ease.

January 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”- Abraham Lincoln

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http://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/du-abpmain.html

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“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

http://www.visitcalifornia.com/destination/spotlight-anza-borrego-desert-state-park

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“There is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.”- Winston Churchill

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http://www.californiabeaches.com/attraction/anza-borrego-desert-state-park/

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“Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train. There is an almost quaint correlation between what is in front of our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: large thoughts at times requiring large views, new thoughts new places. Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape. The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is supposed to do.

At the end of hours of train-dreaming, we may feel we have been returned to ourselves – that is, brought back into contact with emotions and ideas of importance to us. It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestice setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, but who may not be who we essentially are.

If we find poetry in the service station and motel, if we are drawn to the airport or train carriage, it is perhaps because, in spite of their architectural compromises and discomforts, in spite of their garish colours and harsh lighting, we implicitly feel that these isolated places offer us a material setting for an alternative to the selfish ease, the habits and confinement of the ordinary, rooted world.” – Alain de Botton

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Borrego Badlands

http://chimes.biola.edu/story/2013/mar/22/anza-borrego-desert-state-park/

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“People who dream when they sleep at night know of a special kind of happiness which the world of the day holds not, a placid ecstasy, and ease of heart, that are like honey on the tongue. They also know that the real glory of dreams lies in their atmosphere of unlimited freedom. It is not the freedom of the dictator, who enforces his own will on the world, but the freedom of the artist, who has no will, who is free of will. The pleasure of the true dreamer does not lie in the substance of the dream, but in this: that there things happen without any interference from his side, and altogether outside his control. Great landscapes create themselves, long splendid views, rich and delicate colours, roads, houses, which he has never seen or heard of…” – Karen Blixen

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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“There’s power in the touch of another person’s hand. We acknowledge it in little ways, all the time. There’s a reason human beings shake hands, hold hands, slap hands, bump hands.

“It comes from our very earliest memories, when we all come into the world blinded by light and color, deafened by riotous sound, flailing in a suddenly cavernous space without any way of orienting ourselves, shuddering with cold, emptied with hunger, and justifiably frightened and confused. And what changes that first horror, that original state of terror?

“The touch of another person’s hands.

“Hands that wrap us in warmth, that hold us close. Hands that guide us to shelter, to comfort, to food. Hands that hold and touch and reassure us through our very first crisis, and guide us into our very first shelter from pain. The first thing we ever learn is that the touch of someone else’s hand can ease pain and make things better.

“That’s power. That’s power so fundamental that most people never even realize it exists.” – Jim Butcher

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fire.

January 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

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Indian Hills NV

http://elevation.maplogs.com/poi/indian_hills_nv_usa.93409.html

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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell

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Basin Mountain

http://www.summitpost.org/basin-mountain-at-dusk/483528

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“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves” ― Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

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“behind the mask of ice that people wear, there beats a heart of fire.”
Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light

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woman.

January 27, 2017 § 2 Comments

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Feather river

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/inland/trout-waters

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“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
Albert Einstein

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Smith river

http://campphoto.zenfolio.com/p1021872657/h53f0af9c#h53f0af9c

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“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”
Diane Von Furstenberg

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Six Rivers National Forest

http://stateofwilderness.com/2012/07/15/gc1aa06-the-crown-jewel-the-unforgettable-smith-river/

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“I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man. I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to, and I’ve made enough money to support myself, and ain’t afraid of being alone.” ― Katharine Hepburn

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Smith River

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“It is worse to stay where one does not belong at all than to wander about lost for a while and looking for the psychic and soulful kinship one requires” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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luminous.

January 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

“That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality–your soul, if you will–is as bright and shining as any that has ever been….Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.” – George Saunders

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Moran Point

Very cool 360 degrees: http://www.darkskywest.com/arizona-moran-point-grand-canyon-and-the-dark.htm

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“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semitransparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.” ― Virginia Woolf

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Lomaki Pueblo

Very cool 360 degrees:

http://www.darkskywest.com/arizona-lomaki-pueblo-wupatki-nm-dark-sky-and.htm

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“There are some works so luminous that they fill us with shame for the meager life to which we are resigned, that they implore us to lead another, wiser, fuller life; works so powerful that they give us strength, and force us to new undertakings. A book can play this role.” ― Hervé Le Tellier

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http://inspiredrd.com/2015/08/night-sky/

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“True freedom is when all the stories, all the insights, all the realizations, concepts, beliefs and positions dissolve. What remains is what you are; a vast, conscious, luminous space simply resting in itself, not knowing a thing, at the point where all things are possible.” – Enza Vita

