Monument

Grand Staircase National Monument

http://www.rubysinn.com/escalante-national-monument.html

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“You see what you choose to see, because all perception is a choice.
And when you cease to impose your meanings on what you see,
your spiritual eyes will open, and you will see a world free of judgment
and shining in its endless beauty.” – Paul Ferrini

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Christmas Eve.

December 24, 2014 § 1 Comment

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” – Bob Hope

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/christmas-at-monument-valley/

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“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” – Bob Hope

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Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

https://www.facebook.com/coloradonma

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“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.” – G.K. Chesterton

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Mount Shasta, California

Mount Shasta, California

http://snowbrains.com/noaa-15-forecasted-mt-shasta-ca-today/

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“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” – Harlan Miller

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Farolitos Canyon Road

Farolitos Canyon Road

http://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Winter_Events/

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“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…” – John Geddes

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Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon

http://www.spiritofchacoblog.com/chaco_canyon/

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“What is the spirit of Christmas, you ask?  Let me give you the answer in a true story…
On a cold day in December, feeling especially warm in my heart for no other reason than it was the holiday season, I walked through the store sporting a big grin on my face.  Though most people were far too busy going about their business to notice me, one elderly gentleman in a wheelchair brought his eyes up to meet mine as we neared each other traveling opposite directions.  He slowed in passing just long enough to speak to me.
“Now that’s a Christmas smile if I ever saw one,” he said.
My lips stretched to their limit in response, and I thanked him for the compliment.  Then we went our separate ways. But, as I thought about the man and how sweetly he’d touched me, I realized something simply wonderful!  In that brief, passing interaction we’d exchanged heartfelt gifts!
And that, my friend, is the spirit of Christ~mas. ” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

http://www.utahstyleanddesign.com/blog/2012/11/28/winter-getaway-at-the-grand-canyon/

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“It’s been my experience that most folk who ride trains could care less where they’re going. For them it’s the journey itself and the people they meet along the way. You see, at every stop this train makes, a little bit of America, a little bit of your country, gets on and says hello. That’s why trains are so popular at Christmas. People get on to meet their country over the holidays. They’re looking for some friendship, a warm body to talk to. People don’t rush on a train, because that’s not what trains are for. How do you put a dollar value on that? What accounting line does that go on?” – David Baldacci, The Christmas Train

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truth.

December 21, 2014 § 1 Comment

“What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me.” – Helen Keller

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Mesa Verde luminarias

Mesa Verde luminarias

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/ancient-civilizations/

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“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to
succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Besh Ba Gowah

Besh Ba Gowah

http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/luminarias.html

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“Knowing can be a curse on a person’s life. I’d traded in a pack of lies for a pack of truth, and I didn’t know which one was heavier. Which one took the most strength to carry around? It was a ridiculous question, though, because once you know the truth, you can’t ever go back and pick up your suitcase of lies. Heavier or not, the truth is yours now.” – Sue Monk Kidd

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Luminarias at Bandolier

Luminarias at Bandolier

http://mitzilinn.blogspot.com/2011/11/winter-scenes-in-new-mexico.html

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“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.” – Carl Sagan

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Kiva with Luminarias

Kiva with Luminarias

http://kuaua.com/2014/10/25/christmas-at-kuaua-12-7-14/

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“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” – Orson Scott Card

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Mesa Verde

 

Mesa Verde

http://www.larrylindahl.com/magic-of-the-season/

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“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” – Ranier Maria Rilke

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Mesa Verde luminarias

Mesa Verde luminarias

http://www.gatewayreservations.com/cortez-and-mesa-verde-colorado/events/2011/december/mesa-verde-national-park-luminaria.html

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“Truth is what is true, and it’s not necessarily factual. Truth and fact are not the same thing. Truth does not contradict or deny facts, but it goes through and beyond facts. This is something that it is very difficult for some people to understand. Truth can be dangerous.” – Madeleine L’Engle

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permission.

December 18, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Perfection is an illusion. Allow yourself room to make mistakes and permission to be happy regardless of outcome.” – Dawn Gluskin

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

https://greenv4.com/petrified-forest-buildings-named-national-treasure/

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When you don’t have to ask for permission, innovation thrives.” – Steven Johnson

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

http://www.conservationfund.org/projects/petrified-forest-national-park-arizona/

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“Change occurs at the edges, without permission.” – Patti Digh

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redemption.

December 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Not every story has a happy ending, … but the discoveries of science, the teachings of the heart, and the revelations of the soul all assure us that no human being is ever beyond redemption. The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists. How to support that possibility in others and in ourselves is the ultimate question.” – Gabor Mate’

 

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Carson National Forest

Carson National Forest

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/2014/05/

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Sorry means you feel the pulse of other people’s pain as well as your own, and saying it means you take a share of it. And so it binds us together, makes us trodden and sodden as one another. Sorry is a lot of things. It’s a hole refilled. A debt repaid. Sorry is the wake of misdeed. It’s the crippling ripple of consequence. Sorry is sadness, just as knowing is sadness. Sorry is sometimes self-pity. But Sorry, really, is not about you. It’s theirs to take or leave.

