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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gentle.

March 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

“The most irresistible beauty is the radiant glow from a kind and gentle heart.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

 

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Sarvis Creek Wilderness

Sarvis Creek Wilderness

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r2/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5354204

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“When it comes to the crusty behavior of some people, give them the benefit of the doubt. They may be drowning right before your eyes, but you can’t see it. And you’d never ask someone to drown with a smile on his face.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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