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Capitol Reef

http://darksky.org/rediscovering-the-night-sky-in-middle-age/

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“He tracks the rise and fall of the glittering darkness thronged with specks and tendrils of luminous secrets. Falling stars crackle in the cold air and prickle his skin. They flash in the corner of his vision where the eye’s discernment of light and shadow is most acute.” – John Pipkin

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Oracle State Park

http://ida.darksky.org/nightskyconservation/428

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“Life is a collection of a million tiny little moments and choices, like a handful of luminous pearls. Strung together, lined up through the days and the years, they make a life. It takes so much time, and so much work, and those beads and moments are so small, and so much less fabulous and dramatic than the movies. The Heisman Trophy winner knows this. He knows that his big moment was not when they gave him the trophy. It was the thousand times he went to practice instead of going back to bed. It was the miles run on rainy days, the healthy meals when a burger sounded like heaven. That big moment represented and rested on a foundation of moments that had come before it.”- Shauna Niequist.

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https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/arizona-night-sky/

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“Wherever you go and whatever you do, take care to leave only luminous imprints behind you. You are walking or driving down a road: bless that road and ask that all those who pass that way may receive peace and light and be led onto the right path. Why be content to live unconsciously and record nothing but dirt and disorder? Why not try to work like the sun which ceaselessly impregnates the universe with its light and warmth, its life and generosity? Try not” ― Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

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https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/northern-arizona-night-sky/

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“To speak about this universal force that will lead us beyond on the last horizon of our known self toward a wiser, more loving, more luminous states of being, we do not need to invent a new language. But we do need to listen to the old, the ancient one, not with our jaded minds, but with our awakened souls.”
Arianna Huffington, Fourth Instinct: The Call of the Soul

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quality.

January 18, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” – Roger Ebert

 

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Paradox Basin SE Utah

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/southeast-utah/

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“The quality of any advice anybody has to offer has to be judged against the quality of life they actually lead.”Douglas Adams

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http://www.trucktrend.com/features/travel/0701dp-southeast-utah/photo-gallery/#photo-01

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“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.” – David W. Orr

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upper Comb Ridge

http://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2011/10/fall-trip-to-southeast-utah.html

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“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” – Sidney Sheldon

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Comb wash

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/southeast-utah/

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“Dignity will only happen when you realize that having someone in your life doesn’t validate your worth.” – Shannon Alder

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southeast Utah

http://ksjd.org/post/bishop-public-lands-bill-southeast-utah#stream/0

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“If you try to avoid or remove the awkward quality, it will pursue you. The only effective way to still its unease is to transfigure it, to let it become something creative and positive that contributes to who you are.
Nietzche said that one of the best days in his life was the day when he rebaptized all his negative qualities as his best qualities. Rather than banishing what is at first glimpse unwelcome, you bring it home to unity with your life…..One of your sacred duties is to exercise kindness toward them. In a sense, you are called to be a loving parent to your delinquent qualities” ― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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southeast Utah

http://www.airphotona.com/image.asp?imageid=120

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“We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it. What I’m saying is, you don’t have to make stories up, you don’t have to exaggerate. There’s wonder and awe enough in the real world. Nature’s a lot better at inventing wonders than we are.” – Carl Sagan

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simplicity.

January 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”
Henry David Thoreau

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Moab

http://stevegarufi.com/moab-utah/visit.htm

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“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” – Albert Einstein

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Arches

http://discovermoab.com/archesnationalpark.htm

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“And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love.” – Nicholas Sparks

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Moab

http://muthart.com/moab-utah-october-2014/

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“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.”
Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq’ij of the Eagle Clan

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Moab

http://www.tourist-destinations.net/2014/11/moab-utah.html

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“Tea is an act complete in its simplicity.
When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea.
The rest of the world dissolves.
There are no worries about the future.
No dwelling on past mistakes.
Tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.
I inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.
I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.
I am informed by the tea, changed.
This is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.
There is only the tea, and me, converging.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

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Turret Arch in Arches National Park

http://www.myutahparks.com/winter-fun-beyond-zion-park/

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“The old school of thought would have you believe that you’d be a fool to take on nature without arming yourself with every conceivable measure of safety and comfort under the sun. But that isn’t what being in nature is all about. Rather, it’s about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.”
Ryel Kestenbaum

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have you found joy in your life?

January 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The last months of his life, were the best ones of mine…”

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Has your life brought joy to others?

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