Sorry means you leave yourself open, to embrace or to ridicule or to revenge.Sorry is a question that begs forgiveness, because the metronome of a good heart won’t settle until things are set right and true. Sorry doesn’t take things back, but it pushes things forward. It bridges the gap. Sorry is a sacrament. It’s an offering. A gift.” – Craig Silvey

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Gila National Forest

Gila National Forest

http://www.redbubble.com/people/vkpelham/works/5530274-gila-national-forest-new-mexico-usa

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“Your dignity can be mocked, abused, compromised, toyed with, lowered and even badmouthed, but it can never be taken from you. You have the power today to reset your boundaries, restore your image, start fresh with renewed values and rebuild what has happened to you in the past.” – Shannon L. Alder

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Jemez Falls in the Santa Fe National Fores

Jemez Falls in the Santa Fe National Forest

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/landscape-photograph/

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“When someone you love dies, you are given the gift of “second chances”. Their eulogy is a reminder that the living can turn their lives around at any point. You’re not bound by the past; that is who you used to be. You’re reminded that your feelings are not who you are, but how you felt at that moment. Your bad choices defined you yesterday, but they are not who you are today. Your future doesn’t have to travel the same path with the same people. You can start over. You don’t have to apologize to people that won’t listen. You don’t have to justify your feelings or actions, during a difficult time in your life. You don’t have to put up with people that are insecure and want you to fail. All you have to do is walk forward with a positive outlook, and trust that God has a plan that is greater than the sorrow you left behind. The people of quality that were meant to be in your life won’t need you to explain the beauty of your heart. They already understand what being human is—-a roller coaster ride of emotions during rainstorms and sunshine, sprinkled with moments when you can almost reach the stars.” – Shannon L. Alder

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Carson National Forest

Carson National Forest

http://www.wildlifearoundus.com/Nature/National-Parks/Carson-National-Forest/

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“Relinquishing resentment is redemption” – Priyanka Deshmukh

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40 acres  Alamocita Creek NM

40 acres Alamocita Creek NM

http://nmwestproperties.com/close-cibola-national-forest-state-lands-remote-rugged-grid-alamocita-creek-offers-40-acres-3500000/

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“The greatest damage done by neglect, trauma or emotional loss is not the immediate pain they inflict but the long-term distortions they induce in the way a developing child will continue to interpret the world and her situation in it. All too often these ill-conditioned implicit beliefs become self-fulfilling prophecies in our lives. We create meanings from our unconscious interpretation of early events, and then we forge our present experiences from the meaning we’ve created. Unwittingly, we write the story of our future from narratives based on the past…Mindful awareness can bring into consciousness those hidden, past-based perspectives so that they no longer frame our worldview.’Choice begins the moment you disidentify from the mind and its conditioned patterns, the moment you become present…Until you reach that point, you are unconscious.’ …In present awareness we are liberated from the past.” – Gabor Mate’

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chance.

December 16, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives, the merest breath of a circumstance, a random moment that connects like a meteorite striking the earth. Lives have swiveled and changed direction on the strength of a chance remark.” – Bryce Courtenay

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Road near La Honda

Road near La Honda

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/la-honda/

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“In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.” – Jeanette Winterson

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Skyline Drive near La Honda

Skyline Drive near La Honda

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/la-honda/

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“But I don’t believe coincidences are chance events. I think they’re the times we happen to see the mysterious pattern connecting everything.” – Julie Gittus

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Portola Redwoods State Park

Portola Redwoods State Park

http://pixgood.com/portola-redwoods-state-park-wedding.html

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“The world can accommodate your situation, as it accommodates all situations. And your body will keep explaining to you how it all works, this original experiment, this lifelong gift. Your body will keep describing how, for the first time being at least, there is no escape from this particular vessel. These are your atoms. This is your consciousness. These are your experiences–your successes and mistakes. This is your first and final chance, your one and only biography. This is the existential container, the bowl of your life’s soup, wherein something can be made sense of, wherein there is a cure, wherein you are.” – Sarah Hall

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Old La Honda Road summit

Old La Honda Road summit

http://windinmyface.com/rides-OldLaHonda.html

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“So much of what happens by chance forms what becomes your life.”  – Roger Ebert

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San Gregorio

San Gregorio

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g33017-San_Gregorio_California-Vacations.html

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“How do you calculate upon the unforeseen? It seems to be an art of recognizing the role of the unforeseen, of keeping your balance amid surprises, of collaborating with chance, of recognizing that there are some essential mysteries in the world and thereby a limit to calculation, to plan, to control.” – Rebecca Solnit

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end.

December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

“For me, the times I always regret are missed opportunities to say farewell to good people, to wish them long life and say to them in all sincerity, “You build and do not destroy; you sow goodwill and reap it; smiles bloom in the wake of your passing, and I will keep your kindness in trust and share it as occasion arises, so that your life will be a quenching draught of calm in a land of drought and stress.” Too often I never get to say that when it should be said. Instead, I leave them with the equivalent of a “Later, dude!” only to discover there would be no later for us.” – Kevin Hearne

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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest

http://www.discovernw.org/store_clearwater_2CLWA/

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“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”  – Pico Iyer

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Sandia Crest

Sandia Crest

http://www.nationalforests.org/blog/10-best-of-national-forests

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“The direction you choose to face determines whether you’re standing at the end or the beginning of a road.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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