calm.

May 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

“My dear,
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

Truly yours,
Albert Camus” – Albert Camus

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Peavine Canyon, Humboldt-Toiyabe Range

Peavine Canyon, Humboldt-Toiyabe Range

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/Vandalism-OHV.html

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“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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Humboldt-Toiyabe_National_Forest_photo_D_Ramey_Logan

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF)

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“Imagine that the universe is a great spinning engine. You want to stay near the core of the thing – right in the hub of the wheel – not out at the edges where all the wild whirling takes place, where you can get frayed and crazy. The hub of calmness – that’s your heart……..So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you’ll always find peace.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Jett Cyn.

http://butterfliesofamerica.com/papilio_indra_nevadensis_habitats.htm

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“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark … In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.”

[Still in Melbourne January 1987]” – Germaine Greer

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country road in Bishop

country road in Bishop

A Winter Road Trip

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“[…] just remember, the storm doesn’t last forever. It can scare you; it can shake you to your core. But it never lasts. The rain subsides, the thunder dies, and the winds calm to a soft whisper. And that moment after the storm clouds pass, when all is silent and still, you find peace. Quiet, gentle peace.” – S.L Jennings

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Interstate 80, Great Basin

Interstate 80, Great Basin

http://middleearthminerals.com/html/other%20pages/Geology/Interstate80.htm

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“Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. … One person with indigenous inner strength exercises a great calming effect on panic among people around him. This is what our society needs — not new ideas and inventions; important as these are, and not geniuses and supermen, but persons who can “be”, that is, persons who have a center of strength within themselves.” – Rollo May

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Horse ranch in Owens Valley

Horse ranch in Owens Valley

http://www.mccullagh.org/photo/1ds-13/owens-valley-horse-ranch

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“My bookshelf was my favorite part of my room. It had a calming presence. Maybe there was something to be said about the feeling and presence of real books.” – Katie Kacvinsky

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northern-nevada-and-the-humboldt-mountains

Northern Nevada

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/northern-sierra-nevada-mountains/

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“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.” – Walter Isaacson

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Cattle ranch near Route 395

Cattle ranch near Route 395

http://www.mccullagh.org/photo/1ds-13/cattle-ranch-sierra-nevada-mountains

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“I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.” – Anna Funder

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Mount Tom

Mount Tom

http://www.livingwilderness.com/mountains/mount-tom.html

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“I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.” – Jonathon Edwards

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SierraEscarpmentCA

Sierra Escarpment

http://geoscience.wisc.edu/~chuck/Classes/Mtn_and_Plates/BsnRng_SAFZ.html

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“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.” – Job Kabat-Zinn

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